Cabo Fish Report

Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
May 23-29, 2011

WEATHER: We had sunny skies almost all week with nighttime lows in the low 70’s and daytime highs in the mid to high 90’s. Quite a bit of wind at the end of the week kept things from becoming too hot around here!
WATER: The water temperatures remained steady throughout our area this week with very little change. On the Cortez side of the Cape we saw 79-81 degrees while on the Pacific it was 62-65 degrees. Swells were smaller than last week with 2-4 feet on the Cortez side and 5-8 feet on the Pacific. There was some wind chop on top of that most afternoons but it did not get bad until late in the week. On the Pacific side the water got pretty rough in the afternoon Friday and Saturday but it was while on the down hill run if you fished that side. On Saturday the wind switched and we had it move from the northwest to the southwest, then east and it ended up coming from the north.
BAIT: Once again there was no change in the bait situation this week. A few decent Caballito but mostly junk bait at $3 each. Don’t buy the junk bait unless you are desperate. Sardines up at Palmilla at $25 a scoop. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 or $4 each depending on the supplier.
BILLFISH: Striped Marlin, an occasional Blue Marlin, and occasional Sailfish and a few Swordfish were the billfish that appeared on the scene this week. Of course there were more Striped Marlin than any of the others, but the others were there. Most of the Marlin action took place at the 1150 and the San Jose Canyon. Best baits were rigged Ballyhoo trolled at 4 or 5 knots but Ballyhoo dropped back to fish raised on the lures worked well also. Best colors for lures seemed to be either very bright or very dark, in one case silver/white and the other green/black or a petrelero. A few Swordfish were seen and baited with one solid hook-up that I heard of. There were a few more Blue Marlin reported this week than last week but no large fish, most of them in the 200-250 pound class, almost every one of them came in on lures. The Sailfish were a bit farther to the north than the rest of the Billfish, up where the water was a bout a degree warmer, mostly in the area off of Punta Gorda.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: There have been football size fish size fish scattered just offshore all along the Cortez coastline, most of them found about 2 to 5 miles from the beach. Most of them have not been associated with dolphin, instead they have been blind strikes, but the schools have been staying with boats that have chummed them with sardinas after getting a blind strike. Offshore there have been some nice size fish to 60 pounds under the black porpoise, and a few larger fish as well, almost all of them biting on lures pulled for marlin. Not every boat has been able to get into the Tuna action but a few fish here and a few fish there has kept interest up.
DORADO: A few of these tasty fish have been found every day, most of them coming on lures. The best area has also been the Cortez side of the Cape in the warmer water. Areas close to the beach have generally held smaller fish to 12 pounds while the larger fish to 30 pounds have been found farther offshore. Not to say you can’t get nice ones inshore, there have been some decent catches made by the boats fishing Sardinas for Tuna.
WAHOO: New moon phase has kept the numbers of these speedsters down, but there have been a few caught this week. The warm water along Punta Gorda has been the best area to concentrate on.
INSHORE: A repeat of last week, the inshore fishery this week has been scattered as there have been some decent Yellowtail on the Pacific side for those who are willing to take the e-ticket ride to the fishing grounds, or going to the beach around the El-Tule area for some Sierra and small Roosterfish if the winds were not too strong.
FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.
NOTES: Wow, the wind really picked up while I was writing this report! My wife is telling me that a lot of my potted plants have blown over and I can hear it howling through the power lines outside! Sure hope it dies down this evening. The fishing has been steadily improving so if you are considering coming to Cabo, this is a good time to do it, before the heat and humidity get up there in July. This weeks report was written to the sounds of Allison Krause and Union Station on a compilation CD that I have.
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