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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Cabo Fish Report for April 20 – 26, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

April 20 – 26, 2015

WEATHER: I don’t get tired of saying it, we had fantastic weather this week once again! Our daytime highs reached 89 degrees and the nighttime lows were down as low as 68 degrees several mornings. A bit of cloud cover moved in on us Wednesday afternoon and stayed with us through Friday, and along with the clouds came some stiff breezes on Thursday. No rain at all, although on Thursday it looked as if it might give us a little sprinkle.

WATER: Once again there was no change from what we were seeing last week as far as temperatures go with the Pacific side showing at 72degrees within 4 to 5 miles of the beach, but it actually got a bit warmer farther offshore, not much, only a degree or so, but that cool water plume we had in the area the past two weeks is now gone. Also, the water close to the beach was a bit off color compared to the warmer water offshore, but if you went out to the west of the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks the water became pretty green. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 77-78 degrees with an occasional spot of 79 degrees, and the water is a bit cleaner than on the Pacific side. The currents shifted a bit as well with water on the Pacific side going almost due south while on the Cortez side the currents followed the shoreline, running to the southwest until meeting the Pacific waters and going due south.

BAIT: Most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The water is starting to get a bit too warm for Mackerel to be around. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. San Jose bait boats had some sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Striped Marlin fishing continues to slowly improve (it didn’t take much to get better, it was pretty poor the last month or so) as every boat going offshore were seeing fish on the surface. Seeing them and getting them to bite were two different things for almost everyone though! A few boats were able to get two or three releases, most were happy to get one solid hook-up and release. Live bait was the preferred method with the bait either being tossed in front of tailing fish or dropped back into the lure pattern when a Marlin showed up. The action has shifted a bit, but that may have had more to do with where the boats went rather than where the fish were, as from mid-week to the weekend breezy conditions on the Pacific side made it a bit uncomfortable. Most of the fish were found on the Cortez side of the Cape, from the 95 Spot to the 1150. In the same area were some Thresher Sharks but no one I am aware of was able (or wanted) to hook up to one.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Maybe the Yellowfin will show up in our area soon, but this week was once again extremely slow here in Cabo. Reports from fishermen who went further up to coast toward San Jose and the East Cape area were pretty darn good though, with good concentrations of fish on the high spots from Punta Gorda on up. Good fish were reported, with most of them in the 25-30 pound class and a few larger ones. The best action was with live Sardinas fly-lined from drifting boats.

DORADO: Strangely enough, the Dorado bite improved a little bit this week. You could not expect to catch one, but the chance was much better than last week. Some of the luckier boats reported catching two or three with most of them in the 8-15 pound class. I did not hear of any larger than that, but I am sure there were a few in the 20-30 pound class. The fish were found on the Pacific side close to the beach, within a mile for most of them.

WAHOO: Surprise, surprise, surprise! Wahoo showed up and the bite was actually fairly good for the boats that worked at getting them. Sizes ranged from 10 pounds to 40 pounds, and working the points and drop-offs with swimming plugs up close or rigged ballyhoo run waaaay back caught most of the fish, and several boats reported more than one, and a lot of boats reported getting lures bit off from these speedsters! Both sides of the Cape had fish, you just had to be either the first boat to work the area or be very lucky!

INSHORE: Inshore fishing is still pretty slow, but getting better as we have a waxing moon. We have a full moon on May 4th so the first week of the month should show us some good fishing. As the week came to a close the fishing improved with Snapper starting to congregate again. A few Yellowtail were found toward the end of the week and one charter was able to land an very nice 60 pound Amberjack, one of three large ones hooked up. No, they lost the other two, but that is not surprising considering the size! Sierra were still scarce, very disappointing to me as I have a bunch of new flies I am waiting to try out on them! There was plenty of action on nice sized Triggerfish and smallish Grouper and Snapper, and I did see one Broomtail Grouper of around 40 pounds brought in. If you wanted to catch Bonita and Skipjack you were in luck as there were plenty of them around. The whole key to inshore fishing is matching the tackle to the fish, so light gear was the way to go, you had plenty of fish and a great time fighting them on 12 to 15 pound test line.

