When you say deep sea fishing, it means boarding a boat and venturing out to deep waters that are at least 30 meters deep. It is also referred to as offshore angling, sport fishing and big game fishing. The last term is a revelation of what you can catch since the deep blue is home to big game like tuna, marlin, swordfish, sharks, and more. These species are normally not found close to shore since they hunt and feed in deeper parts of the ocean.
The offshore waters of Cabo San Lucas offer diverse and year-round fisheries which attract both amateur and professional anglers. If you’re new to this and want to experience deep sea fishing in Cabo, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for an offshore adventure.
Offshore angling tips
Be physically and mentally ready
Sportfishing can be a challenging activity which requires a sound body and mind that’s why it’s important to be physically and mentally fit if you want to engage in this recreational pursuit.
If you’re not the type who exercises regularly, then you might want to begin embracing a more active lifestyle. Before your scheduled trip, you can start doing strengthening exercises to improve your core and arm muscles to prepare you for the physical activities that lie ahead.
Did you know that during an intense physical activity, your body needs more energy than usual to keep your muscles functioning? In this case, lactic acid is released into the muscles when normal energy is used up to deliver the energy that it still needs. However, when lactic acid accumulates at high levels in the blood and muscles it can lead to muscle fatigue and burning sensations that can affect your activities. You can help prevent lactic build-up by doing warm-up and cooling down exercises before and after your regular work-out and intense physical activities like deep sea fishing which involves intensive arm action when fighting and landing a catch.
A classic warm-up consists of 10 seconds each of neck tilts (side to side), neck rotations, side bends, and followed by side twists. Continue with 10 counts each of calf stretch and quadriceps stretch. Finish with 10 seconds of shoulder shrugs, reach, and side reach (arm across the body) and you’re ready for your ocean duel. After a grueling fight, do the same cooling down exercises to get back into normal pace gradually and give your body time to recover.
Aside from regular exercise, sleep is also an integral part of conditioning the body and mind. Anticipating a deep sea trip the next day can make you a little frantic and anxious about the things in store for you. Although getting excited is normal, try not to let all that fuss about an upcoming expedition prevent you from having a good night sleep. After all, preparing for this kind of activity begins with a well-rested body and mind.
Just imagine sleeping very late or worse, staying up the night before and then feeling less at par on the morning of your trip. When you lack sleep, you might end up snoozing on the boat and missing out on the fun. Whereas, if you’ve completed a full night’s sleep then you’ll have the energy and strength to take on your ocean opponent. Not just that, you can also concentrate better, focus more, and react quicker during an offshore battle. A mighty catch will not surrender without a fight so you’ll need every ounce of power that you have to reel and land your catch.
Dress to reel rather than impress
In angling, you’re not pressured to conform to a specific dress code nor are you required to wear fancy clothes to impress the other anglers. The important thing is to feel comfortable with what you are wearing.
Since this water activity exposes you to the sun’s rays and chilly winds, it is advisable to wear layered clothing and a wide brim hat to protect you from the elements. Carry a waterproof jacket with you which you can wear when the boat is subjected to a lot of wave splashing or if there is a sudden rain shower.
The sun’s harsh rays can be tough on the skin and eyes so it’s highly recommended to wear sunscreen (30+ SPF) and lip balm with sun protection. A good pair of sunglasses can help shield your eyes from the glare of the sun and at the same time protect you from dangerous hooks that might accidentally hit you.
Your feet need a shield from hooks too and not to mention sharp teeth of your catch so forget flip-flops and open-toed footwear and go for closed, non-slip footwear instead. Fishing boots (high or ankle boots) and casual boat shoes will protect your feet and give you better traction on a slippery surface.
Nip seasickness on the bud
Seasickness can easily spoil your day so it’s best to pack some remedies when you’re preparing for your trip especially if you’re prone to it. If you haven’t experienced it before, it’s still advisable to be prepared for the effects of the rocking of the boat. Besides, you’ll be spending several hours on a moving vessel and you might encounter large waves when the wind kicks up which can intensify the rolling and swaying action. Your stomach can suddenly feel queasy and your body may react in unexpected ways due to such movements.
You can reduce the chances of getting seasick by taking an over-the-counter medication such as Bonine and Dramamine that helps counteract nausea. If you prefer a more natural approach, you can try ginger candies or dried ginger capsule which will not make you feel drowsy, unlike some conventional medicines.
It might help if you avoid a heavy meal before heading out to sea and eat something light instead such as plain bread or saltine crackers.
Pack extra snacks and drinks
Lunch, beverages and snacks may be included in your charter but you have the option to bring extra goodies and non-alcoholic drinks with you especially if there’s a specific food or beverage that you like. Snacks like fresh fruits, nuts, chocolates, and protein energy bars can keep your energy up especially in between reeling action.
Don’t forget to bring extra cash
Even if you’ve paid the charter service online in full, don’t leave the house without extra money in your wallet. You will need cash for customary tipping (15-20% of the price of the charter and more for excellent service), galley purchases, and if you want to avail of mounting services.
Carry fishing license and passport
Make sure that you bring your passport and a valid Mexican Sport Fishing License with you because anglers and non-angler passengers on the boat, 16 years old and above are required to have these documents when angling in Cabo San Lucas. If you plan to bring home your catch, you also need to present your angling license at the border or customs. Take note that some packages are inclusive of fishing license so make sure you coordinate with your charter regarding this.
Simply relish the moment
Remember that there are many factors that can affect the availability of certain species which you may or may not have control of such as season, weather, tide, and others.
Don’t feel sad if you don’t get your targeted species because fishing is not solely about catching but more about the experience. When things don’t go as planned, try to focus on the bonding moments spent with family and friends and the lessons learned to help you realize that angling is rewarding in more ways than one. You can experience these gratifying moments first-hand by chartering a boat to Cabo for an exciting deep sea angling adventure.