Day 3 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

Here is your link for day 3. Lots more action today so far.
Yesterday Bill Collector brought in the only marlin over 300 lbs today.
483 black marlin!
They were only in the jackpots up to $1000. So 3 days of that $2000 jackpots is up for grabs today!

Tomorrow is the first day of the Bisbee’s offshore tournament.
busy, busy busy these days with the tournaments!

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

Ok I messed up yesterday. There was no Day 1 of fishing.
At the Captain’s meeting Tuesday, they called the Port Captain.
He told Officials the harbor would be closed on Wednesday.
First day was canceled. While about 7. the harbor was reopened,
Everyone was allowed to head out, but the teams were, well who knows
where, anyone want to try and find 205 anglers at 7AM. They were not at their boats.
So the jackpots will be rolled over to today, as per the rules.
Here is the Link for today’s live catch status.

Good Luck to all!

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

Here is the link for day one.
Live catch status!

Cabo Fish Report

Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report
October 8 – 14, 2012

WEATHER: With the early morning lows in the high 70’s and daytime highs reaching the high 90’s it’s plain that our fall weather has arrived. Soon we should be seeing the highs drop to the low 90’s and then we will be in paradise! At this time of the year we still have a slight chance of a bit more bad weather, but our fingers are crossed that Tropical Storm Paul, 665 miles to the south of us continues going to the west and leaves us alone. We had no rain this week in Cabo but there were some scattered showers up in the mountains. With mostly sunny skies we enjoyed the light winds and smooth water.
WATER: Both sides of the Cape had great conditions this week with a bit more of a breeze on the Pacific side, just enough for the most part to keep anglers comfortable and put a light chop on the water in the afternoons. The swells on the Pacific were small at 2-6 feet and spaced well apart. The water was clean and blue compared to the Cortez side of the Cape and the water temperatures averaged a degree cooler at 84-86 degrees with the warmer water laying along the shoreline. On the Cortez side the water was 85-87 degrees with the cooler water toward Cabo San Lucas, and while not as clean as that on the Pacific side, appeared blue. The swells on the Cortez side were small at 2-4 feet. The swells may pick up just a bit later in the week as Tropical Storm Paul may have an effect on their size, but being storm swells they will be spaced well apart.
BAIT: Finally there were some Sardinas available this week since the swell went down, but you had to travel toward San Jose to get them. A scoop would set you back between 25-30 U.S. But they sure came in handy depending on what you were fishing for. Here at home the usual Caballito and Mullet could be had for $3 each, and there were some very large horse bally-hoo at $3 each as well.
BILLFISH: Now for the good stuff as far as tournament anglers are concerned. Sorry guys, good news and bad news for you. First the bad news, there have been no large Blue or Black Marlin brought in this week that I have heard of. Maybe that’s good news though, it means that they are still out there! The good news is that there have been plenty of small Blue Marlin caught, and most of them have been released. For anglers that are entering the release categories in the tournaments this is very good news, and for everyone else it is good news as well. In my experience, when you find packs of these small male Blue Marlin there is a big female somewhere in the area. Almost without exception Blue marlin over 300 pounds are female and 100% of the Blue Marlin over 400 pounds are female. The males are like dog heat packs and somewhere in the area there is a big female. I did hear of a big Black Marlin being lost on the Gorda Banks, so there are sure to be plenty of boats working both the inner and outer banks during the tournaments.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The only large Yellowfin Tuna I have heard of in the past week came from the Gorda Banks area from boats fishing with live baits and chunk baits. There were fish caught every day but there was no real set time for the bite to happen. Many boats spent all morning fishing the area only to leave at 1pm to get home at 3pm and find that the bite started at 2pm. Hey, it’s fishing, that happens often! Many boats went offshore as far as 40 miles looking for schools and they occasionally found one, but the fish were just average size, 10 to 35 pounds, and many pods of porpoise had to be found before finding one that held fish. Unless you were lucky, of course. Closer to home it was nice to find the small football Yellowfin and Bonita showing up on the usual inshore grounds between San Jose and Grey Rock. These Yellowfin were between 10 and 20 pounds and almost the only way to get them to bite was by using Sardinas. The bite was neither steady nor consistent, but many of the boats managed to get four or five Yellowfin in the box for clients. This is great news for the tournament teams as we have had a dearth of these fish in our area, and they are a favorite of teams looking to slow troll on the banks and drop-offs.

