You're in the fighting
chair, the sun on your back, rod socketed in, line
screaming as the big fish sounds, runs, tail-walks.
You're in Cabo, the Marlin Capital of the World!
October, when the boats go out to sea to compete
in Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament --
the richest anywhere, with over $2 million in prize
money -- it underscores a fascinating fact: the
fish don't come bigger or more plentiful any place
in the world.
And in November when fishermen compete in Los Cabos'
own Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, the fight
is about skill and savvy in a full celebration of
the wealthy waters and nature's abundance.
More than ten million years ago an earthquake deep
beneath the surface split the far west coast of
Mexico, separating the 1,000-mile long Baja California
peninsula from the mainland. The Pacific Ocean rushed
into the gap, creating the Sea of Cortez, a natural
fish trap so rich in nutrients that today more than
800 marine species flourish.
Hemingway came here to fish; so did John Wayne,
Bing Crosby and a clutch of other celebrity sportsmen
from way back in the '40s. The marlin -- black,
blue and striped -- run as big as 1,000 lbs., and
as many as 40,000 marlin and Pacific sailfish have
been caught in a year. Catch-and-release is the
rule for marlin and all bill fish. There are abundant
Tuna to be hunted, as well as Sailfish, wahoo, grouper,
dorado, snapper, roosterfish and more.
Cabo San Lucas, at the southwestern tip of the Baja
where sea of Cortez and the Pacific ocean kiss at
a dramatic rock arch, Finisterra (“Lands End”),
is a fisherman's dream destination, with a big Marina
at its center and a host of lively restaurants and
Bars such as Cabo Wabo among many others. Boats
for charter range from state-of-the-art cruisers
such as RedRum Sportfishing’s 32-foot RumRunnin
to 20' skiffs known locally as "pangas."
Experienced Captains know the prime spots, and will
help a beginner to land the catch of a lifetime.
Costs will run from $525 for a full-day on a cruiser
to $180, plus bait, lunch and a tip for the day
in a Panga: they all include fishing gear. As a
nice change, fishing in Los Cabos isn't reserved
for the rich...RedRum is setting the standard for
"all inclusive" sport fishing in Cabo.
It’s wise to make your reservations well in
advance. Heather and Vince, the owners of RedRum,
will personally assist you in experinceing the big
game fishing trip of a lifetime. Redrum charters
include all tackle, world class Penn and Shimano
gear, a great lunch, all live bait (a big plus!),
freezing or smoking of you catch and a dinner made
with a portion of your catch at a local restaurant
with all of the goodies. Hard to beat this deal
and they catch fish! Check them out at RedRumCabo.com
fishing put Los Cabos on the map; today, in this
dramatically beautiful and dynamic resort destination,
it's only the beginning of the vacation experience.
Sailors navigate the waters and divers explore them;
parasails soar across the skies and horses canter
along endless beaches. Golfers tee off on five magnificent
courses designed by experts like Nicklaus, Trent
Jones and Dye, while right offshore, a party of
migrating gray whales is not an unusual sight in
the winter months. Hotels, in a range of price and
pace, combine Mexico's matchless style with the
warmth of the Baja people. Baja is as much of an
attitude as it is a place. If you want to go and
experience a slice of paradise and catch that fish
of a lifetime there is no better place than Cabo
and no better outfit than RedRum.
bill fish should be released and it could not have
been said better than how Hemminway said it here:
You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and
to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for
pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved
him when he was alive and you loved him after. If
you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is