Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
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Cabo Fish Report
July 25-31, 2011

WEATHER: I got up this morning to 84 degrees and 80% humidity, whew, good thing the fan was on! Our nights have been warm like that this week, and the days even warmer. With a few days of partly cloudy skies, the best place to be was out on the water, at least there was a little breeze outside on the Pacific! We have a tropical depression forming to the south of us, five-E, that is projected to stay well south but form into a hurricane on Wednesday. We will probably get some surf again, but like the last one, no rain.
WATER: Warm water has come our way! With an average of 87 degrees on the Cortez side of the Cape, it actually rose above 91 degrees up at the East Cape in a few areas. On the Pacific side here we have warm water wrapping around the Cape and working it’s way to the north. 83 degree water is inside of the San Jaime Bank and across the Golden Gate Bank, and the water outside of there drops down to a cool 80 degrees, and to the south of us if you get outside of 25 miles it drops as low as 75 degrees.
BAIT: Caballito and Mullet were the baits of the week with a few Mackerel in the mix. Everything was the normal $3 per bait. There were also some decent Sardinas to the north around Palmilla at $25 a scoop.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There were plenty of Striped Marlin and quite a few small Blue Marlin and Sailfish showing up this week, but they were not always hungry. The larger fish were scarce this week, and the results of the Bisbee East Cape Tournament bear that out. With 62 teams fishing three days only one fish over 300 pounds was caught. That’s 186 fishing days for a Blue Marlin that was just over 500 pounds. Locally there was a small concentration of Striped Marlin just off of Gray Rock between ½ mile and 2 miles. That group of fish was there mid-week but apparently moved off on Saturday. On an interesting note, the Marlin bite seems to have been better in the afternoon this week.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Still around and biting! Not every trip resulted in lots of fish, but the boats that were able to get to the dolphin first really had a good chance at fish to 80 pounds this week. Of course most of the fish were smaller than that with an average of 20 pounds, but still, there were some really nice fish being brought in. Most of the action was along the temperature break to the south of us as well as around the San Jaime Bank. Small feathers worked great for the average fish but deep dropped live bait, dropped ahead of slow traveling schools of fish, as well as run under kites seemed to get the larger ones interested.
DORADO: Once again fish of the week, and we are really happy about that! Most of the action took place on the Pacific side close to the beach and the fish were a decent average of 12 pounds with a few lager showing up. The larger fish were 45-50 pounds and about every third boat managed to get one that size. Best action came on slow trolled live bait, but bright colored medium size lures run at 10 knots managed to get some action and worked well to find the concentrations of fish. My guess is that the boats were averaging 6 fish per trip with the better catches being limits and very few boats not getting any Dorado at all.
WAHOO: I did not hear of any Wahoo being caught this week.
INSHORE: Most of the Pangas were focusing on Dorado this week but those that tried for the normal inshore species like Roosterfish, Grouper and Snapper found that the bite was better in the afternoon. Good action was on the Pacific side of the Cape but there was some decent Roosterfish action off of Cabo Real as well. Most of the Roosterfish were smaller ones at 15 pounds but there were a couple of times when schools of 50 pound fish moved in and caused some excitement.
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. Sorry about this last weeks no show, I got busy and forgot!
NOTES: Hot, humid weather, so it’s time for a walk on the beach with the puppy, then a swim! Come back home for a good breakfast, a nap, then watch some golf. It’s too hot to play after 10 am so sitting in front of the fan watching the last day of the Senior Open sounds pretty good to me!
Until next week, tight lines!
I will be posting more to my blog now, please go to https://captgeo.wordpress.com/ and subscribe, you will be sent a notice every time I post a new article. Please feel free to send suggestions or if you have any ideas for articles. Thanks George

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Fish Recipe of the Week!!

Fish Recipe of the Week!!!

This week it is an easy and very tasty one!

With all the fresh Tuna we are catching now I had to come up with something just a little different. We have been eating Sashimi a lot, and lots of sushi as well, but these tasty little appetizers were served to us recently at Nic-San. We were guests, and at five bucks a pop they were WAY to expensive to have very many, but I did a little research and they are very easy to make. The main ingredient is of course, fresh Yellowfin Tuna!

Spicy Tuna Rice Crackers

Like I said, EASY!

Buy some good quality rice crackers;

dice some fresh Yellowfin Tuna, dice it pretty fine

mince a jalapeno after removing the seeds and ribs

a dash of rice wine vinegar

a few dashes of chili oil to taste (this is where the spicy comes in!)

put ½ tablespoon of the mix on a rice cracker

chop up some scallions or green onion tops a bit smaller than the tuna

sprinkle a bit of the scallion or onion on top and serve!!

Have a cold beer or two and enjoy!