NOTES: While the fishing is slowly improving, the number of anglers is dropping, so if you get out there the pressure will be light!

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.

Music of the week is “Once in a Blue Universe”, a 1997 release by Craig Chaquico, former lead guitarist with “Jefferson Starship”. The steel string acoustic guitar is a unique sound and makes this an extremely enjoyable album to listen to!

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I am going to set up a link on the website so you can access the archived reports at my blog. I have tried to load them on the website, but 10 years of weekly reports have slowed down my ability to make changes to anything else. The link will take you to the blog and all the reports since 2010 are listed there. If you want a report from years prior to that let me know and I will e-mail them to you, they go back through 2005.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can’t wait, click the “FOLLOW” on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!

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Cabo Fish Report for April 13 – 19, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

April 13 – 19, 2015

WEATHER: What a great week we had! With daytime lows ranging from 68 to 73 degrees and the daytime highs from 78 to 87 degrees it was comfortable all the time. We had a bit of cloud cover during Thursday, Friday and part of Saturday but since the winds never did get too strong it was still nice out. Everyone thought for a while that we might get some rain due to the clouds, but they were high and moving so nothing dropped on us.

WATER: The water this week did not change from what we were seeing last week as far as temperatures go with the Pacific side showing at 73 degrees within 4 to 5 miles of the beach, dropping to 71-72 degrees farther out than that. Also, the water close to the beach was a bit off color compared to the cooler water offshore. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 76-77 degrees with an occasional spot of 78 degrees, and the water is a bit cleaner than on the Pacific side. The currents have weakened a bit and that plume of cool water that extended from the tip of the Cape towards the southeast has started to collapse and warm a bit, as well as drift a bit to the west, most likely due to the weaker currents.

BAIT: Just as it was last week, most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. Calming seas have allowed the net boats in the San Jose area to find and catch sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Thank goodness the Marlin fishing has improved over the past week. While we were seeing plenty of Striped Marlin tailing down swell last week, they were not very hungry. For some reason, this week they started to bite a bit better. It was still not up to our usual and expected levels, but was a vast improvement over what we had been experiencing the past month. Many of the boats were coming in flying at least one release flag, and many more than last week were flying two or more. Unfortunately there were also many more boats than usual bringing in dead Marlin, probably because the charters have been slow and not many fish were being brought in (raising the prices for illegally sold sport-caught fish). Add in that many boats (not the ones I use though) kill the Marlin hoping to “guilt” the fishermen into getting a mount made for the commission money. I don’t think that will ever change here, we will never make it to 100% release, but I have to say that the numbers of crews doing this (killing the billfish) has dropped a great amount since I first got here!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I guess we will have to go on waiting with our fingers crossed for these fish! I hate it, but the only Yellowfin I have heard of being caught have been up to the north of San Jose. Boats leaving Cabo very early, and boats starting out from San Jose were finding some fish in the 20-30 pound size a bit north of Punta Gorda, up around the Vinorama area. The earlier you go there, the better you did, at least until the end of the week when the wind blew hard for a day. Closer to home the fish have not shown, with the exception of an occasional small Yellowfin close to the beach on a blind strike.

DORADO: We had one day this week (Tuesday) when the Dorado actually showed up for a brief visit. They were gone again on Wednesday so it must have been a large school passing through. The fish were found about three miles offshore on the Pacific side, and catches ranged from one to four fish per boat. The fish were not large, averaging 12 pounds, but the fact that they were there resulted in a slight increase in the number of charters on Wednesday! As I said though, it was a one day showing, and none of the boats on Wednesday found the same concentration of fish, just a few stragglers. As is normal with Dorado, the boats getting multiple numbers were holding the first hooked fish close to the boat without bringing it aboard in order to entice any other fish around to come close. A strip bait dropped back to following fish, when twitched a little, worked much better in hooking up any followers than dropping back a live bait did.

