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CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
http://www.flyhooker.com
gmlandrum@hotmail.com

July 19-25, 2010

Weather: This week started just the same as last week with highs in the low to mid 90’s and the nighttime lows in the low 80’s. My how things can change! On Saturday the clouds moved in and we had lightning and thunder combined with some rain, not a lot, but enough to form some run-off on the streets, wash the dust off the plants and make us feel that the air had been cleaned! The temperature dropped several degrees and everyone was comfortable once again.

Water: The ocean temperatures have been in constant flux this week, the currents are pushing one way, then pulling the other so that there has been no real consistency in the location of cool and warm water. At the end of the week the water offshore in the Sea of Cortez averaged 80 degrees, close to home in the Cabo San Lucas Bay we were reading 77 degrees while on the beach on the Pacific side it was mostly 66-69 degrees. Water conditions as far as the surface went were great with swells averaging 3-5 feet and widely spaced on the Pacific, 1-3 feet on the Sea of Cortez and widely spaced. There was little wind chop on either side of the Cape in the mornings but occasionally things kicked up in the afternoons, not enough to be a problem, but just enough to form a decent chop on the surface.

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

FISHING

Billfish: There was little change from last week on the billfish as we were still seeing quite a few Striped Marlin and the boats were having decent success with about 65% releasing one or two fish. Many of the boats that did not get Marlin were targeting Dorado or Tuna so there was no effort to get a billfish hooked up. Along with the warm water come the Blue and Black Marlin and just like last week they were there to be caught if you were lucky enough. I saw several Blue Marlin to 400 pounds and had one 15 year old girl release here first, estimated at #250. As is usually the case, find the bait, then you find the fish. The small Tuna were holding near shore around the Chileno bay area and offshore along the 1,000 fathom line. Near shore resulted in Striped Marlin and a few Black Marlin, working the bait offshore resulted in a few Striped Marlin and all the Blue Marlin.

Yellowfin Tuna: Whatever the reason, the Yellowfin bite dropped off quite a bit this week. A few of the larger fish to 100pounds were still being found around the Gorda banks, but once again you had to be there early to get hooked up. Offshore in the usual areas, south of Cabo at the 1,000 fathom line, southwest of the Cabrillo Seamount and south of the San Jaime Banks were were finding small pods of Dolphin that were holding school and football fish averaging 15 pounds.

Dorado: I think I can say that Dorado were our fish of the week this past week. Almost every boat that went out caught at least one Dorado and some of them were good sized fish! We had one client who fly fished for three day, releasing a Striped Marlin and keeping a Dorado of about 12 pounds on the fist day, catching two Dorado of about 15 and 18 pounds the second day and on the third day he hooked up a Dorado estimated at 40+ pounds only to lose the fish close to the boat after a long fight. Now that was with fly fishing gear, so you can imagine the results for those using conventional gear! Not a wide open bite on Dorado but everyone went home with fish for dinner and smiles on their faces. Most of the fish were found close to shore, within 4 miles , just to the south and 15 degrees either direction.

Wahoo: I know that there were Wahoo caught this week because I heard of a few, but none of our clients managed to get one to the boat. We did have several fish bite through monofiliment leader material, and there were several brought in by other boats. The full moon on Sunday night was part of the reason there were fish biting, I am sure.

Inshore: Once again Red Snapper were the inshore fish of the week as the rocks were producing for guys using live bait or cut bait. The key was to get the bait as close to the foamy pockets between the rocks without getting hung up, and fishing with the drag set at almost full in order to get the fish away from the rocks quickly. Many of the Pangas took advantage of the Dorado and did a lot of fishing just off the beach.

Notes: Fluctuating water temperatures have us shaking our heads, but at least they are warming up over all. We are taking a short vacation and next weeks report will be abbreviated because of that, so please bear with us. Until then, tight lines!
Just came to our attention you can now buy fishing licenses online. Some Spanish required…won’t let me buy quantities, as it looks like you can only buy one at a time. I only played on the website for a mew minutes this morning, look great for those yearly licenses!!! Thanks David for the website
https://www2.ebajacalifornia.gob.mx/Pesca/

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Summer is here, hot and humid dorado and marlin

 
CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
http://www.flyhooker.com
gmlandrum@hotmail.com

July 12-18, 2010

Weather: Our highs this week were in the high 90’s, and during the tail end of the week we hit 99 degrees! Hot and humid! At least by Sunday things had cooled down and the humidity had dropped. Our nighttime lows were in the mid 70’s most of the time, there were only two nights where we needed the air conditioning on, and they were in the middle of the week. We also had partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies for about half the time due to the ragged remains of storms to the south of us, and over the mainland.

