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Old 10-06-2020, 04:41 AM
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Going to take a much-needed vacation. Has anybody ever fished out of there or have any recommendations for a good captain/boat? There will be four of us including two women, and I would like to put them on a nicer boat for their first time experience on a charter trip. Prices seem to be all over the place with the highs around 4000 which I think is crazy, and average Iím saying around 15 or 1600, Which I think is fair. Iím pretty sure they are the lucky ones and only have to run about 30 miles to be in prime hunting grounds. I would guesstimate about 220 to 240 gallons a day, depending on who is working the throttle.

anyways, anyone with some experience chime in

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Old 10-06-2020, 05:33 AM
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Go docks in the afternoon after boats have returned. You can see boats and talk with captains and agents. You can negotiate your deal right there.
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https://cabofishinglovers.com/ernies-mucho-bueno-yacht/

Contact Capt. Ernie on the Mucho Bueno.
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Me and my dad went last year. He had booked all the charters From home because we flew down late on a Monday fished tues wed Thursday and flew home Friday. Buy the live bait from the bait boat coming out of the inlet and from there itís about a 10-12 mile boat ride to inshore side of the reef. We caught white marlin, mahi, black fin tuna on both of our ďoffshoreĒ trips and rooster fish ďnearshoreĒ on a smaller boat one day. Take the gamefish back to the hotel and theyíll cook it and some sides for you for dinner.
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Sounds like i should just find something when i get there. I dont want to strike out though if its all booked. Guess ill find out
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Ask on the Sportfish & Charters forum here. I found a charter in Cabo a couple of years ago from the forum. I forget the name or I'd pass it on. Seems like it was $800 for half day since we were coming from a cruise ship.
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Originally Posted by colecaz View Post
Ask on the Sportfish & Charters forum here. I found a charter in Cabo a couple of years ago from the forum. I forget the name or I'd pass it on. Seems like it was $800 for half day since we were coming from a cruise ship.
The Sportfish forum is the way to go; that's how I planned my trip to Quepos, Costa Rica.
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Time to Relax, I've done Quepos twice and it's a great trip! Highly recommended.
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Originally Posted by spb_456 View Post
Time to Relax, I've done Quepos twice and it's a great trip! Highly recommended.
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https://www.renegademikesportfishing.com/.

Mike doesn’t have the best boat but he knows his stuff. Super nice guy.
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https://www.piscessportfishing.com/

Hard to go wrong with Pisces, large selection of boats. Call and talk to Tracy , smooth operation they swipe your card right before you get on the boat. Keep up to date fishing reports etc
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Originally Posted by colecaz View Post
Ask on the Sportfish & Charters forum here. I found a charter in Cabo a couple of years ago from the forum. I forget the name or I'd pass it on. Seems like it was $800 for half day since we were coming from a cruise ship.
This^^^^^^^

I have used Picante 10 times. They have a fleet of mostly Cabo's

We have caught every thing that swims with those guys. Do not play the walk the dock game.

They are not the cheapest but they have never failed to do the right thing.

They even refunded a full day trip after my cancelled flight had me a day late arriving.

If you do a inshore try to hook up with Captain Leo. He has a twin engine Panga and is a ton of fun. Ask around for him.

Hard to beat the hotel "Marina Fiesta". It puts you right at the dock and we never have to leave the marina front for anything.

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Itís been years but I fished on the stream weaver I believe. 32 blackfin, not the prettiest boat but was seaworthy. Caught 6 stripes, had a good day.

like everything in Mexico have extra cash on you. Had to pay xtra for ballyhoo (what charter doesnít include bait?) xtra for live bait in the harbor (which we didnít need and they knew that) ended up feeding live baits to sea lion on way back in.

had a good fishing trip but I hate Mexico! Iíll take Costa Rica over it any day of the week! If I ever go back Iím staying at the marina, fishing and not leaving the marina area.
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Itís been years but I fished on the stream weaver I believe. 32 blackfin, not the prettiest boat but was seaworthy. Caught 6 stripes, had a good day.

like everything in Mexico have extra cash on you. Had to pay xtra for ballyhoo (what charter doesnít include bait?) xtra for live bait in the harbor (which we didnít need and they knew that) ended up feeding live baits to sea lion on way back in.

had a good fishing trip but I hate Mexico! Iíll take Costa Rica over it any day of the week! If I ever go back Iím staying at the marina, fishing and not leaving the marina area.
You get what you pay for if your smart.

