frank dissaptes and the heat goes on

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

August 22-29, 2010

Weather: We had partly cloudy skies this week as we waited to see what Hurricane Frank was going to deliver for us. Fortunately it downgraded to a tropical depression well to the west and south of us and while we had clouds and swells from it, there was not much affect other than the clouds. Our daytime highs were in the high 90’s and did reach just over 100 degrees several days. Our nights were warm as well with lows in the mid 80’s. We received some spotty rain early in the week, once again just enough to mess up the windshields on the cars.

Water: The warm water remained with us as we had an average surface temperature of 84 degrees on both sides of the Cape anywhere you went. The water did drop down to 80 degrees well to the south of the 1,000 fathom line. The news this week was the size of the swells kicked up by Hurricane Frank. They were large enough that the Port Captain kept the Port closed until it was light enough to see well on Friday, but these were storm swells and spaced well apart. They were still large enough to get the beach bars wet inside when a big set came in.

Bait: Bait was still tough to get, at least good bait was. There were some Caballito but the bait guys were really proud of them, enough so that on a trip I went on this week we were only able to get 7 baits, and it still cost $30.

FISHING

Billfish: Some Sailfish have been showing up for the past several weeks as the water has gotten warmer. Most of them have been found on the Cortez side around the 95 and 1150 areas by boats working those same areas for Blue Marlin. There have also been quite a few Striped Marlin in the same areas, strange since the water is so warm there. As far as the big fish are concerned, the Blacks are still out there as several in the 400 pound class have been caught this week at both the Gorda Banks and the Inman Banks, mostly by boats hoping for a large Tuna. The same areas have been producing quite a few small Blue Marlin in the #200 class as well. These fish are probably feeding on the small football size Yellowfin that have been in the area. Offshore has been producing some nice Blue Marlin for boats willing to put in the time and effort, but most of the action has been on the Cortes side between the 95 and 1150.

Yellowfin Tuna: Yellowfin Tuna remained consistent with last weeks report as there were still some Quality fish in the #100+ class being found in the San Jose area between the Gorda Banks and the Inman Banks, but most of them have been smaller, ranging in size from 15 to 30 pounds. These same size fish have been found elsewhere as well, with fish showing from the south by the 1,000 fathom line to the San Jaime Banks area. While that action has not been wide open, everyone who has gone looking for them seems to have been able to catch a few. There were some decent fish over #100 found in small pods of porpoise to the southwest of the 95 spot several days this week, and there were even more fish in the 60-80 pound class as well so it is looking better for the larger Tuna this year.

Dorado: I fished the Pacific side for Dorado this week as a guest of a client and we released three Dorado under 10 pounds and kept four fish of about 12 pounds. All these were found close to shore, within 2 miles of the beach and were caught up around the Migraino area. I had reports of larger scattered fish being found offshore, but there was nothing solid or consistent reported.

Wahoo: A scattering of Wahoo were reported this week and strangely enough the best area seemed to be just along the drop off in front of Cabo San Lucas Bay and just to the north of the arch, between there and the lighthouse. Dark lures trolled while cruising out or back home seemed to do the trick, you just had to go about 10-13 knots instead of normal trolling speed of 8 knots or cruising speed of 18 knots. The fish averaged 40 pounds and while not every boat got bit, those that put in the time had some action as a reward.

Inshore: Still the large swells! Roosterfish action was down once again due to the storm swells but quite a few Pangas made the run to the Gorda Banks to fish for Tuna or stayed out in front working the water for Dorado.

Notes: We got lucky and avoided anything from Hurricane Frank, now keep those fingers crossed! If our weather holds we should see some great fishing coming up as the moon wanes. Once again, this weeks report was written to the music of Jack Johnson on his album “Sleep Through The Static”. Until next week, 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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Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and TS Frank

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

August 16-22, 2010

Weather: Once again we had a little rain during the week, but this time it was just enough to spot the windshields, just enough that it turned to mud when you tried the wipers out. Like last week, the rain occurred on Thursday. While that was all we had here in town, fishermen reported quite a few clouds dropping the wet stuff offshore the same day, and during both day around Thursday you could see it coming down in the mountains. That said, the rest of the week was mostly sunny with daytime highs in the mid 90’s and nighttime lows in the mid to low 80’s. As we approach the end of August everyone is surprised, but happy, that we have had no close calls with storms yet. They bring much needed rain, but sometimes too much in a short time, and can really mess up the fishing for a few days.

Water: We had a big change over the past week as the water started to really warm up. On the Cortez side of the Cape you will find 85 degree water everywhere until you get south of latitude 22.4, then it drops to 80 degrees. On the Pacific side the 85 degree water drops a degree to 84, but goes across both the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks. Just to the west and to the north of those two banks the temperature drops to 80 degrees. We have had some weather in the mainland that affected us this week, causing large swells and strong winds on Tuesday, both coming from the east-northeast and making the seas too rough to fish in the afternoon. That was a one day event, but we still have some large swells from the west that have made near-shore fishing on the Pacific side uncomfortable.

Bait: The full moon made getting good bait hard this week. For our normal $30 we are getting trash fish with just a couple of decent Mullet or Caballito, and then only getting 8 baits instead of 10. The large swells made Sardinas unavailable for at least half of the week.

FISHING

Billfish: The Marlin are still out there as one of our friends released a Black Marlin estimated at +500 pounds earlier in the week while working the temperature break to the south. Striped Marlin have made a re-appearance at the Golden Gate and surrounding areas as most boats have been coming in with at least two releases per day, and some of them more than a half-dozen per day. Live bait tossed at the tailers has been the key, but if the bait balls form on the bank like they have before things could really take off. Elsewhere the fish have been scattered out. Black Marlin in the small size have been found near shore between Cabo and the Los Frailles area, averaging 150-200 pounds, Blue Marlin in the same size range have been found on a regular basis, with a few in the #300 class just a few mile farther out and have been concentrated to the north of the temperature break.

