marlin and tuna finally

 
CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
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gmlandrum@hotmail.com

June 21-27, 2010

Weather: Summertime is here, there is no doubt about it. With three storms forming up way to the south of us, water temps up in the 80’s and daytime air temps in the high 90’s, it is summer. Our nighttime lows have only been down in the low 80’s, we have had no rain and have had mostly clear skies, Early in the week we had some winds from the northwest, but they mostly blew in the afternoon, mornings were nice for the most part.

Water: We saw a water temperature change of almost 18 degrees from the Pacific coast to the Punta Gorda area this week. At the end of the week the water just off the arch was a cool 67 degrees while the water just to the north of the Gorda Banks was a very warm 85 degrees. Big swells kicked up by the storms to the south were spaced far apart and made the surfers happy, but put a lot of foam along the beach. The late afternoon northwest winds chopped up the water a bit early in the week bu the mornings were great.

Bait: Caballito and Mullet were available at $3 per bait.

FISHING

Billfish: Striped Marlin were still being found out at the 1,000 fathom line and there were reports of a few Blue Marlin being hooked in the warm water up in the Punta Gorda area. With Striped Marlin being found, it was still difficult to get many of them to bite. Most boats were having about 20% success on the fish, hooking one out of five that bait was thrown to. The Blue Marlin were up in the warm water feeding on Tuna.

Yellowfin Tuna: These were the good news of the week as we finally had fish show up. It was late in the week and it was a far run, but there were Tuna in the 50 to 100 pound class just to the north of the Gorda Banks. Not all the boats made the trip, but for many of those that did, it was worth the run. Scattered pods of porpoise were holding fish and it was a matter of finding the right pod. There were smaller fish being found closer to home, it seemed that the farther you went the larger the fish became.

Dorado: No concentrations of Dorado were reported this week but there were some nice fish found up in the same area as the Tuna. The warm water was the key, as was finding anything floating, usually there was at least one Dorado in the area. Slow trolling a live bait in front of the porpoise pods looking for Tuna resulted in several Dorado instead, with the largest I heard of going just over 30 pounds.

Wahoo: I did not hear of any Wahoo this week, but I am sure there were some caught as Saturday was the full moon.

Inshore: Inshore fishing was a bit off this week as the size of the swells made it uncomfortable for many anglers. Those that managed to fish did well on the Pacific side with Snapper to 20 pounds, some Sierra, some Amberjack and a lot of action from Jack Crevalle. The Cortez side of the Cape had fish inshore as well with Roosterfish making a good showing in the area just to the west of the Westin Resort.

Notes: Warm summertime water moving in, Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna showing, Striped Marlin still around, it is a great time of year! As long as the storms continue to remain to the south (and our fingers are crossed on that) we should see a continued improvement in the fishing. This weeks report was written to a compilation of songs by Jack Johnson. Until next week, Tight Lines!

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Blas and Celia, staying south, warm water moving in

 
CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
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gmlandrum@hotmail.com

June 7-13, 2010

Weather: We ended the week with definite summertime weather trends. We started off with windy days and breezy nights, highs in the mid 80’s and lows in the low 70’s, and ended with humid, no wind days with highs in the high 90’s (we had the thermometer in the car read 103 in the driveway) and lows in the mid to high 80’s. The change was brought on mid-week with a fog bank moving in, and then wind lines offshore for several days following. Still no rain.

Water: Everything warmed back up at the end of the week with the change in the weather. The water on the Sea of Cortez warmed right back up as quickly as it had dropped and we were seeing the Pacific side offshore in the 72 degree range and inshore in the 76 degree range. Just to the south of the cape the water warmed to 78 degrees while farther up in the Sea of Cortez we were spotting occasional patches of 79 degree water. Surface conditions were great mid-week and then some southerly swells moved in. There was no wind on top of them and they were spaced fairly wide apart, but they did put a limp on the water.

Bait: Caballito and Mullet were available at $3 per bait. There were some Mackerel as well, but most of them were in poor condition and did not last the day.

FISHING

Billfish: We had steady improvement in the action on Striped Marlin as boats were finding tailing fish out on the 1,000 fathom line to the south and east of the Cape. Most boats were getting several strikes a day from multiple bait tosses and the luckier boats were releasing two to three fish per day. Not all the boats had action, but almost everyone saw fish. There were scattered fish reported form other places as well, but the concentrations seemed to be at the 1,000 fathom line. I did not hear of any Blue or Black Marlin being reported hooked up this week, but there may well have been a few later in the week as the warm water moved in again.