Water: The water continued to warm up this week with the Sea of Cortez maintaining a fairly constant temperature in our area of 80-82 degrees. This warm, over 80 degree water has finally wrapped around the Cape and we are now seeing it on the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks. Outside to the west of the banks, as well as to the north, we are seeing water in the 70-73 degree range. The port captain closed the port to vessel traffic, actually turning away a cruise ship in Friday, due to large swells kicked up by a tropical depression that passed to the southwest of us, but things were back to normal on Saturday.

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

FISHING

Billfish: The warm water has brought in some Blue Marlin finally, there were several released this week as well as a few that were killed. Most of them were in the 200 pound class, but there were a couple reported to be over 300 pounds, and one of about 500 pounds. The Striped Marlin bite improved as well with the fish finally starting to bite on a regular basis. There were no big numbers posted by anyone, but almost everyone was releasing one a day and having shots at a few others during their trips. A few Sailfish were caught as well, and the sizes were decent with most of them in the 90-100 pound range, though there were a few smaller ones around 60 pounds, but still, these were nice fish. A couple of Blacks were reported as well from boats that were working near to shore for Dorado, but I only heard of two, thought I am sure there were more.

Yellowfin Tuna: Even though we were seeing big Tuna last week, and boats were going to the Gorda Banks to target them, boats from Cabo did not have great results. With these large fish you really needed to be on the spot at first gray light, but the boats fishing from San Jose did get a few as they only had a 20 minute run instead of two hours. In our area there were plenty of fish in the 10-20 pound class with a few going to 30 pounds. These fish were found with the porpoise and while it did take some time to find them, once you did the action was good, at least for the first few boats. A good catch was 8 fish, most boats caught three or four, a few never found them or had other targets in mind. Due south at the 1,000 fathom line or just to the west, below the San Jaime Banks were the areas the boats went to find them, and there were some found on the Cortez side out past the 1150 as well.

Dorado: We saw more Dorado this week than last week, and they were a little larger on average as well, both good signs, but what we expected to happen as the water warmed up. The fish were not concentrated in one area either, they were scattered out, one or two here and there. The key for Dorado was finding a Frigate Bird that was staying in one area and occasionally swooping down to the water, if you found that happening you were pretty sure of hooking up to a nice fish. The larger fish were in the 25-30 pound range while the average was 15-20 pounds. As is normal with Dorado, dropping back a live bait after hooking up one usually brought about a second hook-up. Pangas were doing fairly well on fish averaging 12 pounds by slow trolling live bait on the Pacific side within 1 mile of the beach.

Wahoo: The warm water also brought about a resurgence in Wahoo bites. Quite a few fish were caught this week, at least in respect to what is normally hooked up, and they were averaging 35 pounds with a few larger ones to 60 pounds. Offshore blind strikes while fishing for Tuna happened quite a bit, but the favorite areas were near shore, near drop-offs, and wherever the Frigate birds were working.

Inshore: Red Snapper continued to be the fish of the week for inshore fishermen as they worked the rocks on the Pacific side of the Cape for fish averaging 7 pounds. Live bait tossed into the foam around the rocks was the best method for these fish. There were also quite a few nice Roosterfish and larger Jack Crevalle found cruising just outside the breakers and once again live bait was the key to catching them.

Notes: The large storm swells on Friday resulted in many of the beach bars having to deal with the water intruding into the seating area, and there were a few people who took advantage of the swells to get some good surfing in at the surf spots. The water warming up has improved our fishing and we can look forward to the good fishing continuing for the near future! Keeping our fingers crossed that the storms stay away, until next week, tight lines!

warm water all around finally

 
CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
http://www.flyhooker.com
gmlandrum@hotmail.com

July 5-11, 2010

Weather: Highs were in the high 90’s and the lows in the mid 70’s this week, a bit cooler than normal but nothing we are going to complain about! It was a bit windy most afternoons but the mornings were great. We had a spotting of rain on Friday and we could see it coming down pretty good in the mountains. Most of the week was partly cloudy, Sunday it was very clear with only a few clouds.

Water: Warm water from the Sea of Cortez continues to wrap around the Cape, working it’s way up the coast on the Pacific side. In the Sea of Cortez at the end of the week we had water temperatures averaging 77 degrees with a few hot area where it hit 79 degrees. On the Pacific side warm water showed across the San Jaime Bank at 75 degrees and had worked its way north to the inside of the Golden Gate Bank. Just to the west of the warm water the temperature dropped to 71 degrees. The cooler water was also a little more off colored, just a bit green. Surface conditions on the Pacific side were decent in the mornings with swells at 4-5 feet and as the wind started picking up mid-morning the water began to chop up. The same conditions existed on the Sea of Cortez except the swells were smaller at 2-3 feet. Friday saw a short change in wind direction as it blew fairly strongly from the east, then south east, then south before returning to the normal northwesterly direction.

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

FISHING

Billfish: The better fishing for Striped Marlin began this week at the 95 and 1150 areas then by the end of the week had moved to just outside the arch, within three miles for the most part. I think the fish were following the water temperature and bait, moving toward us as the water moved. A few Blue and Black Marlin have begun to show up a bit to the north of us, around the Punta Gorda area where the water has been averaging 80+ degrees, they may begin showing up in our area on a regular basis soon.

