Cabo Fish Report June 24 – 29, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

June 24 – 29, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Good for Striped Marlin, good for Yellowfin Tuna, fair for Dorado, some Wahoo and fair for Roosterfish. Does that round it up pretty good? I have to say that this is an average, some trips the fish were there and on others it was being in the right place at the wrong time. Details below.

WEATHER: This week was the start of the summer weather as our lows were in the high 70’s at night and our daytime highs were in the high 90’s. Toss in a little humidity to coat you with a light sweat (if you were on land) and it was fantastic! Remember, sweat opens your pores and cleans you up! We were still getting some light winds from the northwest and once in a while from the south and that helped cool things off in the evenings and early mornings.

WATER: There was not a lot of change from last week other than a degree increase in the overall temps. On the Pacific side the water was a bit off color and in spots was as cool as 72 degrees. With the prevailing northwest winds the surface was choppy in the afternoons but decent in the mornings. At the tip of the Cape the water started to clear up and the temperature went up to 80-81 degrees. The farther up the Sea of Cortez you went the warmer it became and the cleaner it got with water off of the Punta Gorda area reaching 84 degrees. The water on the Cortez side also remained mostly flat with little effect from the northwesterly breeze, but on occasion when the southerly wind kicked in the chop would build up. Watching the ocean from shore you could see the wind line way out there in the afternoons.

BAIT: No change from last week, there were three types of bait available this week, Caballito in all sizes, the small flat fish known locally as “tortillas” but we call “Moonfish”, about the size of your hand and silver, plus some “Lisa”, also known as Yellowtail Mullet. All these were $3 each and there were frozen Ballyhoo as well at the same price.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The warm water is starting to bring in the bigger billfish to our area. Typically enjoying water in the 82 – 88 degree range, we are seeing more Blue Marlin every week. I just had a communication with a private boat I fish during tournaments and they were 1 for 6 on Blue Marlin in two days and lost count of the number of Striped Marlin they had in the pattern, hooked and released. The charter boats sometimes did as well, there were plenty of blue flags flying in the afternoons and as is normal, being in the right place at the right time helped. The fish seem to have concentrated a bit in the later part of the week with most of them being found from just off the beach to 15 miles out on the Cortez side (Striped Marlin) and the Blues have been scattered all over the Cortez side. Lures were the ticket for the Blue Marlin but the Striped Marlin liked live bait a bit better.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: They are here and I have to consider them the fish of the week. If you found the right porpoise pod you could come away with fish up to 200 pounds, or load up on footballs to 20 pounds, and if it was not the right school you might just get one. There were boats that came in with limits of 20 Yellowfin for their party of four and some of the fish were in the 60-90 pound class, others came in with one 8 pound fish, as always, right place at the right time. The larger fish were mostly caught on live bait run off of a downrigger or drifted with a torpedo sinker to keep it down. The smaller fish were on cedar plugs and hootchies.

DORADO: There was not a lot of change in the Dorado this week, but I do expect things to pick up soon because as the water gets warmer they Dorado become thicker, it happens every year! Again, as last week, there were mostly small fish caught but I did see a few in the 20-40 pound class hit the fillet tables. Close to the beach was better than offshore for these colorful fighters.

WAHOO: Sometimes I get the guess wrong, and it looks like this is one of them. I thought the Wahoo would continue to bite well, but it really dropped off. I saw very few of them brought in and those were in the 20 pound class. Found in the normal areas right on top of the high spots and drop-offs, swimming plugs like Rapallas worked on them if they were pulled fast enough.

INSHORE: Inshore fishing was great for Roosterfish if you could deal with a bit of choppy water. They were found in good concentration on the Pacific side between the old lighthouse and the windmill. Slow trolled live mullet were the ticket here for fish to 60 pounds. Also available were some nice Pargo to 15 pounds, but the majority of them were 5-8 pounds.

NOTES: 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. The fishing continues to get better every week so now is the time, while the weather is still good and the pressure light!

I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Kentucky Headhunters and their CD titled “Pickin on Nashville”, sometimes you just need a bit of twang in your rock!

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report June 16 – 23, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

June 16 – 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Ah, the ebb and flow of fishing! The fishing at the start of the report period was good and getting better by the day for all species. Anglers were looking forward to the two day Pelagic tournament on Thursday and Friday. Looking forward to something does not make it happen though and the winds kicked up, the bite went off and disappointment set in. Then it got better again and now continues to improve. If you want Roosterfish, Tuna or Marlin it is a great time to come and fish! Details on all this below.

