Cabo San Lucas Fishing Charter with Rodney’s REEL Outdoors
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In 2014 my wife and I decided to holiday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It’s also known as “Land’s End” as it is situated at the end of the Baja Peninsula. Our first trip was short, only 2 weeks but that’s all it took for us to become hooked to this wonderful area. The weather is very stable and comfortable. Cabo is modern, clean and the locals very friendly and accommodating to say the least. There’s a wide variety of very good restaurants from authentic Mexican, Italian and many establishments that will cook your fresh catch of fish.
The biggest draw for me was the fishing. These extremely fertile waters are host to Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado to say the least. “Lands End” is situated where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortes. The mixing of these two oceans creates some of the most productive waters anywhere found. There’s a reason why the world’s largest and richest Billfish and Tuna tournaments are held in Cabo…INCREDIBLE FISHING! These tournaments run from mid October and finish early November. In last years’ Bisbee “Black & Blue” Billfish tourney they gave away just over $3.1 million usd and in the Tuna Jackpot over $1.2 million usd. It’s no coincidence that I’ve planned these charters just after these events. Great weather and unbelievable fishing! The Dorado are plentiful and tasty. Our 2 largest Tuna to date are 246# and 284# with one lost at the boat after an epic 1 hour 45 minute battle that I believe was well over 300#. To put it in perspective, the winning fish in the week prior Tuna Tournament was 272#. Our best day to date (November 2022) is an amazing 45 Marlin in one day ! The previous record was 32 with one of my groups in 2021…smashing that record! At one point we had 6 Marlin on at once…even the Chef was playing a Marlin!
Captains and Mates
Being a fishing guide myself I realize that not every Captain, boat and charter are the same. I’ve fished with many Captains over the years in Cabo, some very good and some that were, well, just OK. The Captains & Deckhands I fish with are the best at what they do. They speak good English and will work extremely hard for you. Equipment is also a big part of the charter. Most of it is Shimano and in very good condition with enough rods and reels suited to the fish we are catching. Be prepared to hook, land and release fish on your own. This is not a typical “Mexican” charter where the deckhand hooks your fish and hands you a rod, he may do it the first time showing and explaining to you how to do it and you’ll soon be part of the crew. They’ll teach you as much as you want to learn, it’s your call. I’ve been working with a team of Captains that guide for “Tag Cabo Sportfishing“. Simply said…the best in Cabo!
7 Days, 6 nights accommodations and 4 days fishing. I have access to a few different boats anywhere from 45′ to 60′. All boats have an airconditioned salon. I’ll have a chef onboard for breakfast, lunch and preparing fresh Tuna & Dorado sashimi. Included are your accommodations, airport transfers, all taxi rides, fishing licenses, performance fishing shirt & hat and a well stocked Villa with all refreshments needed after a hard days fishing. After fishing, while heading back to port you can sip a few cool ones on the command bridge with the Captain or crash in one of the staterooms. For your accommodations I have an assortment of Villas and Penthouses that will suit everyone’s needs. Everyone will have their own bed and private bath for privacy and comfort. A typical trip will look like this: You’ll arrive on Sunday and be meet by me and our arranged transportation to our Villa. We’ll fish Monday and Tuesday. Take Wednesday off, believe me you’ll need it, and get right back at it fishing Thursday and Friday. Saturday I’ll see you off to the airport travelling home. Not Included is your flight, medical insurance, dinners and vacuum sealing and flash freezing any fish you want to bring home. Should you wish to add days, not a problem, I will customize any trip to suit you.
Departure is easy from Kelowna (YLW), Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC). It is a short 4 hour flight from these locations. Upon your arrival at Los Cabos International (SJD) you’ll be met by me and from here travel to our accommodations where I’ll be with you for your trip. Travel time is about 50 minutes.
In regard to pricing, I have put together a premium experience with whom I believe are the best guides, boats and equipment in Cabo San Lucas based on my 10 years fishing there with many different Captains and boats. You can definitely charter a less expensive boat. The boat won’t be air conditioned and will be slow and noisy, and not as comfortable to say the least. Your equipment most likely will be old and not size specific for the species you’ll be catching. Many captains can’t afford to have an assortment of rods/reels so they have older setups geared for the bigger fish. This allows them to fish for all species. Believe me, it’s no fun reeling in Dorado and smaller Tuna on huge reels meant for the bigger species. Your boat will have a variety of the best equipment including some of my own high end Shimano rods & reels. A typical charter starts at 7am and finishes around 3pm. My guys start at 6am and return around 5pm. Your airport transfers will be a private transfer with cold refreshments vs. a van with other people and multiple stops along the way. I can find cheaper accommodations for sure, but I’ve found you get what you pay for, especially in Mexico. I haven’t posted the cost as pricing can fluctuate due to fuel and accommodations. Please contact me for more info and a current cost. Just give me a shout!
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