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Hosted Big Game Fishing | Baja East Cape | Mexico

Tour code: MEX019  

Due to how popular this part of the world is for the travelling big game angler, we had no choice but to add our fully hosted trips there so single anglers or small groups can get to experience the amazing fishing with out paying any extra. Our fully hosted holidays to Mexico have been running now for many years and this is due to how good the fishing is, for each year we manage to catch people their target species and 9 times out of 10 these anglers will book year after year. Another huge advantage of joining our hosted trips is that you will be travelling with one of our hosts, they will escort you through all the airports, make sure you are on the correct transfer and more importantly they will pass on their vast amount of knowledge of this style of fishing.


Palmas de Cortez is located on the East side of the Baja Peninsular in Mexico and fishes the legendary Sea Of Cortez which is home to many different fish species from Marlin, Sailfish, lots of different Tuna species, Dorado or Mahi Mahi and then you have the superb inshore fishing for Roosters and Jacks. The area the resort is located in has become world renowned for multiple strikes from the billfish and more famous than this are the super hard fighting Roosters which patrol the shore line chasing down schools of bait fish. With miles of untouched white sandy beaches where you may not even see another person, it truly is a magical place to be.


A huge draw for so many travelling anglers to this part of the world is the different variety of fish and fishing styles on offer. One day you could be trolling the stunning Sea Of Cortez looking for the odd floating fish attractors for all manner of billfish, then the next day you could be casting surface poppers to feeding Roosters and Jacks as they smash their way through huge bait shoals to get at your popper. When you are out targeting the offshore species such as the Blue Marlin or Sailfish you can expect to catch Marlin around the 200 – 300lb bracket with the odd bigger one thrown in. The Sailfish are of a good size in these waters and an average sized Sailfish would be around the 80lb mark with bigger ones always being caught. Tuna range from 10lb to 200lb depending on the time of year and of course the species of Tuna you are targeting. There is always a good head of Tuna in these waters which offer the opportunity to either troll, chuck big poppers or even vertical jig fish and once one of these turbo charged fish hits your lure, you will be in for one hell of a fight. If you choose to inshore fish then the species on offer will be Roosters, Jacks, Barracuda and Cubera Snappers. All of these fish will either take baits or lures so again the style of fishing is entirely up to you. The average sized Rooster to expect is around 20lb with the chance of a real trophy fish as there is always a big one caught each week exceeding 50lb. Jacks average around 10lb and these little fish will on the right tackle give you hours of fun.


The boats on offer at Palma de Cortez range from 28’ or 32’ offshore fishing boats to the more personal inshore Pangas which are 23’ or 25’. All our boats come with VHF radios, live bait wells, ice chests, sunshades and all trolling and bait fishing equipment. On the hosted trip to Palma De Cortez we base all the fishing days on 2 people per boat for offshore and inshore days. Our host will split his time between all the boats so everyone gets to fish with the host during the fishing days.


The fishing crew including captains and deckhands have been hand picked to provide the best experience possible. They have been fishing these waters for many years now and at any certain time of the day or tide they will know where to head to find your chosen targets. They will be on hand all day to help you as much as you need, if you like the idea of being really well looked after and put on fish time after time then Palma de Cortez on the Baja Peninsular will tick all your boxes.

Other Activities

Some of the other activities on offer at Palma de Cortez include the following and any of these can be booked with the reception when you arrive. These additional activities are well worth doing whilst in Mexico so why not add on a few days to the end of your fishing holiday so you can experience a little more of what the real Mexico has to offer.

Stand Up Paddle Boards – These can be hired on an hourly basis or even for a full day at very reasonable prices.