WEATHER: I am very happy to say that this has been the best June so far when it comes to comfort. I have been here a while and having nighttime lows in the low 70’s and daytime highs in the high 90’s with a slight breeze (most of the time) is about as good as it gets. We did have the wind show up starting on Thursday and it blew very hard on Friday and Saturday, slowly tapering off on Sunday. The strong wind did several things, none of them good. Personally, it kicked an allergy into high gear and I was miserable for four days, but for those who tried to fish offshore, going to the Tuna, it made the trip almost impossible. Those who did make it got beat up pretty good. Even with the wind we had sunny skies, and there were plenty of sunburns to go around.

WATER: Early in the week we were seeing warm water, and blue water, in front of the Cape. As the week progressed, cooler green water intruded from the Pacific side and at the end of the week water that had been in the 79-80 degree range had decreased to 72 degrees and become green. This discolored band of water extended out about 13 miles and worked it’s way up the coast to San Jose. Outside the 13 miles line it warmed quickly to 78-79 degrees and was much cleaner. I was surprised to see this cold water come in as all the charts are showing the surface current coming past us from the east to the west, so this cold water must be a result of a strong sub-surface flow. At the tail end of the week surface conditions became extremely choppy and uncomfortable. A slight increase in swell size combined with a wind that switched and came from the southwest instead of the northwest resulted in many short trips, and made getting out 40+ miles to where the Tuna had been almost impossible for most of the boats. At the end of the week we still had the cool water in front but the surface conditions had improves greatly and boats were again searching offshore for Tuna and Marlin.

BAIT: There were three types of bait available this week, Caballito in all sizes, the small flat fish known locally as “tortillas” but we call “Moonfish”, about the size of your hand and silver, plus some “Lisa”, also known as Yellowtail Mullet. All these were $3 each and there were frozen Ballyhoo as well at the same price.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: We started this reporting period with great news as the Striped Marlin bite had started to bust wide open and then the wind came. I don’t know the reasons, don’t have an inkling really about the reason why, but when the wind came the bite dropped off severely. Boats were still spotting fish but they ha closed mouths. My guess is that maybe 20% of the boats were able to get a Marlin hooked up and to the boat for release. At the end of the week it had improved a bit, the Striped Marlin were biting, but more out of curiosity it seemed as most of the bites were short ones, a chew and release strategy on the part of the fish. A few did mistime their efforts and were rewarded with a hook in the mouth so boats were coming in flying flags, but I was seeing one Marlin flag per boat at the end of the week instead of three to six per boat I saw at the start of the period. Of course it all depends on being in the right place at the right time, but the top release boat for the Pelagic tournament had a reported total of 13 releases for two days of fishing. There were reports and confirmed catches of Blue Marlin as well, most of them under #300, but still great excitement. I have not heard of any Black Marlin yet, the water may still be a bit warm, but a few Sailfish were caught and that normally bodes well for warmer water. Most of the Marlin fishing effort occurred within five miles of the beach as the southerly winds pushed the bait to the beach and the offshore waters were rough for half the week.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We started this period with a bang as reports of big fish getting closer became more frequent, and we did see some nice ones between 60 and 200 pounds hit the docks. When the winds started blowing the chance to get to these fish became almost nil for most of the boats, and it was not until Sunday that conditions returned to normal. Then it was a search to fish the fish again. There were Tuna found as close as 13 miles and as far out as 40 miles and they were in a range of sizes. We finally had the football fish show up (8-15 pounds), some boats got school size fish between 20 and 50 pounds and there were a few fish in the 60-200 pound class brought in as well. The largest Tuna in the Pelagic tournament was just under 150 pounds. I am still waiting for some Sashimi!

DORADO: Most of the Dorado for the reporting period were smaller fish running from 5 to 12 pounds and they were a scattered catch, mostly found within several miles of the beach. While not here in numbers yet, it is a good sign of things to come. The largest Dorado caught during the Pelagic tournament was 42 pounds.

WAHOO: There are still a few Wahoo out there, but not in numbers like we had been seeing. With the 1st quarter moon Wednesday, the time from then to the full moon might show us a few more fish, at least our fingers are crossed that it happens that way! During the Pelagic tournament the largest weighed Wahoo was 22 pounds, but there were reports of larger fish from non-tournament boats.