WAHOO: I neither saw nor heard of any Wahoo being caught out of Cabo, but I am sure there were a few. There were a few reported by boats that left early and got on the high spots around Punta Gordo just at daylight.

INSHORE: Several weeks ago the offshore fishing was terrible and all the boats fished close to the beach and were finding Sierra, Amberjack, Snapper and Bonita. That fishing has changed a bit as the number of Snapper has dropped off severely (probably due to the lack of spawning aggregations), the Sierra have become difficult to find and the rest of the species are very hit-or-miss. As an example, this past Sunday there was a small Panga tournament (16 boats) with Sierra, Yellowtail and Dorado categories. Only one Yellowtail was caught, one small Dorado and no Sierra larger than 6 pounds. These were experienced captains trying to win money, so there is your example of how it is now. Perhaps as the moon phase continues waxing (new moon was yesterday) the bite inshore will improve.

NOTES: We have had some great weather this week, about as good as it gets and are still waiting for the fishing to match it! With the better Marlin bite we have seen, it just might happen. Just like last week, fewer whales are being seen as most of them have already begun their journey back north. Now that Easter week is over, the beaches are once again nice to be on, and not crowded.

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.

Music of the week is Carlos Santana on the album “Guitar Heaven – The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time”, a 2010 Arista Records release. Excellent listening!

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I am going to set up a link on the website so you can access the archived reports at my blog. I have tried to load them on the website, but 10 years of weekly reports have slowed down my ability to make changes to anything else. The link will take you to the blog and all the reports since 2010 are listed there. If you want a report from years prior to that let me know and I will e-mail them to you, they go back through 2005.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can’t wait, click the “FOLLOW” on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!

https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report for April 7 – 12, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com http://www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
April 7 – 12, 2015

WEATHER: It feels as if we are coming into a summer weather pattern, at least for this week. Last week our lows were in the low 70’s but this week they have increased a bit every day. Friday the low was 75 degrees at 6 AM, Saturday it was at 76 degrees and this morning it was 77 degrees. The daytime highs have ranged between 90 and 94 degrees All of this is warmer than it has been the last several years, and along with the heat has come increased humidity. I have no idea if this is an indicator of things to come, but I am surprised. We had partly cloudy skies this week and the weather services were calling for a decent chance of rain on Friday, this was changed to Saturday and then to Sunday. Being at the tip of the peninsula we have no idea if it will ever happen as conditions can change so rapidly.
WATER: The water on the Pacific side of the Cape continues to be warmer than normal with most areas showing 73-74 degrees along the beach and just a half degree cooler offshore. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 76-77 degrees with an occasional spot of 78 degrees. Both sides of the Cape have decently clean water but the currents on the Pacific side are roaring along strongly from the northwest while on the Cortez side they are weak and from the north east, basicly both are following the contours of the land. The weak currents on the Cortez side appear to be the remnants of the Pacific currents as they loop around the Cape and form a weak circular pattern between us and the East Cape.
BAIT: Just as it was last week, most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. Calming seas have allowed the net boats in the San Jose area to find and catch sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There was little change this week on the billfish front with many more fish being seen tailing down swell than we had several weeks ago, but they still seem to be without an appetite. A few boats were able to find fish that would bite and managed to release one or two, but most of the boats had an exercise in frustration as they tossed bait at one fish after another only to see the bait totally ignored. It may be because the fish are full and have been feeding deep, or perhaps the bait is not the right kind, or the moon phase is not perfect, who knows for sure. All we really know is that if you managed to get hooked up to a Striped Marlin, you were one of the lucky ones! There were also reports of a few small Black and Blue Marlin being seen and occasionally getting hooked up, most likely due to the warmer than normal water we seeing has plenty of the type of bait they love, Skipjack and Bonita. My guess (based on talking to captains and anglers) would be that 45% of the boats fishing offshore had a Marlin strike, while perhaps 25% overall had a successful release. While these percentages are fantastic compared to many places, they are much less than we are used to here. Still, you are not going to catch a Marlin while sitting at the beach bar!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We still have a drought on Yellowfin in Cabo. A few boats were able to get a football size fish or two while fishing close to the beach, but they were vastly outnumbered by the Skipjack and Bonita. Boats that went searching offshore were able to find a few pods of Porpoise, but none of them (that I heard of) held any Tuna. I was told by several anglers that fished out of San Jose that the high spots off of Punta Gorda were serving up some Yellowfin in the 10 – 25 pound class with one larger fish reported at 60 pounds, but they told me the bite was either very early in the morning or almost dark in the evening. Apparently Seals and Sea Lions were an issue as well with many fish being lost to these mammals.