Yellowfin Tuna: Later in the week some smaller fish began to show up in our area, and they were not that far offshore. Most of them were football fish in the 8-12 pound class with a few to 15 pounds. The fish were found throughout the area with no real concentration. Later in the week there were fish in the 35 pound class reported from the Punta Gorda to Frailles area, a long trip for Cabo boats.

Dorado: Warm water at the end of the week had fish showing up at the lighthouse on the Pacific side. They were not large fish, averaging 8-10 pounds, but there were a few to 18 pounds swimming around looking for something to eat. The Cortez side of the Cape put out a few as well, but there were no reported concentrations.

Wahoo: Mixed in with the Dorado were a few decent Wahoo to 40 pounds. No real big fish were reported, and there were not a lot of the smaller ones, but there were enough for anglers to be able to hope for one to bite and have a decent expectation of it happening.

Inshore: Inshore fishing was pretty much a repeat of last weeks action. Roosterfish in fair sizes were found on the beach in the Chileano area and on the Pacific side north of the lighthouse. The Pacific side also had some nice schools of Sierra and there were some small schools reported in the red hill area on the Cortez side. Amberjack provided intermittent action this week and as the swell size increased at the end of the week the snapper fishing improved, but became more difficult due to the swells.

Notes: Like I said last week, the water can change fast, and that is what we experienced this week. While my hopes are that the water will remain warm, it could switch back just as quickly. With storm season beginning to the south we can expect warm water from now on though. With my fingers crossed, until next week, tight lines!

Cabo Bite Report

 
CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
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gmlandrum@hotmail.com

June 7-13, 2010

Weather: We started the week with a bang as the wind cruised across us at a fairly steady 15 knots. On Tuesday we had a fog bank move in and for the next several days things cooled down quite a bit. Our lows were around 62 degrees while the highs were in the mid 70’s. As the week came to a close the temperatures moved up by 10 degrees and the skies cleared. On Sunday morning there was not a breath of wind and it was a warm 75 degrees in the morning.

Water: Even with all the wind we had, the Pacific side was still fishable once you got past the lighthouse current line. While not comfortable, early in he week quite a few of the boats were going there. With seas at 4-6 feet, the wind did not really take effect until later in the day. At the end of the week, with the exception of Sunday, the wind moved close in and the water was nicer 5 miles offshore. On the Cortez side, the mid week winds really chopped things up for boats returning in the afternoon, but by the end of the week the chop dissappeared, bu there was still a nice 2-5 foot swell for the surfers. The bad news is that during mid-week the water turned over and on Friday the temperature across the board had dropped 10 degrees, leaving the Cortez side at 73 degrees and the Pacific at 63 degrees.

Bait: Caballito and Mullet were available at $3 per bait.

FISHING

Billfish: Billfish action looked a lot like that of April this week as there were Striped Marlin to be found on the Pacific side close to the beach. As a matter of fact, a good friend of mine hooked one on Iron while jigging for Amberjack right off the arch. Most boats were getting shots at three or four fish per trip with one or two releases per trip. Of course the action and the fish dropped off the chart when the water turned over, but hopefully things will change right back as the currents switch again. I did not hear of any Blues or Blacks showing up in the patterns this week.

Yellowfin Tuna: Early in the week there was a decent pick on fish to 25 pounds close to home with the fish being just two to three miles off the beach between the Gray Rock and the Red Hill areas. There were some Porpoise with them and according to those who did best, small 3” hootchies on #30 fluro-carbon leader was the trick. Working the area steadily resulted in catches of between two and ten fish per boat. Being there early was a definite help.

Dorado: There were a few fish early in the week but with the change in temperature they went on vacation.

Wahoo: Most of the Wahoo got free tickets to travel to warmer climes, getting discounts on seats by buying in bulk. That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Only three of these speedsters were caught this week that I heard of, and all of them were early in the week while the water was still warm.

Inshore: Roosterfish close to the beach on the Pacific side past the lighthouse early in the week, as well as off the beach on the north side of Chileano on the Cortez side provided action, and when the water turned over the Sierra started to show again. Also early in the week there was a good Amberjack bite off of almost all the points. Quite a few of the Pangas went for the Yellowfin Tuna on the Cortez side and did well.