Yellowfin Tuna: Plenty of Yellowfin Tuna were found to the south and south west around the 1,000 fathom line, showing up during the later half of the week. They may have been in the area a bit longer than that but windy conditions kept most of the boats from heading out there to find them. There were reports of large Tuna being seen jumping in the Gorda Banks area, but I heard no reports of any being caught with consistency.

Dorado: The warm water brought in more Dorado as well, with the Dorado showing up in the same areas as the Yellowfin Tuna, plus being found close to shore in the warm water on the Pacific side. Some of the fish have been in the 20-30 pound class, but most of them have been smaller at 12 pounds or so.

Wahoo: There were Wahoo found this week. I know of one boat which landed an 80 pound fish and lost one half that size on Friday, then landed one about 40 pounds on Saturday. The fish were found within one mile of the beach on the Pacific side. There were other fish landed as well with most of them coming from the Punta Gorda and Gorda Banks area.

Inshore: Inshore fishing was good this past week for red snapper among the rocks on the Pacific side of the cape, and Roosterfish and Jack Crevalle were found north of the lighthouse on the Pacific side mixed in together. A scattering of Grouper and Amberjack rounded out the inshore fishing, and a few of the Pangas managed to get into Dorado and Marlin as well.

Notes: As expected, the fishing improved as the water warmed up. Now our fingers are crossed that it stays that way and the storms stay away! Until next week, tight lines!

dorado bite finally, but strange weather for July

 
CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT
Capt. George Landrum
Fly Hooker Sportfishing
http://www.flyhooker.com
gmlandrum@hotmail.com

June 28 – July 4, 2010

Weather: Summertime is still here, but with the wind we had this week it was more like Chicago! You could look out and see the wind line to the southeast and it was blowing hard almost all day, every day right at the Cape. At least the wind was coming from the normal northwest direction most of the time, occasionally in the late afternoon it would shift a little and come from the west, making it a long bumpy ride home for the boats. Our nighttime lows were in the high 60’s while the daytime highs were in the low 80’s. We had mostly cloudy days at the end of the week and the wind died down as well.

Water: June 30 say the largest change in water temperature as there was 65 degree water at the San Jaime Bank and 85 degree water at the Gorda Bank! Of course there were very few, if any, boats fishing the San Jaime due to the strong wind. The water closer to shore on the Pacific was a bit warmer at 68 degrees, but the good water was on the Cortez side of the Cape, with an average of 78 degrees over the week. Mid-week hit the warmest waters with most of the area being in the 82 degree range.

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

FISHING

Billfish: It was a decent preview of summer fishing with Striped Marlin being a bit more active than last week, Blue Marlin showing up and a few Swordfish showing as well. The Striped Marlin were found pretty close, as was everything else, mainly due to the fact that the farther out you went the rougher the water became! Striped Marlin were seen tailing on the surface but for the most part were ignoring the normal Caballito and Mackerel live baits. The boats that did the best on the Striped Marlin were hooking small Bonito close to shore then slow trolling them. There were a few fish found that would eat the other baits, so it was not a waste of time or money to buy them, but the bonito seemed to work better. There was a nice Blue Marlin of 600-700 pounds caught and released (I saw the video) two miles off of Gray Rock. The fight lasted 98 minutes and the fish ate a lure. There was also a Swordfish of #150 caught around the 95 spot on Wednesday.

Yellowfin Tuna: Yellowfin were being caught every day and there were a few large fish found up in the Punta Gorda area. Not as many of the larger fish as there were last week, but if you were one of the lucky boats, the fish were going up to 100 pounds. Nearer to home there were scattered football fish to 25 pounds.

Dorado: There were a few small Dorado caught this week, a few more than were showing up last week, and there were a couple of larger fish reported as well. Most of them were in the 8-10 pound class but the larger fish were around 20-25 pounds this week. Found on the Cortez side of the Cape in the warmer water, small bright colored lures worked best, with live bait dropped back after the first hook-up resulting in an occasional double header.

Wahoo: Once again I did not hear of any Wahoo being caught. That does not mean there were none, just that I did not hear of any.

Inshore: Inshore fishing was mostly conducted on the Cortez side of the Cape due to the wind. Pangas were doing all right, but not great, on Snapper and small Grouper. A few nice Amberjack to 60 pounds were caught as well. Small Bonito and football Yellowfin Tuna as well as a few Striped Marlin were found very close to the beach and got the Panga fishermen excited. The wind and swells made the water a bit off colored very close to the beach.

Notes: Our fingers are still crossed that the storms stay away, and it appears as if the winds have died down, at least for now. If the water warms back up (it has been in flux all week) the fishing should defiantly keep improving. Until next week, Tight Lines!