Just returned from Cabo San Lucas (12/29-1/3/14). A week ahead of our departure, I booked a fishing trip aboard the 33 foot "Marshall" via phone with Dave Carter of Winner 7 Charters for Jan 2nd. The trip included 8 hours ($530) with an all-inclusive package (breakfast, lunch, bait and fishing permit ( cost of an additional $90 for a party of 2). Total cost was $620. Through an email from Dave, he gave very specific instructions of the time/location/who to meet. He gave other helpful ideas about Cabo, resturants, etc.
When we arrived at the location/time, just as Dave had said in his email, we easily found Gllen and Mario who assisted us. After finalizing our bill, Gllen handed us off to Captain Oscar and first mate Juan. Flawless!!!!! Our pre-ordered box lunches were exactly to order with drinks.
Apparently it's a common practice to go to a location (15 minute boat ride) where there is a "shelf" to bottom fish for Marlin with live bait. There were approximately 75-100 other boats doing the same thing along a 1-2 mile stretch of this "shelf". After a couple hours fishing (with no Marlin), we did as the rest of the boats and switched to lures and trolled the remainder of the day. Trolling consisted of going back and forth on a grid of 1 mile long by 1 mile wide). The fishing was slow this particular day. We saw a couple of boats land Marlin, but not many. My wife landed a nice large Dorado (mahi mahi) with another two smaller Dorados. Oscar and Juan worked the grid very hard changing colored lures to try and land fish.
We did see several whales while fishing and got some awesome pictures of them. I would rate our experience a 4 out of 5. If my wife had landed a Marlin I would rate this group a 5 plus. The lack of fish caught was not the fault of the crew...simply the fish were not biting . The other boats were experiencing the same.
I would use Dave and Winner 7 again. The instructions and experience was flawless. Thanks Dave, Gllen, Mario, Oscar and Juan. Btw since Dave lives in Arizona and Gllen in Cabo, it was amazing how flawless the trip went!
Best of luck!
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