CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
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.
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!