Sport Fishing

If you are thinking about a fishing trip, San Carlos has a long history of great fishing in the Sea of Cortez. Sport fishing in San Carlos became popular in the 60’s when word got out about the abundance of big game fish like marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, wahoo and more in the crystal blue waters off the coast. There is a great variety of sport fishing depending on the time of year. With as much as a 30 degree variation in the surface temperature of the water from winter to summer, the species of fish that one can find change from month to month. When the warm southerly winds of summer replace the cool northwesterly winds of winter, the marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado and wahoo begin their yearly migration north, into the Sea of Cortez. Usually by May  the dorado, or mahi  mahi as it is also known, has arrived, The dorado is an awesome predator capable of swimming at great speeds. It receives its name from its iridescent gold color. These are extremely beautiful fish and great fighters.  If you've never caught a dorado, you will surely be surprised by their strength and stamina.

As the water continues to warm, the flying fish move north and the next to arrive are the marlin and sailfish. Marlin undoubtedly is the big daddy of sport fish. Three types of marlin can be found in the Sea of Cortez- blue, black and striped.  The striped marlin is the most common to these waters and has been reported to reach 700 pounds although it is usually under 300 pounds. Blue marlin also inhabit these waters, reportedly reaching a size of over 1800 pounds. Hooking into one of these babies is every angler's dream.  They will run and jump and just plain wear you out. But what a show and what a thrill one gets as that beautiful fish flies out of the water,  testing both you and your equipment! The thrill of landing one of these monsters is unmatched by any other fish! Sailfish are very common in this area and are very similar to the marlin in appearance. They are smaller in size and have a larger sail-like dorsal fin - hence their name.  These fish are also great fighters and can reach weights of almost 200 pounds, although most are under 100 pounds.

Tuna and wahoo usually arrive in June, following the schools of bait fish north. Yellowfin tuna is the most common in the Sea of Cortez but one can also encounter some bluefin. This fish is a thrill to catch and one usually ends up hooking more than one at a time, Vellowfin tuna can reach weights of up to 400 pounds, but those found in these waters are young and mostly under 50 pounds. Wahoo! – the name says it all…. This is one of the best tasting fish and .... What a fight! They are very hard to land due to their large sharp teeth which have a tendency to bite through your line just as you're bringing it in.  All of these fish remain in the area through October when the water temperature begins to change. 

All year round is bottom fishing season, with everything from snapper to flounder. One of the favorites is sea boss. These fish are more plentiful and seem to be bigger during the winter months.  Another winter fish is the yellowtail. These can be caught either by bottom fishing or by deep trolling. San Pedro Island is one of the best areas to fish for these, but they can be  caught close to shore as well. Considered pound for pound to be one of the toughest fish around, they will give even the most seasoned fishermen a great fight. Here is information on our annual fishing tournaments:

  • February 25 to 26. 5th Annual San Carlos Yellowtail Fishing Tournament. Email Bryan Replogle at repsilon@aol.com for more information.
  • Date TBA (March 12, 2011). 8th Annual Yellowtail open free Dive Spearfishing Tournament. For more information, see www.yellowtailopen.com.
  • May 25, 26 & 27 (Memorial weekend). The Ladies International Fishing Tournament. Sponsored by Club Deportivo. For more information, contact Dolores Ruppel at quepasa@prodigy.net.mx or Donna Moulden at ezmony@prodigy.net.mx.
  • June 1-3. The Rescate/Yacht Club Fishing Tournament. For more information contact Dick Newlon at dnewlon@prodigy.net.mx or 011-52-622-227-0299.
  • Date TBA (July 1-3, 2011). 65th International Billfish Tournament. Hosted by the Ernesto Zaragoza Charity Foundation. For more information, email claudiaciare@hotmail.com or call 011-52-622-224-0082.
  • August 30 – September 3. San Carlos Labor Day Invitational Fishing Tournament. There will also be a Cocktail Party, Raffle & Auction. Hosted by Friends of Sonora. For more information, contact Bill Hammer at bhammer@prodigy.net.mx or 011-52-622-227-0114.
  • October 5 – 7. San Carlos’ Cantina Cup International Game Fish Tournament. Sanctioned by the International Game Fish Association and hosted by the Marina Cantina, the Cantina Cup is an IGFA Offshore Qualifying Event. For more information, visit the website, email: larryG@awsco.net, phone: 520-795-4663 (US) or 52-622-226-1112 (Mexico).

Local Charter information

 BRAVO
(622)222-0035
Capacity:12 Persons

MAS BRAVO
(622)222-0035
Capacity:12 Persons

HAKUMBA MATATA
(622)221-1372
Capacity:2 Persons

MAMA GOGA, SIN RUMBO,  DONJULIO
(622)225-2026
www.marinaterra.com
reserva@marinaterra.com

Reel Addiction
(622)226-0696
www.desertdivers.com
sgalcantar@hotmail.com



CATCH22 (SPORTFISHING)
(622)226-21 62
info@catch22mexicosportfishing.com
www.catch22mexicosportfishing.com

DAKOTA CHARTERS
(622)226-0718 (602)412-3188 U5A
www.dakotacharters.com

BYTAG
(622)112-0451 (866)969-2490 USA
www.bytag.com

HATTIE ANNIE CHARTERS
(622)226-0453
1971351
www.hattieannie.com

Gary's Dive Shop
(622)226-0049
www.garysdivemexico.com
gary@garydivemexico.com
TEAM MARGARITA SPORTFISHING
Marina San Carlos (G Dock)
(622)855-5926 (520)495-0565 U5A
www.scaamexico.com

PEZ VELA FISHING CHARTERS
Marina 5an Carlos (M Dock)
(622)112-0463 (520)465-5224 US
ramcer59@yahoo.com.mx

REEL LOCO SPORT FISHING
Marina 5an Carlos
(622)855-1443 (623) 810-4756 U5
www.reellocosportfishing.com

San Carlos Fishing Charters
(622)226-2233
www.fishingsancarlos.com
andale2@yahoo.com




SONORAN CHARTERS
Marina 5an Carlos
(622)226-0003 (866)740-2628 U5A
www.sonorancharters.com

SEA OF CORTEZ YACHTS
Marina 5anCarlos (H Dock)
(622)226-1042
www.seaofcortezyachts.biz

GRAJEDA'S CHARTERS
(Sportfishing and tours)
(622)221-1372

REELAXION
(622)112-0452


ARMANDO GARCiA
(622)222-4656

TEQUILA SHEILA FISHING CHARTERS
(622)226-1421

LA GRANDAMA
(656)615-0002

MANUEL ESPRIU
(622)112-0596

BAJA ADVENTURE
(622)132-4832

 






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