DORADO: Fishing for Dorado this week was an exercise in frustration for most crews as they were few and far between. Normal methods such as getting one while trolling and then dropping a bait back only resulted in a second fish about 20% of the time (normally about 60%) but the biggest issue was getting that first fish hooked up. The Dorado were scattered up and down the coast on the Pacific side with no concentrations anywhere. Spotting feeding Frigates was almost the only way to find the fish (of any offshore species) other than blind trolling. Since there were few fish to begin with, spotting these frigates became vital for a good catch.
WAHOO: I neither saw nor heard of any Wahoo being caught out of Cabo, but I am sure there were a few. I am just a bit surprised since we had a full moon on the 7th, but the waning moon is never as good for these fish as the waxing moon.
INSHORE: Inshore fishing remains limited to mostly Sierra, and if you find a school of them along the beach you can do really well, often limiting out. They have been averaging 6 pounds with a few larger ones in the mix. Chumming them up and then dropping strip baits back to the have offered the best chances at limits, but trolling hootchies and small swimming plugs also worked decently. Some of the boats fishing with fly fishermen did very well with the chumming method but lost many flies due to the sharp teeth on the Sierra. Besides Sierra, boats were finding small red snapper, some decent Amberjack, plenty of Skipjack and Bonita. The Yellowtail have still been a rare visitor to the party but the few that have been caught were caught on live bait drifted just off the bottom in 200+ feet of water.
NOTES: The number of whales being seen has dropped off from last weeks numbers, they are heading back north, as are the spring breakers. The beaches are much calmer now! I do have a very sad not to offer in this report. Those of you who have visited Cabo for any length of time may know Juanito, the owner of the Cabo Lounge. He was just recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and passed away Saturday morning. We will miss this wonderful man, a friend to everyone he met and with a smile and happy words for all. RIP Junaito, we miss you.
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.

Music of the week is “Ain’t in it for the Money” by Micky and the Motorcars, a great western rock album. Check them out at http://www.mickyandthemotorcars.com. Thanks Mark Bailey for turning me on to them so many years ago!
Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out http://www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I am going to set up a link on the website so you can access the archived reports at my blog. I have tried to load them on the website, but 10 years of weekly reports have slowed down my ability to make changes to anything else. The link will take you to the blog and all the reports since 2010 are listed there. If you want a report from years prior to that let me know and I will e-mail them to you, they go back through 2005.
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Cabo Fish Report March 30 – April 6, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

March 30 – April 6, 2015

WEATHER: Weather like we had this week makes everyone happy and feeling good. With daytime highs in the 90 degrees area and the nighttime lows in the low 70’s it did not matter what you were doing, it was comfortable. Oh, every day except Friday because for some reason we had very high humidity then. It was the perfect Easter weekend and every beach around was crowded with Semana Santa (Easter week) crowds. We had some light cloud cover during the last part of the week but no rain, and the winds managed to stay in the 8 – 12 knot range.

WATER: It was an interesting week of water temperature changes, and once again I am confused about why this is going on. We saw some areas off of San Jose on the 30th that were 82 degrees and off of the beach on the Pacific side where it was 73 degrees, a 10 degree change in little less than 20 miles. At the end of the week the currents had become much stronger wrapping down from the northwest and the sooler water extended out in a 30+ mile long plume to the southeast of the point. The hot spots that had been off of San Jose had dispersed quickly and the entire area had dropped to an average of 76 degrees.

