Baja destination known as the “best of the best” for landing a bucket-list catch
Located right on the Sea of Cortez, La Paz in Baja California Sur is the perfect home base for a southern sportfishing getaway, whether you’re a beginner looking for a fun new experience, or an expert angler looking to land “the big one.” From joining a group excursion, to planning a private trip for friends, or even competing in one of the many tournaments in the region, La Paz will have you hooked!
Popular areas for sportfishing surround the city of La Paz, running down the east side of the Baja Peninsula. To the north, you’ll find Isla Espiritu Santo and El Bajo; east of the city is Isla Cerralvo, while south-east of the city, fishing hot spots include El Sargento, La Ventana, Bahía de los Sueños, and Los Barriles. All are easily accessible for day trips using reputable sportfishing operators in La Paz. That means you can spend your days out on the ocean with rod and reel, but stay in the city and enjoy a range of accommodation options, explore the nightlife, and experience authentically Mexican cuisine and culture.
Anglers head to La Paz year-round, but peak period for sports fishing is July through October. But what can you expect to catch? Depending on the month you visit, you’ll find the Sea of Cortez teeming with dorado (mahi mahi), snapper, tuna, marlin, wahoo, sailfish and rooster fish. It’s also possible to catch sea bass, grouper, yellowtail, amberjack and skipjack, among others. After all, the Sea of Cortez is one the most diverse bodies of water on the planet and home to more than 900 species offish.
Fishing operators range from basic-but-reliable operations, through to luxury outfitters that look after every detail of your outing, from cast-off to preparing and serving your very own “catch of the day” for your dinner! Whether your prefer to stay close to shore in a small “panga” vessel or take a more luxurious boat out to deeper ocean, cast off with live bait or troll with specialized lures, bring your own equipment or borrow high-quality fishing gear, fish conventionally or opt for fly fishing—La Paz’s established sportfishing operators will have you covered!
For those confident in their angling abilities, the La Paz region is also home to a number of sportfishing tournaments throughout the season, attracting fishing folk from around the world, keen to prove their skills.
- East Cape Dorado Shoot Out: July 20, 2019
- Bisbee’s East Cape Off-Shore Tournament: August 1 – 4, 2019
- Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot Tournament: August 24, 2019
- Tuna Shoot Out: October 26, 2019
Cast off all doubts – you’re going to fall for La Paz hook, line and sinker!