Cabo Billfish Species

Black Marlin (Makaira indica)

Black Marlin (Makaira indica)

The black marlin can grow up to 750 kilograms (1,700 lb). It is one of the largest marlins, capable of reaching speeds of up to 128 km/h (80 mph).

Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara)

Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara)

Immortalized in Hemingway's Old Man And The Sea, in which Santiago battles a blue marlin for three days off the coast of Cuba. Females can grow to 1,800 kg (4,000 lbs).

Striped Marlin (Tetrapturus audax)

Striped Marlin (Tetrapturus audax)

The striped marlin is the most common billfish found in Los Cabos. The record weight for a striper is 190 kg (430 lb.), with a length of 420 cm.

Los Cabos Fishing Charters
from Winner 7 Sportfishing, S. A. de C. V.

Before You Go Fishing

Q: Some other charter companies I have checked out are only $400 or $500 / day. Why are you more expensive?

A: Our philosophy is to run our boats quickly out to where the fish are. This usually involves burning more fuel in order to get maximum fishing time for the client. Some companies have single-engine diesel "smokers" that start trolling immediately when you get out of the marina. Sometimes the fish are 25 miles offshore! By the time you get there at trolling speed, you have missed the morning bite and it is almost time to turn back.

Also, some companies that charge less don't actually take you fishing at all! We see at least one group per day stranded on the dock, wondering where their charter boat is.

Q: Do I have to pay for the whole charter up front?

A: We will take a 50% deposit at the time of the booking. You can pay the other half on the day of the booking at our office.

Q: What happens if I have to cancel the booking? Do I lose my deposit?

A: If you have to cancel the booking and you give us at least 14 days notice, we will almost always refund your deposit. In the event of a port-closure due to weather or act of God, we will refund your deposit in full.

Q: What exactly is 'Full Service' vs 'Bare Boat'?

A: 'Full Service' includes everything you need - all licenses, ice, live bait, fuel, beverages, beer, and equipment. Just show up with sun cream and some cash to tip the crew. The 'Bare Boat' option is for customers who already have their own licenses, and don't mind bringing their own bait, food etc. Both packages include all fishing equipment. Both exclude gratuity and Mexican IVA tax.

Q: Where is your office?

A: We do not have an office. We work right out of the boats. Stop by the marina office and ask for your charter vessel.

Q: What time do we need to show up at the office the morning of the charter?

A: The boat captains like to leave the marina at 6:30 am. You should be at the office between 6:00 and 6:30. In the office we will write out your licenses and run the rest of the charge. After that the Captain will take you to the vessel.

Q: What do we need to bring?

A: Bring sunglasses, sun block and some cash to tip the crew (if you booked a full service charter). We have ipod docks on all of the vessels, DVD players (for the boats with salons), and all the tournament grade tackle, rods and reels you will need. If you have a rod and reel you are partial to, of course, bring that too!

Q: Do your crews speak English?

A: Yes. All of our crews and deckhands speak English, most fluently. If you are at all worried, you can request an American guide / IGFA observer to accompany you at no extra charge. We know all the local fisherman and IGFA certified observers, and they are more than happy to ride along and tell you all about fishing in Cabo and the history of the area.

Q: Specifically, what types of equipment do you have?

A: All equipment is tournament grade, excellently maintained. Frankly, we have the best equipped boats in Cabo. For a list of equipment pertaining to a specific vessel, please email us.

After You Go Fishing

Q: How much should we tip the crew?

A: That is up to you, but standard tip for the captain and deck hand is between $100 and $150, depending on how happy you are. It is a tip after all. Make sure you give it to the Captain, and he will pass some on to the crew.

Q: If we catch some fish, can I take it with me?

A: Yes, if you live in the USA, Mexico, or Canada, the airlines will let you take fish in a cooler back with you. You will have to check it, so regular baggage rules about weight will apply. We recommend vacuum-packing the fish before you freeze it. That way it will stay fresh-tasting for up to 6-months in your freezer at home.

Q: Where can I vacuum-pack the fish?

A: There are several places on the marina. You can ask us in the office after your trip. All vendors on the marina will filet and vacuum-pack the fish for you, and it costs only a couple of dollars per pound. All you will need then is a cooler, which you can purchase at any local store or from our office.

Q: How do I mount my fish as a trophy?

A: We recommend Gray taxidermy. You can view over a dozen examples of their work in our office. Trophies are not made from real fish anymore, so please don't kill your billfish thinking that you have to in order to get a trophy made. The crew will record the length and all relevant details, in case you want a trophy. Ask your captain about it - he will be happy to go over the brochure on the boat with you. If you order one, he will be entitled to a large commission from Gray's. Some charter companies take a cut of this from the Captains, but we do not. We will be happy to do it for you in the office for you, if you would like. The captain will still get his commission.

Q: I want to go to a restaurant and have them cook the fish I just caught. Will they do that?

A: YES! Almost any restaurant worth going to will cook your fish for you if you ask. Some of them will keep some of it, and all of them will charge you a fee. The best thing to do is go to one of the famous places that cooks it "many ways." Some good ones are Solomon's Landing, Baja Cantina, and Latitude 22 (The Roadhouse). For a large list of other great restaurants in the area that will server your fish (or sushi it!), please email us..

Q: I have some good pictures. Will you post them?

A: YES! YES! Please email them to our marketing guy, and he will post images and video on our various blogs, twitter youtube, etc.