When it comes to fishing destinations in Mexico’s Baja California, Cabo San Lucas receives much of the attention. Yet about 100 miles north, on the picturesque east coast of Baja, lies the city of La Paz, the territorial capital of Baja California Sur, with some of the finest fishing in the Sea of Cortez.
From Los Cabos International Airport, it’s a two-hour drive up to La Paz, which offers a more laid-back Baja experience than Cabo, as well as luxurious hotels, superb dining opportunities and a host of things to see and do besides fishing.
Last summer, my brother, Joe, and photographer/adventurer Jason Arnold, had a chance to sample of some of the fishing in the waters around La Paz as guests of the La Paz Tourism Board and Costa Baja Resort and Spa. Located just 5 minutes from downtown La Paz, this bayside resort includes a full-service marina, golf course, and five dining venues, among many other amenities.
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We fished for two days, first aboard a super panga charter with the Baja Mosquito Fleet. The second day, we fished with Baja Pirates. On both days, we enjoyed great fishing for dorado (mahi) and inshore action in the channel between Isla Ceralvo and the Baja coast between El Saltito and La Ventura. Here are highlights of our La Paz adventure.