Striped Marlin | Baja Peninsula

The baitballs in baja are the hardest things to chase and find, but once you encounter the event you realize the reward was worth the entire investment
— Jero Prieto






The striped marlin bait ball in Baja has become our unicorn event. This highly volatile event occurs when northern storms bring sardines to the warm waters of Baja. The sardines are rounded up by dolphins, bonito, black tip sharks and striped marlin. We believe the event is similar (in a much smaller scale) as the African Sardine Run. The chances of running into this event are extremely low. Within the last years we have encountered the event in three different locations all of which are separated by more than 200 miles.

Nevertheless each year we continue to search the waters between Bahia Magdalena and Los Cabos, because even if the marlin and black tip sharks aren’t rounding up the sardines we’ve had some unbelievable encounters with schooling mobula rays, humpback whales, orcas, blue & mako sharks, yellow fin tuna, among others. Locations and dates change just weeks before the event, drop us an email if you are intrested in chasing this ellusive event! Be surrounded by  juvenile male sharks, with ocassional visits from large (14-18 ft) males.






Recommended Operator

Pelagic Life (Pelagic Week, Baja)  -

Closest Airport

La Paz (LAP), San Jose del Cabo (SJD)

Recommended Accomodations

Puerto San Carlos (Hotel Brenann), Todos Santos (El Molino), Los Cabos (Seven Crown)


Rent a car at the airport and drive to either Puerto San Carlos, Todos Santos or Los Cabos. Roads are safe and well maintained no 4WD necessary.