Las Gaviotas Fishing

Light-line surf fishing using lighter gear to catch surf fish along the shore is a nice way to enjoy Las Gaviotas fishing. For the beach spinning rod, use either a seven-foot or nine-foot rod with light power and fast action.  The spinning reels are spooled with a 4  through 6 lb line and a lure weight rating of ½ oz to 1 oz.

A Carolina rig (4-6 lbs) is typically used when fishing off the beach.  The rig is made up of a sliding egg sinker (1/2 to ¾ oz) a bead (6mm), a swivel, eighteen inches of leader (4 lbs, fluorocarbon), and a hook ( #4 Mosquito).  The leader length and sinker size should vary depending on the size of the surf and the strength of the current.  With big surf and strong currents go shorter leader and a heavier sinker. On calm days, go longer leader and lighter sinker.  The fish mostly feeds off the bottom, so drag your sinker on the bottom by constantly retrieving

We often use a Berkeley’s Camo Sandworm 2.5-inch lure which does pretty good.  We also use squid cut in strips, mussels, and lugworms.  All tackle and bait are brought from California since they are not easily found south of the Border.

If you would like to try fishing at the kelp beds just off the shore of Las Gaviotas, see our blog post called Las Gaviotas Kelp Fishing. For information on charter fishing near Las Gaviotas see our Blog post: “Charter Fishing Near Las Gaviotas”


Las Gaviotas activities include Surfing, Beach Volleyball, Pickleball, Tennis, Shuffleboard, Shore Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Swimming, Surfing Lessons, Tide Pool Exploration, Walks, Bonfires, Launching Chinese Lanterns, BBQ’ing on the beach, Kelp Bed Fishing, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Spear Fishing, Weddings, Watching Sunsets, etc.

Las Gaviotas is located 30 minutes south of the border with San Diego at Careterra Libre Tijuana-Ensenada Km.#41.5, Playas de Rosarito, BC Mexico 22710