BAIT: Most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The good news is that things on the Striped Marlin front have improved as we are seeing more and more each day. This may be because the strong currents have brought in some bait or it could be the afternoon breezes have given the fish a bit of a ride on the swells. Whatever the reason, more fish are being seen tailing, but they are still pretty closed mouth when it comes to taking a lure or bait. A great day this week would have been two released, a good day would be one released but most boats were throwing bait at five times that many without getting bit. The fish are a bit scattered, almost every area was holding fish, but the best bites were had on the Pacific side in the cooler water close to shore. Many boats did well off of the lighthouse, and working the time just before and after the tide change (an hour either side) showed better results than the rest of the day.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I have still not seen any decent Yellowfin from our area, a few small footballs were all that showed up on the docks. The bite seemed to improve a few days for boats fishing to the north on the Sea of Cortez and I hope these fish start to move into our area.

DORADO: I saw a few Dorado flags this week but none of the anglers I had out had any luck with them. Talking to captains and crew members it seems they all feel the few fish being caught are not a sign of any schools out there, but instead are stray fish that have stayed in the area. Most of them have been smaller at 10-15 pounds and were caught on lure pulled for Marlin or live bait drifted for Yellowtail near the beach.

WAHOO: There were a few Wahoo in our area and the full moon on Easter day may have been the reason these few were caught. For some reason the Wahoo bite on the full moon seems to be better than on any other phase. The Wahoo that were caught were accidental fish caught while fishing for other species.

INSHORE: I keep hoping that the inshore fishing will get better but it seems that for the moment it has leveled off. Last month the Sierra and Snapper were biting and we were hoping the Yellowtail would show in numbers but they have not shown yet and the Sierra have spread out and the Snapper have moved back into deeper water. Boats that have been able to find Sierra schools were able to catch ten to a dozen fish ranging from 5 to 10 pounds, but only one in five were able to get into them, and they were not telling anyone on the radio about the location until they were done fishing! Can’t blame them as having a bunch of boats swooping in all at once is a sure way to put the fish down. Other inshore action consisted of an occasional Amberjack, pretty good numbers of Jack Crevalle, bonita and a scattering of small Roosterfish.

NOTES: We still have Whales around but they are beginning to move back north so they won’t be around much longer. There were massive numbers of spring breakers and Mexicans both local and from the mainland at the beaches.

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.

This weeks Music of the Week was local in nature as I attended a beach concert Easter eve where we had Miguel Hill ( one local talent who is great!), the local band Strogeno, Brian Flynn with Mike Estes and Jay Johnson (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot and Skinny Molly fame), Bill Kirkbride. Wow!

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I have also started putting up archived reports from as far back as 2005 so you can look back and see what the fishing was like during your time here in years past.

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Cabo Fish Report March 23 – 29, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

March 23, 2015 – March 29, 2015

WEATHER: Once again the weather could not have been better! It did start to get a bit on the warm side late in the week and we had temperatures reach 93 degrees on Saturday, but the early morning hours were almost always in the high 60’s. Of course it was sunny and we saw very few clouds. We did have a few days where the winds picked up to around 15 knots in the afternoon, but most of the early mornings were tickled with very light breezes.

WATER: There is no predicting what we will wake up to every day when it comes to the conditions on the ocean. Last week is not a good indicator of what is to come it appears, and that is just not normal. We usually see a progression, steady and slow, as the water warms or cools. Not this year though. I have been hoping for more cool water to bring down the bait and the Marlin offshore and the Sierra and Yellowtail inshore, but instead we have seen the water warm up. Difficult for me to understand since we have had strong currents from the northwest that should have brought in the cooler water. Instead, this week we saw the near-shore waters on the Pacific side warm up to 74 degrees while the water at the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks was a warm 75 degrees. On the Cortez side of the Cape it was even warmer with the near-shore and offshore waters at 75-76 degrees. Well, I guess I do understand it a little bit since we have had swells (4-6 feet) coming from the southerly directions this week, and last week the warmer water was to the south and the currents were not as strong. The clarity of the water was fair with an occasional patch of clean blue water, but for the most part, particular inshore, the water was a bit cloudy, perhaps due to the churning of the surf.

