The fishing here in Baja California Sur has to be among the best in the world.
I’m not a real fisherman but I’ve dabbled in it because I’ve been around it since I moved here in ’82. Also, I’ve travelled a bit. When you go to Croatia, as an example, you don’t see a fish in the water, even though the water is absolutely beautiful; nicer than this even in some of the coves around here. You won’t see one thing alive in the water.
One of the great things here is that the Sea of Cortez is so abundant but you won’t see giant fishing trawlers. What you do see are these little guys going out on these pangas.
bThe fish you can catch here where I am in the area of La Ventana, about 40 minutes by car southeast of La Paz include Blue marlin,striped marlin, swordfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo, roosterfish, the fighting fish, like bottom fish, red snapper, sea bass—an endless variety of fish.
On the Pacific side of Baja California Sur you get another variety of fish because it’s cooler water, such as halibut. This side, the Sea of Cortez side, a lot of these fish are warm water fish. In fact, they migrate in the winter from here. On the Pacific side, you have different lobsters, pearl oysters, or shrimps, etc. As a fishing destination, including the cost, Baja California Sur this has got to beat the Caribbean and even Hawaii.
The government has tried to protect this area. A lot of pressure came in the late 80’s. As Cabo grew around sport fishing and even Las Barriles grew around sport fishing, the guys involved in it were the same guys who were paying the taxes, and they were the guys motivating the government. They put a lot of pressure on.
Even Jacques Cousteau did a lot of research in this bay because of its abundant sea life. I remember watching a video with him where he was sitting with a minister of fisheries in La Paz asking them why they were letting the Japanese in here fishing. They minister was saying, “Oh, but they’re only allowed to take one species of fish,” and then Cousteau rolled the video he’d taken of these frozen marlin, and that blew the lid off. The hotels in Cabo went crazy and so they threw the Japanese out. It’s funny. In one way, Mexico is pretty good with environmental protection. All the islands in front of our property are protected. You can’t build anything on these islands.
So one of the big reasons the fishing is so good here is it because it has not been overfished.
(Fishing with Ventana Bay Resort, Ventana Bay, Mexico, pictured.)