What to Know about Cabo Fishing Charters
Not all Cabo fishing charters are the same. When comparing Cabo fishing charters, you need to be aware that some fishing charters offer full service, including bait, licenses and even the possibility of food and drinks.
However most Cabo fishing charters offered are “bare bones”. This means that your average Cabo fishing charters will include: Captain, crew, boat and gas.
Your Cabo fishing charters typically do not include the costs of bait, your fishing license for Cabo, and you will need to bring your own food and beverages.
The Blue Sky Cabo fleet offers both options on their Cabo fishing charters.
When booking your Cabo fishing charters, you need to ask what is included. Price comparison alone, is not the way to decide which Cabo fishing charters are the best ones.
An all-inclusive boat should be chartered at least several days in advance in order to ensure that the chartering company has time to obtain your information for licenses and has given you the food and drink options available on their charter.
All-inclusive Cabo fishing charters are typically booked for a full day of fishing, since you want to enjoy the day being catered to your every need, right down to someone serving you a cold beer.
”Bare-Bones” Cabo fishing charters will assist you the day of your charter to obtain your license and they have the connections to the live bait vendor and will make a stop for bait.
Typically you can find food to take on the boat right at the Marina in early morning. Be it home-made burritos, sold by locals or a sandwich purchased at one of the many restaurants on the Marina. You can also purchase beer, soft drinks and ice. So, don’t forget to bring your own cooler for your food and drinks.
Most “Bare-Bones” Cabo fishing charters offer full or half-day fishing charters. Make sure you discuss with your group, which option is best for you. Although the cost of the half-day is less, consider that most Cabo fishing charters troll when deep sea fishing. It can take several hours to find the perfect spot where the fish are biting.
There are also booking companies that have many boats and fleets on their list of Cabo fishing charters. This way of finding a charter may give you access to view many boats available. However, be aware that those Cabo fishing charters may be available directly from the Fleet Company at a better price than buying from a third party that does not have direct knowledge of the Cabo fishing charters operations.
Trolling is by far the most popular type of fishing in Cabo San Lucas, with most Cabo fishing charters use a combination of live bait, artificial lures, and teasers. Trolling typically is used for tuna, marlin, dorado and other types of sports fish.
Bottom fishing is also an option when targeting Snappers and Groupers. Bottom fishing refers to the most common way of fishing techniques, used to catch fish that are found near the sea floor. This technique requires the utmost drifting and anchoring tactics. Large predatory fish like the Grouper, Halibut and the Red snapper are found near the reefs, buoys and wrecks. And the best way to reel in one of them is using the bottom fishing method.
Bottom fishing can be done from a boat using either hand lines or rods. The main aim of this technique is to take the bait to the bottom of the sea and present it in a tempting way to the fish and to lure them into the hook, very much the same as fresh water fishing.
The Red Snapper is a very popular fish among the bottom fishing anglers for its fierce ways. Red Snappers fight hard so catching this fish is taken up as a challenge by many sport fishermen.
A lot of time Deep Sea fishing: Marlin, Tuna and Dorado are caught off shore – sometimes 15 miles or more out to Sea.
Bottom fishing is typically done close to shore… Fishing for Snapper, Pargo, Trigger fish, Grouper, Flounder, etc does not typically involve trolling. Instead, you stay in one area and fish off the bottom.
Your Cabo fishing charters Captain and crew will know what fish are running when you book your charter. You should discuss with your group as to what kind of experience you want. Deep Sea fishing vs Bottom fishing. You may want to split a full day of your Cabo fishing charters between both styles.
Remember, both methods take time and patience as you are in search of the fish, they are not in search of you!
Vick Mote – Blue Sky Cabo Writer