DORADO: I have changed the status of the Dorado from fish of the week to fish of the month! While not every boat this week limited out, there were many more that did than did not. Most of our anglers this week had limits of Dorado between 10 and 20 pounds in the boat by 9:30 in the morning, then went out looking for Sailfish, Striped Marlin and Tuna. Most of the Dorado fishing occurred on the Pacific side close to the shore, between the lighthouse and inside the Golden Gate Bank, working outside of that area produced fewer fish, but on the average they were larger, some going as high as 50 pounds. Rigged bally-hoo were the best bait overall, and bright lures trolled at fairly high speeds of 9-10 knots did the trick as well.
WAHOO: Wahoo continued to show up in the catch of many of the boats this week, but on average they were not large fish like we see in the spring. In fact, there were quite a few of what I call Wee-Hoo, fish in the 3-5 pound class caught. Almost all the fish were found close to the beach by boats working for Dorado, at least those that were found on the Pacific side. On the Cortez side quite a few were hooked by boats drifting bait or chunks for Yellowfin Tuna on the Gorda Banks or the mounts farther to the north.
INSHORE: In a repeat of last week, there were scattered Roosterfish in the areas beaches, both on the Pacific side and the Sea of Cortez, but most of the pangas were working just off the beach on the Pacific side for Dorado first, then checking in the surf zone for Snapper and Roosterfish. If anglers wanted Yellowfin a choice had to be made between the Pacific and the Cortez side, as all the Yellowfin were on the Cortex side. Boats that did focus on the inshore fish reported few bottom fish to be found.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: My music choice for this week was a girl my wife heard sing jazz at a firefighters fundraiser. She was so impressed she bought me the CD, and I like it so much I am sharing it with you. Her name is Divier Guive, the CD is self titled and produced here in Cabo at “Home Studio”. If you want a chance to check her out, go to http://www.reverbnation/divierguive and click on the song Humo azul. By the way, Brian Flynn is here for just a few weeks more before he goes on hid European tour, so if you are here and want to hear him and Mauricio play, get in while the getting is good. Check him out at his site http://www.brianflynnband. Tournament season is here and coming up in the next several weeks are the Los Cabo Offshore Tournament and the Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament. I will be fishing both so please, keep you fingers crossed for my team, “Sporty Game”! Until next week, tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report

Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report
May 14-20, 2012

WEATHER: I may have been premature in my declaration last week that it was summertime in Cabo. The week started with the summer feeling but on Wednesday night the wind started to blow and when we got up on Thursday morning the thermometer showed a cool 67 degrees, the wind blew all day and it never got above 80 degrees that I saw. On Friday morning it dropped still more to a low of 62 degrees, downright chilly for here! The wind started to taper off in the early morning and then died to nothing, it warmed to about 85 degrees and on Saturday we were back to normal with the morning low at 73 degrees, same on Sunday. What was interesting was on Friday a fog bank moved in from the Sea of Cortez. It was just marine fog, not getting much farther than one mile inland, but it moved in really fast as far toward Cabo as Grey Rock, then several hours later moved right on back. There was no rain this week but we did have decent dew in the mornings, as well as some moisture from the fog.
WATER: The water was both perfect and perfectly awful this week. Bad to hear, and worse for anglers, but the currents and winds have a way of doing things you cannot predict. We started the week with wonderful water conditions, which was nice since Cabo was once again hosting the IGFA Offshore Championship. This event involves teams from around the world who must have won a qualifying event to be invited. We started the week with water between Cabo and the East Cape at 75-77 degrees and those temperatures held for Tuesday, but there was a small intrusion of cooler water about 15 miles offshore, just to the outside of the 1150 area. On Wednesday the water to the Gorda Banks had cooled to 70 degrees but at the East Cape we were still seeing 76 degree water. Wednesday night the winds picked up and the current from the Pacific side came on strong so that on Thursday morning the same area between Cabo and San Jose had dropped to 60 degrees and the Punta Gorda/Frailes area was only 65 degrees, and a bit dirty. On the Pacific side the water became very rough due to the winds, at the end of the week we had water as cold as 55 degrees along the coast and extending past the Cape to the southwest 50 miles. That water was very dirty and green. The surface conditions moderated over the weekend but the water remained cold and dirty.
BAIT: Mostly Caballito with some Mullet this week, but there were a few Mackerel showing at the end of the week, probably due to the cool water. In the San Jose area the Sardinas were available at the beginning of the week but the cold water at the end of the week forced them much further north. The larger baits were the normal $3 each while the Sardinas, if you could find them, were running between $20 and $25 a scoop.
BILLFISH: Probably the best way to explain the Marlin bite this week is with a re-cap of the IGFA Offshore Championship results. Striped Marlin were the target of 47 teams competing for the title and they fished for four days, Monday through Thursday. For the first three days the number of bites increased later and later in the day. This was a result of the warmer water slowly moving away from our area. Day one, Monday, resulted in 139 Striped Marlin released and two Dorado caught. Most of the fish were found around the 1150 to the San Jose Canyon but boats traveling to the Punta Gorda area did even better. On day two there were 152 Striped Marlin released as the anglers and boats zeroed in on the fish concentrations, running there instead of trolling. Once again there were plenty of fish seen in the San Jose Canyon, fewer at the 1150 and the best bite was off of Punta Gorda and the Vinorama area. Day three had the boats running farther as the cool water started to be felt and the results reflected the fact with only 102 released for the day, along with one Dorado caught. On day four the wind was howling and the currents had pushed the cold water across the entire area. All that you heard on the tournament radio channel were questions on water temperatures and if anyone had found fish. The results speak strongly of the Striped Marlins preferred temperature as there were only 8 Striped Marlin released for the day. The bite remained off for the remainder of the week as the cold water maintained its influence in our area.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Offshore action for Yellowfin was slow to non-existent for almost everyone, but a few boats did manage to find some football to 30 pound fish due south early in the week. The fish were mixed with Porpoise but did not remain in the area. There were no Tuna caught by the tournament boats, even though Tuna over #30 were worth points.
DORADO: The few Dorado I saw were caught early in the week before the water temperature dropped. As the tournament results show, there were only three decent Dorado caught by 47 boats fishing for 4 days. All the fish I saw and heard of came from the Sea of Cortez side of the Cape.
WAHOO: I did not hear of any Wahoo caught this week, and the tournament boats fishing Vinorama and Los Frailes were in the perfect zone to get a few, but had no fish reported.
INSHORE: For boats and anglers wanting something besides Marlin this week, inshore was the way to go. Pompano have shown up in good numbers, averaging 6-9 pounds. Great eating fish and fun to fight, most of them, as a mater of fact all of them, were caught on the Cortez side of the Cape. There were some scattered Yellowtail and Sierra as well, but the numbers of Sierra dropped off a bit from last week. Mix in some decent Snapper and some Amberjack and there was action and meals to be had fishing inshore. Oh, there were also some small Roosterfish found as well!
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: It’s Sunday and time for the morning beach walk with the pup. I don’t think I am going into the water, it’s too cold for me but the pup loves it. This weeks report was written to the music of the Eagles off of an old mix CD I have had for a long time. We have our toes and fingers crossed that the currents change again and bring back the warm blue water! Until next week, tight lines!

Final Results for the IGFA Offshore Championship in Cabo San Lucas

It was no suprise to anyone that the team representing the 2010 Offshore Championship walked away with first place this year. Going in to the fourth day of fishing they held an almost insurmountable lead with more than twice the number of points than the second and third place teams. Releasing a total of 37 Striped Marlin, from three different boats with three different crews in the first three days, they proved that winning in 2010 was no fluke. The team lead after day one with 11 releases, tied for first place on day two at 11 releases with the team that would end up in second place, the Master Dolphins Tournament team, who ended up with a total of 3,800 points for the tournament. On the third day the 2010 Championship team released 15 Striped Marlin and on the fourth day they released no fish at all. The third place overall was the team representing the 7th Campeonato Int. de Pesca Grossa de Portemao. With 47 teams representing different qualifying tournaments from around the world, fishing for 4 days with a different boat and crew each day, we had the best of the best fishing in this tournament. The total releases for the 188 man days of fishing efforst was 401 billfish with three Dorado brought in and weighed for extra points. The fourth day of fishing had a dismal showing by the Marlin as only 8 fish were released. This was undoubtedly due to the sudden change in wind and current on Thursday night that dropped the water temperature by almost 7 degrees. Top angler for the tournament was Hernando Gonzalas from the 2010 Offshore Championship team with 24 releases and the top captain for the tournament was Capt. Luis Abaroa of the boat “Go Deep”, a 31′ Blackfin. Congradulations to everyone on a great tournament!

Day 3 up-date on IGFA Offshore Championship, Cabo San Lucas

I am a little late on the up-date today as we spent the afternoon at the beach watching the 47 boats returning. Every single one came home from the Sea of Cortez side of the Cape. Check out my fish report at the beginning of next week for the reason! Well, it looks like barring a total skunk on day 4, the 2010 Offshore Championship team will be repeating their sucess this year. At the end of the day they hold a very commanding lead with 7,400 points, over twice the number of points held by the Master Dolphins Tournament and the 7th Campeonato Int. de Pesca Grossa Del Portimao teams who are tied in second place with 3,600 points each. Angler Hernando Gonzalez reamins as the top angler with a combined 3 day total of 4,800 points. Total fish catch so far over three day and 47 teams is 393 Stri ped Marlin released with no Blue or Black Marlin reported. Tomorrow is the final day of the tournament and as I mentioned, barring the 2010 Championship team failing to go out, or getting skunked, they will be crowned as this year champion as well. I should have more information tomorrow and of course, the weekly report on Sunday! Until then, tight lines!

2nd day results from the IGFA Offshore Championship in Cabo San Lucas

In a repeat of yesterdays performance the fishing team that won the 2010 IGFA Offshore Championship proved that they are a strong team as 11 Striped Marlin released for the day maintained their position at the top of the leader board. Eleven releases each day have them leading the 47 teams entered with 4,400 points. Second place is shared by the teams representing the Master Dolphins Tournament and the 39th Annual Bluewater Tournament with 3,400 points each, just 5 fish behind the leading team.  The 39th Annual Bluewater Tournament team almost doubled their fish count of yesterday to remain near the top while the Master Dolphins Tournament team moved up from yesterdays total of 800 points, releasing 13 fish today compared to 4 yesterday.  Top angler is now Luis Lorenzo Arballo Castillo of the Master Dolphins Tournament team with 2,600 points while yesterdays leading angler Hernando Gonzalez is now in second with 2,200 points.  Check back tomorrow for the day 3 update

IGFA Offshore World Championship Day #1 Results

At the end of the first day of four days fishing there is still one fish hooked up and being fought by the team representing the Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament. With 47 teams entered into the tournament there have been 144 Striped Marlin released with the 2010 IGFA Offshore World Champions in first place with 2,200 points. Second place is the team representing the San Carlos Cantina Cup with a first day total of 1,400 points and the team representing the XV Torneio de Marlin Azul do Rio de Janeiro with 1,400 points. Two teams, the 7th Campeonato Int. de Pasca Grosso de Portimao and the 39th Annual Bluewater Tournament are tied at 1,200 points and there are 4 teasms tied at 1,ooo points. With three more days of fishing in the offing it is still anyones tournament. part of the difficulty for the teams involved is that the have to change boats every day, and it is a blind draw format. With 47 teams from around the world, experience in throwing live bait is a gigiantic plus. The first place team was fishing on board the “Valerie” and released 11 Striped marlin at 200 points each. Team angler Arturo Montelongo released four fish for his team. This team will be fishing aboard the “Listo”, “Yahoo” abd then the “Dream Weaver” for the next three days. Stay tuned for tomorrows update!

Cabo Fish Report

Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report
December 26, 2011 – January 2, 2012

WEATHER: It was a great start to the new year as our high on the 1st was 92 degrees here at home. Our low for the day was a balmy 78 degrees. The week started out slightly cooler but warmed as the week went along. The skies also started to clear up and we had a full day of sunshine to begin the new year.
WATER: Swells on the Pacific side were small at 2-5 feet and even smaller on the Cortez side at 1-3 feet. The water in the Sea of Cortez was a steady 74 degrees except for a small area around the Gorda Banks that was 72 degrees and slightly green. Right in front of the Cape t was a warmer 76 degrees and a plume of this warmer water ran up the coastline on the Pacific side for about 10 miles and offshore about 8 miles. From there the warm water continued on a slightly cooler note, around 74 degrees for another 10-15 miles and out about 2 miles. There was an area of cooler water that ran from the north side of the Golden Gate to the south of the San Jaime Banks at the 1,000 fathom line that was slightly green and 71 degrees.
BAIT: Same as last week, some Caballito and a few Mackerel were to be had at $3 per bait, mostly boats were getting junk bait for their money so many were going with frozen Ballyhoo instead. There were some Sardinas at $25-$30 a scoop as well.
BILLFISH: We finally had a few days of really good Striped Marlin fishing at the beginning of the week, a few boats released double digit numbers. These fish were just offshore up past the Golden Gate Bank. There were feeders and tailers, all eating Mackerel. About the only way to get these numbers of fish was to catch your own bait on the spot as they were pretty much fixated on these baits. There were good numbers of mackerel the first day the fish were found but the numbers dropped for the next two days ad so did the numbers of fish caught, down to between five and no fish after 3 days. Hopefully more bait and more fish will work their way down towards us soon.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Most boat after Tuna were heading out 25-35 miles at 190-210 degrees, out where the warmer water was at the beginning of the week. There were good numbers of fish out there, some to 60 pounds but most of them in the 20-25 pound class. Limits were possible and many anglers were able to do very well. We found a school between the lighthouse and Golden Gate Bank that had a good mix of fish and caught 8 them between 12 and 40 pounds. A few boats did very well using Sardines but most were using cedar plugs and small lures. When things got tough spreader bars worked and so did very small red hootchies.
DORADO: It’s hard to believe but there is still a decent Dorado bite out there. The key s to fish just off of the beach on the Pacific side until you catch one, then slow troll the area with live bait. Some boats are continuing to catch limits using this method. Boats that are sticking to just lures are catching a few as well, but not nearly as many. An average size fish this past week was about 15 pounds. There were also Dorado to be found off of Palmilla and Gray Rock on the Cortez side.
WAHOO: I saw a couple of Wahoo flags flying this week but there is a distinct possibility they were for Sierra as I did not hear of any Wahoo caught.
INSHORE: There was no change in the inshore report this week as the Sierra bite continues to develop on the Pacific side, the Snapper are still biting in among the rocks on the Pacific side and there are a few more Yellowtail caught every day. There were a couple of days early in the week when big Roosterfish were reported up in the Red Hill area on the Cortez side but that bite only lasted two days, then the fish disappeared.
FISH RECIPE: Sometimes posted on the blog Thursday or Friday.
NOTES: It is a great start to the new year as the fishing continues to improve along with the weather. The whales are making their seasonal showing so there is always that bonus on a fishing trip. FYI, the cost of a daily fishing license has increased to 148 pesos, this price increase went into effect Dec. 26th with no notice.
We hope everyone had a safe and happy start to the new year! Until next week, tight lines!