Cabo San Lucas is home to some of the worlds best fishing and people travel from all over to experience it. Beginner and pro anglers are both out on the seas catching some of the most exciting species at a rate that no other destination can rival. Visitors usually don't know the top fishing spots around Los Cabos and so we created a guide that breaks down all the hot spots the locals are keeping secret. It is organized by what side of the Baja peninsula it is on and how far away it is from the Cabo marina.

Pacific Side

San Jaime Bank: The closest bank to the deepest part of the 3,500 feet deep Tinaje Trough is the San Jaime Bank, with three seamounts rising to within 150 feet of the surface on top of a 600-foot-deep plateau. The pathway between the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks creates an underwater current pathway. This area is great for everything from Skipjack Tuna, Bonita, Yellowfin Tuna, and Blue Marlin.

Golden Gate Bank: The Tinaje trough runs from San Jaime to the Golden Gate Bank, 15 miles to the north, and is known as the best place to fish in Cabo San Lucas. The consistently warm water brings in a lot of Dorado, Black Seabass, Skipjack, Yellowfin, Striped Marlin, and Blue Marlin. The Striped Marlin fishing is great during winter and early spring.

Finger Bank: Although it is a long haul from the Cabo San Lucas marina, about 50 miles, the Finger Bank is one of the best fishing spots on the pacific side of Baja. It is off the coast of Todos Santos and is known to be one of the best striped marlin spots when fishing is good. Experienced anglers have been known to release up to 60 billfish during one good day of fishing at Finger Bank.

Lighthouse: Cabo Falso Lighthouse is a landmark (originally thought to be the southernmost tip of Baja) that is used a point of reference for some great fishing just south of there between 2 and 15 miles out. It is easily accessible from the Cabo San Lucas marina and anglers have brought in many trophy fish and a ton of Dorado.

45 Spot: Located just two miles off of Cabo Falso Lighthouse, the 45 Spot is a rise at the end of a 600 foot deep ledge of the Cardonal Canyon. It is easy to get to at only 6 miles to the west of the famous arch and produces some great fishing. The Cardonal Canyon is short distance to the west of 45 Spot where the ocean bottom quickly drops to 3,000 feet depth.

95 Spot: The unique 95 Spot got its name because the bottom comes to within 95 fathoms of the surface off of a 1,200-foot-deep plateau. It is only nine miles to the east of Cabo San Lucas where anglers bring in a lot of Yellowtail and reef fish like Roosterfish, Cabrilla, Pargo, and Dog Snapper.

Cabrillo Seamount: 45 miles east from the 95 Spot is the Cabrillo Seamount that has a peak of 3,000 feet depth surrounded by 6,000 feet deep water. It is a long ways out, but the location is great for marlin and tuna fishing year around. Although this spot is east of the Baja Peninsula, it is still like fishing in the Pacific Ocean because of the currents, tides, and waves.

Sea of Cortez Side

Gordo Banks: One of the best fishing locations in all of Baja California Sur is the Gordo Banks. The hot fishing spot for anglers is located just off the coast of San Jose Del Cabo, 22 miles northeast of the Cabo San Lucas marina. This reliable offshore fishing hole is separated by the Inner Gordo Bank and Outer Gordo Bank. The Inner Gordo Bank is within easy distance of super Pangas and has a few shallow areas within scuba diving distance. The Outer Gordo Bank is 220 feet deep at its shallowest point and is only 10 miles off the coast. The area is home to some of the productive fishing in Los Cabos. The Gordo Banks are great for fishing during the months of April-November but are also great through winter because the banks are protected from the winter winds by the sierra madre mountains.

Vinorama Canyon: This is another great all around fishing spot located farther northeast up the Sea of Cortez than the Gordo Banks. The Vinorama Canyon is a long boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina, but if you are docking at San Jose then you can get to it relatively quickly. Look for good Yellowtail fishing in the beginning of the year, Dorado in the second half, and Tuna and Reef fishing year around.

1150 Bank: Farther off the coast and almost in between the San Lucas and San Jose marinas is the 1150 bank, about 20-25 miles out. This is a great spot for marlin and tuna fishing with some characteristics of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean mixed.

Santa Maria Canyon: Off the coast of Santa Maria Beach is the Santa Maria Canyon where Dorado, billfish, and Tuna love to hang out. The canyon is off the coast about 9 miles and in between the 1150 Bank and Gordo Banks, easily accessible from Cabo San Lucas or San Jose Del Cabo. This entire area is a favorite amongst local anglers.

San Jose Canyon: Further north of Santa Maria is the San Jose Canyon, located just in front of San Jose Del Cabo. The canyon starts at just a mile outside of the local marina and is easily accessible for pangas. This is yet another fun tuna and marlin fishing spot during tournaments and year around.

La Fortuna Bank/Destiladera Bank/San Luis Bank/Iman Bank: Three popular fishing banks north east of the Gordo Banks. You will catch plenty of Roosterfish, Pargo, Snapper, Wahoo, Marlin, and Tuna at these spots but they are a bit far from the Cabo San Lucas marina. Iman Bank is the furthest north about but is a very consistent fishing hole for Tuna, Amberjack, Wahoo, Dorado, and Bonito.

