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:D Well guys it's time for my next vacation. This time I will be heading south to Cabo San Lucas for a week with my girlfriend and another couple. I really can't wait- we are staying at the Finisterra which looks awesome! I already made reservations at a really nice looking restaurant down there called the Esperanza. I plan on fishing atleast on day probably two. I am looking at one day on a panga with my girlfriend and one offshore because I hear the striped suits are running good. Anyone have any experience good or bad about Cabo or anything there? Any must do's or anything not worth doing? Please let me know. Thanks:)
 

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Mike...

Melissa and I ate at Esperanza when we were In Cabo a year or so ago... be on the lookout for moviestars, a couple of them have condos there.... we ate outdoors by the pool on "Fiesta" nite or something like that... sat at a little table overlooking the cliffs.. I frankly can't remember how the food was (too many cervezas y Cabo Wabo) but it was truly beautiful....
 

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Surfing at Zippers can be great. The fishing is fantastic if you are with the right person. They tease in the marlin with their spread then toss a live one to em. If you troll dead bait, which they don't do enough, you'll catch many more fish of mulitple species. I caught my striped on a dead mackeral threaded up. Bring your snorkel gear or check with your hotel to see if they loan it for free.

The place is fun. Watch out for scams. They want to get your money and will sell their mothers to do so and as you well know everything is negotiable. Did 2 weeks there last August.
 

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If you are a fisherman or golfer then Cabo is a great place to go. I have been down there a couple of times. I couldn't get off shore because I was on my own and couldn't hook up with anyone else but I did go out in a couple of Pangas. Make sure that you inspect the fishing gear because the first trip I took the guy had some well warn equipment and some rusty lures. Also make sure you negotiate everything including the bait. I chartered one boat and then we stop out in the harbor and he tells me I need to buy fresh bait from one of the locals.

The food is great down there. On our first visit my sister in law took us to all the top shelf eateries and we had some great meals but on the last trip we took, we stopped into these little restaurants that the locals eat at and found great marlin tacos and other meals at less than half the price of the tourist hot spots and enjoyed the local atmosphere.

We also rented a car and found the beach spots along the coast were the tour guides take you snorkling by catamaran. We stayed all day and enjoyed the beach and water without being rushed. I also pickup up some nice snorkel gear from the inexperenced snorklers who were dropping the stuff in 40 ft of water.:D

The Mexican people in that area seem to treat you different than some of the other places in that country. Other than being constantly harassed about going to a time share event I think it is great. Have a great time!
 

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Giggling Marlin, Cabo Wabo, Squid Row. Do You Need More, Look Around The Far Side Of The Marina District For The Outdoor Sports Bar, $20.00 Surf And Turf, And Its Good, Talk Nice And They'll Let You Upstairs In There Illegal Casino.
 

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fishing in cabos

hold on there...this is the tournament capital of the world, getting a good captain is key. evrybody there will ask you if you want a charter as well as evrything else, lol. i hooked up with Pochos Charters and went out on the boat called Bad Market, i cannot say enough about how good the captain and mate was. what i meant was we had to wait for the tournament the end to get a good boat. find out if there are any and plan the fishing trip around it cause if there is one all the good boats are out. stay away from mexican beef, its awlful, there is a Ruth Cris steak house there that is wonderful. alot more to say if you any questions call me 609-703-1459, ron

ps:there is baja racing near by and you can drive them on a wild track, getting air was wild, one of the best things i ever did:D.
 

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I was there in April and it was great!

I fished with Picante and had a great time. Cabo boats, in great shape, and good captains. We caught 4 striped and lost 2 others. Amazing to see them hit, peeling line off, jumping, and then just hauling a** away from you. They may be a little more expensive, but the panga I did wasn't for me. I'd pay for a couple of Picante trips next time.

If Edith's is open, and you like open air and mesquite grill, go there. It's close to the center of San Lucas and has great food and drink! All in all, everything was good; even the local taco shop right in the heart of town.
 

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It is one HOT mother down there temps easily in the 100's

There is an awesome deli right next to the Picante fleet building on the pier, they make awesome hoagies, this is where you want to get your lunch for the fishing trip.

Don't drink their beer of choice, Pacifico, that crap is awful, taste like a 9 volt battery on your tounge.

We went with the Fly Hooker it was ok, cost us $450 for the day or $425 if you book 2 days or more. We hooked into a hugh blue marlin the first day we could not get to the boat, they estimated it between 300 - 500 lbs, we fought for 2 1/2 hours and the line finally snapped. We had a wahoo that spit the hook the second day and I bought in a 100 lb Sailfish and then release it alive and well.

If you scuba the diving is nice down there but you can ask around and some shops will take you outside the protected area for spear fishing.
 

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Was with one Capt. one day. From below I spotted a sleeper marlin - that they should have seen easily from the bridge - It hit an artificial but apparently the outrigger clip failed or the line wasn't in it right. the outrigger expoded in many pieces and hit my wife in the face. A 300lb blue jumped around with a new piercing. No explanation, apology or concern for my wife. At the dock, the asked for tip. I laughed in the faces. What a joke. There are lots of bad bad captains there with crap gear so choose wisely. We got a good captain and did some catching later in the trip. Went with him 2x. They had their act together.
 

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Wow that's great. Lots of help. I truly can't wait.

Ed--

I can't wait for the Dinner and the view. That will be the "center" of our trip if you know what I mean.

Dave--

You shouldn't have told me about the Casino. I am sure I will be spending some time there. Talk to you more tommorow.
 

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Cuz- if you fish two times while you are down there you will enter HERO status in my book!!!!!

Walk the docks!!!!!!!Just do it!
 

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Stay away from the pangas. They stay close to the beach and their gear is crap. Walk the harbor and talk to the Captains. There should be a concierge at the Finisterra who can also hook you up.

Try Edith's for dinner. It is pronounced edeetz. They have musicians who walk around and take requests. They cook on the grill out on the patio. It is hot this time of the year, but the nights cool down.....Gene
 

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Gene--

Thanks for the advice. The only reason I wanted to take a panga was my girlfriend gets sick, and I figured she could get a chance at fishing without getting sick or breaking the bank. I fully intend to charter a boat myself for marlin or sails also.
 

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Harry-

Thanks for the help. I will definitely check out the gear on the Panga's if I do go that route. I chartered a boat in Cozumel and it was the same way. Boat itself looked great but the reel came apart in like 4 peices while fighting a fish not to mention 3 eyes on the rod poped off. Thank God I was only fighting a small tuna.

I hear the food down there is out of this world. Liek others said Cabo Wabo, Lorenzillo's and Esperanza are a few of the definites so far. I also heard they have some of the best sushi down there. Thanks again for the help bro!
 

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Mike

Picante has the fleet of big sportfisherman and if I recall, it is about $1500 a day for the charter.... pangas, as Krayfish said, usually are one man local operations and the gear can be shoddy... they also are the wrong boat to be on if the chop kicks up (just ask Melissa, she turned green and we turned back in under two hours.. and we were catching fish!)

I have chartered the Bob Marlin a couple times..... which was about $600 if I remember correctly.... english speaking captain and mate but a long way from a luxury......the gear was pretty good... we also brought a couple rigs with us... we caught fish....

The guy that owns the outfit is a real character..... he owns a panga too.. if his Panga guy (Roberto) is still with him, he is a really good fisherman and if you went Panga, he is the guy I would go with...

http://www.jcsportfishing.com/bobmarlin.htm
 
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