Ensenada Trip

Just thought I’d give you a quick review of the trip I just made from Ensenada to Cabo. My friend and crew Carlos and I took a service vehicle from Cabo to the airport in San Jose for the Volaire flight to Tijuana at 7:30, then a taxi to the downtown bus station, boarded the bus to Ensenada (one leaves every 30 minutes), then a taxi from the Ensenada bus station to the marina at El Corral where we met the boat with the owner, his wife and a friend. It took a while as we finally arrived at midnight. We set up and talked for an hour about the trip then went to sleep for a while.

Carlos and I were up early and underway at 7AM. We passed an enormous sailing ship on the way out of Ensenada bay, it was a 4 masted ship with an Asian name and a bunch of kids waving at us from the rail. A short distance outside the bay we saw a few whales and then powered up to 10 knots and headed down the coast. We powered on through the night with the radar on, taking two hour shifts at the helm, dodging all the sailboats involved in the Baja Ha-Ha sailing regatta. We passed Cedros Island at 9AM and arrived at Turtle Bay at noon. We took on fuel, finding we had burned about 7 gallons per hour (with the generator going full time) and Enrique (the fuel panga guy) bought us some more ice and limes (got to prevent scurvy ya know!). As we had passed Cedros on the way in the wind had started to pick up (the area is known for this) and when we left Turtle Bay it had gotten stronger. Since we were traveling down swell and downwind it was not uncomfortable, but it did make the boat veer a lot. As we got into the evening we could not keep on auto pilot so we kept double watches with each man taking the wheel for an hour. Mid morning we were at the mid-point on the Ridge north of Mag Bay and the wind finally died down, the water calmed and also started to warm up a bit. We had left Ensenada with green, 64 degree water and by the time we reached the upper Thetis Bank it had turned much more blue and had warmed up to 72 degrees. With the water warm, clean and much calmer we proceeded to put four lures out and made a pass on the Thetis. This resulted in catching the owner his largest Wahoo to date, estimated at 65 pounds! Several more passes resulted in no more strikes so we continued on to the lower Thetis Bank. This area had plenty of Striped Marlin and we had a fish in the pattern constantly. The owner was fighting one when another one swam right up to the transom and Carlos quickly dropped another lure in the water. With the swivel at the rod tip and 10 feet of leader he swung the lure back and forth a few times and the second fish bit and hooked up! Thankfully it only stayed on a few minutes then jumped off and we were able to leader and release the fish the owner had been fighting. Wanting to arrive in Magdalena Bay before dark we continued on and spotted some shark buoys Making a few passes with the lures we were able to bring several Dorado on board to join the Wahoo already in the freezer. We then powered up and ran into the bay, anchoring up for the night at the Man of War anchorage. With the underwater lights on we caught a few live Mackerel for bait the next day and caught some shut-eye.

Up again early, our plan was to head straight out to the deep-water ledge and see if we could find some tuna for sashimi. As we were exiting Mag Bay we spotted several areas where the Mackerel were feeding and caught another dozen to put in the live bait tank. We spotted a frigate bird and caught a d

Dorado about 20 minutes out, then under another frigate 45 minutes later we had a Sailfish come in on a lure and hook up. A short fight resulted in a release at the boat. The rest of the day was uneventful until we spotted more buoys on the way in and caught three more Dorado, then had a Wahoo strike just off the beach on the way into anchor for the night.

We were going to head farther into Mag Bay to San Carlos for fuel, but the mayor of the village at Man of War told us he could supply us at the same price and save us the 2 hour round trip so we went for it. He offered to take the crew into San Carlos for some shopping after we fueled, using his panga for the trip so I stayed on the boat until everyone came back. I asked for some fresh shrimp and scallops (instructions from my wife when she found we were going to be in the bay for the trip) and they were able to get the shrimp but it was too late in the day for the scallops. The crew also brought back fresh tortillas, more bottled water and ice and of course, more fresh limes (it’s the scurvy thing, you know that margaritas have lots of lime juice, got to keep the scurvy away, don’t ya know). After a much later than planned exit from the bay we put the boat on course for the Finger Bank, hoping to arrive there at first light. We ran along the coastline for Wahoo and had a few strikes and saw a couple of shipwrecks on the beach. As we swung offshore at Tosca we had a Dorado hook-up and landed him. While making a turn for another pass the life raft came unexpectedly to life, springing off the forward deck and inflating in the water. Why it happened we could not figure out, the hydro-static release did not get wet (they are not supposed to deploy unless deeper than 20 feet anyway), but anyway, thank goodness it happened in the daytime at slow speed. An hour later we were back underway, and a short time later hooked into, fought and released a Striped Marlin we estimated at 180 pounds. As night fell we were back on single man, auto pilot two hour watches.

