Fishing Boats & Tackle
There are no marinas or fixed wharfs along the East Cape, and boats are generally moored
on a ball just off of several of the hotels. A tractor, bulldozer, or some type of
4-wheel drive vehicle is used to push a mobile pier into the water for boarding and
off-loading. Though a culture shock and certainly quite curious for those witnessing
it for the first time, time has proven the system to work well, even if the water is a bit
|Mexican fishing boats are divided
into four general types: Panga, Super Panga, Cruiser, and Yacht. Pangas are the
least expensive and are generally a smaller (20-24 foot) open boat with some type of
bimini roof/cover and powered by a hand-controlled outboard with the captain sitting in
the stern. Pangas can accommodate up to two anglers plus the captain, but there are
very few in the East Cape area.
Super Pangas are often about the
same size or a little larger than the Panga, still outboard powered, but are generally
center-console operated and sometimes have twin engines. Passengers are usually
limited to three on a Super Panga.
Cruisers are mostly vintage
fiberglass boats such as Uniflites, La Paz-built Californians, Bertram 31s and
similar ones built by other manufacturers, in the 25-32 foot range. Cruisers
generally have a flying bridge and small salon below, outriggers, one or two fighting
chairs in the cockpit, and single or twin diesels. Most East Cape Cruisers will not
exceed something the size of a Bertram 31 because of the lack of any marina in the
vicinity. Passengers are limited to four on smaller (28 foot) cruisers and six on
the larger cruisers, though most Mexican skippers will tell you any more than four on a
fishing boat is a crowd. Rates range from $350-500.
Yachts are generally considered as
35 feet or larger, and are generally not available in the East Cape for charter because of
the lack of suitable berthing.
Tackle for the charter boats is
available for a range of $5.00 to $8.00 a rod, and may or may not be appropriate.
For anglers looking to set a certain line-class world record, fish 100% IGFA rules, or is
otherwise particular about tackle, we suggest bringing it from home. For those
looking to simply enjoy a few days of fishing and arent concerned with
perfect tackle, the rental gear is adequate.
Most captains and crews are purely
Mexican speaking with communications accomplished in broken English and sign language,
however, a surprising number of captains and crews speak excellent English.
Bait is not part of the charter rate
and passengers generally pay a bait boat captain directly for their wares. A
days worth of live, healthy greenback mackerel that will end up swimming in a
transom-mounted bait bag will run anywhere from $15.00 to $40.00.
The crews generally understand
things such as the IGFA rules of conventional and fly fishing, and they will make every
effort to accommodate anglers looking to add this element to their fishing. They are
also extremely competent anglers, well suited to taming most fish that come along for a
If you have questions about fishing in East Cape, Mexico or would like to make
reservations, please call us or email us and we
will be happy to help.
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