Los Cabos is a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It encompasses the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo as well as the Resort Corridor that lies between the two. The area's economy, like many resort areas in Mexico, was based on fishing but is now geared towards tourism, though sport fishing and golf are the area's main attractions. Also tourists can enjoy watching whales. Whales visit the area in winter due to the warm waters.
A marlin is a fish with an elongated body, a spear-like snout or bill, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends forward to form a crest. Its common name is thought to derive from its resemblance to a sailor's marlinspike. Even more so than their close relatives, the scombrids, marlin are incredibly fast swimmers, reaching speeds of about 110 kilometres per hour. The larger species include the Atlantic blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, which can reach 5 m in length and 818 kg in weight and the black marlin, Makaira indica, which can reach in excess of 5 m in length and 670 kg in weight. They are popular sporting fish in tropical areas. Marlin are rarely table fare, appearing mostly in fine restaurants. Most modern sport fishermen release marlin after unhooking. Very large marlin, which may set a record, are taken and weighed on shore. Records are most often recorded in the IGFA World Record Game Fish books. The current record has stood for some 20 years.
Long before the luxurious hotels, championship golf courses and world-class spas, the waters of Los Cabos were brimming with an abundance of marine life. Hollywood stars, such as Bing Crosby and John Wayne, lured by the legendary sport fishing initially put Cabos on the tourist map back in the 1950s. Ranked among the top five fishing destinations on the planet, Los Cabos holds the title as the “Marlin Capital of the World.” The destination’s azure waters entice black, blue and striped marlin that weigh in as big as 1,000 pounds. Marlin is the number one fish in Los Cabos because it is present throughout the year, with peak months being May, June, December and January. However, recent records show that in summer months the catch per boat varies from one to ten fish in a single day. Apart from marlin, visitor will also encounter sailfish, dorado, roosterfish, shark, snapper, swordfish, wahoo and yellowfin tuna in the waters of the Sea of Cortez. Los Cabos supports an optional catch-and-release policy for marlin and sailfish. One species is permitted per boat, but anglers are encouraged to adhere to the policy to preserve the wealth and sustain the growth of the fishing environment for years to come. Cabo San Lucas, at the southwestern tip of the Baja where sea and ocean meet at a dramatic rock arch, is a true fisherman’s town. Experienced anglers appreciate the availability of state-of-the-art marinas harboring world-class fishing vessels. Novice fishermen can rent fishing boats that provide inexpensive and quick access to Baja’s underwater treasures.
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