At around 3AM we were at the Finger Bank, about three hours before planned, and I was on watch. The water was bouncy, everyone was asleep and I watched three long range boats and several private boats at anchor or drifting the Bank. I saw no one on deck fishing on any of the boats so continued on, hoping to find tuna at the Golden Gate Bank, 23 miles farther on. As we fished across the top of the Gate later on we hooked, fought and released another Sailfish. Just to the west side of the Gate I marked some large tuna on the depth sounder, but they were 250 to 300 feet deep, and I figured we would find some school fish a bit later on so continued on. Looking back on it, we should have put a bait out on the down-rigger, but hind-sight is 20-20, or so the saying goes. As we had left the Finger Bank the water had started to warm, it was 81 degrees there, 83 degrees at the Gate and as we came across the San Jaime Bank it had warmed to 86 degrees. Once we had rounded the turn toward San Jose the water became glassy and warmed to 88 degrees. We saw a pair of Humpback Whales breach and a few turtles, but that was the end of the action for us. As requested by the owner we arrived at the dock in the San Jose marina in Puerto Los Cabos at 5PM after a safe and successful trip!. Carlos and I both left the boat with fresh Dorado, Wahoo and Shrimp as well as our pay and plenty of great memories.


Cabo Bite Report


Captain George Landrum




Cabo Fish Report

October 23-30, 2011


Favorite time of the year, the fish are biting, the hot hot humid
days have gone away.  Daytime high’s in the low 90’s, nighttime low
70’s. Light breezes in the afternoons.  No need for air conditioning.
And the fish are biting!

The best fishing has been on the Pacific side with San Jaime and
Golden Gate Banks holding temperatures of 83-84 degrees and the best
fishing.  Water temps over by Gorda Banks are about 84-87, but  they
don’t seem to be holding much fish there.  The Pacific side is the
place to be!

BAIT:  Bait,
at least good live bait was hard to come by this week.  Many of the
boats were going with frozen Ballyhoo instead, at least you could get
those, but they were expensive at $4 each.  There were a few live
baits of the larger size, but not much in the way of quality baits.
Toward San Jose you could get decent Sardinas, and the farther you
got from Cabo the more you got for your money.


The billfish have picked up this week, more striped marlin are
being caught, and the sailfish numbers are remaining up there also.
They usually feed with the dorado, but have heard reports of the
sailfish being caught along side the yellowfin.  I did not hear of
any large blue or black marlin this, week, but some in the 100-200 lb
range.  George:  We caught Sailfish and Striped Marlin outside Mag
Bay on the way down, the water was 81 degrees and there were decent
concentrations of Striped Marlin at the south end of the Ridge and on
the lower Thetis Bank.  More Sailfish again locally at the San Jaime
Bank but we did not have a Blue or Black come in on the lures the
entire trip.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Tuna Tuna Tuna, I want Sushi!  Lots of tuna around
which is good thing with the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot coming
up this Thursday and Friday.  Most of the tuna I have seen coming in
have been in the 30-40 lb range with a few 60 -100lb range.  Reports
of 200+ lb fish jumping, but couldn’t get them to bite. Tossing
ballyhoo, mackerel, cedar plugs, they just wouldn’t bite.  Whoever
figures out what they want will make some money this week if they are
in the tournament!  George:  We were hoping to fish the Finger Bank
on the way down and tried to time it so we could, but instead we
passed the bank at 4AM.  I saw three long range boats out of San
Diego anchored up as well as a few private boats, but there was no
one on the decks fishing except for a deckhand on each boat keeping
the chum going.  I heard one private boat captain talking to another
on the radio and he reported catching three Yellowfin over 200 pounds
while fly-lining live mackerel, but he was there  for two days.  I
saw nice meter marks from big fish on the west side of the Golden
Gate Bank but they were deep, 250 to 300 feet.  Locally the boats
were finding the football and school fish just 6-10 miles off the
beach on the Pacific side, but every school had a wad of boats
working it.

DORADO: Lots, and lots of dorado this week
again.  If you are trolling inshore, they are hard to miss.  A lot of
small ones, I even saw someone with a 2 lb fish the other day.
Normally those are thrown back, but this one didn’t make it.  Most of
the fish are in the 8-15 lb, with some hitting the 30lb mark.
George:  We gave up on Dorado after a while, it was hard to avoid
them!  You only need so many, after that they were getting in the

WAHOO:  I have seen a couple wahoo flags
this week. Fish in the 30 lb range.  Not usually a lot this time of
year.  George:  The owner of the boat I came down on caught his
personal best at 65 pounds off of the upper Thetis Bank and we had
quite a few other strikes during the trip, all of them in 15 to 30
fathoms of water whenever we neared shore.

INSHORE:  The water temperatures are
staying warm, so still some nice roosterfish around, snapper,
groupers, almost November, but I haven’t seen any sierra yet.  The
Dorado fishing is also good close to shore. 