Jet Ski Tours – Consists of a 2hr 30mins tour to our best waters. On this tour they offer 3 stops and will always provide a guide, transportation, and equipment suited for you. They have the choice of 4 different areas, Las Pilitas, Pescadero, Muellesito, focusing on coral reef to give you a colourful and stunning view. Included – drinks, snorkel set, snorkel guide, jet ski and life vest.Los Barriles

Horseback Riding – They have 3 different tours available1)

Spectacular Mountain rides available (4-person max) 4 hours ride.2)

Rides to Waterfall (4-person max) 7 hours ride.3)

One-hour Beach rides – per person. (4-person max)All rides include a guide

Golf – There is a 9 hole par three course right on your doorstep and you even get access to a driving range.

ATV hire – They now offer the newest 4 wheel ATVs in all of the East Cape. Introducing the 2012 Can Am Max XT. These fully automatic ATVs are perfect for exploring the East Cape and all of its trails as well as cruising the beaches of the Sea of Cortez. For those who are interested in surf fishing, what better way to chase down roosters, jacks, ladyfish and much more.

Palma de Cortez

Palma de Cortez is a magical fisherman’s dream hotel. Hotel is being located very close to the fishing grounds and having its own fleet of boats from super deluxe sports boats to the more intimate Panga boats. These are moored seconds away from the hotel.

The hotel is set in landscaped tropical gardens and benefits from a stunning view across the Sea Of Cortez, which has inspired many anglers in the past. Once you wake up in the morning and witness one of the finest sun rises, you are ever likely to see, you will soon find yourself thinking that your were in a dream.

The main rooms we use all benefit from ocean views and complete with two twin beds, a lovely walk in shower/bathroom, TV with cable channels, a sofa and your own private balcony, looking over the awe-inspiring waters of the Sea of Cortez.

The restaurant at Palma de Cortez ” Tico’s”, has both – indoor and outdoor seating. It is the perfect place of an evening to tell your fishing stories to all the other anglers or to have a romantic candle lit meal with your partner. You can choose either fine Mexican cuisine or from their extensive international menu. They also have a large wine list with wines from Argentina and also beers and spirits. Why not try one of their cocktails, if you are feeling adventurous?

On the grounds of the hotel they have a well-stocked shop selling everything from Mexican gifts to sun cream to big expensive cigars. You can also hire all the equipment you would need for scuba diving or and snorkelling the stunning reefs surrounding the resort.

Board: Room Only
Rooms: Single and double rooms
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 volts
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Chargeable at the end of holiday
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Gift Shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Sheraton Dallas

Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel is situated just a short complimentary shuttle ride away from the airport. This makes it the perfect overnight hotel with all of the most modern conveniences to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Most of the rooms at this hotel have been newly renovated to a high standard and come complete LCD TV with cable channels, mini bar, work desk and chair, free WiFi and their signature – Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds.

You will also find all of the other amenities that you would expect from an international chain of hotels from an outdoor pool, fitness centre, gift shop, laundry service and access to a nearby golf course.

The three meal restaurant specialises in traditional American cuisine, from your buffet breakfast to mouth watering appetisers followed by full American dinner. What ever your taste in food is, you will find something that tickles your taste buds.

Board: Bed & breakfast
Rooms: Single and double rooms
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 volts
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Shop: Gift Shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollar
Species Information
Blue Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 200LB to 600LB
Average Weight: 250LB
Black Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: June to October
Weight: 100LB to 550LB
Average Weight: 300LB
Striped Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 50LB to 250LB
Average Weight: 120LB
Season: All Year
Peak: June to October
Weight: 70LB to 200LB
Average Weight: 90LB
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 5LB to 70LB
Average Weight: 15LB
Season: All Year
Peak: June to October
Weight: 20LB to 100LB
Average Weight: 45LB
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 10LB to 300LB
Average Weight: 25LB
Season: All Year
Peak: July to September
Weight: 10LB to 70LB
Average Weight: 25LB
Season: All Year
Peak: April to November
Weight: 5LB to 100LB
Average Weight: 48LB
Jack Crevalle
Season: All Year
Peak: April to November
Weight: 5Lb to 20Lb
Average Weight: 10LB
Season: All Year
Peak: April to December
Weight: 5LB to 30LB
Average Weight: 9LB
Rooster Fish
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 5LB to 80LB
Average Weight: 30LB
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as there are daily flights leaving form the Uk. Therefore should you wish to extend your stay with more time in Mexico, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Dallas

Depart Dallas
Arrive San Jose del Cabo

As you walk out of the terminal building, look for our representative, who will be waiting to greet you. Transfer to the hotel – approx time 60 min’s.

