By Gary Graham - That Baja Guy
If you are interested in Big Game Fishing, this is Baja Sur’s time to shine. I am not facetious! The fish caught this time of year can be as big as a small truck. Black and blue marlin around the tip of Baja Sur attracts anglers worldwide to compete in events for millions of dollars in cash prizes.
During October, Cabo is host to several big game tournaments. The first of the season, the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, is based at the posh Playa Grande Resort, October 10 - 14. This three-day fishing contest targets billfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, and wahoo, and it offers both cash and prizes to the winners. https://www.loscabostournaments.com/los-cabos-billfish-tournament/
Next on the agenda is the Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore, considered a warmup for its big brother, the Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament. The two-day affair targets billfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna and offers over a MILLION dollars to the competing teams.
The last tournament, but largest of the three events offered in October, is the Bisbee Black and Blue that offers MILLIONS of dollars to the winners who travel from the far reaches of the planet to be able to say they have fished this world-famous sportfishing tournament. https://bisbees.com/home
However, you don’t have to be in a tournament to catch one of these mammoth fish. Los Cabos charter fleets are considered some of the best guides in the world and matched with some of the most fertile fishing grounds on the planet, and your chances are pretty good that you can take home bragging rights to one of these striped, black or blue marlin or even a gigantic tuna!
Up East Cape way, the beaches this time of year are ideal for fishing from shore. Roosterfish, jack crevalle, pompano, and ladyfish are just a few of the possibilities for the adventuresome angler – either with a guide or alone. If you prefer to fish from a boat, you can choose (a panga, an open Mexican skiff, great for a couple of people; or those pangas that have a canopy for shade and are reasonably priced; or for a bigger group, a small cabin cruiser, which may be more to your liking).
At La Paz, they offer both types of boats, and the fishing is usually good for dorado, roosterfish, or even billfish during these summer months. So, if you have any of the fish named above on your bucket list, this is a good time to tick that box.
The late fall season in Loreto should be one of the best in a decade. All summer long, anglers have been catching the larger 60-pound-dorado frequently, just as it used to be in the old days. Plus, now is the prime season for the yellowtail that are known for their stubbornness and strength.
During the late fall, many consider fishing is prime season throughout Baja Sur. However, it is a little different from location to location in terms of which species are active. Regardless of which area, take an early morning or late afternoon stroll along the waterfront, and it will be easy to figure out what’s biting or what’s not.
Whatever species or area you choose, this is the year to plan your trip. Just stay safe and follow COVID protocols.