With mile upon mile of gorgeous coastline and more beautiful bays, coves, and inlets than you could count, Baja California is a fisherman’s paradise. Whether you plan to cast off from the shore just for fun, rent your own little dinghy to fish in shallower waters, or go on a full-blown sport fishing adventure, Baja has you covered. It’s a great place for fisherman from first-timers to world-class experts.
Prepare to Fish Baja
The first thing to decide before heading down to Baja California is where exactly you want to go fishing. There are almost too many popular fishing spots to name including Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, San Quintin, Bahia De Los Angeles, and La Paz. Though these spots are all popular, there is so much open water that it really isn’t hard to find a solitary spot to fish. And even if you’re right up next to someone else, Baja’s waters are filled with more than enough fish to share – and then some.
After you figure out the general area that you will be fishing in, you’re going to want to check the fishing reports. A fishing report tells you when certain areas are “biting” and what sort of fish are doing the biting. They also usually give a list of length and weight of recent fish caught in the area. Because the weather and ocean conditions are so variable in Baja, the local fishing reports will be your best friend on your fishing trip. Better yet, they can easily be accessed online so that you know when the optimal time for your adventure is.
Timing is Everything
Many fishermen recommend heading down to Baja at least one day in advance. This will give you time to go to a local fishing supply store. Talk to the proprietor of the store when you stop in. They will likely have knowledge of the fishing conditions and will recommend the right tackle for an enjoyable trip.
Most of the fishing around the Baja Peninsula is best in the open waters. A number of groups offer affordable fishing tours for visitors. The tour companies are owned and operated by local fishermen, who will take you to the best spots.
Baja Mexico also offers countless fishing tournaments throughout the year. The tournaments include categories for beginners to experts. Even if you don’t win, it’s an easy way to talk to other people with the same interests as you. You might even meet a new friend and learn of a great spot that not many others know about.
Fishing Baja – DO IT
All in all, Baja Mexico is one of the best fishing spots in North America. It has a startling variety of types of fish and they come in all sizes. There are some pretty hefty ones too! If like to fish, keep Baja high on your list of possible travel destinations.