Nestled on the southern peninsula of Baja California, the waters of Cabo San Lucas are known for its meeting point between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. The unique fusion of these bodies of water and prevalent good weather gives rise to Cabo’s year-round fishing activities. New and experienced anglers pursue species like snapper, corvina, cabrilla, roosterfish, wahoo, yellowtail, dorado, marlin, swordfish, and more.
Preparing for your deep sea fishing trip
If you’re a novice in deep sea fishing, here are some essential tips that can help you get all set for your fishing trip in Cabo.
Be physically and mentally ready
Did you know that deep sea fishing can constitute a big workout? People who are new to this activity might think that fishing means sitting around in a boat and waiting for a catch. In reality, deep sea fishing can be a physically and mentally challenging activity that’s why it’s vital to get plenty of rest the day before the trip. You need a fit body and mind to battle with a fish; otherwise, exhaustion can easily win you over and cost you a good catch. So, if you have a scheduled fishing trip, make it a point to eat a balanced meal and go to bed early to give you the energy that you need.
The rocking of the boat can be too much for some people which can trigger seasickness. If you’re prone to seasickness, you can take some steps to minimize this unpleasant feeling. Aside from getting a good rest, you can take over-the-counter anti-motion sickness medication such as Bonine and Dramamine or you can try herbal alternatives such as dried ginger capsules or ginger candies. Avoid eating a heavy meal before the trip; instead, you can eat something light such as saltine crackers or plain bread. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before heading out to sea to keep you hydrated especially on hot days.
It’s also a good idea to do stretching exercises at least 30 minutes before your fishing trip. Focus on your arms, legs and back to minimize pulled muscles.
Wear appropriate clothing
You probably heard the line, “dress to kill” many times, especially when you’re attending a formal event which means that you have to dress in stylish clothes to make a wonderful impression. In fishing, you’re not required to wear anything fancy to get the approval of other people. In fact, it’s more important that you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing rather than how good you look in your clothing ensemble. Just remember that fishing exposes you to the elements and it’s recommended to wear layered clothing and a hat to protect yourself from painful sunburns and occasional chilly winds. Bringing a waterproof jacket can be an advantage for splashes and a sudden downpour.
Don’t underestimate the power of the sun’s rays even on a cloudy day so it’s always wise to apply sunscreen (30+ SPF) and lip balm with sun protection. Your eyes need protection too and a good pair of sunglasses can reduce the glare from the water and at the same time protect your eyes from dangerous hooks. It’s best to avoid flip-flops and open-toed sandals when fishing and go for non-slip boots that can give you traction on a wet and slippery boat.
Ensure that you have the right rod and tackle
Big game doesn’t land easy and anglers require heavy-duty rods and reels that can withstand the fight. That’s why it’s good to choose a fishing charter that provides top of the line fishing gear and electronic equipment (fish finder, GPS, etc.) plus baits in case you don’t own one. Don’t worry if the bait is not included in the package because you can usually purchase bait at the marina before heading to the boat.
Even though you’ve paid for the charter services online, don’t forget to bring extra moolah. You will need cash to pay for galley purchases, mounting services (if you want to preserve your catch), and tips. Giving 10-20% of the price of the charter is the customary tip for good service. You can give a higher tip for exceptional service.
Pack food and drinks
Being under the sun and battling with big game can make you hungry and thirsty so better pack some food and drinks with you. If your fishing package is inclusive of lunch, snacks, and beverages, then you’re all set.
Carry fishing license and passport
Fishermen and non-angler passengers, 16 years old and above are required to have a valid Mexican sportfishing license when fishing in Cabo San Lucas. You will also need to present a valid fishing license at the border or customs if you plan to bring home any of your catch. Coordinate with your fishing charter because some fishing packages are already inclusive of a fishing license.
Know your limits
If you are new to deep sea fishing, it’s advisable to take it slow. You can begin with a half-day fishing trip in Cabo instead of immediately booking a full-day trip. The experience can prepare you for a longer fishing excursion in the future.
Fighting a big fish can be mentally and physically exhausting but don’t worry, the captain and crew can help you bring in your catch.
Be very careful when handling your catch
Protect your hands and fingers from the sharp teeth and violent movements of the fish by wearing protective gloves and using fishing tools like a dehooking tool, fish gripper, and pliers to remove deeply-embedded hooks.
Passionate anglers understand how fun and exciting deep sea fishing can be. For a beginner, your first deep sea fishing experience in a Cabo fishing charter can introduce you to the joys and perks of angling. Knowing how to prepare for your deep sea fishing adventure can give you a productive day when you hit the open ocean.