One of the benefits of living or vacationing by the ocean is the ability to catch your dinner! Whether you
are an avid fisherman or a novice with a surf rod on the shore, the fishing at Casa Rodriguez is spectacular,
to say the least. Located directly on the beach by El Cardonal, the plunder of the Sea of Cortez is yours if
you are up for the challenge. The area is known for world-class sportfishing and big game, especially when
you’re offshore! to say the least. Located directly on the beach by El Cardonal, the plunder of the Sea of Cortez
is yours if you are up for the challenge. The area is known for world-class sportfishing and big game, especially
when you’re offshore!
Vicente is the grounds keeper for Casa Rodriguez in El Cardonal, but he is the area’s best captain who grew up
fishing the waters of the East Cape. A day out on the boat with him as your guide, you are sure to come back
with plenty of fresh fish for dinner and most likely lunch too! Typically larger fish stay out in deeper waters,
but you won’t lose any time heading offshore because in the Baja the deep blue is only one to four miles from
the beach. Your gear, fuel, and of course your captain will be at your disposal for $50 USD an hour or $250 USD for
the day. Fishing on a kayak directly from the house has yielded many guests some great catches. Fishing from
the shore is fantastic as well.
With your line in the water you will have the opportunity to wrestle the massive big fish the East Cape is known for,
so be prepared for the workout. They put up a good fight! From December to March, you will most likely find some
mahi-mahi, marlin, and tuna, but the deep waters are a bit cool. This is the time of year for inshore fishing, where
the shallower waters are warmer. It’s highly likely you will be having one of these middleweight fish for dinner:
seabass, snapper, sierra, bonito, skipjack, Crevalle jack and possibly roosterfish or yellowtail.
From April to June, even more species of fish head inshore. During these months you will find sierra,
Crevalle jack, sea bass, roosterfish, really large snapper, amberjack, pompano, permit, yellowtail and a
few others. This is also the time of year that deep waters are beginning to warm up again and offshore
fishing can yield marlin, sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and maybe some tuna.
July through November are really the months for any sport fishing enthusiast. Deep sea fishermen come
from around the world to try their luck during the summer and fall. This is truly the season for mahi-
mahi from five pounds to seventy! Snapper, wahoo, tuna and roosterfish are ample in the waters, but it is
the billfish that bring the true lovers of the sport into the East Cape. During these months be ready for a
true fight with sailfish, striped marlin, blue marlin, and black marlin. If you’re not up for a long battle,
stay with the onshore fishing. You will still have excellent luck!
If you’re not the fishing type and this information didn’t get you chomping at the bit for a piece of the
action, then consider this. One day out with Vicente, and you can have the freshest seafood available
for several days. In fact, give this a try:
Cut and filet your fish. Remove all the scales, skin, bones and the dark red blood line down the center.
Chop your fish into small bite size pieces and place them in a bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the fish
until it is completely covered and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. You will see the fish has “cooked” in the
acidity of the limes. While it is marinating, finely chop all your vegetables and in the last five minutes or
so of the marinating process add them to the bowl, gently stirring in with the fish. Keep it chilled for the
best flavor, and serve it with chips or tostadas. It’s also really good with fresh avocado on top or give it a
sweet kick with some diced mango mixed in. Enjoy!