Cedros OUTDOOR adventures Gear

We will bring you safely and comfortably to this outstanding fishing destination. But then it’s up to your ability, experience, skills… and choosing the right gear and lures to get your fish.

You will need to purchase a Mexican fishing license before your trip. You can purchase fishing licenses here: Mexican fishing license instructions.

We have FREE Seeker Rods for our clients! Use our rods, save on weight. Bring your own reels, or rent ours for $10/day. 

From some of our most experienced guests, here is a list of gear recommended to bring in the fish at Cedros. You can also check out our fishing reports for up-to-date info on what’s hot.

From Jose Angel (Owner)

Recommended Gear for Fishing Cedros Island

– 3-5 Rods ( your pref target or style, but we have Seeker rods free to use)
– 4-7 Reels (we have some Daiwa for rent)
– 2-3 small rolls of Extra line (mono and braid best at 40 lbs test or more)
– 5-6 FC 40 to 60 Leaders if prefer with swivels
– 6-10 Sabikis for mackerel with 4-6 4 to 6 oz sinkers
– 20-30 Hooks (the circle is best) 5.0, 6.0
– 30-40 Plastics varied colors and 8-10 lead heads (Reebs Lures recommended)
– 6-12 Jigs for surface and heavy. 6x is good, blue on white and scramble, birdsh too are most popular (in order).
– 6-10 Rapalas mostly blue and green mack pattern, sardine too and sometimes purple for tuna and dorado works.

– Personal kit: 2 shorts, sandals, 2 short sleeves, and 1 long sleeve, windbreaker, hat, sunscreen, toiletries.

Numbers are estimated for a 4 and 6-day stay targeting most local species and mostly yellowtail and dorado. Numbers can vary depending on if your party would share.

From Mike Ryba of REEBS LURESREEBS_Logo_Small

If you’re going to be targeting Bass, Grouper, Sheephead, or Halibut on your Cedros fishing trip there are some recommendations of gear and lures to use.

Rods: Phenix M1 Inshore Series 7’7″ and 7’3″ models
Reels: Shimano Curado E series or any 6:1 high speed, low profile reel will do
Baits: 6-8″ swimbaits, weedless jigs, 1-2oz lead heads, heavy saltwater spinnerbaits, weedless baits
After 18 trips to Cedros Island with Cedros Outdoor Adventures, I have been able to narrow down pretty well the inshore necessities. There are selections that work better than others, and I’ll touch on them all.
First off, Cedros Calico are mean! Your gear will get beat up, drags toasted, and rods pushed to the limit. I found Phenix rods to be both tough and resilient in this environment. The m1 series are amazing rods and are recommended in the 7’7″ and 7’3″ models. I bring 3, m1 series with me and pair them up with Shimano Curado E reels.
The Curado E from Shimano are tough. I like to back them with 60# Spectra and in normal circumstances a 35# flouro leader is sufficient. When the kelp is thick, I’ll bump the leader up to 40#. Bring 3 setups: 1 for your swimbaits, 1 for your weedless jigs, and 1 for your weedless baits/hard baits. I always bring 1 extra reel for backup.
As far as baits go, there are options. If you plan to only fish Calico, on a Friday to Monday trip, then here’s what I would bring:
  •      35 6″ swimbaits
  •      6 1oz and 1.5oz swimbait heads
  •      20 6″ weedless baits (for fishing the kelp on the surface)
  •      6 Owner weedless 9/0 hooks (Owner Beast Hooks)
  •      3 Kelp Sassin weedless jigs (for fishing the thick kelp and reef structure)
  •      3 Saltwater grade spinnerbaits

*Double these amounts for longer trips.

You can order my custom Cedros packs here, or call me to discuss what works for you at (760) 716-5873. Hope to see you out there!
Mike Ryba

From Esvin Hernandez / Pro

(for more details about gear for fishing Cedros Island, contact Esvin (esvin@cedrosfishing.com)


  • 40-60LB Test /  6.5-8FT Rod. My personal gear is Phenix 760H. Super Seeker 6480 and United composite 80
  • Long rods are not needed on a panga as you need to highstick to get to gaff
  • REELS:  I fish a Penn Fathom 25N star drag, Penn Fathom 25N 2 speed  and Saltiga 30T.



  • SALAS :7X,6X,JPOT     Mint and white, Sardine, Blue and white, Birdshit, and Scrambled Egg
  • TADY : 45, C  Mint and white, Sardine, Blue and White, Birdshit, Scrambled Egg.


  • SALAS:  CP105, 6XJR, 7XJR,7X
  • TADY:   9, 4/0, A2  Mint and white, Sardine, Blue and white, Birdshit, Scrambled egg.

Note: To save weight, 8 surface irons and yo-yo jigs is plenty. Leave the Sabiki Rigs at home since most of the captains have them on the pangas now .


  • Blue and green Sardine patterns in 150-300 grams


  • 50-65LB Spectra / Heavy 40LB+ Leader ( I Prefer  12”  Leader)
  • 5-8” Swimbaits / Weedless heads
  • **Fish heavy on the bass. My largest yellow was caught fishing for calico in the kelp (52 lbs)
  • I fish a 8 ft custom  swimbait rod /Revo Toro, 65 Lb Spectra. I prefer Reebs Lures and Pearl  Swimbaits.

Don’t forget to pack a Danilo rig for making bait . A pack of 5/0 hooks is all you need and maybe 3-4 sinkers 3/4-1 oz. Bring sunblock and enjoy!