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

Great place..the ride was there, the place is beautiful and super clean and every thing else is top notch. The girls were impressed and the bed is big and very comfortable..you spoke the truth. And the view from the room is just about the best in the house.Only the penthouse might have been better.

We have been meaning to get back to you regarding our stay. The entire complex including all three resorts was really nice. The beach was great and we had no problems with getting chairs at the beach or near the pool. The unit was very nice and the balcony was beyond our expectations. It was big and the view was magnificent. The whole staff at the complex were extremely helpful, courteous,and quick to help with any issue or things we needed. They could not have been better. We really enjoyed our stay and would come back. We mainly ate at the Bella California and found the food very good. Once we had the breakfast buffet and that too was good. We were in town for all of our dinners, and had some great meals at reasonable prices. The rooms were very nice although we were expecting King size beds in all three rooms and only the master had a King the others were queens but we made it work. All in all the unit and complex was even better than we expected and we want to thank you for all of your help and insight. Hopefully we will work with you on another vacation in the future.

Robert C., Deerfiled, Illinois

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

Lisa C., Houston, TX

Hi Bob. I have put reviews on trip advisor but wanted to contact you directly too.. The tour on La Gringa was outstanding! The crew was an asset to Jose, the local coordinator & Destination Vacations. By booking through you this has been an affordable holiday for my family. It takes over 24hrs to get to Mexico from Australia so expectations were high, & meet!! Thank you

Shona Fairleigh, Australia

Just a brief note to tell you we LOVED our Cabo vacation. The place was better than we expected. The only thing it was missing was a hanging clock in the kitchen area! All your info about things to do, places to eat, etc was quite useful.

Debra B, Raliegh, NC

Thanks for taking the time to come to La Gringa marina to meet us before our sunset cruise! We had a wonderful time in Cabo with our family. The penthouse suite at Villa Del Arco was beautiful. We had our New Years Eve dinner there, steaks on the grill and could see the fireworks from our room. It was great to have a hot tub right there. We ate most of our lunches at the Buccaneer and went into town for dinner. Your recommendations were helpful. The kids enjoyed the kayaks and jet skis. We appreciate all your help in arranging transfers and the sunset cruise. It was a very enjoyable trip for our family. Hope to see you again sometime.

Nancy S., Penn.

Hello Bob, Thanks for the great condo in Cabo. Last year we stayed at Villa del Palmar at a friends condo and we had to wait one day to get an ocean view room. The best part about booking with you was that I was guaranteed an ocean view and I didn't have to wonder what I would get when I arrived. Villa del Arco is in an ideal location, close to town and quiet enough to walk on open beaches. We will certainly return and book through Destination Vacations. Thanks again. Charmaine

Charmaine Pape, S. Lake Tahoe California

Just want to tell you what a spectacular time we had in Cabo! Highlights were fishing -we each caught a 30-40 pound tuna! - with Pocho's charters. (Highly recommend them.) They prepared dinner at Pocho's restaurant that night- sashimi and grilled tuna. Wonderful. We also had dinner at Pedregal- Capella- what an amazing dining setting! We also sailed on the America's cup racing boats one afternoon. Weather was fantastic. The Villa was SOOO nice! Thank you for helping make all this possible. We would definitely consider doing it again!

Wendy Kent, Portland Oregon

Just want to say thanks for a amazing vacation! The 3 bedroom penthouse was just perfect for our family. The tour you arranged for the boat was perfect. Our grand children got to see seals and whales. Can't wait to return! Thanks again.

Keith K., Oklahoma

Bob, thanks again - everything was perfect in Cabo with your help. I would recommend you to any of my friends and relatives to use your service if traveling to Cabo. Hope we can team up again Joe

Joe W., Houston