Overnight accommodation: Palmas Hotel Poolside (Twin room) R/O

DAYS 2 & 3: Fishing Days.

Panga Fishing Boats.

As this is a Hosted trip, people will be assigned a boat for the day and the Host will split his time between each boat everyday. Each day there will only be 2 anglers per boat.

The fishing starts early in Mexico so ensure you are dockside by no later than 06:40 as they like to live straight away so they can gather bait for your days fishing. You will then meet your boat captain and crew for 8 hours panga fishing for the species of your choice.

Overnight accommodation: Palmas Hotel (Twin room) R/O

DAYS 4 TO 6: Fishing Days.

Super Sport Fishing Boats.

These next days you will be fishing from purpose built big game boats fully equipped with only the best outriggers to keep your lures in the best pattern.

Our captains and crew will be happy for you to do as much or as little of the rigging, running lines and hooking of fish as you require.

Just make it clear at the beginning of each day what you want to do and fish for.

Overnight accommodation: Palmas Hotel (Twin room) R/O

DAY 7:

In the morning the group will then take the Sportquest Holidays taxi transfer from the Palmas hotel to Depart San Jose del Cabo’s Airport.

Depart San Jose del Cabo
Arrive Dallas
Depart Dallas

DAY 8:

Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start DateEnd DateDaysNightsFishingAnglerNon-AnglerAvailability
27/06/201905/07/2019875£3,524On Request  Hosted
22/06/202030/06/2020875£3,582On Request  Hosted
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We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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What's Included & Excluded
  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Airport Transfers to and from Palma de Cortez hotel and SJD airport
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Fishing guide
  • 3 days fishing from super sport boats
  • 2 days fishing from Panga boats
  • Trolling fishing tackle
  • Lunch whilst out fishing
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All other meals
  • Fishing licence
  • Live bait
  • Tips for boat crew and the hotel staff

Flight upgrades

Additional nights at Palma de Cortez

Extra fishing days

Single room upgrades

Tour Notes


No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: Because your flight will involve travelling into the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax when leaving Mexico, however this can change regularly. Please check before you travel.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Dallas (approx 9hrs)

Dallas – San Jose (approx 3 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

San Jose airport – Palma de Cortez (approx 1 hr)

Questions & Answers
Destination Overview:

Palma De Cortez is located in the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula which is around 100miles from Cabo San Lucas. The Sea of Cortez is a giant bay where fish like to come and feed on the nutrient-rich waters before heading back along the coastline. The sea of Cortez offers a huge variety of species including all the Billfish family and the inshore fishing for Roosters and Jacks is world class. The shore fishing is something that is not done often but you can have very good results fishing into dark just outside the hotel where Roosters and Jacks will be hitting the bait balls against the shoreline.

Where is the destination?

The Sea of Cortez is located off the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, Cabo San Lucas. Being located on the east side means you will be fishing the rich waters of the Gulf of California

Where do they fish?

The inshore fishing along the coast is world class and Lighthouse Bay is one of the best around. When big game fishing the fishing starts as close as 2 miles out so no time is wasted motoring out to the grounds. The deep drop off where the Billfish cruise is only a short steam of around 10 minutes from the jetty.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Both inshore and offshore grounds are all located very close to the hotel and you can be fishing within 10 minutes of leaving the jetty. However, if there are known shoals of Tuna that are feeding then somedays you may be travelling up to an hour to reach them.

What fish will I catch?

