There are several types of fishing available in Los Cabos to suit all anglers. Both the beginner and the experienced angler can enjoy the fishing that can be found in the waters off Cabo San Lucas.
Fly Fishing.-This consists of using artificial bait called a fly, made out of animal feathers or hair. This type of fishing is done in shallow clear waters of as little as 1 foot deep. Light graphite rods and boats modified for low water levels are used. Given the fact that the continental talus descends abruptly in this area of the Pacific, fly fishing in Los Cabos is done in the Surf. Anglers cast their line from a shallow point on the beach to a deeper one.
Spinning or Light Tackle.- This is done in waters with an average depth of 9 feet. Very resistant graphite or polycarbonate rods are required. Lures and baits tend to be bigger and brighter and the reels contain up to 300 yards of line. This type of fishing can be done from the beach or from pangas (a type of fishing boat). A popular area for panga fishing is Gordos Banks and you can hire your panga from La Playita, a few miles west of San Jose del Cabo, to get there.
Bottom Fishing.- Bottom fishing is done in deep waters where the boat anchors. An extra weight is added to the hook so it descends without problems and the lures are usually small imitation fish. A lot of patience is required to catch a good size fish. In addition to the waters around Los cabos, Cabo Este is also a good option for this type of fishing.
Deep Sea Fishing.- More equipment is required for this type of fishing, including some devices to help find the schools of fish. Different resistance and flexibility rods are used, along with a larger amount of line. The lures used are the biggest among all types of fishing styles and they are displayed on multiple hooks so they look like a school of fish. Sometimes real bait is used instead of lures.
Basically there are twotypes of deep sea fishing on offer in Los Cabos and one type or the other is chosen according to the location of the fish:
Trolling consists of keeping the boat at constant speed of 6 knots. Lines are not carried very deep.
Bottom Fishing is when the boat stops in deep waters. Hooks are then charged with downriggers, which are lead lures that make the line quickly sink 200 feet deep.
According to the most famous anglers in the world, the waters around Los Cabos are the ideal place to try the many different types of fishing. Other good options also include Cabo Este and La Paz.