Bisbee East Cape Marlin Tournament update

Today is the first of three days fishing in the Bisbee East Cape Billfish Tournament, a qualifier for the IGFA World Offshore Championship. With 62 teams entered there have been 34 billfish caught so far, with only one Blue Marlin brought to the scales. The “La Hielera” with angler Carlos VanWormer brought in a #557 Blue Marlin after a fight of 20 minutes. So far there have been no Black Marlin reported, but there have been 8 other Blue Marlin released, 14 Striped Marlin released and 12 Pacific Sailfish released.

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
July 18-24, 2011

WEATHER: Once again we had an interesting week with the threat of Hurricane Dora. Thankfully it became a non-event with the exception of some very large swells on Thursday and Friday. We were hoping for some decent rain but that did not happen, we got a bit of cloud cover on Saturday. Our days have been staying in the high 90’s to just over 100 and the nights have had slightly lower temperatures at 82-85 degrees.
WATER: Hurricane Dora brought in large swells and the Port was closed Saturday morning because of them and the threat of very gusty winds. We did have the gusty winds for a few hours in the morning and then they settled down. With the swells spaced far apart the water was comfortable. At the end of the week we had a defined temperature break on the Pacific side with water to the inside of the San Jaime Bank and just outside the Golden Gate Bank being a warm 84 degrees while the water to the outside was a cooler 77-80 degrees and the change was a very sharp edge. On the Cortez side the water in front of Cabo and San Jose was a very even 84 degrees and as you got toward the East Cape it warmed to 88 degrees.
BAIT: Caballito and Mullet were the baits of the week with a few Mackerel in the mix. Everything was the normal $3 per bait.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: The bite was decent for Striped Marlin on the Pacific side early in the week, not great, but all right. A few boats were able to release tow or three but most boats did well for one release a trip. Blue Marlin have begun to show more often as the water keeps warming up and that has the anglers and crews excited. A few of the fish caught have been over 400 pounds but most have been in the 200-250 pound class. With no real concentration of them, it was exciting to know that once could appear in the pattern at any moment.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: It was exciting to start the week with some great fishing for Tuna in the 20-40 pound class, then disappointing to see all the purse seiners show up. Perhaps the threat of Hurricane Dora chased them away, but most of them were very low in the water when they did leave. For whatever reason, they were not out there on Thursday, and with the large rolling swells, no wind and no seiners around, the boats had a great time on fish that ranged in size from 20 pounds to 80 pounds. There were quite a few 50-60 pound fish caught, very nice to see them in the fish box! Most of the action was taking place to the south and west, but there were also reports of some real large fish being taken in the area of the East Cape. In our immediate area almost any boat that wanted was able to put between 6 and 12 of these quality fish in the box.
DORADO: I think I have to say that Dorado were the fish of the week for us, and probably will be this coming week as well. We the Tuna were mostly offshore a way, the Dorado bite really turned on off the beach on the Pacific side. With boats catching between four and 12 a trip and with the fish ranging in size from 10 to 50 pounds it was a good direction to go! There were a lot of happy anglers at the end of the day.
WAHOO: I saw a few wahoo flags this week but did not have a chance to talk to the anglers or crew to find any particulars.
INSHORE: Early in the week the inshore fishing was good with large Roosterfish to 50 pounds (most of them smaller at 15 pounds), some decent Amberjack and Grouper. The Swells really affected the inshore fishing as it was dangerous to get too close when the started and then at the end of the week the water was too green as a result of the heavy pounding.
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. Sorry about this last weeks no show, I got busy and forgot!
NOTES: As usual, this is written on Sunday morning so being the first full day of fishing since Hurricane Dora I will not have any updated information until late this afternoon. I will try to get an update out either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Until next week, tight lines!
I will be posting more to my blog now, please go to https://captgeo.wordpress.com/ and subscribe, you will be sent a notice every time I post a new article. Please feel free to send suggestions or if you have any ideas for articles. Thanks George

Hurrican Dora Update 1/22/2011 1PM local

Well it took me a while to get back to you but I was securing a boat for possible winds and for sure surge in the Marina. Got that done and now here’s the latest. Dora is still slowning down and is now a catagory 1 hurricane and is expected to further devolve to a tropical storm sometime tonight. I things go well all we may get is some cloudy weather and hopefully some rain. For sure we are going to have some larger swells by this afternoon and tonight. Depending on conditions in the morning the port may be open, but to too many are betting on it. I was at the marina for a while and did see some boats returning early, probably to to some seasickness as a result of the swells, but they were flying flags! I saw quite a few Dorado flags, each boat seemed to have at least 4, and a couple of tuna and marlin flags. I’ll update again tomorrow morning before I go to the golf course.