For more information, read our complete Cabo San Lucas fishing guide.

Reviews

Booking through Destination Vacations made everything so easy. Our transportation from the airport was waiting for us when we arrived and the resort was beautiful! Everyone there was so nice and accommodating. We would definitely book through Destination Vacations again! Thanks again for your help.

Joan Cearley, Olympia, WA

Bob, I meant to contact you before this, but we've had some busy times since we got back. We were down there to celebrate our 25th anniversary, but this year is also my parents 50th and we were busy with that. We had an awesome experience. Everything went very smoothly. We loved the resort. The service was wonderful. Somewhere I had read a review that the concierge was only there to try to sell timeshares and not be helpful, but that was not the case at all for us. Julia was who we primarily dealt with and once we told her we weren't in the position or interested in buying right now due to children in college, she never pursued it, and was very helpful making local calls to confirm reservations we had. The others were also helpful when we had questions and never pushed us. Your advice was helpful especially getting through the timeshare pitches at the airport. We absolutely loved our time in Cabo and will definitely return and try to book through Destination Vacations!! Thank you so much. Sincerely, Lori

Been running since our return. Had a great time, did not buy a time share. Avoided that scene. Wonderful service from beginning to end. Would definitely use your services again. Thank you, Tracee

Tracee, Portland, OR

We had a wonderful time at Villa del Arco last week! The resort and the room was immaculate. We want to thank you both for setting this up for us and am looking forward returning very soon! Best, Wendy and Jason

Wonderful!!! That's what comes to mind when we think about our stay in Cabo. The condo was perfect for our family. With all the amenities it was like being at home and away at the same time. Beautiful decor and everything we needed We truly enjoyed it, Thank you.

Thanks for your suggestions/recommendations prior to our trip. The oceanview suite was well-beyond what we'd expected. Very nice! Food was great. Some people on tripadvisor had stated that the all-inclusive plan was too limited, but I think they just must be showy and buy the priciest items. We were very satisfied with food/drink options. Kayaks were great, and the Villa locations on the beach in general are perfect in my opiion....not too far of a walk to the Marina but past the busiest section of the beach. Wonderful trip :):)

Lisa R., New York

We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed Villa del Arco. We were thrilled upon check-in at 1:00pm that our room was already cleaned and ready and had a beautiful view of the full ocean. The restaurant was open until 11pm and that was a pleasant surprise in that it allowed for greater flexibility. The rooms were spacious and the 3 bathrooms were wonderful for a family of 5, especially when the 3 children are teenagers. The washer/dryer amenity was a plus as we used it several times over the five days. The service was excellent and although the dinner menu was a little fancy for the kids, they made it work. After we went deep sea fishing and caught a mahi-mahi, the restaurant prepared and cooked or fish for us which was a nice treat. It made for a special dinner. The boys loved the taco bar and the quesadillas from the restaurant and actually ate lunch twice a day a few times. We went to the market and filled the fridge with Gatorade and snacks; that was a great suggestion! The boys used the kayaks provided by the resort and "surfed" for hours in the ocean. We met a nice couple at the pool who had only a master suite and shared with us that they paid the same amount for the all-inclusive option as we did for 5 "adults" in a master suite with an adjoining 1 bdroom suite, because they booked through a traditional method. I'm not sure we will ever want to stay in a regular hotel room ever again, or book with anyone besides you guys. Thank you for your help and we look forward to booking our yearly Cabo trip(s) with you again. Thanks again, Rebecca

Rebecca H., Cypruss, tX

Thank you for your help Bob. We had an amazing trip! Happy New Year. Best regards, Lisa

Lisa C., Houston, TX

We had the most amazing time in Cabo, and the resort was much more than we imagined. It looks very nice on the internet, but to see it in person is so much more -- it was truly beautiful. The staff was so friendly and more than willing to assist us with any questions. We would also like to thank the two of you for all your patience and assistance throughout the planning of our vacation. You were so helpful and really put our minds at ease. We will definitely rent from you again on our next trip to Mexico.

Ed McKenna and Kris Dever, Seattle Washington

What a place!! My girlfriends and I had an exceptional time in Cabo! Villa 3201 was incredible! Spacious (plenty of room for 8 comfortably), clean, updated, warm, and inviting, not to mention the view!!! The catering services we used on site were top notch. I was expecting a Mexican taco bar brought to the villa in aluminum trays and on a more "serve yourself" type fare. Not so! It was a full-on 5 course personally served gourmet meal! What a pleasant surprise! The staff couldn't have been more professional. From the time we stepped off the plane until we got back to the airport! PERFECT! Thank you, Bob, for all your help. You went above and beyond and I so appreciate it! Sorry we didn't ever connect but maybe next time! Take care and thanks again for everything! Cheers! Mary B. The picture is the night of the Mexican taco bar! (I'm in the pink!!) :)

Mary Buntmann, Greenwood Colorado