I chartered a fishing boat for my brother's and I for half a day during our one day visit of Cabo San Lucas while on our cruise. I chartered the boat online through a company called "El Budster". As promised, a representative from the company waited for us as we arrived at the Marina, escorted to our fishing boat complete with two fighting chairs, captain and one deck hand. On our way out of Cabo San Lucas we stopped in the middle of the bay to purchase live bait then proceeded out to sea. In total we were out to sea about 4.5 hours and managed to bring in 4 El Dorado's (Mahi Mahi). We also saw a beautiful Marlin toy with our live bait but he left as quickly as he arrived.
After a day of fishing we were ready to enjoy our catch at Captain Tony's, located on the Marina whose motto is "You Catch 'em, we cook 'em". I brought our fish to the restaurant where it was quickly grilled and returned on a large platter cooked in garlic butter, lemon butter, and bbq sauce complete with a small salad all for $5.00USD per person; suchadeal! knowing that we caught the fish made it even that much better.
Equipment Don't bring a thing, El Budster will supply all the gear and live bait, they'll even provide bottled water, sodas, beer and boxed lunches although I'd skip the boxed lunch and just bring some snack bars or something light just incase you have a case of "mal de mer".
Cabo San Lucas is the marlin fishing capital of the world. Marlin season is June - December. There are also tuna, sailfish, red snapper, grouper, wahoo, dorado, and shark. Numerous companies are available for private charters. Prices depend on which charter you choose. Ask at your hotel or a booth on the street for information on charters.
Equipment The best thing you can bring is sunscreen. Most charters should supply all fishing equipment. Some charters will not supply food and drinks.
Slippery Lizzard Sportfishing is located on the Marina in Cabo, next to Johnny Rockets (a little hard to find). They have all kinds of boats and they are for both real fisherman and aspiring fisherman like me who want to learn and be a part of the process. The crews are all fluent in English and they tell you exactly what's going on. Some charter companies are a rip off down in Cabo, taking tourists out only a few miles offshore in order to save gas, or not really allowing them to be a part of the fishing etc. These guys are the real deal - in fact, I became one of them! I though the company was so great that I got involved. Now I am a small part-owner. This review is not unbiased in the least!!!
A typical trip starts at 6:30. Most charters end around 2-3pm. Slippery Lizzard will stay out until you have enough fish or the sun goes down! There is one captain and one mate, usually, in addition you can request a American guide (for free) if you want. Our guide was an official IGFA observer. We caught 3 Tuna, 2 Dorado, and a Marlin. Awesome.
Equipment All professional grade tackle and equipment is provided on every boat. You literally only need sunblock and sunglasses.
This was an excursion offered on a cruise. It was called Private Yatch for a Day. we really enjoyed it and thought it was worth the cost. We saw whale get caught (and released ) a marlin and snorkled for as long as we wanted. Sea kayaking was also offered. Great lunch served. Equipment provided. Crew was super nice and helpful. Only about a dozen people on the boat. Very relaxing time. Really enjoyed it.
Equipment None, everything is provided by them.
This place is paradise for the port fisherman it seems. From the early morning, hundreds of yachts sailing out to fish at Marlin and return about 2 a clock in the afternoon...