Fishing in Cabos San Lucas is definitely a different and exciting experience totally. If you are used to fishing in a pond, stream or somewhat… the Cabo San Lucas water may give you a shocker you won’t forget in a hurry. As you cast your bait anticipating a catch, you may just be surprised at catching a 5-pound blue marlin, Sierra mackerel, a roster fish, or somewhat.
This region is famously known as the “world’s greatest fish trap” and following events over time, it’s proven to be true. You may not be assured of getting to see all the amazing species available in one trip but when it comes to fishing you can’t underrate Cabo San Lucas.
Whenever you have that unique opportunity to have a catch in Cabo San Lucas, here are some of the possible species of fish you may get lucky with;
This species is peculiar to the tropical Pacific; they are predators to the surf and usually found inshore on the sandy beaches. They belong to the jack family and have the tendency to grow as large as a hundred (100) pounds.
The population of the roosterfish here is higher compared to anywhere else in the world. It’s not just a great inshore game fish, it’s also beautiful. As the roosterfish goes after its prey, it displays its dorsal fin protruding above the surface of the water – it’s a moment to see!
Catching a roosterfish may be a little difficult because of their selective appetite. To get one, you may have to change your flies until you find their favorite.
Dorado has a lifespan of about 5 – 6 years and a maximum weight of about 90lbs. It has a high population in Cabo San Lucas and can majorly be found tropical locales. Known for its rapid growth and short life span, this game fish has a great appetite as it is often known to be hungry.
They look beautiful in pictures but there’s more to that beauty. Seeing a live Dorado in water is much more beautiful than seeing a picture of the popular game fish. It has the capability to change the intensity of their colors based on their mood.
Also known as “the bull” because of its tenacity while trying to resist capture, it’s usually found in a school close to shore. The pacific Jack Crevalles are quick to eat a fly but at the same time prove to be tough when hooked as they use their platter shape body as a resistance towards your efforts.
“The bull” averagely weighs from 8 – 20 pounds but has the tendency to grow and weigh up to 40 pounds. This is also a major in Cabo San Lucas.
Sierra Spanish Mackerel
They usually splash water erratically as they chase their bait and this is one of the ways you can quickly note their presence. This activity also draws the attention of the pelicans, gulls, frigate bird, etc.
For a lead, using a wire bite is ideal for this toothy predator. It’s a unique sportfish and also known to be a great meal.
A black marlin under 200 pounds is usually called the ‘rat’ while its size of 1,000 pounds is referred to as a ‘grander’. Though the ‘grander’ is usually sort after in Australia by fly-fishers, Cabo San Lucas also has a good population of the ‘rats’ and a tendency of having a good number of ‘granders’ in the near future.
The blue marlin is popularly known as the largest pacific Marlin – they are pretty huge. It’s a wary predator as it is fond of hitting the teaser and take off before the angler can react. With a rigorous speed, it attacks its prey from beneath.
Fly-fishers usually target the blue marlins within 50 – 200 pounds. They have the tendency to grow up to 1,000 pounds.
This fish has got a lot of strength! It weighs up to 300 pounds, while the average weighs about 8 – 30 pounds and it is known to be very powerful. The Yellowfin Tuna has more strength and endurance than any other game fish; it even pulls stronger than a marlin.
Immediately a Tuna eats your bait it takes control and you must be ready for the run.
The same technique used in teasing the Marlin is applicable to the Sailfish. It’s easier to bait as it puts all its focus on the teaser putting any other thing out of consideration – but when it eats your fly, it begins an acrobatic display and it also has a tremendous speed. It’s said to have been clocked at 60 MPH.
Though it doesn’t have the strength when compared to a marlin, it usually exhausts its energy while trying to free itself from the hook.
The weight of an average Sailfish in Cabo San Lucas is 80 – 100 pounds.
Black Skipjack Tuna
The Black Skipjack weighs about 8 to 15 pounds and is said to be the most underrated Pacific game fish. Known to be the strongest of the Tuna species, it’s usually found in schools with bait on the surface. Being a prey to diving birds and also a bait fish, it leaps above the surface of the water in an unrewarding effort to avoid its predators.
As small as it may be when compared to other big fish, it has an enormous strength that will take you unaware if you judge its strength by its size.
Undoubtedly, this is the fastest fish in the Pacific. A speculation of 70 MPH is given but it seems this speedster does beyond that.