INSHORE: Roosterfish! Last week the Roosters were from 5 to 15 pounds, but this week the larger fish showed up and there were plenty of fish between 20 to 60 pounds being released each day. Working just outside the breakers on the Pacific side and slow trolling live mullet produced plenty of bites from these great fighting fish. They were there following the bait, and there were large schools of mullet in the area. Thanks to all of you who released your Roosterfish, there are much better eating fish out there and releasing them goes a long way to keeping our fishery healthy! Besides Roosterfish, there were large schools of Jack Crevalle to 35 pounds cruising around, and many cruisers tool a break during the heavy winds offshore to come in and relax with a few of these strong rod benders. Scattered snapper and grouper as well as great numbers of Skipjack round out our inshore fish this week.

NOTES: The Pelagic two day “Triple Crown” fishing tournament had a good turnout this year, but was once again marred by controversy. A few fights almost broke out, and for reasons I am still not clear about, the 22 pound Wahoo ended up taking a lot more money than the 42 pound Dorado. I did not talk to anyone who was clear on why that decision was made, and most were upset. I did hear at least four teams who said they would not be entering it again. Come on Pelagic, you have a great product and a great reputation, please explain what was going through your minds on this one.

I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Moody Blues (in honor of the Pelagic tournament) and their CD titled “The Best Of The Moody Blues”.

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report June 10 – 15, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

June 10 – 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: I have good news for those of you who are coming to Cabo this week! The bite is starting to turn on for Striped and Blue Marlin, there are Tuna and Dorado starting to show up and there are still some Wahoo around. In addition, the third named Hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season is going to taper off before it even gets close to us, perhaps giving us a slight increase in the size of the swell, but that is all we expect. Read below for detailed information on all this good stuff!

WEATHER: Post Hurricane Blanca weather has remained sensational! Today was the coolest morning so far with a reading of 71 degrees at 5:30 AM, every day this week has been between 72 and 76 degrees at that time. Our daytime highs have been up to 88 degrees and we have had sunny skies all week long. The afternoons have seen the wind pick up coming from the Northwest, raising to as high as 20 mph, but it has been dropping off to almost nothing in the morning and not starting up again until around 11 AM.

WATER: The afternoon winds have resulted in very choppy conditions on the Pacific side even fairly early in the mornings, but on the Cortez side it has been fantastic with only a slight chop late in the afternoon. On the Cortez side of the Cape we have had temperatures ranging from 74 degrees off the arch to 80 degrees at Punta Gorda. The water has been ranging from 68 degrees to 74 degrees on the Pacific side of the Cape with the cooler water to the north. On the Pacific side the water has been green, sometimes almost red or brown due to the chlorophyl levels and you did not find mostly blue water until you reached the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side. As we progressed through the week the currents (running from the east to the southwest) on the Cortez side brought in warmer and cleaner water. On the Pacific side the currents were coming down the coast southward, bringing in the cooler, dirtier water. Due to the clarity of the water and the surface conditions almost all the offshore and most of the inshore fishing took place on the Cortez side this week.

BAIT: There was little change in the bait availability this week with almost all the live bait available being rather large size Caballito, and there were frozen Ballyhoo. A few smaller baits were in the mix, but they were hard to find. The normal $3 per bait remained in place. Quite a few of the boats tried to catch smaller Skipjack to use as well when they were targeting shark or Blue Marlin.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The Striped Marlin bite has turned on, almost to the point of being red hot, and it got better by the day this week. Early in the week boats were seeing plenty of tailing fish and getting a few of them to hook up, good catches were between one and three fish per day. At the end of the week a good catch was between two to six fish per day, and the sizes ranged from 80 to 150 pounds. Almost every fish was hooked on live bait, and these were mostly Caballito with some of the small Skipjacks also working well. The Blue Marlin are becoming more common and they have been ranging from 200 to 300 pounds with an occasional larger fish hooked up. Again, most of these have been hooked on live bait slow trolled through the large schools of Skipjack that have been found just offshore on the Cortez side. A few were hooked on trolled lures, but this week live bait would have won any contest. Along with the billfish, sharks have been eating the live baits. Hammerheads from 4 to 6 feet, Bull Sharks to 7 feet and quite a few smaller Blue Sharks have been common. I had clients on a panga who caught two Hammerheads and the next day clients on a cruiser caught a Bull Shark almost 6 feet in length. All these sharks were released. The ones who caught the Bull shark also caught three Striped Marlin. All this activity occurred on the Cortez side of the Cape.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: There was little change in the Tuna situation, and the change that did happen was for the better, at least for the charter boats. The currents brought the warm clear water closer to us so it was less of a run to find the fish. As a result a few charters were able to get to the Tuna and hook up to fish ranging in size from 40 to 180 pounds. Closer to home there was the occasional smaller football size Yellowfin caught, but most of them were in the blind, not around or among the porpoise. The larger Tuna were caught either under kites or on live bait slow trolled 70 to 100 yards behind the boats. The Cabrillo Seamount and areas outside the 1,000 fathom line were the best areas to work for the larger fish.

