Cabo Fishing Tackle - Recommendations on Fishing Gear to Bring to Los Cabos

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BRINGING YOUR OWN FISHING GEAR TO CABO SAN LUCAS

A lot of people email us asking us what kind of fishing tackle they should bring down to Los Cabos. If your one of those people that likes having their own gear on hand, we're going to try and help out with our own tackle recommendations. It's really not an easy answer. Much depends on what time of year you're planning on going and what species your primary target is going to be. Most folks aren't really sure what they'll be targeting, and in all fairness, you never know what you'll run into so being prepared for what fish present themselves is what our list of recommended Cabo fishing tackle is all about. We're not going to delve into the biggest and baddest – you know, fish like 500lb+ marlin or super-cow yellowfin tuna. Frankly, if you had to cover all the bases, you'd end up well over the baggage weight limits just for your reels and lures alone. We're going to stick with a three rod / three reel set up with the appropriate lures, terminal tackle and accessories that will give you the ability to fish inshore and offshore for the most game fish found in Southern Baja.


RECOMMENDED FISHING TACKLE LIST FOR CABO BOUND ANGLERS


INSHORE, SMALLER SPECIES FISHING TACKLE LIST
The species of game fish you'll likely encounter on inshore fishing trips in Los Cabos include; roosterfish, dorado, sierra, smaller yellowfin tuna (football sized to 20-30lbs), a variety of bottomfish like yellowtail, grouper and snapper species and at times, striped marlin. For those species a couple of setups work real well.

RECOMMENDED REELS & LINE STRENGTHS
Shimano TLD 20, Accurate ATD 30, Avet MX series
Line Strength: 15-25 lb main line, 50-100lb leaders
Wire leader material with crimps and crimping tool

RECOMMENDED RODS
Calstar WC-270-7C, Shimano Terez TC4, Okuma Makaira
6-7 foot rods with fast action do the trick nicely for most inshore species.

RECOMMENDED LURES, JIGS AND HOOKS
Zuker trolling lures, tuna feathers, hoochies
Moldcraft soft-head trolling lures
Cedar plugs
Rapala lures Magnum (sardine, mackerel)
Topwater poppers (Yo-Zuri or Bomber)
Assortment of jigs for deep dropping on structure
Circle hooks (Eagle Claw 2004EL or similar)
Stainless snap swivels
J-hooks if you must fish them

Regarding hooks, bring a selection of sizes from #4's on up so you can match them with whatever size bait may be available at the time.

Regarding rods, if you're planning on doing some surf fishing, you may want to pack a 8-10 surf casting spinning rod, travel models that break down into pieces are best. Match that up with a medium duty spinning reel like Penn's Spinfisher V or a Shimano Stradic. You can also use those setups for surface popping while out on the boat.
OFFSHORE SPECIES FISHING TACKLE LIST
Moving offshore we're going to get into bigger, stronger fish and the "unknown" factor comes into play, big time. Unknown? Yep, you'll be trolling a spread of lures, what decides to come into the spread can be a surprise. Most of the time that's going to be billfish or dorado, but be prepared for big tuna or toothy wahoo as well.

RECOMMENDED REELS & LINE STRENGTHS
Penn or Shimano 50-80w (Tiagras or Internationals)
Line Strength: 50-100 lb main line, 100-300lb leaders
Wire leader material with crimps and crimping tool

RECOMMENDED RODS
Penn VS 50-80, Shimano Tallus, Calstar GFTR760M
5-7 foot rods with medium action and roller guides - add a bent butt rod if you're targeting big billfish.

RECOMMENDED LURES, JIGS AND HOOKS
Black Bart / Zuker trolling lures and feathers
Moldcraft wide range and chugger softheads
Cedar plugs
Rapala Magnums (sardine, mackerel)
Marauders (black/purple, black/orange)
Assortment of jigs for deep dropping on structure
Circle hooks (Eagle Claw, Owner, Mustad)
Stainless snap swivels
J-hooks if you must fish them

Regarding hooks, bring a selection of sizes from 9/0 to 16/0 including live bait hooks. Best to have good selection to match the bait available.

Your inshore gear should come along with you as 20w rod/reel combos are enough for many of the offshore species if they're running smaller. Striped marlin and smaller blues along with dorado are much more fun on that lighter tackle so having that lighter setup on hand can make for more fun on the water.