We offer fishing as a side activity on both our Sea of Cortez kayaking trips and Magdalena Bay whale watching trips. If you want to fish, please come prepared with your own lures for trolling or spoons for spin casting. Medium to small, minnow-type, sinking lures are suggested such as a Rebel jointed Fastrac or mid size Rapala Magnums (4.5 to 5 inches or 9-12cm in length). Suggested colors include: blue/silver, black/silver, black/gold, green mackerel/gold or blue mackerel/silver. We carry a few of these in our small store at the La Paz office should you need some at the last minute.
Sea of Cortez Kayaking Trips: We supply 2 rods and reels for trolling. The most successful fishing on our kayak trips is done by trolling behind a motorized skiff (two rods at a time) for up to an hour before breakfast on certain mornings. On trips to Espiritu Santo Island only we sometimes go fishing in the evenings as well. Another option for fishing on any trip is spin casting or fly fishing from shore or your kayak. You must provide your own spinning rod, reel and spoons (silver are best). When fishing from a kayak you must always be within view of camp.
Magdalena Bay Whale Watching Trips: Fishing from our whale watching camp can be done using a fly or spinning rod (you must bring your own) from shore. If interested you may be be able to hire a local fisherman and boat (at your own expense) from Lopez Mateos to take you fishing in the mangroves. You can arrange this with our guides once at camp.
The best fishing season in the Sea of Cortez is summer through fall. Therefore the best months for fishing on our sea kayak trips are October and November. Typical catches during these months include tuna, dorado and sea bass. During winter months sierra mackerel are commonly caught. Spring provides varied options for catching a variety of fish depending on where you are and what lures you use.
Any fish you catch can either be released OR brought to camp for our talented staff to prepare and serve as a tasty Mexican style appetizer or meal.
IMPORTANT! FISHING PERMIT INFORMATION
Fishing permits are required for anyone 13 years or older who plans to fish during our trips. This includes fishing from either our motorized skiff, kayak or shore.
Look for our summer fishing packages, combining hotel and daily excursions for fly, trolling or spear fishing.
You can purchase your fishing license/permit on line at your home in advance by going to the website below OR at our La Paz office with the assistance of our staff upon your arrival in Baja. Licenses are sold by the day only and cost about $12-13/person/day (depending on the exchange rate of dollars to pesos). Keep in mind you will not fish the first and last day of a trip. For example if you booked a trip to Espiritu Santo Island and the dates are Dec 15-21, the first and last days (Dec 15 and 21) are arrival and departure days to and from La Paz.
Mexico has strict laws regarding the possession of illegal drugs. Please be sure NOT to bring any illegal drugs.