I have fished Costa Rica as well.

As for the extra live bait, it made the difference on me catching my first Black Marlin on the pitch.

And yes, Poncho will eat the left overs but will spit out a dead bait all day.

I have done around 40 trips in Cabo. Live bait is always extra on every charter.
Take your chances and understand like in many places making bait in the morning isn't always a option for a charter boat.

I always tip the bait panga boats as well. I enjoy the crazy MF's.
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I first went to Cabo when it was a dirt strip runway, it has become an overbuilt American tourist trap. The waters are not what they were but still good I personally hate the place now and will never go back. I know if I had my own boat I would do well but the charter business there is so hit or miss I hate going, no local boat wants to burn fuel or buy bait to salvage any day there.

My advice on Cabo is that stuff changes often:
I prefer paying top top top $$ for a 100# American crew on a top boat the reason is as follows: You spent how much getting there?? Do you want a shitty boat ride or do you want a crew that wants to catch fish? Most of the USA guys post #'s all the time to Instagram and FB they don't want to post crap they will burn the fuel to go to where you want to or at least say "hay we budgeted this the bite is XYZ miles away for $ABC more we think we can put you where you need to be. More than likely you pay the premium and you are paid for it.

Local boat and Captains: If you have a friend with inside knowledge on who is running what then YES go local some of the local guys are the BEST the problem is do to the politics, costs and issues things change and without recent and I mean really recent information you could be booking a future disaster.

Go to Costa Rica, Guatemala or Isla Majeures it's much better and a lot less bad apples.
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I 100% agree with the post above about crews wanted to save fuel and not really wanting to catch fish. We did a full day charter and started off fishing for Dorado/Mahi/Dolphin (whichever you call them in your area); we asked the captain that we were more interested in billfish. While I understand that they wanted to come in catching something, we caught a couple of Dorados then switched to billfish troll. We literally stayed within a 4 mile area the whole day and near the last 2 hours trolled near the Cabo rocks waiting for the charter to end. Even though we had a good time since we liked to fish, most of the trip was mindless trolling with little to no interaction with the crew.

I feel as if we paid market cost based on the prices I researched online. I would have paid more if I had known that we would go further out than just a small area. Clearly the crew were checking boxes and doing the bare minimum of the charter.

I don't want to bash any particular charter however feel free to DM me for who we fished with and stay away from. Safe travels and hope you catch a ton!
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Fished Cabo the last 5 years sadly dont look like ill make it in 2020(

For a 31 boat your looking 500-600 us. I book Finaddict sports fishing when I'm down. Also had good luck on The Blue Marlin sports fishing. The son captains the Fin and the father runs the Marlin. That family has 3-4 captains running boats and they all work together. Sure helps finding the tuna school
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Originally Posted by apm4471 View Post
https://www.renegademikesportfishing.com/.

Mike doesn’t have the best boat but he knows his stuff. Super nice guy.
Mike is a tuna hound , he is the best guy to go with to chase cow tuna and he is not afraid to burn fuel to get to the fish . He will do whatever it takes to put you on the fish .


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If you are after billfish Dave Brackmann on the Caliente is your man . Depending on when you go , if he tells you the Finger Banks are going off , spend the extra fuel charge and go . Usually Nov -Dec . It's worth it for the double digit releases of stripeys . Every time we are out there he is fishing next to us .

If you want a panga , check out Jaimie Gonzalez on the Jessica .

Book your charters before you go , getting a good charter last minute in CSL is not easy . There are plenty of tourist trap boats to take you sierra mackeral fishing .

Eat at Cabo Cantina and La Casa Country , both in the marina .

Buy extra live bait if you want to feed Pancho on the way back into the marina .
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Originally Posted by MattH View Post
Itís been years but I fished on the stream weaver I believe. 32 blackfin, not the prettiest boat but was seaworthy. Caught 6 stripes, had a good day.

like everything in Mexico have extra cash on you. Had to pay xtra for ballyhoo (what charter doesnít include bait?) xtra for live bait in the harbor (which we didnít need and they knew that) ended up feeding live baits to sea lion on way back in.

had a good fishing trip but I hate Mexico! Iíll take Costa Rica over it any day of the week! If I ever go back Iím staying at the marina, fishing and not leaving the marina area.

You fished on the Dreamweaver . You're right , Costa does have better fishing etc . CSL is expensive , even with staying on the boat the whole time , it still costs more than our CR trips .

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