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Heading there next week, :beerchug: was wondering if anyone has had any experience fishing with local guides. Looking for any feedback good or bad, and what sort of fish should I target for this time of year. I've been surfing, but the information seems to conflict from one guide to another as to whats in season, etc...
 

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Mandolin....

I did a fair amount of research and called a lot of guides down there as I was planning on heading down a few years ago. A number of the outfits I called were US based owners of the operations and I was told (don't know how much merit there is to it) to stay away from the local charters??? Again I don't know if that was just the competition of the US guys vs. Mexican's??

I wish I could help you more, but so much of the info I found out I don't have saved anymore.
 

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Hi
Have fished Cabo several times since 1997, usually in early Jan & as late as March. Always different but always great fiHishing. The striped marlin are always around and casting livies to 'tailers' makes for really exciting visual fishing. We always take our own gear & fish 30lb class gear with Shimano TLD25/30's for casting & 30-50lb class gear for trolling. We do this as the gear on the local boats can be a bit over-gunned. There is always the chance of a blue turning up but unlikely at this time of year. Apart from the marlin, the tuna fishing should be really starting to fire & you can get some real good ones among the 'footballs'. Friends have had fish to over 200lbs. The mahi-mahi should be around in numbers & of course the 'rooster fish' - fantastic fun on lighter gear, although again, 50lb fish are fairly common.
As far as boats are concerned, as Beach Boy said, the Pisces Fleet are a good operation, although we now always fish with Efren Beron on Guerita. I think Efren was probably born with a fishing rod in his hand. He just has that certain something & always seems to come up with the goods for us. Efren won the release division of the 'Bibees Black & Blue Marlin Tournament' a couple of years ago fishing with a group of friends of mine, netting them about $100,000! The boat is a little scruffy looking but it certainly attracts the fish!!!
Guerita's standard rate is $600 a day but if you're fishing a few days he & his American wife Jaquie are negotiable on that - $500ish plus bait & tip - feel free to mention my name.
His website is www.gueritasportfishing.com & The Pisces Fleet is www.piscessportfishing.com
If you fancy having a go for a 'rooster' or 'sierra' you're probably better off hiring a 'panga' for about $30 an hour (again negotiable depending on the type of panga). If the 'stripies' are close in and the sea is flat, it's great fun catching a marlin on one of these. A good panga used to be 'Bluefin II' but I don't have any contact details - you'd have to wander around the docks after the boats come in (about 2pm).
Anyway, hope that helps a bit and you get a heap of fish (make sure you let all those beautiful marlin go though).
Cheers
Hector
 

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We've never fished Cabo but we have fished Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo - twice. I think its best if you can book a boat to yourself. Otherwise someone catches a fish and the others go for an expensive boat ride. The time we were in Puerto vallarta we did go with a charter with (I think it was ) 7 people on board. The fish hit - they called ladies first!! - and I was the only lady :thumbup: So I caught a nice male dorato and everyone else went for a boat ride - so really it's not the way to go as it really wasnt fair to anyone else. IMO - get yourself a boat - its a little more expensive but I think worth it. But you also have to get a guide who knows what hes doing. The first time in Manzanillo - we both caught a fish - my husband a 8 1/2 foot sailfish and a female doroto for me. Next time in Manzanillo we wanted to go with the original guys we went with previous as they were excellent but the guy gave us to another fishermen. He and his son were sopose to take us out but his son was late for the boat so the father took us alone - which sucked! He didnt take us to where we wanted to go and we caught a couple of small benitas (not sure of the spelling) So do your research and dont go on a charter - IMO :2cents:
 

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Forgot to mention - the sailfish should be around too - don't get many of them in January but there should be plenty around now & the pacific sails tend to be a good size. I've had them over 100lbs in March.
 
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