DORADO: A slow improvement in the number of Dorado has been taking place, and perhaps in another couple of weeks we will begin to see some real numbers and possibly some limits being taken. Right now most of the fish are still fairly small, but yesterday I did see one bull around 40 pounds on the fillet table. According the the captains I have talked to, most of these fish have been found within a mile of the beach on the Cortez side of the Cape. The majority of the fish have been caught on plastic lures, but some of the larger ones have been on live bait trolled around the Skipjack schools.

WAHOO: There are still Wahoo to be found but not in the numbers we were seeing several weeks ago, at least not in our area. Swimming plugs run on the second or third wake and rigged Ballyhoo run far back in the pattern were still the best producers, and working the normal Wahoo haunts (high spots and drop-offs) were the best areas to focus on.

INSHORE: We are still seeing Roosterfish just off the beach on the Cortez side and they are mostly between 8 and 15 pounds. With the large size of most of the baits the hook up ratio has been poor, these smaller Roosterfish tend to grad and crush the bait instead of swallowing them, and you do not get hook ups that way! The key was to find the bait boats with the smallest baits, sometimes going to three or four of them and getting one or two from each one in order to have enough for a decent chance. I did see one nice Yellowtail of around 20 pounds come in yesterday but did not find out where it was caught. The big schools of Skipjack have offered anglers great action on light tackle, and fly-fishermen have had a blast with them. A few boats have braved the conditions on the Pacific side and managed to get some decent Snapper out of the rocks, but bottom fishing on the Cortez side of the Cape resulted in better action for Grouper, Amberjack, Triggerfish and Pompano.

NOTES: I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 B.B. King ( in memory of his recent passing) and his most recent release “One Kind Favor”, a perfect example of the talent that made him known as “The king of the Blues”.

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report June 2 – 9, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

June 2 – 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS: I am a day late with the report and have no excuse! A very short recovery period after our brush with Tropical Storm Blanca resulted in a party and I just did not get around to it. In brief, we came through the experience well with expected winds, lighter than expected rains, all good stuff. The port was closed until yesterday (Monday the 8th) when it was re-opened at noon. A few boats went out trying to see if they could find fish, but with little to show in the way of results. It did not help that there was no live bait available and the trips did not start until the afternoon and were short because of that. Lets keep our fingers crossed that today they will find the fish! For information on the fishing last week, check below.

WEATHER: It was a beautiful morning at 6 am today with the temperature at 76 degrees and a very light breeze, about as wonderful of a morning as you could want, and a nice end to our brush with Blanca. Our week started warm and humid with very little if any wind as the storm approached. The first of the clouds started to move in on Friday afternoon and by Saturday we had a good covering, but still no wind. Sunday we started to feel a sprinkle or two early, then by early afternoon we had some good rain. From around 5 PM until 1 AM we had some steady winds of Tropical Storm strength with gusts to around 70mph, but not the rains we had expected. Yesterday dawned slightly cloudy with no wind and the skies cleared as the day went on.

WATER: There was little to no change in water temperatures from before to after the storm passing, on the Cortez side of the Cape we were seeing 78-80 degrees, due south we saw 76 degree water and on the Pacific side we had 74-75 degree water. The most obvious change was in the swells, of course! Any time a hurricane forms in our area we see an increase in the swells. If you watched any of the national channels you may have seen video of the waves crashing on the beach and knocking people off their feet, or of the waves crashing on the rock pinnacles at Lands End, sending spray and spume 150+ feet into the air. Very spectacular to see both on TV and in person. By today the swells had become much smaller and spaced farther apart. The other major difference was in the currents. While they had been pushing from the south before the storm, this morning we saw them coming in from the East and pushing toward the West.