BAIT: With the warmer water the Mackerel became very scarce so most of the bait was either Caballito or Green Jacks, with a mix of misc. fish as well. Normal price at $3 per bait and there were frozen local (from La Paz) Ballyhoo at $3 per piece. If you traveled up to San Jose and were early or called ahead to one of the bait boats, you might, just might, have been able to get some Sardinas as well.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The Striped Marlin remain elusive as the bait is not here. If the bait (mackerel) had moved into the area there would be plenty of Marlin, at least that is what past experience tells us. I have it on good sources that there are plenty of Marlin and bait up by Mag Bay (on the Pacific side) but we are seeing few fish here. My guess is that about 10% of the boats are getting a Marlin (those who are looking for them). Since the bite has been slow, most of the boats are looking for either Dorado or Tuna offshore or fishing near the beach for bottom-fish or Sierra and Yellowtail. The few Marlin that were found were hungrier than they appeared last week, but the numbers are just not there to make it a good bite, despite what some business have posted to the public. Maybe if they told the truth people would not book a boat? Anyway, it all comes down to the fact that you most definitely will not catch one while sitting on the beach drinking a beer!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I did not see any Yellowfin this week but have heard that they were popping up occasionally on the high spots up by Punta Gorda. The bite was reported as sporadic on fish from 12 to 30 pounds, most of them caught on drifted Sardinas. A couple of boats reported finding a few spots of tuna with no indicators such as birds or porpoise while fishing to the southwest about 15 miles, but without the indicators the schools were very difficult to find and then follow. These fish were on blind strikes and were again the smaller sizes we call footballs, from 6 to 15 pounds. Those boats that did find them reported getting two or three fish then losing the schools.

DORADO: The Dorado bite has been very inconsistent, good here one day, good there the next and nowhere to be found on the third day, sigh. There were a few nice fish in the 20-30 pound class caught by lucky anglers, but most of them were between 8 and 12 pounds, and the success ratio was decent but not great at around 25-30%. It was good to throw a live bait out when you hooked up on the troll since quite a few of the boats that caught Dorado came in with two by doing exactly that.

WAHOO: These fish were the surprise of the week since there were more of them that we usually see this time of year (normally none!). The warm water has to have something to do with that. The fact that we have a waxing moon may have helped as well. I did not see any large Wahoo hit the docks, but most of the fish were around 12 to 15 pounds. Many more were hooked than were caught, and the ones that were caught in our area were boated by anglers trolling small swimming plugs on wire leader for Sierra.

INSHORE: Good one week, slow the next, this season I have given up trying to predict where the fish are going to be or even what kind will be there. I know the Sierra bite has come to a screaming halt with the better catches being 6 to 10 fish per boat but most of the boats were lucky to get one or two. As we expected, the Snapper bite dropped off once we got away from the full moon, but perhaps it will improve this next week as we will see another full moon on the 4th. There have been a few Amberjack and Jack Crevalle and these fish put up a good fight on light gear and the Amberjack are great to eat. There have also been some Pompano caught, one again great eating. The swells and the surf made fishing close in a bit touchy, and also caused the water to become silted and murky, but once in 50 feet of water everything was fine.

NOTES: Whales are still being seen every day, and in good numbers! Spring break is in full swing so I avoid going to the beach due to the crowds, and with Semana Santa coming up (Easter week is a major holiday in Mexico, and those who can, head to the beach) I will be staying home more often than not.

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.

Once again, I will be posting my Music Of The Week every report. This is music that I have either just discovered and want to share (it may be a band or album you are already familiar with, but new to me) or one of my old favorites I have just “re-discovered”. In any event, take a moment to check it out, you may find a new favorite!

This weeks Music of the Week is the 1973 Verve Records release “Compact Jazz – Charlie Parker”. Guest artists on the album are Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, John Lewis and Max Roach. Great music! I am putting all my 600+ CD’s on the computer and keep coming across old favorites like this, and am happy to share my interest with you.

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

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

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