FISH RECIPE: posted on the blog Thursday or

NOTES: As you have noticed, this fishing
report is a little short.  Most of you have figured out that I, Mary,
am writing the report today.  George will be back sometime today and
give you a better report.  He left Monday to bring a boat down and
stopped to fish a few days at Mag Bay.  He was hoping to spend a few
hours at Finger Banks this morning. All I know for sure is that he
caught a couple of 50 lb wahoo.  I didn’t pay attention to anything
else he caught, I was daydreaming about how I am going to eat some of
that wahoo!  My favorite Sam Choy recipe with the mango salsa!  I’ll
see if I can get him to give you all a trip report for the ride down.

In the meantime Tight Lines and good luck to
all of you in the Tuna Tournament!












Salmon Fillets

Salmon fillets

Every year our friends from Anchorage come to fish. They bring their cooler down full of salmon, frozen and smoked and hopefully they take the cooler back full of tuna. All week I have been eating the smoked salmon with cream cheese and crackers, YUM!. George isn’t a big salmon fan, so I have to cook it up now while he is off fishing in Mag Bay. This is an easy way to cook up your salmon fillets and yummy too!

I start with a skillet, with a cover. I add a couple tablespoons of Avocado oil, and 5 garlic cloves, and two sprigs of thyme. Saute until the garlic is brown, don’t let it burn or you have to start over. Remove the spices from the pan, I added a tablespoon of butter for flavor. Once melted, add your salmon fillets, skin side down. I turn the heat down to medium. Cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness. You want the fish to be white about half way up. Then I turn the fillets over and add ¼ cup white wine. Cover and cook for another couple minutes. When cooking fish, you want to remove from the heat before it is cooked through. It will still cook for a few minutes after removing from the heat.
Remove the skin, it should peel off easily. Serve on the plate, skin side down. You should have a beautiful crust on the top of the fillet.
I served with a little tarter sauce, which is simple to make if you have the right ingredients. Mayonnaise, add pickle relish, bit of yellow mustard, dash of garlic powder and Worcester sauce.

Cabo Fish Report

Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
Oct. 16-23, 2011

WEATHER: Our break from the summer highs seem to be over, or perhaps it’s just wishful thinking. In any case, our daytime highs this week only reached 100 degrees one day, the rest of the time we seemed to stay in the high 90’s, and our nighttime lows were in the low to mid 80’s. That may not seem low to you, but we had a few nights where we did not have to run the air conditioner in order to sleep and that’s big for us! We had clouds in our skies this week on most days later in the week and actually had a little spit fall from the sky on Saturday, just enough to make interesting patterns on the windshields.
WATER: Water temperatures did not have a big change from one side of the peninsula to the other. On the Pacific we saw water at 85 degrees until you got 50 miles out and then it dropped to 83 degrees. On the Cortez side of the Cape we had water that was 86-87 degrees with a push into our area of slightly warmer 88 degree water outside the 1,000 fathom curve. Surface conditions were great all week with the exception of Friday when new clouds moved into the area and brought some windy conditions in the afternoon. Water clarity was great with blue water everywhere, slightly off-color due east but still good clarity.
BAIT: Caballito, Mullet and Sardines were the live bait available with the bigger baits at the usual $3 each and Sardinas in Cabo were $25 a small scoop.
BILLFISH: Let;s see if I can keep from making a mistake on this weeks report! I fished the Bisbee Black and Blue so the numbers I have on big fish are correct. There were a reported 100 teams entered into the 3 day tournament for a total of 300 fishing days. 122 Billfish were caught, 2 Black Marlin, 56 Blue Marlin, 52 Striped Marlin and 12 Sailfish for an average of 1.22 billfish per team, or to be blunt, .4 billfish per day. You do have to realize that almost all the boats were focused on large Marlin and were pulling large lures or very large bait. This means that there were quite a few strikes from smaller fish that did nor result in a hook-up. For the charter fleet, working smaller lures for Striped Marlin, Dorado and Tuna the daily average was much better, around .6 Marlin per day. Almost all the action happened on the Pacific side of the Cape as the water was a bit cleaner and that is where all the Tuna and Dorado have been, one of the main food sources for these large fish. The Tournament was a success with the top money winner taking home a check for $1,162,842.50, once again proving the Bisbee Black and Blue to be the worlds richest billfish tournament (and a lot of fun too!).