BAIT: Early in the week there were live Caballito at $3 each and frozen Ballyhoo costing the same. Yesterday there was no live bait and this morning it was limited, but still at $3 each. Each day the availability should improve as the bait boats get back to work.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Prior to the storm getting here the bite was decent but not red hot for billfish. The main species was Striped Marlin (little surprise there) but there were also a few Sailfish and Blue Marlin being found. The area from the 1150 to the 95 spot seemed to hold more than elsewhere, but I don’t know if that was because it was an easier run home for the boats due to the swells or for another reason such as that was just where the fish were. I do know that few boats ventured very far up the Pacific side to search for fish. As normal, live bait tossed in front of tailing fish produced well, as did dropping a live bait back to fish that appeared in the lure pattern. The boats are scattered out today trying to find the concentrations again, lets hope they do!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We had a few more large Tuna show up at the docks before the storm stopped us this weekend, and there appeared to be a few of the school fish showing up as well. Most of the Tuna were found far from the beach at 20+ miles out, and the area known as the Herradura (south of the San Jaime Bank) and outside the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side were the best areas to find the Porpoise that the tuna were associated with. The few larger fish were found with the black porpoise once again, smaller porpoise and dolphin occasionally held school size fish.

DORADO: It was nice to be seeing Dorado again prior to the storm. Most of the fish were found close to the beach and they ran the gamut from 6 pounds to 40 pounds with an average weight of 10 pounds. I had a client who caught five of the smaller size on flies cast to fish that were chummed up, but the majority of them were caught on trolled lures.

WAHOO: The number of Wahoo being caught prior to the storm had dropped from the week before, but they were still being caught, and some nice size ones at that. Targeting them specificly resulted in better catches, as it should, but the concentration of effort had to be on the drop offs and high points, not open water. Lead head lures rigged with a frozen Ballyhoo worked well as did swimming plugs. Trolling the plugs just behind the transom and the rigged Ballyhoo at least 7 wakes back placed the lures and baits in the best positions for hooking these speedsters, and often multiple strikes occurred with one of the fish making it to the boat (if you were lucky).

INSHORE: Inshore action early in the week consisted of some Roosterfish between 10 and 20 pounds, a few Bonita and Skipjack with a showing of Dorado and a few Jack Crevalle. Toward mid week the swells had become large enough that fishing right off the beach became dangerous so the Pangas stayed a bit off the prime areas. The big swells churned to water a lot, and swept a lot of the sand from the beaches making the water turbid and difficult to fish. In another day or so it should have settled down and we will see what is out there post Blanca.

NOTES: I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Glen Templeton and his single release “I Could Be The One”, a very fine song and I cannot wait to hear a bit more of his music.

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Ohana TowerMeanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report for May 19 – 25, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

May 19 – 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Finally! We have been sitting here with our fingers crossed for the past several months waiting for the fishing in Cabo San Lucas to improve, and this week it finally happened! From Striped Marlin to Wahoo, the fishing has improved so much that I have a hard time containing my excitement. Take a few minutes and check out the details below!

WEATHER: Truly a beautiful week in Cabo San Lucas as our early morning temps were in the low 70’s with daytime highs in the mid to high 80’s. How could it be any better? Well, give us occasional partly cloudy skies, light morning breezes, clear blue water and clean white sand and it’s what I imagine heaven to be like. I don’t know what your weather is like at home (unless you are from Texas or Oklahoma, and then I just feel sorry for you), but I would bet it is much better here!

WATER: As you continue to read the rest of the Cabo Fish Report I think you may find the reasons for the massively improved fishing here in the water section. Not so much in the water temperatures, as they have changed only a little, but in the currents, and I will get to that in a minute. First, the water temperatures on the Pacific side of the Cape have continued with little change, with water close to the Cape at 71-72 degrees and water farther north, from the Golden Gate Banks to the inside off of Los Arcos at 72-73. degrees. From the arches to San Jose up to 20 miles offshore it has been in the 74 degree range for most of the week and much farther to the south and east we are seeing 78 degree water. Checking the charts earlier in the week we could see 80-82 degree water sitting out there. Now, the interesting part is this, the currents have changed! Our normal water flow is strong from the northwest along the Pacific side, medium currents running east to west across the Cape from Punta Gorda to Cabo San Lucas, then melding with the Pacific side currents to go south, and the currents up north past Punta Gorda running from southeast to North. This week they shifted! At the end of the week we saw strong currents from the south and southeast heading directly to the Cape, then splitting around us like we were a rock in a river. There is a big gyreabout 150 miles to the east that is assisting in this push of water from the southeast as well as one about 200 miles to the south-southwest. Since these gyres spin in a counterclockwise motion they are bringing the warmer, clean water from the south to our area. This has had an amazing effect on our fishing as you can see below!