Yellowfin Tuna: There are still some Quality fish in the #100+ class being found in the San Jose area between the Gorda Banks and the Inman Banks, but most of them have been smaller, ranging in size from 15 to 30 pounds. These same size fish have been found elsewhere as well, with fish showing from the south by the 1,000 fathom line to the San Jaime Banks area. While that action has not been wide open, everyone who has gone looking for them seems to have been able to catch a few.

Dorado: On the Pacific side the Dorado action just started to open up good with a lot of fish being found within 5 miles of the beach and larger fish being found a bit farther offshore. We had one boat of clients this week who released two Striped Marlin and then proceeded to land three Dorado, one #50, one #35 and one #15 fish. The fish are scattered all over the place, but finding one usually means there are more close by!

Wahoo: There were a few nice Wahoo this week, mostly caught by boats working close to the beach or at the Gorda and Inman Banks. With an average of 30 pounds, they were not large, but were a nice surprise for those fishing for Tuna and Dorado.

Inshore: The large swells we experienced made getting right on the beach difficult so the Roosterfish action was down a bit, but there were Dorado to take their place just a short way out.

Notes: We have been watching the formation of tropical depressions to the south of us this week. Now that the water has warmed up to 85 degrees the chance of one of them heading our direction increases. Our fingers are crossed for just some rain, and we are watching TS Frank right now. Keeping our fingers crossed, until next week, Tight Lines! This report was written while listing to a mix of Jack Johnson sounds!
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/

Cabo Bite Report

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

August 9-15, 2010

Weather: For the majority of the week we had daytime highs in the mid to high 90’s while the nighttime lows were in the mid 80’s. Our change in the weather came at the end of the week when we had a lot of cloud cover move in and this morning (Sunday) our temperature gauge showed 77 degrees, 10 degrees cooler than the same time yesterday. Not only was it cooler, but when I stepped outside I thought we had a water pipe break on the roof. After a bit more checking it appeared that the clouds dropped some rain on us, about ½ inch, and the plants loved it!

Water: Surface conditions on the Pacific side were a little rougher at the end of the week than during the beginning as the clouds were preceded by wind, quite a few people thought the Pacific was an E-ticket ride on Friday. It was better on the Cortez side of the Cape as far as the surface conditions went, and the water averaged several degrees warmer as well with most of the area showing 82 degrees, plus or minus a degrees or two. I was fishing on Thursday and the warmest I saw was 84.4 degrees. On the Pacific the water close to the beach was cooler at 73-75 degrees, but the farther offshore your went the warmer it became, up to 80 degrees in a few areas.

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

FISHING

Billfish: I was amazed upon returning from our 10 day vacation to hear about the numbers of Blue and Black Marlin that were being caught. There were still Striped Marlin around, but as normal with these warmer waters, they were not present in large numbers. Certain areas, such as the 1150 and the Gorda Banks, were producing multiple bites for every boat every day on Blues and Blacks that seemed to average 200 pounds, but the larger ones were in the 400-500 pound class. Lures were working great, and dropping back live bait produced quite a few fish as well, but unless the boat was prepared for the larger Marlin with 80 to 100 pound class drop-backs, the fight was bound to last a long time. These Blues and Blacks fight a lot harder than Striped Marlin, and the #30 class drop-back gear used for them made getting a Blue or Black to the boat problematic for most visiting anglers. These fish were actually being found just about everywhere, they were close to the beach as well as at the high spots.

Yellowfin Tuna: We had clients out this week who boated on Yellowfin Tuna at #147 that was caught on a lure, the same boat caught one two days before on a kite bait that weighed #180, and our friend Mike landed on the same size. While these were nice fish, they were not averaged size. Most of the Yellowfin that were caught were in the 12-20 pound class. All the fish, at least the larger ones, were found with Porpoise on the Cortez side from the Cabrillo Seamount and to the southwest of there along the 1,000 fathom line. There was a decent concentration of the smaller Yellowfin at the Lighthouse on the Pacific side for several days early in the week that were not associated with Porpoise and the Pangas really hit them hard, averaging 8-10 fish per boat.

Dorado: For some reason the number of Dorado dropped off a bit this week. The best catch by our clients this week on Dorado was 8 fish, with only one of them over 20 pounds. Most of the smaller fish were close to home, just outside the bay. The larger fish were scattered, but a few boats were able to get two or three over 20 pounds each trip.

Wahoo: I did not hear of a lot of Wahoo caught this week, but I know there were some because I saw one that probably weighed about 45 pounds being brought in to the weigh station. There were scattered bites offshore when boats were fishing for Marlin and Tuna, I don’t know if there were any concentrations of fish inshore.

Inshore: Roosterfish action along the beach was good this week with the average size 20 pounds. Quite a bit of difference from the 3 pound average we have in the cooler waters! A few real “Bubbas”, fish over 60 pounds, were caught as well with the largest I heard of just over 80 pounds. Working the beach areas in 80-100 feet of water while slow trolling live Mullet was the best method this week for the larger fish. Some Snapper were caught in the rock piles and quite a few of the Pangas were going for the football Yellowfin at the lighthouse while they were there.

Notes: Having been gone for 10 days it only took a couple of days to get back into the swing of things. Hopefully the fishing continues to improve (although I don’t know how it can get much better, maybe if the Dorado really take off!) and the storms stay away. I don’t mind the bits of rain, but keep the wind away! Until next week, 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/