Fishing is a wonderful hobby and a fabulous way to pass the time in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. While plenty of fish species can be caught along the Baja California Sur Peninsula, one stands out above the rest — the marlin!

If you’re planning to visit Cabo San Lucas soon and would like to go on a fishing adventure in one of the best fishing destinations in the world, here is everything you need to know about marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas.

Why Should You Go Marlin Fishing in Cabo?

Marlin fish swimming in Cabos San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is known as the “Marlin Capital of the World” and is one of the best places for Black, White, Striped, and Blue Marlin fishing. Marlins have elongated bodies, long dorsal fins, and round snorts.

Marlin Types You Can Find in Cabo San Lucas

While in Cabo San Lucas, you will find several species of marlin, including Blue, Black, White, and Striped Marlin. You will also be able to find other fish, like Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo, off the coast of Los Cabos.

The Best Time of Year to Go Marlin Fishing in Cabo

The best time to go on a fishing trip in Cabo San Lucas depends on how many fish (and which types of fish) you want to encounter. The best time to catch Black Marlin and Blue Marlin in Cabo is during July, August, September, and October. The Striped Marlin can usually be found from January through July.

Most locals would agree that the best fishing experience in Cabo San Lucas is during October. Not only is the weather fabulous, but the temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are ideal for big fish, like Wahoo, Dorado, and, of course, Marlin.

There are also several fishing tournaments that take place in Cabo during October, so if you’re into sportfishing, this is a great time to visit.

Can You Keep the Fish You Catch When Fishing in Cabo San Lucas?

The most important thing to remember on a Cabo San Lucas fishing trip is that you can catch and keep five fish per day. So, if you go on a fishing boat with a captain, crew, and six fishermen and have a great day out at sea, you can expect to bring back up to 30 fish between the entire group!

Can the Weather Impact Fishing in Cabo?

Cabo typically experiences nice weather, so it is unlikely that storms will impact your fishing trip. However, poor weather can cause the authorities to call off fishing trips due to unsafe weather conditions, so it is important to keep an eye on the conditions.

Typically, cancellations are during hurricane season from August to October, which is right at the end of marlin fishing season. If you book any fishing charters or boats, check the refund policy in advance to ensure your investment is protected regardless of the weather.

Should I Book a Fishing Charter Or Boat?

It is ideal to book fishing charters, yachts, boats, or any other modes of transportation that can transport you from the shore to the deep sea. This is where anglers can do the best offshore fishing and sportfishing and where you will find nice dorado, marlin, and wahoo.

Shot of boats and fishing rod on the ocean

Look for a fishing charter with a license, bait, tackle, equipment, and a trained crew included. Some packages even include food and drinks to keep you full during the long day. Usually, your chartered fishing trip will leave early, around 7 AM, and return in the early afternoon.

It is important to know that you need to purchase your own fishing license if you want to go marlin fishing in Cabo on your own boat. These licenses are sold by the Mexican government and can be purchased at the marina. You will also need to bring your own bait, tackle, and fishing gear.

Are There Fishing Tournaments in Cabo San Lucas?

Cabo San Lucas is home to some of the most esteemed fishing tournaments in the world. These are some of the most popular fishing tournaments in Cabo San Lucas that are worth planning your trip around:

  • Bisbee’s Black & Blue in October
  • Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore in August
  • Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore in October
  • Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing in June
  • Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot in November

Where Should I Stay During My Fishing Trip in Cabo San Lucas?

Friends making fish barbecue on the yacht after fishing in Cabos

Whether you’re planning a fishing trip to Cabo San Lucas or simply hoping to squeeze in an exciting morning “out at sea” while on vacation with your family — you will be pleased with the many options this coastal destination offers for anglers and sportfishing enthusiasts.

If you’re searching for somewhere to stay in Cabo San Lucas that offers proximity to the shore, we recommend staying with Cabo Rentals by Jane. Our stunning penthouses, panoramic oceanfront suites, and spacious Cabo vacation rentals provide the perfect place to relax and unwind after an adventurous day on the Sea of Cortez. Browse our properties to see what is available during your stay in Cabo. We cannot wait to host you!