BAIT: Very little change on the bait availability with live Caballito at $3 each and frozen Ballyhoo costing the same.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The last Cabo Fish Report I wrote said we had great numbers of Striped Marlin in the area, and boats were seeing lots of them every day, but they would not eat. My theory (and that of many others based on fish stomach contents and sonar readings) was that these fish were stuffing themselves on squid, and with such easy fast food meals available they were not willing to expend the effort to chase down a live bait. This week they went on the chew! I think the current change may have pushed the squid from easy reach and now the great numbers of Marlin we were seeing are hungry and willing to eat. Most of the fish are still being found from the 1150 to 95 spots, but now they are also in numbers right out front and on the Pacific side. Most of the boats came in this week with one or two release flags flying, but many of them also had four to six releases per day! This is a giant change from the one in 10 we were seeing last month. Not only Striped Marlin are showing up though, there have been decent numbers of Blue Marlin, a few Black Marlin as well as Sailfish. These other species are not in great numbers, but there is a chance on every trip of hooking one up.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We are beginning to see more Yellowfin coming in as they come closer to us. Most of the ones being caught are still football size, and are being found both by blind strikes and around Porpoise. Still not great numbers, but much better than we were seeing earlier in the month. Also, there are some bigger fish for you to hook up with as was proven by one of the fleet boats this week, as they brought in a Yellowfin that appeared to be just over 150 pounds. It was reported as having been caught while trolling among the Black Porpoise, and they are always worth making a few passes through for this very reason. San Jaime Bank and the area to the southeast have been showing us some fish, as well as along the 1,000 fathom line outside of the 95 and 1150 spots. I heard of one boat making the trip to the Cabrillo Seamount (a long trip at 50 miles) and finding a great pod of Porpoise that resulted in limits of Tuna averaging 35 pounds, and having several strikes from Blue Marlin.

DORADO: While Dorado remain scarce, there were a few caught, and with this warmer water moving into our area there should be more of them showing up soon!

WAHOO: These fish were the surprise of the week, if not of the year or several years as boats were catching so many that a lot of inexperienced anglers thought getting several nice Wahoo per trip was normal! I believe that the shifting currents pushed fish that normally would be offshore up to the beach where they were easier to find. Pretty much anyone wanting to catch a Wahoo this week got one, it all depended on the boat staying and working the right areas and structure. I heard one boat caught and kept nine of these fish (way over his limit), but most boats followed the regulations, happy just to get a few of these great tasting speedsters! Everything was working, live Caballito, live Sardinas (those who could get them), surface lures and swimming plugs, and a few guys caught them while working vertical jigs! The normal areas, high spots and drop offs just off the beaches, and the high spots farther offshore as well, were producing these fish which ranged from 15 to 60 pounds. I was really surprised as well since we are not at the full moon, instead we are in the waxing moon phase with the full moon not expected until the 31st. This means that if the currents hold for a few more days the Wahoo should really take off!

INSHORE: Inshore action remained decent with some good Snapper and Grouper being caught, as well as plenty of big Triggerfish if you were fishing on the bottom. Surface fishing inshore was mostly for Bonita and Skipjack, but a few larger Sierra were landed as well.

NOTES: I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Joe Bonamassa on his CD “An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House”. This is a CD and musician I keep coming back to on a regular basis, and if you like modern blues and have not heard Joe, you need to treat yourself! Someday I will get a chance to go to one of his concerts.