The offshore species will include Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and Dorados. These can all be targeted on the same day which is a major pull for the sea of Cortez. The inshore fishing at Palma De Cortez is excellent. You can expect to catch Roosters, Jacks and Snappers. Occasionally the Dorado come in very close to feed on the huge inshore bait balls. Along with all of the above, if you decide to fish the many reefs you will also catch many different types of Snappers plus the very hard fighting Amber Jacks which grow to a very good size.

How many fish will I catch?

This all depends on the chosen species you wish to target, the weather and the time of year. If you are after catching a big Billfish then to hook one a day would be an ideal expectation and anything over this would be classed as a bonus. You should get action from other species such as the Dorado and Tuna to keep you busy. The inshore fishing is always guaranteed to be a good day with lots of action from the Jacks and if you are lucky enough you will get to see a huge Rooster or two.

How do they fish?

On your offshore fishing days, the boats will head to the steep drop-offs where the predator’s patrol. You will be mainly trolling artificial lures and teasers, then once you have a Billfish in the spread the deckhand will pull the lure in so you can cast a bait to the Billfish and seeing a Billfish strike at close quarters is an unreal experience.

The inshore fishing days will be mainly using fish as bait. These will be trolled behind the boat on outriggers, the deckhand will use live pilchards by the handful to excite the Roosters and Jacks. Once you have located the feeding fish the action should be pretty exciting and constant.

Do the guides speak English?

All the captains and deckhands speak good English. Sometimes hand signals are needed to explain things, we call it worldwide fishing language.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This destination is perfect for those who like a lot of action as the Sea of Cortez is packed with fish. You certainly do not need to be an expert big game angler as the deck hands will take great care of you. On the other hand, if you are an experienced big game angler you will also have lots of fun as the action can be fairly hectic on occasions when the Tuna are running or the Dorado are hungry.

What skill level is required?

This destination suits anglers of all abilities from first time big game anglers to the most experienced.

How physically demanding is this trip?

If you choose to troll then it’s not that physical as when you hook a fish you can sit in the fighting chair and let the boat do the work. Additionally, you can stand toe to toe with the fish and battle it out. You can choose to lure fish if you so wish, which is fairly demanding, but not the normal technique for this part of Mexico.

When to go?

The season is from the end of April to November with May and September the best two months as this is when the Tuna and Dorado run. May sees a lot of good-sized Marlin and September is a great month to target many different species. Whenever you decide to travel then we highly recommend looking at a moon phase calendar. We would recommend the time leading up to a ‘new moon’ as the predators will feed more during the day than the night.

How to get there?

We normally fly people via the US, places such ass Los Angeles or Dallas, then the same day a flight to San Jose Del Cabo (SJD). Once you arrive we will then transfer you to the resort. Transfer normally takes around 40 minutes.

What is the accommodation like?

Palma De Cortez was built with the angler in mind with it being located right on the beach. There are a couple of different options for rooms. There are poolside rooms or ocean view rooms. All the rooms are decorated in a Mexican style and have two twin beds, a shower room (some have baths), and normally an outside balcony where you can take a nice cold beer. There is a small gym on site along with tennis courts and a lovely spa area.

What is the food like?

The food at Palma De Cortez is very good, fresh and produced from local products. If there is something you fancy that isn’t on the menu then simply ask as the chefs and staff will try their hardest to make it happen. The breakfast is served early so it doesn’t get in the way of the fishing days and is an American style breakfast.

Does the hotel provide fishing tackle?

The tackle that is provided when out on the boats is of a good standard. If you fancy a little popper or jig fishing then we would recommend you taking your own equipment as they tend to concentrate more on trolling equipment. It is also possible to hire a small spinning rod to have a go from the beach in the evenings

Is internet and phone signal available?

Phone signal is available and the Wifi at the resort is free.

Are there other activities available?

Yes, they can organise shopping days out at Cabo, quad bike rentals and mountain bike rentals. Onsite there is a spa treatment are, gym and several tennis courts. There is also a swimming pool with swim-up bar plus a hot tub area.

How much does it cost?

Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability visit our Palma De Cortez Mexico Destination page.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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