Notes: With the water turning over the fishing offshore dropped off, but it should switch around any day now, just as fast as it went. As of now, the wind is gone and while there are still swells, they are spaced far apart. I feel there will be a decent bite on Tuna soon as there are two Seiners anchored in the bay, and they don’t travel for fun. Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for a turn in water temps and until next week, tight lines!

George & Mary Landrum
 
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Cabo Marlin heats up, wind keeping it cool

 
CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
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gmlandrum@hotmail.com

May 31 – June 6, 2010

Weather: Odd for this time of year, we have had the winds continue to blow from the northwest and north on a fairly consistent basis at 10-20 knots for most of the week. There is a day or so where it died down, but overall it has remained fairly steady. This morning our temperature at 6 AM was 65 degrees and it has been in the low to mid 60’s all week. Daytime highs have been in the mid to low 80’s.

Water: The water on the Pacific side has remained rough due to the steady winds, and it has also remained colder than normal with the water on the beach starting the week at 62 degrees and ending at 65 degrees. Offshore at the Golden Gate and the San Jaime Banks it warmed just a bit to 66 degrees. On the Cortez side it was considerably warmer with the near shore temperature ending the week at 78-79 degrees while offshore it was still a warm 75 degrees. Surface conditions on the Cortez side were much better as well with seas at 4-6 feet near home and 2-5 feet a bit farther north.

Bait: Caballito were the main bait this week but there were also plenty of Mullet available here. The better Mullet were found in San Jose since the bait guys there use a throw net to catch them and the guys here use treble hooks to snag them, but since most of the game fish were found near to the beach, mullet seemed to work better than Caballito. The price was the normal $3 per bait and I did not hear of any Sardinas.

FISHING

Billfish: The Striped Marlin bite has gotten a little better with a few boats managing to get multiple releases, but we are still seeing a lot more fish than we were last week. Most of them have been tailing down swell on the surface and have shown little interest in eating, but once in a while a hungry fish is found. Due to the water conditions, most of the fishing has been close to home and on the Cortez side of the Cape. There are plenty of Mullet near shore and the Marlin seem to like them and are being caught within a mile or two of the beach. With the water temperatures warming up we can expect more Blue and Black Marlin to be showing up as well. As soon as we see a steady 82 degrees with bumps to 85, be ready!

Yellowfin Tuna: This week was a repeat of last week for the Yellowfin Tuna as the fish remained just off the beach between Gray Rock and San Jose. The best bite was early in the week and early each day, but the fish remained in the area all week. The fish were small at 10-15 pounds with an occasional 25 pound fish in the mix, but at least there were some being caught. The normal areas offshore on the Pacific side were just to rough for most of the boats to get too.

Dorado: There was some decent Dorado action again, but it is still not red-hot. Most of the fish were between 10 and 15 pounds and they were all caught close to shore in the warmer water on the Cortez side. Slow trolling live bait worked well once the fish were found. There were no large schools found, but enough small groups to keep things interesting. Some boats were able to get three to five per day while others just got one or two.

Wahoo: I did not see any Wahoo come in this week but heard of one nice fish that weighed 80 pounds, and of other smaller fish that were found close to the drop-offs along the Cortez coast.

Inshore: Roosterfish were a matter of the right place at the right time. One of my friends did excellent on Monday with many fish in the 40-50 pound class and again on Saturday with 5 that size. Slow trolling Mullet in 50-100 feet of water instead of the normal 20-30 feet resulted in these larger fish, and using 30# flouro-carbon leader really helped. Most other boats did all right, but not that well, with an average of two fish per trip. There are still Sierra being caught as well as Amberjack and Grouper. Almost all this action is taking place close to the beach on the Cortez side of the Cape due to the rough conditions on the Pacific side.

Notes: It was a windy week and as a result there was little if any fishing taking place on the Pacific side. Most of the action was close to home and near shore. I really hope these unseasonable winds quit and we have a chance to check out the Pacific Sea-mounts, there might be some decent Tuna out there. I had a friend loan me a pile of CD’s this week so my listening was varied, this report was written to the sound of Bush, Sinister Grin and Dave Crimmen, wow, that was a variety! Until next week, tight lines!