You have your tickets and your charter booked. Your hopes are high for an adventure of a lifetime and of course an 800 lb. marlin. You want to make sure everything goes smoothly. Here are some tips so you can let loose and land one of the largest fish in the sea.
What You Don’t Need to Bring
Charter fishing vessels will have all the tackle and gear you need. The fish in these waters are known as being the strongest. They are hard running fish that don’t land easy. Your mate and captain have to be knowledgeable and experienced to lead others out into these waters. They will have the best gear for the job. They often have custom rods, an excellent electronic fish finder, the best GPS and good old fashion fisherman’s intuition.
You shouldn’t need a translator. English speaking crews are commonplace with so many travelers who go sportfishing in Cabo. It is also a good idea to keep your passport at the hotel.
Bait is sometimes included in Cabo deep sea fishing packages, but if not, there is no need to worry there either. It is usually purchased with cash to bait vendors on the way out to the boat. Your captain or mate can help you determine the type and amount of live bait needed and off you go.
What to Bring
Some charters provide alcoholic beverages as part of the deal, but others do not. Hard liquor is generally not allowed so if you and your group want a few beers, check with your charter for any limits. Some other smaller items you probably don’t want to forget are:
- Fishing hat
- Sea sickness tablets, such as Dramamine
- Cash for bait, small dock fees, tip for the crew, packed lunches and catch prep
Mexico requires everyone over 12 years old to have a fishing license for on and offshore fishing. If you plan on fishing ahead of time, you will already have your license. Bring it with you. If you do not, it is easy to purchase right before you depart. The Mexico Department of Fisheries is always on the docks ready to issue them.
Something to keep in mind; a valid fishing license will also be required at the border or customs if you plan on taking back any of your catch.
Sportfishing in Cabo is an experience of a lifetime, whether you land the giant or just land a good time. Charters are designed for you to not worry about anything.