FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2015
SYNOPSIS: We started the report period with some good Tuna action, but the big fish numbers have gone down and the smaller fish have become sporadic, popping up once in a while. There have been good days on Blue Marlin, yesterday was one of them with many reported hooked up. There was fairly steady action on Sailfish and a few Dorado and Wahoo were found. In shore the action has been limited to Bonito and some football Yellowfin and an occasional small Roosterfish. A scattering of the usual inshore species made for a few more fish in the boxes.
WEATHER: This morning it was 85 degrees as 6 AM and the humidity is up in the stratosphere. Mix that with no wind in town and it is much better to be on the water. This has been the case for most of the week, and the daytime highs have been in the mid to upper 90’s. It has been a sunny week with few clouds and a slight breeze once in awhile on shore, but very variable offshore. Afternoons have seen the wind as well as the seas pick up but most mornings have been great. We may have some clouds soon for the next several days as remnants of a storm to the south pass by, but then again I am not in the prediction business, so maybe not!
WATER: Surface conditions on the Sea of Cortez side have been the usual smooth ride, but on the Pacific side swells from the west/northwest and afternoon winds have resulted in an occasional bouncy ride. Water temperatures have been pretty much the same all over with only a three degree variation, 86 to 89 degrees and the water has been a nice blue, at least the past few days.
BAIT: Live baits have been the usual $3 each and have consisted of Caballito and Lisa (goggle-eyed scad and mullet). There have been frozen ballyhoo at the same price and once in a while some sardinas (with varying price). Many boats have been catching small bonito and skip-jack for making strip baits and slightly larger than normal pitching baits.
BILLFISH: Bill fishing remained good this week with the Blue Marlin bite being better than the rest of them. Striped marlin were an occasional visitor to the spread but their numbers were topped by the Sailfish. When the Sailfish decided to visit they came in small packs. Most of the fish were found to the south and southwest but I think that is because most of the boats were fishing that area looking for Tuna and were getting Marlin and Sailfish as well.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: There was a slight change in the week for Tuna fishing as the boats that ventured a long way offshore had about a 30% chance of running into a school of fish in the 40-80 pound class (but once in a while seeing nothing or only footballs size fish). By a long way I mean 30 miles and more. Closer to home and a little easier to find were the footballs, running between 8 and 20 pounds. Some of them were found just off the beach a mile or so, and they were one of the hot tickets for Panga fishermen this week. Some boats were getting two or three per angler. For these football fish, small hootchies in red or orange or small cedar plugs seemed to be the preferred lures. Boats venturing offshore reported commercial boats on the grounds, surprising since these fish were not associated with porpoise, but there appeared to be enough of them to attract the commercial attention. That may be one reason among many possible for the drop in the Tuna action.
DORADO: There are Dorado being caught as photos shared on face-book and other social media prove, but they are not here in numbers. In order to get at least one fish you have to get lucky, and multiple fish means in the right place at the right time with the right idea! Well, true for almost all fish I guess, but since the Dorado season this year has been so much off-kilter compared to most years Lady luck has to come into play. Suffice to say, spotting feeding Frigates or floating debris has been, was, is and probably always will be the key to beating the averages.
WAHOO: We did not get the Wahoo action in the past week that I was expecting, but there were fish caught. The normal areas such as high spots and steep drops managed to kick out fish averaging 20 pounds. There were not many large fish that I heard of caught locally.
INSHORE: Inshore continues to consist of Bonito and small Yellowfin and you really have to chum to get them to start going. The earlier the better and in about 120 feet of water. There are some small Roosterfish, and I did have two anglers tell me of hooking fish in the 25 pound class but these larger fish have not been common. Scattered Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and Trigger fish rounded out the action. I did see one photo of a very nice 45 pound snapper!
NOTES: Hopefully in later October I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, named the “Susie Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four more weeks or less, and once the paperwork is done it will be available for charter with me as the Captain. When it happens I will post pictures of the boat and rates.
If you are planning on booking a fishing trip soon (or later in the year), contact me to see what I can set you up with. I offer fishing charters for people with any type of experience on the water at reasonable rates, and service is the name of the game to me!
My music of the week is the album “Echo” a great 2 CD set from from Pink Floyd. Sure does bring back a lot of memories!
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