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report May 5 – 18, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com http://www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
May 5 – 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Just a quick change-up on the Cabo Fish Report to assist those of you who only want an overview for the reporting period. Below is slightly more detailed information! This Cabo Fish Report will cover the past two weeks instead of the normal week period since there was little change from the April to May report! Billfish are everywhere! Every trip there are 20 to 30 Striped Marlin being spotted, but they are full and not willing to eat. That has been about the only offshore action here in Cabo. Cabrillo, Triggerfish and a few Amberjack inshore, with a few Wahoo as well. Only a couple of Dorado reported and still no sign of Yellowfin in our area. Now, for more detailed information in this Cabo Fish Report, please keep on reading!
WEATHER: It was an interesting weather period for us this past two weeks. The first week covered by this report we had the normal lows of 70 degrees and daytime highs of high 80’s with sunny skies. As the second week came onto the calendar The skies began to cloud up and the temperatures increased. Our morning lows rose steadily from 70 to 78 over four days, the humidity increased right along with the temps and finally, on Wednesday the rain fell. It started with just a few sprinkles, the window spotting kind and we thought that was all we were going to get. The twice the skies opened up, the lightning and thunder happened and we received real rain, the kind that washes everything off, no dust anywhere, and the roads running with water! The winds started to blow afterward and on Thursday morning we were back to 69 degrees in the morning with daytime high of 82 degrees and just a few clouds aloft. Since then the temps have increased a couple of degrees, and the wind has blown in the afternoon and the skies have remained almost cloud free!
WATER: There has been almost no change in water temperatures over the past two weeks as the Pacific side from El Arco and up remained in the 70-71 degree range. From there to around the 95 spot, inshore and offshore the water was a little warmer at 74-75 degrees and from San Jose and north on the Cortez side we were marking 77-78 degrees. Currents on the Pacific side were almost due south from the north and across the Cape and up to Punta Gorda they were running a slight bit weaker from the east to west. If what we have been seeing watching the currents continues as it has been, we could receive warmer water to 80+ degrees in the next several weeks, The water on the Pacific side was cooler than elsewhere, and a bit greener as well. Early last week the currents pushed strongly from the north for a day and brought very green water from the shore to 15 miles out at the end of the Cape. The warmer water on the Cortez side has remained much clearer and cleaner. We had a second round of large swells developed from the same storm system way to the south come and visit us on the 14th. Not as large as the surprise ones from the week before, but with no wind on top it was easy to deal with.
BAIT: Very little change on the bait availability with live Caballito at $3 each and frozen Ballyhoo costing the same.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: The number of Striped Marlin being seen seems to increase every day! The only issue is that they don’t want to eat. The majority of the fish that are being caught and brought to the boat have been tossing up squid in sizes from three to seven inches so the hungry fish may be feeding deep and the ones being seen on the surface are full and just traveling. Quite a few boats have been trying down-riggers around the high spots such as the 95 spot and the Gordo Banks, but instead of catching Marlin, most of the bites have been from sharks, ranging from 30 pound Makos to 200 pound Bull sharks with a few Blue sharks and one Thresher and a Hammerhead in the mix. The majority of Striped Marlin that have been caught have been on disabled live bait, the upper lobe of the tail clipped so they are pushing upward and a small slice on the lateral line to slow them and keep the scent in the water. With the Marlin feeding on squid they don’t want to expend the energy to chase down a healthy live bait. Almost all of the fish have been found either due south of the Cape out toward the 95 and 1150 spots, but the better hook-up ratios seem to be closer to the beach rather than out deep. Working the western edges of the high spots has been better than roaming around the open areas.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We keep hoping for a showing of Tuna in our area, and if the currents continue to run the way they are we may finally get to see some. There are fish being caught around the Punta Gorda area, and occasionally a great bite has happened, but it has not been steady there either.

DORADO: Once again we had very few Dorado caught this week, and most of the ones brought in were small, in the five to 12 pound class. The warmer water on the Cortez side, and well offshore were where they were found, but there were no concentrations, all the fish (I use the term loosely) were scattered throughout the area.
WAHOO: Wahoo always surprise me as while the best bite is normally on the full moon, they can, and do, show up at any time. There were reports that late last week there was a good Wahoo bite on the Cortez side, and I did see at least on that looked to be 50+ pounds as well as several smaller 20 pound fish brought to the docks. Reports were of many leaders getting bit through by the Wahoo’s sharp teeth, and most of these attacks took place among boats drifting live bait deep around the shelf drops on the Cortez side. A few were taken on swimming plugs and surface lures as well, and in the same areas.
INSHORE: Inshore action for the past two weeks has been inconsistent with the first week of the month providing some decent shots at Roosterfish to 25 pounds, and then they seemed to go away. The bite on Bonita and Skipjack has remained fantastic and Cabrillo as well as Triggerfish have offered inshore anglers a nice variety to focus their efforts on. Very few Sierra or Yellowtail have been reported, it may be the end of what little season we had for them this year. As the water continues to warm the inshore availability continues to change.
NOTES: I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Pink Floyd “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”, we just had a Pink Floyd tribute concert this week, so there you go!
The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.
Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out http://www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.
If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at http://www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!
Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report April 27 – May 4, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com http://www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
April 27 – May 4, 2015

