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.ve 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: