Cabo Bite Report for Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2014

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2014

 

WEATHER:  We had mostly sunny skies this week with the highs in the mid 80′s and lows in the low 60′s.  I heard that in a few spots it reached the mid 50′s but not at the marina or at our house.  We did have a bit of rain this week.  Last week I mentioned that it had felt humid at the end of the week and we had seen some low black clouds that made it feel as if it would rain.  We didn’t have any of those low black clouds on Monday, just cloudy skies, but in the evening we did get rain, steady enough to get everything wet but not strong enough to wash the cars! Winds were from the north-north-east at the end of the week.

WATER: We did have great water conditions once again with the exception of early in the week on the Pacific side in the afternoons.  During that time frame for the first three days the winds blew fairly strong causing some very choppy conditions up past the lighthouse and offshore.  Of course the afternoons are when most boats were coming back to the marina so it was a downhill, downwind run and not to uncomfortable.  The rest of the time the seas on the Pacific side were in the 1-4 foot range and water temperatures were 74 early in the week, slowly dropping to 70-71 degrees by the end of the week. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water was smooth, almost like a pool most of the week with swells 1-2 feet and wind riffles in the afternoons. The water temperature dropped on this side as well with water toward the shore from the 95 spot and the 1150 going from 74 degrees to 72-71 degrees, and the water on the Gorda Bank dropping from 76 degrees at the start of the week to 74 at the end of the week.

BAIT: There was no lack of bait this week and you could buy as many Mackerel and Caballito as you wanted for the usual $3 each.  Still no Sardinas that I was aware of.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: I was a bit surprised this week that the action on Striped Marlin slowed down a bit, I was sure that the new moon phase would help the bite.  Instead, we were seeing between 65-70% of our anglers getting hooked into and releasing a Striped Marlin.  The fish have also started to appear in areas other than on the Pacific side at the high spots, we were finding them on the Cortez side as well, not in any great numbers, but a stronger showing than we had been seeing the week before.  The cooling water may have something to do with this as Striped Marlin seem to prefer water in the 70-72 degree range. With the fish scattered out a bit more, trolling became the preferred method of finding a Marlin.  Spotting a tailing fish then running to it and tossing a bait in front worked better than sitting on the high spots drifting a live bait, and much better than slow trolling a live bait.  The fish also were not shy about slamming a trolled lure!

YELLOWFIN TUNA:  Inside one day and outside the next, you were never sure where the Tuna would appear on a daily basis.  The only sure thing was the more water you covered the better chance you had of getting into a good tuna bite.  Boats found these fish from a mile off the beach up by Los Arcos to 35 miles out at 210 degrees, and almost all of them were associated with Porpoise.  Cedar plugs and dark colored hootchies worked well, and I had a client bring down some cedar plug shapes made from clear acrylic with plenty of silver flash in them and they were amazing, caught so many Tuna on these things that they ended up releasing all the fish under 15 pounds and still limited out in 90 minutes.  Of course with the action that hot and heavy mistakes were made.  They were using light 30 pound leader and they ended up loosing all three lures when the leader chaffed through.  They reported that almost 80% of the bites were on these three lures, guess I will have to get some of these!

 

 

DORADO: Dorado continued to be the mainstay of the charter fleet this week as both the offshore cruisers and the inshore fishermen were getting Dorado in the fish box.  Most of the fish were off the beach between ½ mile and three miles on the Pacific side, but there were many of them caught on the Cortez side off the beach the same distance.  My guess would be that 40% of the boats that got into Dorado managed to catch the legal limit of two fish per angler, the rest of the boats managed to get at least a few, even if they were not looking for them.  None of the fish I saw were large with their weight running between 6 and 10 pounds with a few fish in the 15 pound category.  Light colored lures and live bait were the key to the Dorado, and of course if you saw Frigate birds working it was either over Dorado (most common) or on Striped Marlin.

WAHOO: To tell the truth I did not see any wahoo this week, but did hear of some decent ones caught on the Cortez side of the Cape.  Boats working the rocks in front of Gray Rock and the drop-off along the cliffs between Santa Maria and Chileano Bay as well as the 30 fathom line off of Palmilla were getting an occasional bite from fish that were reported to be as large as 45 pounds.  There were a few smaller fish reported from the Pacific side but I am not sure which area they were found.

INSHORE: Sierra are still the fish of the week for the inshore fishermen as well as the surf fishermen tossing lures from the beach.  The fish are mostly between 4 and 6 pounds with a few in the 10 pound class.  The favorite areas have been off the de-sal plant just to the north of the lighthouse and the beach off of Playa Grande.  A few boats are still running up to Migraino for the Sierra, getting lots of fish and then working three miles out for Marlin, Dorado and Tuna on the downhill return.  Fishing for the Snapper in amongst the rocks has been an on-off experience with early in the week being “off” due to the slightly larger seas encountered.  Perhaps the coming full moon will bring more fish in. If it does, please remember to limit your catch, don’t catch your limit.  In the spring during the full moon the heavy concentrations of Snapper (and Grouper)you encounter are spawning aggregations, and while your crew may want to catch every fish they can, remember that it’s your charter and your call as when to stop.

FISH RECIPE:  This week we did a spicy fish dish that I adapted from a recipe for General Tso’s Chicken.  Start with 2 pounds of any boneless fish fillet and cube it into 1 ½ inch cubes.  Marinate it for four hours in a mix of the white of 1 egg, a dash of salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon of minced fresh ginger (frozen will work if that’s all you have, just grate it instead of mincing it) and one teaspoon of corn starch.  I put all the ingredients in a gallon zip-lock and shake it around for a few minutes then put the fish in and shake it again, then place it in the fridge.  While it is marinating I made a sauce of 1 ½ tablespoon of soy sauce, 3 table spoons of sugar, 2 table spoons of rice-wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce, 1 tablespoon of chicken broth and 1 tablespoon of sherry (I used tawny port instead).  Once the fish has marinated put four or five cups of fresh oil in a large pot and heat it until its smoking, then dip in the fish pieces three or four at a time and cook for 1 minute, then remove to some paper towels to drain.  Once all the fish is cooked take some of the oil and put it in a large skillet, then place about two tablespoons of minced ginger, one green onion white section thinly sliced, two minced garlic cloves and about three tablespoons of dried red chile flakes in the oil and saute for about 1 minute.  Next add the sauce, then the fish and toss and stir until the fish is well coated.  Serve this on a bed of freshly cooked rice!  Just in case you don’t know, rice is simple.  Boil 2 cups of lightly salted water.  When it comes to a boil add 1 cup of rice and stir quickly.  When it returns to a boil turn it down to a simmer and cover.  Let simmer for 20 minutes then remove from the heat.  After five minutes off the heat remove the lid and stir the rice, then replace the lid.  Easy peasy.

NOTES:  Fish, Sun, Dolphin, Whales, Beaches and Booze!  Cabo San Lucas!  Oh and since it’s Super Bowl Sunday, GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!

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Cabo Bite Report for Jan. 13-19, 20014

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

Jan. 13 – 19, 2014

WEATHER: A repeat of last weeks weather was in store for those of us who live here as well as for our visitors. A very cool, for us at least, early morning low in the mid 50′s greeted all anglers when they arrived at the marina. Coats, or at least a nice sweatshirt was worn by those with thin blood but I did see a couple of crazy people walking around in tee shirts and shorts. Must have been freezing where they came from! Our afternoons were a very comfortable mid-80′s experience every day, and the skies remained sunny until this weekend. High clouds moved in and while the temperatures did not change much, I kept thinking we were going to get rain. Of course we had no rain, the wrong kind of clouds for that, but the hope was there.

WATER: Water temperatures on the Pacific side of the Cape were in the 74-75 degree range between the San Jaime/Golden Gate Banks and the shoreline while the water on top of the banks and to the west of them was cooler by a degree. In the Sea of Cortez we had water temperatures a slight bit higher, averaging just one degree more, The water on the Pacific side appeared cleaner as well, most of the area showing a clean blue color while on the Cortez side it was just barely tinged with green. The biggest change we saw this week was to the immediate south of the Cape. The currents were strong enough this week that a 2 degree temperature break formed about 30 to 40 miles to the south and southwest of the arch. The cool water on the inside of this break (this cool water formed a “V” at first, with warmer water on both sides) was 74 degrees and the warmer water at both edges was 76 degrees.

BAIT: Plenty of both Mackerel and Caballito were available this week at the normal $3 per bait.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Everyone saw a drop in the Marlin bite this week as the currents ran stronger and the baitfish scattered a bit. Combine that with the full moon and we were not too surprised at this. It made every Marlin caught all the more desirable though, and a few boats were lucky enough to release several per trip. With the strong current and scattered bait, trolling while looking for tailing fish to throw bait at was a better method than soaking a live bait deep on the high spots. The better areas to fish for Marlin were still on the Pacific side and to the northern edge of our daily fishing area. Specificly, around and to the inside of the Golden Gate Bank offered more opportunities to hook a billfish than other areas. Marlin sizes were ranging from 90 pounds to 180 pounds with an average of 110 pounds.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We were all excited the week before last when suddenly the catches of Yellowfin Tuna increased from almost nil to almost limits. Combined with the fact that the fish were not too far away and we were almost partying on the docks. Well, things changed a bit and the fish moved away. Not out of reach, but you needed to dedicate an entire day to fishing for them as it took a while to get out 30 to 40 miles and then find the porpoise pods the Yellowfin were associated with. Boats that made the trip reported excellent fishing for Yellowfin between 12 and 25 pounds with a few larger fish to 45 pounds in the mix. The only problem with going out there was that you needed to be early on the fish, boats that appeared later did not have as good of luck as the early arrivals. And, from all the reports I received, there were no other species found on the way out there or on the way back except for an occasional Striped Marlin. As you may have guessed, this was around the edges of that temperature break I mentioned earlier.

 

 

DORADO: Dorado continued to be caught by boats working near the shoreline, but there were fewer of them this week and the average size was around 12 pounds, down a pound or two from last weeks average. We had one client out this week who managed to catch two Dorado on the fly rod, chumming to get them close enough to cast to, and this was on the Cortez side of the Cape, around the Cabo Del Sol area. So it appears that there are some fish around in the warmer Cortez water as well now. With the water cleaning up a bit in this area, there may be a bit more effort put in by the local fleet to work the waters around the 1150 and the Seamount.

WAHOO: I did hear of a few boats that did well on Wahoo this week, and I am not too surprised since we had a full moon. However, having said that, these were boats that focused on the Wahoo. For the large majority of boats, Wahoo were an incidental catch, if they had a strike at all. The Wahoo that were caught were found in their usual haunts, along the edge of drop-offs and on the top of underwater pinnacles.

INSHORE: Sierra, Sierra and more Sierra. If you wanted to catch Sierra there was almost a guarantee offered by the Panga Captains! Of course you had to put in a bit more effort than last week as the currents moved the Sardinas around and the Sierra moved with them. The bait broke up into smaller schools and the Sierra followed suit, becoming scattered up and down the coast and not heavily concentrated in one area like they were last week. Trolling hootchies and watching for fish breaking the surface was the key, and once you found where there were fish, chumming and fishing with strip baits resulted in fish that were slightly larger than those caught on the hootchies. A few Roosterfish as well as Grouper and Snapper were found, and plenty of Skipjack bit on the hootchies as well.

FISH RECIPE: Keep it simple! A dorado fillet with salt and pepper on an oiled grill cooked perfectly, and then a sauce I made with peach marmalade, white wine and crushed hot peppers drizzled on top. Serve that up with some garlic mashed potatoes and a glass of white wine made you think you were in a five star restaurant!

NOTES: I have yet to receive a reply from the CONAPESCA San Diego office concering the price increase on fishing licenses, so basicly “it is what it is” and they are $181 pesos for a daily license at the dock. Lots of whales are being seen on the fishing trips, we are in the middle of whale season with plenty of Gray Whales and Humpback Whales spouting and breaching all over the place. This weeks report was written to the music of Hayes Carll on his CD “Little Rock”. Until next week, tight lines!

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Cabo Fish Report for Jan. 6 – 12, 2014

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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www.flyhooker.com

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Cabo Fish Report

Jan. 6 – 12, 2014

WEATHER: We had wonderful weather this week with our lows in the high 50′s and the highs in the mid 80′s. The skies remained mostly sunny except for a bit of overcast on Saturday and while the wind did blow a bit in the evenings it was pretty nice and mellow during the daytime. No rain of course!

WATER: Water temperatures on the Sea of Cortez side were 73-74 degrees except for some warm water around the 1150 and Seamount area where it warmed up a bit to 74-75 degrees. The water was a bit off-color in the 73-74 degree area. Surface conditions on the side were very good with swells small at 1-3 feet and no wind chop until either the late afternoon or if you went up past Punta Gorda to the north. On the Pacific side of the peninsula the water was 73-74 degree almost anywhere you went, and the water was a lot cleaner than the Sea of Cortez side. Surface conditions were great as well with swells at 2-4 feet but spaced far apart. Around mid-afternoon during the later part of the week the wind picked up a bit and made for some choppy conditions, but there was no issue with the fishing being affected.

BAIT: There are more Mackerel available than there were last week and this trend should continue as the water becomes cooler every week. A mix of Mackerel and Caballito were the normal bait purchase this week. The price continued to be steady at $3 U.S. Per bait, and if the boat you were on was buying from the same bait boat all the time, often a bag or chunk of ice was included in the purchase.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The concentration of Striped Marlin that we had at the lighthouse ledge on the Pacific side has either been thinned out due to the fishing pressure or has moved off to follow the bait! While there are still some Striped Marlin being caught there, the boats have been finding more and more fish on the Golden Gate and off of the point at El Arco. Remember last weeks report when I said that there were good numbers being found at the Golden Gate? Well, now it is beginning to look like the lighthouse did last week with up to 50 boats working it by drifting live baits, some deep and some on the surface, or by slow trolling live bait and rigged ballyhoo or by trolling lures. I listed those techniques in order of effectiveness. The same methods were being used at El Arco as well, with good results. If Marlin is your target, the Gate is the place to concentrate on right now. Some of the Striped Marlin being caught are quite large, we had one client release one fish he said was around 200 pounds and another that was around 110 pounds. This is the typical size range, with outliers being fish over 180 pounds and under 80 pounds. I will soapbox once again though about using circle hooks for fishing live bait deep for Marlin. Please practice “catch and release” on our Striped Marlin, not “catch and fillet”. While there seem to be large numbers of these fish out there, there are not infinite numbers of them. Using a “J” hook with deep dropped live bait is almost 100% certain to gut hook the fish, and these fish have a very low survival rate post release. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that if a Striped Marlin is bleeding when it is released there is 97% mortality. With a circle hook, the hook will not catch on the fish until it is pulled to the corner of the jaw, where its shape is designed to dig in via a cam-like action. There is no need to “set” the hook with violent swings on the rod, this type of hook-setting will instead jerk the circle hook out of the fish. The best method is to slowly apply increasing pressure until the hook is brought to the corner of the jaw, where it will then lodge. This is perfect for those deep drops where you never know a fish has hooked up until well after it has eaten the bait. Make sure you stop by one for the local tackle supply stores and buy a dozen on these circle hooks to take on your boat, and if the crew decides to use the deep drop or “bottom fishing” technique, insist they use the circle hooks you have brought. Thank you very much!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Yay! I guess our crossed fingers and prayers have been answered, at least for this week. We had some great Tuna action as the fish were finally found, some 20 miles to the south and some near the San Jaime Banks, even a few inside the Banks areas. Most of the fish were 12-18 pounds with a few pushing 30 pounds. I even heard of a few boats catching fish in the 50-80 pound class. It doesn’t really matter to me, I am just glad they finally showed up! Boats that got into the Yellowfin were often getting limits for their anglers (5 fish per angler), and if there was just one angler on board, having all five lines go off at once resulted in a circus act! Feathered lures, hootchies and cedar plugs worked great on the football sized fish as well as fish to 30 pounds, but most of the larger fish were caught on live bait dropped well ahead of an approaching school. Almost all of these fish were associated with porpoise, so seeing the porpoise splash in the distance was a great way to find the fish, as was seeing small concentrations of birds working one area.

 

 

DORADO: While Dorado continue to be caught by boats fishing the Pacific side of the Cape, the fish have spread out and the bite seems to be tapering off a bit. Instead of limiting out almost every trip (2 fish limit per angler), many of the boats are returning with just 1 or 2 Dorado in total. The water withing a mile of the beach on the Pacific side is still the most productive area to work, and the better catches are by boats that are willing to do something a bit different, slow trolling live bait on a down-rigger. The problem with this method of course, is that you have to find the fish first. Trolling at a slightly higher speed than normal is one way, moving through the water at 9 knots instead of 7 knots covers a bit more area, but seeing another boat fighting or boating a Dorado is just as good (except they are the one getting that first fish).

WAHOO: There were a few small Wahoo caught this week by boats working near shore for Dorado on the Pacific side. The few fish I heard of were caught up past the Migraino area in 200 feet of water.

INSHORE: Sierra were still the inshore fish of the week as boats fishing for them were certain to catch at least a few. The schools that we had seen the week before up off of Migraino have split up, and now there are scattered small schools found all up and down the coastline. Fishing from just outside the surf break to 200 feet of water and watching for bait (sardinas for the most part) popping on the surface put you in the zone. Once the schools were found a few passes with hootchies determined the next step. If the fish would bite the hootchies it was great, if not, then you tried strip baits drifted through the same area. This method generally resulted in slightly larger fish. Of, by the way, the larger Sierra sometimes have parasites in the meat, so check them carefully when they have been filleted. Often the cleaning station guys will let you know if parasites are present. There have been very few Roosterfish found, and those that have been caught have been small. A few Yellowtail have been caught, but not in numbers large enough to have them as a targeted species. Toss in a few Snapper to 10 pounds and Grouper to 20 pounds and you have our inshore fishing report!

FISH RECIPE: This week it’s about shrimp! We are lucky to have some of the best shrimp in Mexico available to us, its caught up in Mag Bay and we can get it fresh. I like to take the shell-on tails and saute them for about two minutes in butter, then splash in some white wine, cook while agitating the pan for another minute, then adding a splash of tequila and some red pepper flakes, cooking for another 30 seconds. Remove them from the pan and serve them with white rice that you have drizzled the remaining saute fluids on. Peel and enjoy!

NOTES: I posted an interim report this week about the increase in fishing license prices. If you did not read it, then be aware, at the dock the agents of CONAPESCA are now charging $181 pesos for a one day license. If you pay in dollars it is $18 U.S. Last week I paid $179 pesos, and it was printed on the license. The week before it was $175 pesos, and was printed on the license. I have sent a letter (actually an e-mail) to the CONAPESCA office in San Diego asking them what the licenses are supposed to cost as many people have informed me that they are able to buy one day licenses from them for only $9.25 U.S. I have not had a reply yet, but will have news by next weeks report. On a lighter note, if you are fishing you are seeing whales and porpoise as well, but if you are out whale watching you are not fishing. So, if you want to do some whale watching, why not charter a fishing boat and do both? This weeks report was written to the music of Jack Johnson and Friends on the 2012 album “Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival” on Brushfire Records. If you have never heard this, you deserve a treat! Until next week, Tight Lines!

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Cabo Bite Report Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014

WEATHER: Unlike those of you living in the north, our weather remained very comfortable this week. Our daily highs were in the mid to high 80′s and the nighttime lows averaged 67 degrees with a low in town of 62 degrees. The wind shifted during the week, coming from the north at the start of the week and then shifting and coming from the northeast mid-week and then back from the north again at the end of the week. We had partly cloudy skies with a high overcast on Saturday, but the rest of the week was mostly sunny.

WATER: The water on the Sea of Cortez side was cooler than that on the Pacific side, and off-color in comparison as well. Temperatures ranged from 71 degrees up by Punta Gorda to 73 degrees off of Gray Rock while on the Pacific side it was 74 degrees between the San Jaime / Golden Gate Banks line-up and the shoreline, and 75 degrees on the banks and to the west. The offshore water on the Pacific side was cleaner as well. Surface conditions to the northern side of our fishing range on the Pacific were rough and choppy for the later part of the week, but very calm and smooth on the Cortez side. In between these extremes we had slightly choppy conditions in the afternoons when the winds picked up, but calm conditions in the mornings.

BAIT: No change in bait availability again, with Caballito and a few Mackerel making up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each. There were also frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: There are still a few Blue Marlin around, or maybe Black Marlin, as the fish was not identified except for the fact that it was a Marlin. Last Sunday one of the local charter boats tossed a live bait in front of a Marlin only to have it engulfed by a different fish entirely, and they proceeded to fight this big Marlin for the next 6 ½ hours before the line broke. This occurred only 5 miles off the entrance to San Lucas Bay! For the rest of the boats the Striped Marlin action was very consistent, with almost every boat that wanted to catch one able to do so, and some boats had multiple fish released. The favorite location was on the ledge off the lighthouse on the Pacific side, and the preferred method was “bottom fishing”. This involves tying on a lead weight of between 5 and 15 ounces and dropping a live bait down toward the bottom. The water depth is between 200 and 300 feet and several lines are set at staggered depth. The boat then drifts over the ledge, or along the current break until a bite occurs or the drift takes them off the ledge. The local boats love this as it is very effective and really saves on the cost of fuel. The only issue I have is that for me at least, it is very boring, and most of the boat use “j” hooks when fishing this way. Since the bait is so far down, and there is a large bend in the line caused by both the current and the boat moving, the first bite is very had to discern. This means the fish has plenty of time to swallow the bait, and often the first sign that one is hooked up is seeing it jumping in the distance. If you use a circle hook, the hook will slide to the corner of the jaw as the fish moves away and will not gut hook and injure the Marlin like a “j” hook will. If you are looking for Marlin, please ask your crew to use circle hooks if they are planning to “bottom fish” for Marlin, and it helps if you bring some along. All the tackle store here sell them, and they are not very expensive. Thank you! Striped Marlin have also been concentrating on the Golden Gate Bank, and there has been less boat pressure there due to it being 23 miles away instead of just 6 miles away like the lighthouse ledge. The water there has been choppier as well, but the fact that there are fewer boats makes it easier to stay on top of the high spot.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: While still slow, the pick has slowly improved this week with a few boats able to find porpoise pods with Yellowfin associated with the pod. Action was found at 35 miles to the southwest, just inside the Jaime Banks and just offshore of the Migraino area in small pods of porpoise. These fish are footballs at 6-12 pounds, but hopefully a signal of action to come. Hootchies in dark colors that were jigged while trolling worked the best on these footballs with cedar plugs coming in as the second best lure.

 

 

DORADO: Continuing to show up in the catch has been Dorado, averaging 10 pounds with occasional specimens to 20 pounds. On the Pacific side of the Cape from the Arch to Todo Santos, the better concentrations have been toward the northern section of this fishing area, but there have been hot-spots everywhere this week as the water remains a bit warmer here and the fish follow the bait. It may seem as if I am repeating myself, but dropping back a live bait or strip bait behind a hooked fish remains the best way to get multiple hook-ups on Dorado. Don’t remove the first fish from the water until you have tried to attract a second one!

WAHOO: Once again I heard of a few Wahoo being caught, but no big numbers and no big fish. There was an occasional strike in the early morning hours at the lighthouse ledge and along the drop-off outside Diamante.

INSHORE: Continuing their status as fish of the week, the diminutive but tasty Sierra maintained a strong presence along the shoreline on the Pacific side of the Cape. The largest concentrations of these sharp-toothed critters was in 30-120 feet of water from the Los Arcos area to Migraino beach, but there were scattered fish all along the shoreline. These concentrations were working schools of Sardines, and you could spot the feeding action by closely watching the water for the small boils and splashes. The majority of Sierra were small at 3-4 pounds, but there were larger fish found, a few to 9 pounds. If you matched the tackle to the fish, the fight was great, if the gear was too heavy you were just winching them in. For those of you who like to fly fish and have not done any saltwater fly-fishing before, these are the perfect species to try your luck on, just remember that a wire bite tippet is needed, and bring plenty of flies!

FISH RECIPE: Last week I posted up my method for making fish fingers and mentioned that I like them with tarter sauce. A lot of you asked how I make mine, so that is my recipe for this week. Once again, I go with the idea that simple is best! Take some Mayonnaise (about a cup) some Mustard (a good squirt of the yellow stuff, maybe a tablespoon or so) some pickle relish (the kind you use on hotdogs, I like the sweet relish myself, about double the amount of mustard you used), a sprinkling of garlic powder or salt (I prefer the garlic salt, maybe a ½ teaspoon) and a few dashes of Worcestershire (sp) sauce (about a tablespoon) and mix it all up. Add a bit more of whatever you think it needs and you are good to go!

NOTES: I feel bad for all of you that are experiencing the aftereffects of the most recent winter storm, and now you have “record breaking” low temperatures coming your way. We will be watching the wild card games today from the comfort of an open air sports bar, sipping a cold one in 80 degree weather. If you could get a flight you could join us next Saturday for the Seahawks-Saints game. Go SEAHAWKS! Lets see, there are lots of whales to be seen, this is the best time of year to go whale watching, so there is an added incentive to get your spouse to agree its time to get away, that is, if you can get a flight! Also, please be aware that the taxes in Baja California, both Norte and Sur, have been raised from 11% to 16% in order to match those of the rest of the country. Prices have gone up a bit folks! This weeks report was written to the music of Ricky Scaggs, man, can that guy play a mandolin or what? Until next week, tight lines!

Cabo Bite Report for Dec. 23 – 29, 2013

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
Dec. 23 – 29, 2013

WEATHER: We had beautiful weather this week as it was sunny every day! Not what most of you had for Christmas I know, but we loved it. Our highs during the week were in the mid 80′s while the lows were in the low 60′s. This morning at 4:30 it was 62 degrees, the same as yesterday.
WATER: At the end of the week the water in the Sea of Cortez continued to be a bit off-color and greenish while being in the 73-73 degree range. On the Pacific side the water was a bit warmer with 77 degrees being seen about halfway between here and Todo Santos and it slowly dropping to 73 degrees off of the lighthouse, with an occasional patch of 74 degree water. This water was cleaner as well. Surface conditions were great on the Pacific with swells between 2 and 4 feet and the prevailing wind early in the week was light and from the northwest. At the end of the week it shifted and blew out of the north. This caused some rough water on the Sea of Cortez side as the winds wrapped around the peninsula and came from the east, something we don’t often see. As I write this the wind is from the north at about 4 MPH, very nice conditions.
BAIT: Caballito and a few Mackerel make up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each. There were also frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There was no real change in the Striped Marlin situation this week as the concentration of fish appeared to be on the ledge off the Pacific lighthouse. With 50 boats working the area the fish were getting pounded but there were plenty caught. For those who focused on the area the results were between one and four fish released (and some killed unfortunately) per boat. The favored method was once again dropping a weighted line with a live bait on the end down into the water column. Most boats dropped two baits, one almost to the bottom in 250 feet of water and another at 120 feet and had a third bait on the surface, or just under it. I would like to once again stress that if you plan on releasing you’re Marlin (PLEASE release them!) then let your crew know your plans ahead of time so there is no confusion about what to do with the fish when it comes boat side. Take a picture of the fish in the water (take a lot of them if you have digital) then buy a release flag and mount the picture and the flag in a frame for a trophy. There is NO NEED to KILL the Marlin if you want a replica made. All you need is an estimated length. Once again, there is NO NEED to KILL the MARLIN! Ask the crew to use circle hooks when dropping bait down deep, it helps to keep the Marlin from becoming gut hooked, and the hook-up ratio is just as good as if you were using “j” hooks.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: I’m almost out of patience. These fish have still not shown up in any numbers and usually by this time of year they make up 50% of the catch. There are a few being caught, but my guess is that only 5% of the boats are getting any, and they are having to cover a lot of water to find them.

DORADO: I am slightly amazed that these fish are still hanging around, but the water on the Pacific side has not gotten really chilly yet. I was out on Friday and we worked the area off of Pedregal for the morning and got our limit of fish between 8 and 18 pounds with the larger fish coming early and on live bait trolled off a down-rigger. Most boats were getting a few as I did see plenty of flags flying for these fish at the end of the day. Smaller Mackerel were working just fine for these fish and we had a Marlin bite as well, even though we were several miles from the concentration of those fish.
WAHOO: I heard of a couple of Wahoo being caught but not many, and don’t know where they were found. It was second or third had information anyway, I did not talk to anyone who had actually caught one themselves.
INSHORE: Sierra had to be fish of the week this week as anyone who wanted could get limits on these fish, ranging in size from 2 to 8 pounds. There were fish scattered all along the Pacific coastline but the big concentrations were up off of the Marguerite area, inside the Golden Gate Banks. The fish were concentrated in the area because of big schools of Sardines. Hootchies in light colors worked well on the smaller fish, on Thursday all our smaller ones came on pink or pink/white hootchies. Once the fish got a little finicky we put out Ballyhoo rigged with a trailing hook and caught some larger fish, to 7.5 pounds. Another method that worked for us was chumming with cut bait then drifting a strip back, using a 12” section of light wire leader to avoid getting cut off. Doing this also resulted in some non-targeted species being caught (Triggerfish). There were few Roosterfish found or seen but there were some Amberjack found in 180 to 200 feet of water and a few Snapper in the rocks along the beach.
FISH RECIPE: Remember simple? It does not get simpler than this one. Take a skinless, boneless fillet of Dorado and trim it into two lengths, removing the bloodline in the center. Slice each piece into strips about 2 inches wide, on the diagonal. Dredge them in flour, then whipped egg whites, then panko crumbs and lower into hot oil. Let them cook for about4 minutes or less, then remove and let them drain on paper towels. You now have fish fingers, and they are great in tacos (especially hot out of the oil) and as snacks later on. Whip up some tarter sauce to go with them and away you go!
NOTES: I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and be careful this coming New Years Eve! This weeks report was written to the music of “King Crimson” on the album “IN The Court of the Crimson King”, the 1969 Master Edition release. Until next week, Tight Lines!

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Cabo Fish Report for Dec. 16-22, 2013

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Cabo Fish Report

Dec. 16 – 22, 2013

WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies greeted us almost every morning this week, but the temperatures have dropped a bit to go with the sun. A bit counter-intuitive I know, but maybe the clouds had been holding the heat in! Our nighttime lows have been in the low 60′s for the most part with some areas on the Pacific side seeing a few nights in the high 50′s. Daytime has been much warmer with highs in the low 80′s to high 70′s. No rain, and I think I can safely say we have 0% chance of snow, ice or freezing hail this week!

WATER: On the Pacific side was where the warmer water appeared this week. Pretty much anywhere you went the water was 77 degrees, at least withing a degree of that. On the Cortez side the water was a bit cooler by a degree or so. This is something we see every year as we have a change in the seasons happening. The water in both areas has been a bit off color. The blue water has been directly to the south but the water is also much cooler there with surface temperatures in the 74 degree range about 12 miles out. We did have several days toward the end of the week when the wind kicked things up, and Friday evening things finally died down a bit. The winds were from the west and caused quite a bit of chop as well as some decent sized swells in the 4-6 foot range. The surfers loved it but it made fishing from a Panga on the Pacific side a bumpy experience.

BAIT: Caballito and a few Mackerel make up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The bite on Striped Marlin improved as most of the boats were coming in with at least one release per trip, and many of them were flying three or four flags. The best results I heard of were from the area just off the Los Arcos, off the point of the ridge there. Boats drifting with live bait sunk deep did very well. Just a reminder for you, if you are using this technique to fish for marlin, please make sure your crew is using circle hooks. The fish are feeding deep and they often have enough time to swallow the bait before you can get the hook set. If you are using “j” hooks in the bait the chances of gut hooking the Striped Marlin and having them die is extremely high. With a circle hook the hook will slide to the corner of the jaw as they swim away, not catching on the gut or gills, and after your fight the fish will still be in good shape for release. You just have to remember not to yank back on the rod in an attempt to set the hook with a circle hook, just keep the pressure on the fish until the hook has set itself. Just to be sure, buy some circle hooks to bring with you and ask the crew to use them when using live bait. Minerva’s Tackle in downtown Cabo carries plenty of them and they are not expensive.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: These are still scarce and even though the boats keep a sharp eye out for the porpoise the Tuna are usually associated with, there have been few pods with fish around them. Finding the Tuna this week has been hit-and-miss, many boats have been traveling out 40+ miles looking for them only to find out later that boats fishing inside for Dorado get a few off of a small pod of porpoise. You just never know. If I had to hazard a guess, it would be that only 5% of the boats looking for tuna had any success. I did not hear of any boats from Cabo San Lucas finding the big ones on the Gordo Banks, but I am sure there were boats from San Jose that worked it hard and may have managed a fish or two.

 

 

DORADO: Sharing the title of Fish Of The Week with both the Striped Marlin and the Sierra, there were still lots of Dorado around, but they were scattered this week with the fish found from the lighthouse or Sol-mar all the way up the Pacific side to past Todo Santos. This was not a big surprise as this is where the warmer water was. A few of the fish were in the 20-25 pound class but there were more of them in the 8-10 pound range. Live bait was a big help if you were looking to catch more than one or two during a trip, as dropping back a live bait and waiting a few minutes for another fish to bite while fighting the first one was the best method for getting limits. Spotting frigate birds working and running to the spot would put you on either Striped Marlin or Dorado, it was a pretty even chance for either species.

WAHOO: I only heard of a few Wahoo caught this week and it was a surprise to me as I thought this moon phase would have brought an increase in the number of fish. Well, as good as the bite has been for the past two months we cannot complain too much!

INSHORE: Inshore fishing is starting to get good for the Sierra, it has improved every week and the fish seem to be getting closer every week as well. Pangas did not have to travel 15 miles this week, there were fish found as close as the lighthouse on the Pacific side. The wind at the end of the week had the effort in that area drop off a bit and there were fish being found closer, as close as the beach off the Sol-mar Resort. It was not wide open, and the fish may have been there for several weeks, but I think the amount of effort put into fishing that area may have had something to do with it. For some of the boats not wanting to battle the winds at the end of the week, the area in the Sea of Cortez from Gray Rock to Cabo Del Sol was worth fishing. Targeted species were Triggerfish, Sierra and Amberjack with a few Grouper and Snapper in the catches as well.

FISH RECIPE: I wish I had the recipe to give you but I don’t. We had dinner this week when we were invited to the “Baja Cantina” at the Marina, and the fish was a coconut crusted Cabrillo with a picante Mango sauce, wow was that good! Maybe I can manage to get it later on and post it! Meanwhile feel free to look back on my older posts for some great fish recipes.

NOTES: Merry Christmas to one and all, I hope you were good this year and Santa brings you tickets to Cabo and puts them in your stockings! This weeks report was written to the Christmas songs of the 1940′s with the bluegrass sounds of Bill Monroe accompanied by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs! Until next week, Tight lines!

 

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Cabo Bite Report for Dec. 9-15, 2013

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Cabo Fish Report

Dec. 9 – 15, 2013

WEATHER: Occasionally sunny skies this past week brought a few mornings of what have been the coldest of the season to this point. I was getting reading in the low 60′s, as low as 62 degrees on Thursday morning, as I went to the marina at 5:30 am. It warmed up later on of course and we ended up averaging 82 degrees during the mostly cloudy days early in the week and in the 85-86 degree range later in the week. We had a bit of wind blow in on Thursday as well, mostly affecting us in the afternoon, and continuing on into Friday and Saturday. I did not notice much of a breeze this morning. We did not get any real rain from these clouds, but it did spit a bit on us on Monday, just enough to spot up the windshields on the cars.

WATER: The first few days of this week were a continuation of last weeks water as far as temperatures were concerned. On Monday the water on the Pacific side of the Cape was in the 78-79 degree range from the beach on out to the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks, to the west of there it dropped by four degrees very quickly. That was the only temperature break in our area. On Tuesday that started to change and by the end of the week our entire area was seeing water temperatures in the 77 degree range, from far west of those banks to up past the Gorda Banks area in the Sea of Cortez. The water color has been a bit off of “blue”, more of a blue with a green tinge to it, almost a glacial water look to it.

BAIT: Caballito and a few Mackerel make up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Lots of Striped Marlin were being seen this week but not many of them wanted to bite. The Pacific side continued to be the best area to find these fish, and the usual bait holding areas were worked hard by the fleets. The ledge at the lighthouse and the canyon just on the north side, the ridge at Los Arcos, the drop at Migraino and the Golden Gate Bank all had fish, but few boats were getting bit, at least compared to how the action had been. In addition, we were seeing lots of small Striped Marlin, and I mean some of these fish were in the 40-50 pound class. When you did find a hungry fish it was aggressive and would readily bite on the lure or live bait, but these fish were few and far between. If you were fishing for Marlin this week your day consisted of throwing live bait at Marlin you saw on the surface, slow trolling live bait in one of the areas listed above or running out to one of the bait balls signaled by the swooping Frigate birds. The action was scattered up and down the Pacific coastline with little action seen on the Cortez side.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Well, we are starting to see a very slow improvement in the catch of Yellowfin Tuna as more porpoise show in our area. The fish are still mostly footballs in the 6-10 pound class, but when you get into them they bite well. Its just hard to get real excited when your limit on these small fish is 5 per person, and if you fill that limit you are done keeping any fish for the rest of the day. Get into one of the pods of porpoise that hold Tuna and you never know what might bite though, there could be some much larger fish out on the edges, as a few lucky anglers found out this week, with Tuna to 80 pounds occasionally grabbing a passing lure, or gobbling a bait dropped in front of the traveling pods of porpoise. For the large Tuna, the Gorda Banks appeared to be the place to go as there was a short bite for a few days there. If you could work the area with chunks you stood a chance to catch fish that went as large as 260 pounds, but the success ration was not very high. Then again, these were very large fish!

 

 

DORADO: There was little change in the Dorado action this past week from the week before. Lots of small 6 to 8 pound fish continued striking lures and trying to eat live bait on the Pacific side of the Cape. Most boats were shaking these fish off and waiting for larger ones to bite and since the limit is two per angler the small fish could fill a limit quickly. Getting a bigger Dorado this past week has been a matter of working harder and smarter. The larger fish continue to be found farther to the north, inside the Golden Gate area from the beach out to about two miles. Many boats that were slow trolling live bait, or drifting weighted live baits for Marlin were getting the larger Dorado. Working staggered depths with down-riggers and z-wings during a slow troll with live bait was effective, and you could be surprised at any time with either Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo or if you were close to the beach, a large Snapper or Grouper.

WAHOO: The bite was not what it has been, and the fish seemed to be a bit smaller, at least the ones that were caught. I heard a couple of anglers call them wee-hoos as they had caught a couple of them that were only 8-10 pounds. I expect the bite to be a bit better for these fish this coming week as we approach the full moon, but I have been wrong many times before. The Wahoo that were caught were found in the usual haunts, on top of the high spots and along the drop-offs, but there were also some caught out on the flats in 100 feet of water, so you just never know.

INSHORE: The Roosterfish made themselves scarce this week, at least early in the day they were hard to find. The ones that were found were once again the smaller ones in the 5-6 pound class, there were not many larger 20-30 pound fish found. Boats that were going up to the Marguerite area and the Migraino area were doing well when they found schools of Sierra, and some of these fish were decent size for the species at 6-9 pounds, but there were also schools of small 2-5 pound fish. Either size of Sierra were capable of ruining any hootchie skirts used, and could make a swimming Rapallas look decades old after a few fish had been caught. Most of these fish were tight to the beach. There were also some true Red Snapper being found off the beach. Boats bottom bouncing strip baits in 60-120 feet of water were having decent luck on Snapper to 5 pounds with an occasional fish to 10 pounds.

FISH RECIPE: I don’t have a new recipe this week, but feel free to check out ones listed on my previous reports, they are all good. If I used one I found on the internet I give credit for it, and actually used the recipe, then listed it only if I would serve it again!

NOTES: I guess this was the week for small fish. Small Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo and Sierra. Add in that the bite was off just a bit and many boats were scratching hard to put clients on some decent fish this week. Of course there are always a few boats that are in the right place at the right time, that is what keeps us going as anglers, right? We will keep crossed fingers that the Mackerel will show up, because usually the big fish follow the bait! Seeing the number of small fish is also a good thing as this implies a good spawning season, and plenty of fish for the future! Come on down for the holidays, with plenty of whales to be seen and steady action on small fish and the chance to catch something big, it sure beats sitting in a freezing cold car waiting for it to warm up! This report was writing to the country music sounds of George Jones. Until next week, tight lines!

 

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Latest Cabo Fishing Update!

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Cabo Fish Report

Dec. 2 – 8, 2013

WEATHER: Partly sunny skies once again, and while most of our friend and clients in the U.S. were shivering we were enjoying temperatures in the high 70′s and low 80′s during the daytime. We did our shivering at night after the sun had set and the breeze cooled us off. It seems my blood has thinned a bit as 72 degrees makes me get goose bumps and put on long sleeved shirts or a light jacket or sweater. Please don’t make fun of those of us who walk around with a sweater on while you gambol about in your swimsuits! I know we look funny while walking the beach but at least there is no snow or ice on the ground!

WATER: The Pacific side has had little change in water temperature this week, the water to the inside of the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks is still warmer than elsewhere on the Pacific at a fairly consistent 78-79 degrees, down a degree or two from last week, but that’s what happens in the winter here. Outside of the banks, to the west, the temperature has been in the 72-73 range, with this cooler water once again being a bit cleaner than the warmer inside water. Afternoon winds have had a fairly strong effect on the surface conditions as well with the swells in the mornings at 2-5 feet, but after the winds start (around noon every day) the wind chop picks up and we get a bit of cross swell of 1-2 feet from the wind that makes for interesting rides home. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water has been a consistent 78-79 degrees with a few spots peaking at 80 degrees. Surface conditions have been much better with swells staying in the 3 foot range and the wind chop not having much, if any effect once you get to the west and north of the 95 spot. The water on this side of the Cape has been a bit off-color, tending toward a clean green instead of a deep blue.

BAIT: While Caballito remains the most common of the larger baits (which are selling for the normal $3 each) there are a few more Mackerel showing up in the bottoms of the bait boats. Still not very common yet, there should be more soon as the water continues to cool. Other than those two species, your choice is Green Jacks and small Pompano. I have not heard of any Sardines available locally, but there might have been some available up in San Jose.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: There was not much change this week from last weeks Billfish report. They still seem to be hanging out along the temperature break on the Pacific side, but there are small concentrations as well along the coast at the normal high spots such as right off the Lighthouse on the peanut shaped ledge and on the ridge running straight out from Los Arcos farther up the coast. There is a small bump to the inside/north of the Golden Gate that has also been producing a few fish, not to mention the small concentrations atop the Golden Gate Bank. I have heard from a few boats that made the run that there are some decent concentrations found this wee at the Finger Bank as well, but it has just been rumors, third hand information, so I have not been able to confirm it. The key to getting a Marlin (and they have all been Striped Marlin) has been to keep an eye on the sky and an eye on the depth finder. When you see the Frigate birds start to swoop, head there, as the fish are beginning to force a bait ball to the surface. If you see a bait ball on the depth sounder, stay there until the Marlin force it to the surface. Basicly, follow the bait, the fish will be where the food is. Sight fishing by spotting tail and fin tips and tossing a bit also worked well, and often produced double hook-ups. Seeing a “picket fence” with several fish in a row is beginning to become more common and offers a good chance at multiple hook-ups. The preferred bait has been Mackerel, but the fish will eat Caballito as well if they are hungry, the smaller baits seem to get eaten more often than the larger ones. Fish found just off the beach are suckers for the small Pompano, it seems to be a matter of “matching-the-hatch”, so to speak.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I am still being patient, I have no choice. There are a few football to 25 pound fish around, but the chances of getting into them are small as the pods of porpoise they have been found with are scattered all over the place. I know of Pangas working the Dorado inside that have spotted small groups of porpoise and have hooked and landed several Yellowfin to 25 pounds, and cruiser going 30 miles off the beach doing the same thing. Some boats have reported finding pods of porpoise that cover acres of water but have not had any fish under them, while they find just a few porpoise that have given up four to six small Yellowfin. No rhyme or reason to it, just chance as far as I can tell.

 

 

DORADO: Lots of small 6 to 8 pound fish have been striking lures and trying to eat live bait on the Pacific side of the Cape. The warmer, cleaner water has kept them around, trying the warm water on the Cortez side has not resulted in as many fish and the water is more green there as well. Getting a bigger Dorado this past week has been a matter of working harder and smarter. The plume of warm water running up the coast seems to taper to a point around Todo Santos, and boats going that far up have seen slightly larger fish. It may be a matter of the narrowing warm water concentrating the fish, but the fish caught toward the north have been consistently in the 12-15 pound class. Closer to home, in order to get the larger fish, you have had to make a slight change in tactics. Boats that were fishing using wire line or torpedo sinkers to get jet-head lures and swimming plugs down deep for Wahoo were hooking a few larger Dorado, some to 30 pounds, while boats pounding the surface were only getting the little guys. Having noticed this, quite a few boats began running down-riggers and Z-Wings with live bait to attract the larger Dorado. The only problem with this is that if there were Wahoo around, they would get the bait bitten in half or the leader cut without ever noticing it happen. Also, it is a great method for catching Striped Marlin as well and often one of these would gulp the bait. For anglers only wanting to fish for meat fish, this was not what they wanted. Well, I have always been happy to catch something rather than nothing, and would never turn my nose up at catching a Marlin!

WAHOO: These fish are still here, and still biting, but you have to be in the right place, at the right time, using the right gear in order to have a decent shot at them. We just came off the new moon on the third, and have the full moon coming up around the 17th, so the bite should, repeat, should, be good then for these speedsters. The right place means along steep drop-offs, high spots on the bottom, ridges projecting out from shore and canyons running right up to the beach. The right time has been just before and just after tide change, when the water starts moving again. The right gear means lures with a short trace of wire leader to prevent cut-offs, lures or swimming plugs that will go deep, the deeper the better, and run at speed. If using live bait, make sure there is a trailing hook wired to the front hook as to prevent having the bait cut in half without hooking up, and running the bait deep.

INSHORE: There were some decent sized Roosterfish reported this week, by decent I mean in the 18-25 pound class, but they were still out numbered by the little 5-6 pound fish. There were many more Sierra showing up as well with some of the fish coming in reaching the 8 pound mark on the scales, but most of them were 4-5 pounds. The Snapper bite dropped off, perhaps due to the new moon, but should improve once the full moon comes around. Once again, if you get into the stacks of Snapper that happen during the full moon, please limit your catch as these are spawning concentrations. I have not heard of any large Yellowtail this week but there have been fish to 10 pounds caught, and they are becoming more common every week. It should not be long before we start to see larger fish on a consistent basis.

FISH RECIPE: Simple is the key work. This is about as simple as it gets. Take a Dorado fillet cut to meal size (or Snapper, or Wahoo), marinate it for about 30 minutes in fresh lemon juice. Dust it with salt and pepper, then again with some smoked Paprika (I have a big bottle of Penzy’s in the cupboard) and cook it in a frying pan with a couple of tablespoons of oil (I like using the Avocado Oil they have here at Cost-Co). Serve it up with some potatoes that have been diced small and dusted with Thyme and a bit of Paprika as well as with a small salad. Easy, tasty and good for you!

NOTES: I have forgotten to mention in my last two reports that the Whales are here! Grey Whales close to the beach and Humpback Whales farther out, both species have been putting on good shows for us on a daily basis. This weeks report was written to the music of “Two Tons Of Steel” on their CD “Not That Lucky”. A bit of Texas Rockabilly to keep my toes a tapping!

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Cabo fish report Nov. 3 – 11, 2013

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Cabo Fish Report

Nov. 4 – 11, 2013

Happy Veterns Day everyone!

WEATHER: We had an interesting week on the weather front as on Wednesday evening a few clouds started to roll in, this was the evening of the W.O.N. Tuna Tournament sign up. Prior to then we had sunny skies with themperatures in the high 80′s during the day and the mid 70′s at night. We woke Thursday morning to little spats of rain, not enough to get a run off going, but it did make the plants happy. Later in the day the rain picked up and it cleared off by late afternoon, though the clouds stuck around until early Friday morning. We had a bit of humidity then and it has lasted through the weekend, and our temperatures have remained in the mid to high 80′s during the day and the mid to high 70′s at night.

WATER: The water was great all week long except for the afternoon on Friday as the clouds over our area blew away, then there was a bit of a chop on the water, but not too bad. Surface conditions during the week were swells at 3-5 feet on the Pacific side and 1-3 feet on the Cortez side. Water temperatures averaged several degrees higher on the Corte side at 82 degrees while on the Pacific side withing the area from the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks it was 80 degrees and farther out it dropped to 77 degrees. At the end of the week this cooler water had worked its way inside the Banks and we had the 77-78 degree water as close as three miles off the beach. At the end of the week the water on the Pacific side was clean and blue while the area around the Gorda Banks and off of Palmilla on the Corte side were a bit off-colored.

BAIT: No change from the last report, Caballito, and frozen Ballyhoo could be had for $3 each this week, and there were actually a few mackerel to be had as well. Sardines were just a bit easier to find, but still not readily available.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: For some reason the Striped Marlin fishing has been just outstanding this week, or perhaps it is because there was not as much pressure on them as two days of 135 boats looking for Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo gave them a break. There have been Striped Marlin seen in packs of six to eight by many boats, and many of them have been hungry. We had one Panga yesterday release four during a five hour trip, and they did not travel much farther than the lighthouse on the Pacific side. Live bait was the key, while they would come into the pattern while trolling lures, dropping back a rigged live bait sure did the trick on those fish. From just off the shore to three miles out on the Pacific side, just in the warmer water was the place to be. They were showing at the Golden Gate Banks as well, not in the big pods feeding on the bait balls we saw a few years back, but in decent numbers. Dropping a live bait down to 100 feet or more resulted in many hook-ups. If you use this method though, please make sure you are using circle hooks, as it is sometimes difficult to determing a strike at that depth, and often the Marlin get hooked deep and do not survive. With a circle hook they pretty much hook themselves in the corner of the jaw and can be released with little damage. Also, remember this, it is YOUR trip, YOU are paying for it, YOU decide if the fish is released or killed. We had one group who fished a boat earlier in the week and they were unhappy because the crew killed the first two Marlin they caught while the anglers wanted to release the fish. On the third Marlin, the crew was about to gaff the fish when the angler reached up and cut the leader first! Needless to say, they will never fish on that boat again, or book through that agency again. REMEMBER: YOUR BOAT= YOUR CHOICE, make sure the crew understand at the start!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: As I did with the Marlin on the last report, I will prevail on the results of two days fishing in the W.O.N. Tuna Tournament to give you an idea of the Yellowfin action this past week. Last year during this week there were over a dozen Tuna weighing over 200 pounds taken, and one over 300 pounds. This year there were no fish over 200 pounds, the closest one was just under that weight. Overall I believe there were three Tuna over 100 pounds taken the first day and 5 fish over 100 pounds taken the second day. There were a few fish in the 50-60 pound class but most of them were footballs. Once again the Gora Banks proved to be a popular spot to fish, at least on the first day, and there were quite a few large fish hooked up early in the day, but many of them were lost. During mid-day the current changed and the bite went dead, most boats left to look for fish in Porpoise. Boats fishing on the Pacific side were focused on the Porpoise as well, and the largest fish of the tournament was caught while flying a kite over a small pod of Porpoise while fishing just to the north of the Golden Gate Bank. The fish were spread out, from 30 miles to the south of Cabo to 40 miles to the north, with no really heavy concentration in any one place. Live bait dropped down in front of small pods of Porpoise resulted in a few big tuna as well.

 

 

DORADO: The action continued on Dorado this week, but it was a bit slower than last week, still good, but just a tad slower. That said, the action was still enough to give them “fish of the week” status. Most of the Dorado were found within three miles of the beach between SolMar and Todo Santos on the Pacific side, and it seemed that the farther north you went the better the action and size of the fish, to a point that is. Slow trolling live bait was very productive, as long as there were fish in the area, and there were a few Dorado caught by non-tournament boats that went over 30 pounds. During the tournament there were a lot of smaller Dorado in the 20+ range weighed, and most of them were caught in this same area. Leaving a hooked fish in the water while bumping in and out of gear, or trolling it at 2 to 3 knots brought more fish to the boat, and was a favorite method for most crews.

WAHOO: Wahoo were the suprise of the week for many of us as there were more of them brought to the scales during the tournament than were Dorado. The largest in those two days was just over 50 pounds, but there were many on the 20+ side of the scales! Some of the fish were open water fish, but the majority were caught along the 50 fathom line on both sides of the Cape.

INSHORE: There is little change in this weeks inshore report from last weeks with the exception of the Marlin action. When the fish get close like this everyone gets in on the game, and it was not unusual this week for the Pangas to release several Striped Marlin each trip. We are still seeing a few more Sierra and small Yellowtail every week. With the Dorado action being so good just off the beach, there has not been much in the way of effort next to the beach so it is hard to tell exactly what is there, but reports from a few of the Panga captains I know show that there are still small Roosterfish (less than 5 pounds) and a scattering of Amberjack and Snapper.

FISH RECIPE: I am going to post this weeks fish recipe as a seperate post on the blog, so check it out if you are looking for somethingnew to try!

NOTES: My wife is from Seattle so I am a Seahawks fan by marriage, but right now that’s not a bad thing! Go Hawks! Well, the fishing for Striped Marlin is red hot, the Dorado continue to show up, the Wahoo bite has been decent. All we need is for the bigger Tuna to show up and it would be perfect. We expect to start seeing more Sierra and Yellowtail being caught as the water cools down, so if you are intersted in these fish, keep checking back, I will let you know when it gets good. This weeks fish report was written the the unreleased single (album soon to be finished and released, I’ll let you know when) by our friend, Brian Flynn. Until next week, Tight Lines!

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Cabo fish report for Oct. 21 through Nov. 32013

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

October 21 – Nov. 3, 2013

It seems I have to apologize again as it has been two weeks instead of one since my last report. In my defense, I left the morning after the Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament for Ensenada to bring a boat with the owner and friends down to Cabo and had little time to write.  So, you get this report instead.  We had people fishing this past week so I will use their information as well as what I have been told by other anglers and Captains as the basis for the information on this past weeks fishing, and my own time on the water during tournament week for that time frame.  I may mention at times as well the experiences we had on the trip down.

WEATHER:  I truly don’t think the weather could have been much better during the Bisbee tournament week.  We had mostly clear skies, evening lows in the low to mid 70′s and daytime highs in the mid 80′s.  The winds we experienced were light and variable on the Cortez side of the Cape and light at 4-10 knots on the Pacific side.  Add in the small swells and it was really nice.  This most recent week showed a bit of a change as a deck of clouds moved in as Hurricane Raymond passed well to the south and west of us, leaving trailing remnants to bring a bit of humidity back in our lives.  Daytime highs reached the low 90′s while nighttime lows were in the mid to high 70′s and it was humid, a bit more like summertime.  The cloud cover broke at the end of the week and it again became nice and sunny.  We won’t be seeing a lot of that this week though, at least at the beginning, as Tropical Storm Sonia begins her approach to the mainland.  She is expected to pass to the south of us this evening and tonight and has a very large deck of clouds, some of them with plenty of rain.  At this time she is 250 miles to the south and expected to pass within 150 miles as she turns to the east and makes landfall on the mainland. During our trip down from Ensenada we had wonderful weather with the exception on Wednesday.  Early in the morning as we were at anchor in Magdalena Bay the wind picked up to around 25knots as had been expected and we spend all day watching movies and eating.  Thursday we went out again and had fairly smooth going until approaching Lusitania Banks in the evening and the winds picked up again, knocking us around a bit until we came to the lee of the Peninsula around midnight. Friday morning as we set lines at first light on Golden Gate Banks it was glassy and remained that way until arriving at Puerto Los Cabos in the late afternoon.

WATER: The seas never did build up from any of the storms that passed us, at least it did not develop any short, close together sets that make for uncomfortable rides.  The item of most importance in anglers mind, at least for the first week was the water temperature and the clarity. Both these can be very important in a tournament, so everyone was watching changes closely.  For the tournament we were seeing the water on the Cortez side of the cape being in the 84-85 degree range, with a bit of mixing and off-color to it.  Directly south of us, and running basicly in an east-west direction along the 1,000 fathom line was a slightly cleaner demarcation, with the water a degree cooler and cleaner to the south.  Once reaching the San Jaime Banks this line ran more toward the northwest.  Inside along shore on the Pacific side, as well as on the Cortez side along the Punta Gorda area the water was more off-colored with a heavier tinge of green. This week the average water temperature dropped at least two degrees on the Pacific side as we were reading water between 80.5 and 82.7 degrees on Friday, and the water was a very clean blue.  Throughout the past two weeks surface conditions were fine, with only some surface chop the middle of the second week as remnants of Raymond moved past.

BAIT: Caballito, and frozen Ballyhoo could be had for $3 each this week, and there were actually a few mackerel to be had as well.  Sardines were just a bit easier to find, but still not readily available.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Once again telling the results of the Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin Tournament may be one of the best ways of showing accurate catch statistics, at least for the Black and Blue Marlin.  Striped Marlin did not count in this tournament, so most of these hooked up were not reported in on the radio if it was immediately obvious what the fish was.  Based on our personal experience, I would hazard a guess that there were about twice the numbers of Striped Marlin hooked up as there were Blues or Blacks.  The first day of the Tournament there were no qualifying fish brought to the scale (#300 or larger to qualify), there were 12 Blue Marlin caught with a #290 brought to the scales, the rest released, and one Black Marlin released.  On day two things improved a bit as 21 Blue Marlin were caught with two brought to the scales, one of them underweight but the boat “Retriever” with owner/angler Martha Macnab weighing a 525 pound Blue Marlin, and one Black Marlin released.  The catch improved yet again on day three with 25 Blue Marlin caught with nine brought to the scales and one Black Marlin released..   Four of these were qualifiers, the largest of the tournament was caught this day and with angler Linda Williams in the chair and Captain Kevin Pahl on the helm, “Team II Success” captured the largest fish of the tournament with a 774 pound Blue Marlin. The top release team was a 56′ Beneteue Sailboat, the “Titan” with three releases.  One very interesting thing about this tournament, if you care to look, is the fact that the top two fish were caught by female anglers, and the fishing cockpit of the top release team was run by a female angler!  With a total of 61 Blues and Blacks caught there had to be well over 150 Striped Marlin as well.  On a side note, the last day of our delivery we put lines in on the Golden Gate Bank at first gray light and less than five minutes later hooked up, fought and then released a Blue Marlin we estimated at 250 pounds.  Later in the day we were south of the San Jaime Bank along the 1,000 fathom line and managed to catch two more, one estimated at 300 pounds and the other at 250 pounds, lost a large fish after a giant first run estimated at 500 pounds and missed another Blue Marlin Bite.  The fish are still out there, at least the Blue Marlin offshore, and I heard on the radio that there were plenty of Striped Marlin to be found just off the beach on the Pacific side. We spotted several areas with Frigate birds working small bait balls offshore, and there were Striped Marlin working on these.  Up outside of Magdalena Bay boats were working Frigate birds and releasing double digit numbers every day.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Yellowfin Tuna have been the disappointment of the past two weeks.  There have been a few large fish found, but not in any numbers and there has been no real concentration of fish in any one area.  There have been quite a few football fish in the 10-15 pound class found under porpoise, but again, these have been scattered and moving around a lot, so it has been difficult for the boats to pinpoint them on a daily basis.  This does not bode real well for the upcoming Western Outdoor News Tuna Shootout (fishing November 7 and 8, entry fee $800) unless there is a drastic change. Of course there will be large fish brought in, but probably not in the numbers we have seen in the past.  Maybe the passing of Tropical Storm Sonia will bring about a change?  Lets keep our fingers crossed!

 

 

DORADO: Sometimes you just cannot appreciate what you have until it is gone.  The fishing for Dorado continued to be great for the past two weeks with plenty of fish to be found along the Pacific coastline between the lighthouse and the Gaspirino area up around Todo Santos.  The majority of the fish were between the beach and three miles offshore, with most of them found within two miles of the beach.  We really missed the action on the fish on the trip down from Ensenada, as they can provide steady excitement when they are biting.  Most of the boats that focused on the Dorado (and that was the majority of the charters these past two weeks) were able to post limits of two fish per angler, then go search for other species.

WAHOO:  Sparse, but there, were the reports I received from both anglers and Captains upon my return Saturday. It seems that there have been Wahoo caught every day, but no large numbers in any one area, more of a lucky thing than anything else. Well, with the exception of a couple of private boats that focus on these fish and were able to get daily action up in the Gorda Banks, Punta Gorda area.

INSHORE: Things inshore are changing to wintertime mode, but slowly, as we are starting to see a few more Sierra and small Yellowtail every week.  With the Dorado action being so good just off the beach, there has not been much in the way of effort next to the beach so it is hard to tell exactly what is there, but reports from a few of the Panga captains I know show that there are still small Roosterfish (less than 5 pounds) and a scattering of Amberjack and Snapper.

FISH RECIPE:  You can mix and match spices and additional herbs to your hearts content, but it is hard to beat a simple grilled fish meal.  The fish is showcased when you keep it simple, and when the fish is as fresh as we get it here it is just about the only way to go.  There does come a time though when you are dealing with fish that has been frozen.  You have returned home and that Tuna, Dorado or Wahoo you caught on your fishing trip needs to be used, it just stares up at you from the freezer, saying “eat me, choose me for dinner”.  This is when those slightly more complicated recipes come in handy.  I have to say in the attempt at full disclosure that very few of the recipes I post here are my own, except for the simple ones.  I try to give credit where it is due, and the following is the direct result of reading a cookbook by Sam Choy and has become one of my favorites.  My cholesterol level goes up just from reading it, but here goes,

Take four 8 oz Wahoo or Dorado fillets and slice a pocket in the side of each one, almost all the way through. Mix some softened butter with minced fresh parsley to form four butter logs the size of your finger and put them in the freezer.  One of these will go in each of the pockets you just cut in the fillets. Mince 8 oz of Macadamia nuts, mince them very finely, they are going to crust the fillets.  Dredge the fillets (after placing the butter logs inside) through flour, then whipped eggs, then through the minced Macadamia nuts and lightly brown both sides in a skillet or pan set at medium high.  Have the oven pre-heated to 350 degrees and once the fillets are browned, place them in a glass pan that has been rubbed with butter and place them in the oven for about 15 minutes. For a sauce, take two Mangos and dice one of them fine, place the other in a blender (after removing the seed and skin of course) along with an ounce or two of fresh parsley and chop/blend/pulse the mix with a bit of white vinegar and some sugar (both to taste).  Heat this mix until it has simmered several minutes than add the diced Mango.  Pour equal amounts on each of four plates, place the cooked fish fillets on the sauce and a healthy scoop of rice on the side and you are done!

NOTES: As I was writing this report we received our first rain from Tropical Storm Sonia.  Not a lot, but a promise of things to come.  There is still no wind and we don’t really expect to get any until this evening.  As you can tell, I got a bit wordy on this report, having a lot to say about the fishing and my trip, just be glad I am not writing on other things, I might have bleeding fingertips by the time I was done!  Our trip down the coast was great, with some wonderful people on board the 51′ Rivera “High Bid”.  A new boat for the owner, but one I have delivered before under a different boat name, it has been updated and upgraded to perfection.  We had no issues mechanically and had firsts for the new name with first Dorado, first Striped Marlin, first Blue Marlin, first Wahoo, first Spotted Bay Bass (a Mag Bay specialty).  My thanks and appreciation to new owners Carl and Sally, and guests Rick, Dave, Leo and Frank.  Most of all to my deckhand Carlos who somehow was able to make everyone happy while living in tight quarters.  Until next week, tight lines!

 

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