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Los Cabos Is a Fisherman’s Dream

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Big catch in Cabo San Lucas
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Los Cabos is a fisherman’s dream. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other, the tip of Baja is a magnet for those who enjoy the sport.

What is the best month for fishing in Los Cabos?

The best time to fish around Cabo is from May through November. May and June could be considered the best time to hook the infamous rooster fish, jack crevalle and wahoo. As the water warms into August, September and October, these very same waters hold an abundance of dorado, tuna, and marlin.  It is possible to catch any of these fish throughout the year, but the fishing gets a bit scares as the water cools down during the winter months. (Great time to whale watch though!)

Fishing Tournaments in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is famous for its competitive fishing tournaments. Experienced anglers come from all over the world to fish here, even bringing their boats and teams down from other continents.

Here are some of the major fishing tournaments in Los Cabos during the year:

The first well-known tournament to kick-off the fishing season in Los Cabos is thePelagic Triple Crown of Fishing Summer Slam. This ever-popular event is a high-energy tournament that offers cash prizes to well over US$500,000 by releasing the most billfish and/or weighing the heaviest tuna, dorado and wahoo. Now in its 7th year of operation, this tournament gathers large crowds of anglers and tourists alike for the weigh-ins, concerts, and parties each evening in the town of Cabo San Lucas.

Date: Beginning of June.

The next tournament is one of the three Bisbee’s Tournaments. Called the Bisbee’s East Cape Off-Shore, this is one of the most popular fishing events in the world and is described as more laid-back and like “Cabo fishing as it used to be.” Located in Buena Vista, about 50 miles North of Cabo San Lucas, it’s right next to Los Barriles on the Sea of Cortez.  The prizes are substantial, with this year’s awards exceeding US$1.5 million. First-timers have a chance to get free entry by joining the tournament’s Early Bird Drawing.

Date: First week of August.

The next big tournament of the year is the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. This tournament just completed its 24th annual. It is not only one of the biggest fishing contests in the country, it’s also one of the most well-attended worldwide. Top anglers from different continents are among the participants here. The prize pool is considerable as well, with the highest record reaching US$850,000.

Date: Second week of October.

Next is the second Bisbee’s tournament of the year, locally known as the “Little Bisbee’s,” or the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore. Because this tournament has relatively lower entry fees it welcomes a wider range of anglers. The prizes remain substantial, with payouts amounting to just over US$2 million. Competitors aim to catch the heaviest qualifying billfish (black or blue marlin) and gamefish (tuna and dorado).

Date: Third weekend of October.

The last of the three Bisbee’s Tournaments is by far the largest and the most exciting. This is the famous Bisbee’s Black and Blue. This marlin competition is the oldest, dating back to 1981, and is also dubbed the “World’s Richest Tournament” because the yearly purse is millions of dollars, with the record as high as US$11 million.  With higher entry fees and more hardcore competition, this tournament attracts serious anglers and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Date: Last week of October.

Wrapping up the fishing tournament season is the Cabo Tuna Jackpot. In this tournament teams participate in competitive but fun angling for gamefish, specifically tuna, dorado and wahoo. The entry fee is reasonable, so there’s typically lots of competition from both veteran fishermen and greenhorns. There is also a hefty purse at stake, exceeding US$1 million every year.

Date: First weekend of November.

Whether you are an avid angler or just want to book a small charter to go fishing for the day or half-day, Los Cabos is without a doubt an incredible fishing destination and a main attraction for visiting and living in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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