The Fishing Capital of the World

The Fishing Capital of the World


Long before Los Cabos became a mecca for tourists from across the world seeking sun-soaked vacations in the lap of luxury, Southern Baja was a rough-around-the edges darling of Hollywood A-listers who, you guessed it, loved to fish. John Wayne, Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby, and Kirk Douglas were among the celebrities who would come in by private plane—and sometimes by private yacht.


High-end hotels were few and far between then, but the fishing and pristine beaches were more than enough to attract this Hollywood legends. By now, you’ve likely heard how Jacques Cousteau famously called the Sea of Cortés the aquarium of the world.

While much has changed in the last 50 years—with the introduction of international hotels, five-star restaurants, luxurious spas, beach clubs, major infrastructure, and more—Los Cabos joyfully remains a world-class destination for sportfishing.

Known as the marlin capital of the world, each fall Los Cabos is home to the high-stakes Bisbee’s Black and Blue tournament (it holds the record for the biggest purse). But you’ll find good fishing conditions throughout the year. As we move into summer, the conditions only improve. You can be on the lookout for marlin, dorado (mahimahi), wahoo, yellowfin tuna, and more.

One of the best benefits of living in Villas Del Mar is the proximity of the sea and incredible fishing. My favorite way to enjoy it is on a private charter. You have all the amenities of home—privacy, high-tech appliances, luxe quarters—plus the expert guidance of seasoned professionals. Favorite options include Cool Baja, Club Ninety Six, Tag Cabo Sportfishing, and superyachts from Edmiston. Interested in booking? Email me at

With any of these options, you’ll be in good hands that can guide you not only to the best waters for the fish you’re angling to catch but also keep you in compliance with local laws aimed at protecting the sea life that distinguishes Southern Baja as such a wonderful place to visit.

Friends often ask about the fishing conditions here, so I’ve gathered answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

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What kinds of fish do you see in Los Cabos?

In addition to those I mentioned above, you’re likely to spot Sierra Spanish mackerel (known as Pacific Sierra in Los Cabos), rooster fish, sailfish, snapper, grouper, shark, and more.


When’s the best time to visit?

It really depends on the kind of fish you’re looking to catch. Winters can get a little windy around the East Cape, but other than that, you can expect fantastic conditions and solid fishing. Fish like dorado are best July through November. There’s marlin throughout the year: The best months for striped marlin are January through July; for blue marlin, it’s July through October. The best months for yellowfin tuna are September through December.


Do I need a fishing license?

Yes! And we’ll help you arrange everything when booking through me.


Do I need to bring my own fishing gear?

Many prefer to use their own gear, but you don’t have to. We can provide that for you.


Can I bring the fish home with me?

It’s important to monitor the fishing regulations in México. If you arrange a charter through me, I can assure the staff will have all the latest info for you. That includes which fish you’ll need to catch and release. They’ll also have tips on taking your fish home. Remember: You’ll need a hard-shell cooler and to pack the fish completely frozen; ice is not permitted.

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