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Baja East Cape Fishing Map

Where is it?
Because the map file is rather large, we've put it on a separate page. It may take a few minutes to load if you're on a slow connection. If that's the case, click below and go grab yourself a cup of coffee or something. You also might want to read the instructions before downloading.
Go to the map page (275 K download)

The map was derived from rather coarse data and put together basically by hand. It is not accurate, nor is it really intended to be. Its main purpose is to give a rough idea of where the main fishing spots are, the associated landmarks, underwater topography, etc. If you use it for any other purpose, do so at your own risk.
Do not use this map for navigational purposes!

The BECS Web fishing map covers the area roughly from latitude N22°48' to latitude N24°22', and longitude W108°51' to longitude W110°00', which corresponds to just south of Cabo San Lucas to the north tip of Cerralvo Island, and about 50 nautical miles East out to sea from Los Barriles. This represents about the maximum range of sportfishers originating from the East Cape area.

Land elevation and sea depth are color-coded. The key is at the bottom of the map. In addition, several sea depths have been represented with contour lines. In feet, these are 100, 300, 600, 1000, 3000, 6000, and 10000. The "100 fathom curve" (600 feet) is shown in purple. The 100 fathom and 500 fathom (3000 foot) lines are often associated with gamefish.

Rather than clutter the map up with a lot of descriptive text, we've set it up to be interactive. Various relevant regions have been highlighted, and you may click on them to open a window, which may give information such as the name of the area, approximate GPS coordinates, species of fish found there, fishing tactics, etc. Offshore fishing areas are outlined in green, while landmarks associated with inshore regions are shown as green dots or lines. Los Barriles, the Los Cabos International Airport, San José del Cabo, and Cabo San Lucas are also shown as yellow dots to give some points of reference. All of these are clickable - your mouse pointer should turn into a hand when you pass over a clickable region.

As with most things related to fishing, there are no hard and fast rules about where the fish will be. Just because you fish one of the spots on this map doesn't guarantee you will catch fish, and not fishing these areas doesn't mean you won't catch fish. However, these are known "hot spots", and are generally associated with some interesting underwater geography, such as canyons, dropoffs, or high spots. Note also that many fish (especially pelagic species) are seasonal, so don't expect to find marlin at the marlin spot if it isn't marlin season.

About the Map
The BECS Web fishing map is a composite of data obtained from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The depth (bathymetry) data is extracted from the global measured and estimated seafloor topography data at a resolution of 2 arcminutes (which corresponds to about 2 nautical miles). The land elevation data is extracted from the 30 arcsecond resolution dataset (GTOPO30). In both cases, the data were interpolated to 10 arcseconds, just for presenatation purposes. Thus, any underwater feature that is much less than 2 arcminutes (or 2 nautical miles) in extent probably will not appear in the map.

This page is sponsored by Pacific West Sportfishing.

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