Once a small fishing village, Cabo San Lucas is now heralded worldwide as one of the top five fishing destinations on the planet and the “Marlin Capital of the World.” Over the years, fishing in Mexico has transformed from a toil of necessity to an experience chosen by the high-class and wealthy. In the 1950s, fishing beneath the watch of El Arco, Cabo’s dignified landmark, was a favorite of Hollywood’s famous, with the likes of Bing Crosby and John Wayne choosing the deep seas of Cabo to tackle the challenge of the large and beautiful trophy fish that are abundant there.
With the help and expertise of fishfishme.com and our trusted and highly-rated captains and crew, you too can partake in a deep sea fishing charter on the azure seas of Baja California Sur. Throughout the summer season and the peak months of May, June, December, and January, deep sea charters— even with inexperienced fishers holding the rods—can yield between one and ten fish per day. The prize catches include Wahoo and Marlin, with some Marlin weighing in at a whopping 1,000 pounds (if you are both patient and lucky, that is!).
Although some are driven by the prospect of capturing a large, beautiful fish for the sake of appreciating the catch, the struggle, and the fish itself, those who are thrilled by the potential of taking home an impressive trophy will enjoy Cabo’s optional catch-and-release policy.
As time has always proven, the seas are unpredictable and the fish cannot be scheduled. In Cabo San Lucas, however, deep sea fishing rewards the patience and enthusiasm of both novice and experienced fishers alike. In Baja California Sur, especially—as the saying goes—one can always count on the Sea of Cortez to provide a bounty before the day’s end, no matter if it is your first trip or your hundredth.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of going fishing in the Amazon with a fishing charter, or if you’ve already begun your planning, you need to consider the time of year before you consider anything else. The weather, and the seasons, in the rainforest region are not the same as those in more temperate zones.
The Wet Season in the Amazon
The rivers in the Amazon experience times of high and low water throughout the year, flooding the jungles then receding. It is during the rainy season that the flooded forests offer premium cover for prized species of fish, both baitfish and their large predators. This excessive cover is unfortunately what also makes these prized fish almost impossible to catch.
The Dry Season in the Amazon
Leading fishing charters will tell you that the real season for fishing in the Amazon is the dry season; however, this season occurs at different times for different Amazonian regions. The southern part of the Amazon Basin has its dry season in June and July, and southern rivers provide good water levels in August.
Rivers further north begin to drop as the dry season moves north during September and October, making the Igapo Acu and the Matupiri Rivers prime destinations at this time. Late October is the time for fishing north of the main body of the Amazon River itself at some of the Central Rio Negro Basin tributaries. January offers the best bass fishing from January to March in this region.
There aren’t many summer activities as enjoyable as basking in the warm sun, holding a cold beverage and casting a line.
Here are the 7 hottest fishing trips you should take this summer:
San Diego, California: Known for its beaches, year-round perfect weather and amusement parks, this Southern California destination is also renowned for its deep sea fishing charters. The waters off the coast are rife with bluefin tuna, in some cases weighing up to 40 pounds.
Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia, Canada: If you’re looking to head north—perhaps if you’re looking for a little respite from the brutal summer heat—Nova Scotia, offers more opportunities to catch huge tuna (up to 400 pounds!). Late summer (August through October) is the ideal time to make the trek north.
Long Island, New York: A trip to the Big Apple doesn’t have to be relegated to city sights. North Shore, Long Island—located a couple miles east of Brooklyn—offers great fly-fishing. Fishers can expect to find striped bass and false albacore. ‘Eyy, I’m fishing here!
Key West, Florida: It’s difficult to find a location better suited for anglers. Fishing is great year-round and deep sea fishing charters are plentiful; the warm, blue waters and coral reef are the icing on the cake.
Deschutes River, Oregon: The Deschutes is a major tributary of the Columbia, and is a favorite for anglers fishing for trout. It’s also not hard to find someone to teach you how to fly-fish, if you’re looking to pick up a new skill.
Bermuda: Some of the largest fish ever caught have been caught off the coast of Bermuda, including a marlin that weighed 1,189 pounds! Serious anglers flock to the island to take advantage of the deep sea fishing charters available in hopes of catching their own monster fish.
New Orleans, Louisiana: The marshes along the bottom coast in Louisiana offer world-class salt-water fly-fishing. Anglers casting lines in this area can find red drum, or channel bass, out in these marshes.
Whether you’re looking for deep sea fishing charters, fly-fishing in rivers, or just looking learn the basics of casting a line—there’s a location for every type of angler this summer.
Here at Fishfishme, we know that fishermen are a superstitious lot; in fact, many of the superstitions they abide by are so well-known that most non-fishermen are familiar with at least one of them. Whether it’s “not naming the boat is bad luck” or “don’t forget to christen the new boat with wine or champagne”, there are plenty of beliefs that have been around the fishing boat world for a long time that just will not fade away. One superstition in particular has a reputation of turning eager fisherman into angry anglers as quick as you can say “fruit” – and that’s the belief that bringing bananas on the boat, specifically the fishing boat, spells doom.
The Origins of Bananas on Boats being Bad Luck
There are many theories as to the origin of the belief, from a story about a shipload of bananas that carried bacteria onboard, killing everyone on the boat, to the fact that other fruits, when shipped with bananas, spoil more quickly. Spiders, insects, and snakes may living among a shipment of bananas, and infest the ship. Fishermen can become ill after eating the fruit. Hundreds of years ago, when ships would sink, few items that were onboard would be found floating on the surface of the water – except bananas, leading to the belief that the fruit brought a curse to the vessels.
The Most Likely Origin
However, the most likely origin of the superstition has to do with vessels in the 1700s that would transport bananas across the sea – these wooden vessels had to move very quickly in order to deliver the bananas before they rotted, making trolling for fish almost impossible. It’s been deemed ever since that “banana boats” did not make for good fishing boats, and the idea branched out into several superstitious mantras for fishermen today.
The next time you’re packing for your deep sea fishing charters, just in case, be sure to leave anything having to do with bananas at home!
As much as we want to believe we’ve seen everything under the sun, there’s still a world in the ocean that remains to be fully discovered. Despite our sophisticated, deep-diving technologies, scientists are still finding new species and underwater life forms.
Case in point: the opah (Lampris guttatus), the first warm-blooded fish ever discovered. Until now, fish have always been thought of as ectothermic, meaning that they require heat from their surrounding environment to stay warm.
The opah is a large, orange and spotted moon-shaped fish about the size of a car tire. Scientists suspected its warm-bloodedness when researching its gill tissue when they discovered that vessels carrying cold, oxygenated blood were in contact with vessels carrying warm, deoxygenated blood from the body tot the gills. Therefore, outgoing blood warms the incoming blood.
The fish’s warm blood gives it an advantage for hunting prey. Many cold-blooded fish (like tuna) can push blood to various parts of the body to keep warm during deep dives, but they have to resurface frequently to keep organs from shutting down. The opah’s bloodstream, in contrast, gives them a heightened nervous system and enables them to stay underwater longer. Who knows what the next undersea discovery will reveal!