WEATHER: No rain again! I don’t know why I am happy about that, we always need rain, but instead we had these terrible sunny days with early morning lows in the high 60’s to low 70’s and daytime highs ranging from the high 70’s to high 80’s. Boring stuff when it is every day, all day. Just joking! It has been wonderful this week, the only issue we had was the wind which started showing up good on Thursday afternoon and blew strongly every day since then, coming from the northwest at first then from the south mid day Friday and all day Saturday. On Sunday it started coming out of the west-northwest again.
WATER: It was interesting on the water this week to say the least. We began the week with medium swells that grew in size as the weekend approached. The early part of the week we saw swells at 2-4 feet with surf at the normal 5-6 feet on the Pacific side. Near the end of the week on Thursday they started to pick up and on Saturday we had swells at 6 to 9 feet from the southwest with surf running 12 to 15 feet. This was a result of a strong storm off of South America, it is expected to have tapered off the the 3-6 foot range by Wednesday. The combination of large swells and strong winds resulted in the Port Captain closing the port on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday it was closed to small boats such as Pangas, but the larger cruisers were allowed out. This morning it was open to all vessels, but I saw a few cruisers returning quickly with seasick passengers.
Water temperatures on the Pacific side were 71-72 degrees while the temperatures directly off the Cape were in the 67-68 degree range. As you continued on up the coast toward the East Cape the water slowly warmed until it reached a 77-78 degree area off of the Vinorama area. Clarity in all areas was a bit off, but particularly from the beach to two miles out on the Cortez side of the Cape, where the strong swells stirred a great amount of detritus and sand when pounding the beaches. The currents were also ripping this week with very strong currents from the northwest along the southern portions of the Pacific side and very strong currents from the southwest from San Jose and north on the Cortez side.
BAIT: Due to the swells there were no Sardinas available from mid-week on, and the amount of Caballito was down as well. What bait was available was the normal $3 each, and there were plenty of frozen local ballyhoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: The number of Striped Marlin being seen improves day by day, but the number being hooked up still remains low. Low is a relative term, and by that I mean compared to the numbers seen, the hookup ratio is low. Having said that, the bite has improved quite a bit since the last report, with most of the boats fishing for them getting hooked up and quite a few of those boats (actually the large majority) getting at least one, often more than that, to the boat for a release. These large swells may bring even more fish to the surface as they ride the face of these and perhaps the bite will get even better! I can’t wait until we start seeing every boat with multiple releases! Meanwhile, the best bite was found from straight off the arch to the 1150 Spot, much of it happening along the temperature change on the east side of the cool water plume. Live bait thrown in front of tailing fish was the number one hook up method, and live bait dropped back to fish attracted to lures in the trolling pattern was number two.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: There was no change in the Tuna situation this week. Maybe the Yellowfin will show up in our area soon, but this week was once again extremely slow here in Cabo. The fish that had been showing up off of the Punta Gorda high spots were reported as having an off time early in the week, but just as the winds and swell picked up there were a few reports of decent action a bit farther offshore, between Punta Gorda and the 1150, out around 20 miles. That action was short lived however as the surface conditions became a steady “victory at sea” event. Putting it another way, there were so many sheep in the field you could not count them all!

DORADO: There were still some Dorado being found, and I guess it is not a big surprise after all as the water on the Cortez side is warm enough for them to stay. Not a lot were caught, but a few of them were decently sized in the 20 pound class. There were quite a few smaller 8-10 pound class fish compared to the larger ones, and the luckier boats managed to get two or three. Most boats did not luck out though, and did not get a strike. I was told that the boats that did get a few of these great eating fish found them under working Frigates, always worth checking out!
WAHOO: I was fairly surprised when we did not see many Wahoo early in the week, normally we get a half decent bite just before the full moon. Of course the best bite always occurs three days before the full moon, and since tonight is the full moon that should have been the past three days. However….the swells have really stirred things up close to shore and that is where the majority of Wahoo are found, along the rocky points and drop offs. Usually a few larger fish are found in the open water, but I did hear of any in the later part of the week.
INSHORE: The week started out getting a bit better for inshore fishing as a number of decent Yellowtail in the 15-25 pound class were found in deeper water (150-300 feet), and they were biting on live bait just off the bottom. There were a few Grouper as well and an occasional school of Amberjack would move in for a quick visit. Small schools of Sierra were being found along the beach on the Pacific side and anglers working for them in 75-25 feet of water were getting from 6 to 15 fish per trip. On the Cortez side there were schools of small Roosterfish running from 3 to 10 pounds and they were attacking live baits, but most of the live bait was too large for them to munch on! Well, the bite was decent early on, but then the winds and then the swells came to visit and suddenly the bite went to nothing, then the boats were not allowed out. Sometimes that happens!
NOTES: I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Craig Chaquico on “Fire Red Moon”, this album is on fire with the blues!
The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out http://www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.
If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at http://www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!
Meanwhile, Tight lines!
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