Why Not Go On A Baja California Fishing Trip!
Many families take advantage of low prices and the proximity of Baja California to take a Mexican getaway their vacation. Too often, they end up trapped in the touristy resorts where they spend their precious vacation time together bored or spending money or incredibly overpriced items. If you’re headed to Mexico, why not add a Baja California fishing trip to your itinerary?
Sport fishing is the primary tourism draw for Baja California. Unlike hotels, swimming pools and bars, fishing is an exhilarating outdoor activity that can provide healthy thrills and a lifetime of memories. If you charter a boat and engage in this thrilling Pacific activity, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
- Reserve your space early. Fishing is incredibly popular in Cabo San Lucas, and spaces fill up fast. Plan ahead so you aren’t left on the dock during your vacation.
- Get the proper fishing permits. You can purchase these at any of the state tourism offices, or sometimes directly through your charter company.
Speaking of permits, Mexican laws about fishing are serious. Fishing is an important industry in Baja, so there are numerous laws in place to protect it: licenses, lines, limits, species… make sure you stay on the right side of the law. Go with a reputable guide company and follow their instructions.
Fishing charters leave early in the morning. Like, 6am early in the morning. This is probably not most people’s idea of a good time to wake up on vacation, especially if you have teenagers. However, that’s when the boats go, and it’s when you’ll catch fish. Prepare to wake up early. You’ll be back by early afternoon and can catch a siesta.
Bring your camera. Unless you request otherwise, most deep sea fishing around Los Cabos is catch and release in order to protect fish populations. After a long struggle to land the fish of a lifetime, a swordfish or merlin that might be hundreds of pounds, you’ll definitely want a photo to capture the moment and cherish your victory!
Don’t forget sunscreen and plenty of water. It gets bright, hot, and dry fighting fish out under the sun on the sea all day! You want to have fun, but you want to bring home good memories, not a horrible sunburn or a bad case of dehydration.
Next time you visit Mexico, stop by Baja California and come see why we’re famous for fishing here!