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A Journey Into Paradise

Wall Street Journal Features Sport Fishing in Cabo San Lucas,Mexico

07 January, 2014

Cabo San Lucas,Mexico,is obviously known for its gorgeous beaches,warm tropical climate and luxurious accommodations,but it is also one of the top destinations in the world for sport fishing. Here,visitors,locals and ex-pats alike can enjoy the exciting experience of reeling in the world’s largest marlin,dorado and yellowfin tuna,which are attracted to this special region,where the warm waters of the Gulf of California meet the cooler waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Dozens of charter boats and tour operators are available for cruises and guided fishing trips from Cabo into the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific,and packages are available for a variety of ages and skill levels. In addition,after the day’s catch is brought in,the city’s Golden Zone offers up some of the world’s best shopping and dining within easy walking distance. 

“Cabo enjoys some of the most pristine and teeming waters to be found anywhere in the world,” writes the Wall Street Journal. “In fact,Cabo hosts the highest-paying marlin tournament in the world.” 

In what is undoubtedly the most exciting competition to be held in Cabo each year,the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament is eagerly anticipated by the world’s best international big game fishermen,who come to enjoy three days of “heart stopping fishing action,” and compete for millions in prize money that is up for grabs. Held from Oct 22-26 this year,history was made when lady anglers took home the first and second prize for the first time ever,and the first place catch also marked the largest marlin ever caught by a woman in Bisbee’s history. More than $2.9 million in prize money was paid out and divided among the top teams. 

This November also proved to be an awesome month for anglers who came to fish in Cabo San Lucas,with several tournaments and plenty of action for participants and spectators alike. First,the WON Tuna Tournament took place from November 7-8,with the winning yellowfin weighing in at an impressive 192 pounds. The winning team,Dick Landfield’s Reel Quest,took home $242,960 of the total $542,000 in prize money,while the remaining portion was split up among seven other teams.

November also marked the first annual Cabos Big Game Tournament,which saw winner Joe Assenza bring in a 26.1-pound dorado. Also known as a Mahi-Mahi,these large fish are found in abundance in the crystal clear waters surrounding Cabo San Lucas. Finally,sport fishing resort Marina Fiesta also saw a variety of large marlin caught,in addition to an enormous 70-pound Wahoo.

Have you ever been sport fishing in Mexico? If so,share your experiences with us in the comments section below!