Five tips for planning a Baja fishing trip

Planning a Baja fishing trip is something you really need to think about. Sure, it can turn out to be something spectacular, but that won’t just happen by chance. Instead, you have to put forth effort to make sure you have the best vacation possible. The more you put into planning; the better off your overall vacation is going to be.
Since it is warm all year long in Baja areas, you don’t have to worry too much about temperatures. You can plan such a trip any time of the year. In fact, if you live in a cold region it is a great way to get away and to enjoy some summer time like weather. That is a way for you to be able to get through some of those long and cold winters.

When will you go?

Deciding when you will go to Baja to fish though is important. If you can avoid spring break time and the common some travelers, you can enjoy fishing there a great deal. Of course if you can go when spawning occurs you will be able to get some larger fish and have better odds.

You should try to go when people are working. If you are retired or you can get some days off during the week, do so. This is better than trying to go fishing in the Baja area over the weekend. That is what many of the locals do, and there can be large numbers of them.

How Long will you Stay?

The length of your stay in Baja for a fishing trip is important to consider as well. Some people come for a couple of days and others are fortunate enough to be able to stay for several weeks. The length of your stay can influence what you will do and where you will stay.

Look for package deals so that you can save money too. You will often find that your flight, accommodations, and food is cheaper if you get a package deal that wraps it all into one. This is less expensive than if you were to pay for each item separately.

Charter or no Charter?

You will find plenty of charters around the Baja area that you can enjoy too. Some people like that idea because they get guidance and help with the fishing experience. It is also a good idea if you don’t have your own boat to take to the area with you. However, a charter can be more expensive than fishing from the shore so it depends on your budget.

If you want a charter, you can find great deals on them online. Don’t rule out this idea if you want a charter due to the price. Do some creative looking around to see what fits. You may find special offers and discount coupon codes that save you 20% or more.

What will you Fish for?

The types of fish you plan to go after in Baja will also influence when you should plan to be out there. Not only in terms of the time of year, but also in terms of the time of day or night that you fish. Understanding the patterns of behavior for the fish in that region will really help you to figure it all out.

Take the time to read fishing reports so that you can see what the process is really like. By doing so, you will find that you are able to successfully get information about when it is going to be ideal for you to go fishing in Baja.

What to Bring?

The last thing you want to do is show up unprepared for a fishing trip to Baja. It can be a hassle to take all of your fishing gear that distance with you. This is also why you may want to consider a charter. Many of them offer all of the equipment you need so you can leave such items at home.

If you get a charter, ask enough questions that you know exactly what they offer and what they don’t. Never assume they will have certain items, ask if their website or brochure doesn’t specify it.


For most travelers, the cost of fishing in Baja is something to really look at. There are terrific deals online, so look out for them. If you have a flexible schedule that will allow you to go when the prices are right can be very helpful. If you have to go at a scheduled point in time, then you can continue to look for the best possible deals.

Compare prices, perks, benefits, and overall options. I like to stay in a comfortable location, but not one that is pricy. I figure I will only be there for sleeping and a shower. The rest of the time in Baja I am going to be outdoors to enjoy fishing and a variety of other great activities.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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