Mazatlan has been known as the
"Sailfish Capital of the World"
for many years. Just recently, with better
boats and tackle are we finding that Mazatlan
is "WORLD CLASS".
the Sea of Cortez from and slightly south
of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan may receive less
attention, but can offer world-class billfishing
-- and at bargain-basement prices.
You can figure on a half-dozen shots on average
during the sailfish season, and you wouldn't
be far off most days. Pacific sailfish in
this area average 70 pounds. They do get a
good bit larger, however -- a 198-pound monster
was taken here in 1954, still the men's 80-pound
line-class world record. In most areas, sailfish
season runs for several months continuously.
Prime months are split here, with May-June
and November-December the best bets.
Some Mazatlan charter fleets release all billfish.
While not all charters automatically release
sails, most will comply with anglers who request
release. A run of 15 or so miles will put
you in prime sailfish grounds. Rough weather
is the exception here; most often, the ocean
varies from calm to a light sea.
in the 28- to 33-foot range have generally
very experienced crews, and at $200-$450 per
day, Mazatlan charter boats offer one of the
Pacific's best blue-water fishing bargains.
Mazatlan is a great Blue, Black
and Striped Marlin fishery also. Where else
can you go and catch almost all the species
at sometime of the year?. We also have great
Swordfish, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo. The fishing
here is one of the very best things about