YELLOWFIN TUNA: While running all over the place looking for Marlin, the boats in the Black and Blue found plenty of schools of Yellowfin Tuna from north of the Golden Gate Bank to south of the San Jaime Bank. Some of the fish were big, often topping the scales at over #200. The fleet boats were very into the tuna bite and the lucky ones had schools all to themselves, often managing to get limits on fish to 45 pounds with a few larger #80 fish tossed in. Even the fleet managed to get some of the larger fish, and it was often a matter of getting a bait far enough from the boat using either a kite or a very long 150 yard or more drop-back and slow trolling the bait. A few of the larger fish also came in right off the transom, crashing lures run in the second or third wakes, you never knew what was going to work!
DORADO: For the fleet boats these were definitely the fish of the week. Almost all the Dorado were found close to the beach on the Pacific side from right off the arch all the way up to Todo Santos. Perfect for the charters who wanted action and fish to eat, most of the boats started trolling at the lighthouse and kept working their way north until the anglers cried uncle and then they went offshore looking for the Tuna. The fish were not large on average, right around 12 pounds, but there were enough fish in the 20-25 pound class to make it interesting and once in a while a 40+ pound fish would crash a bait or lure. Limits were easy to come by (2 per person), so easy that many boats exceeded the limits before they realized it.
WAHOO: Going into the new moon phase we did see a decrease in the number of Wahoo caught, but also saw more large fish than normal. This was probably due to the number of tournament boats fish the offshore structure with large lures and heavy leader, but there were some nice fish in the 50-60 pound class that came from the San Jaime and the Gorda Banks areas.
INSHORE: With plenty of Dorado to be had in easy traveling distance most of the Pangas focused on them. A scattering of boats went offshore looking for Tuna, often with success as well as Marlin since the water was decent and they had some luck as well. The usual inshore fish were present, but due to the fantastic Dorado fishing few of the Pangas focused on the Roosterfish, Snapper and Grouper.

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: I have to thank my wife, Mary, for updating the blog for the past week as I was fishing the tournaments, and she will be doing the fish report and blog next week as I will be gone. The boat I was fishing the Black and Blue on, Dan Lewis’ “Sporty Game” scored one Blue Marlin release (a fish of about 225-250 pound) as well as two Striped Marlin releases on day three of the tournament, and we had a fish that probably would have qualified get its bill into the gap of the hook on a lure on the second day, coming off after about 60 seconds. With the great weather and the number of Tuna out there, as well as having some really nice cows caught, then next tournament coming up should be a great one. The Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament is always a blast and does not cost a lot to enter. With plenty of parties and great give- a-ways some teams enter just for those, but the fishing should be great as well. For only $800 to enter a team of four anglers is is affordable, and the dates are November 2-5, with the fishing days on the 3rd and 4th.
Thanks to my friend Mark Bailey, this weeks report was written to the music of Jason Boland and the Stragglers Band on their new release “Rancho Alto”.
Until next week, tight lines!
I will be posting more to my blog now https://captgeo.wordpress.com, please go to 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

Bisbee’s Wrap-up

Another exciting year for Bisbee’s Black and Blue, the richest fishing tournament in the world. 101 teams all looking for their share in the 2.1 million dollar purse this year. Top fish of the year was only 409 lbs. Only you say, well, we have seen some very large fish this year. The day before the tournament started, a boat brought to the scales a 743lb marlin, and you have all heard about the controversy over the 972 lb fish a couple weeks ago. Of the qualifying fish brought in these past 3 days, only 1 fish was in the big $5,000 and $10,000 jackpots. So while Tiger Spirit did not bring in the biggest fish of the tournament, he does get a big chunk of the money. These jackpots were worth $369, 750 each day. So now he gets that times 3! The smaller jackpots that will go to Bad Medicine, Pegasus and El Lobo for having the biggest fish each day will get $249, 560 to each boat.  These boats were in the $200, $500, $1000, and $2,000 per day jackpots.   Remember this is just the jackpot money. Hammertime and Big Time had 900 points each for the release tournament. The winner will be chosen by who hooked up first I believe.
Entry in the tournament without jackpots will be divided amongst 3 biggest fish, top Captain and crews and a portion goes to charity and of course a portion goes to the Bisbee’s to pay for all those beads they throw around.
Awards banquet is this evening and exact amounts for each boat and Captain will be announced there.
Stay tuned……The Western Outdoor Tuna Jackpot is up next Nov 3 and 4!

Bisbees Day 2

Another exciting day here in Cabo. One boat was reported hooked up for almost 5 hours. Only to find out later, it was a quick release, they were out of radio range and no cell phone coverage. There were more fish on day 2, 40 billfish total, 1 was brought to the scale and 17 blue marlin, 18 striped marlin and 3 sailfish were all released.
Team Pegasus brought in the only qualifying fish of the day a 329 lb Blue Marlin. They won the $200, $500, $1000, and $2000 daily jackpots. They will recieve  $249,560. Since no boats in the $5,000 and $10,000 jackpots brought a qualifying fish in yesterday, those jackpots roll over to Friday’s jackpots, making this prize a whopping $990,000.
Here is the link for todays standings. Shotgun start at 8AM Mountain time.
Should prove to be another exciting day with lots of fish released and hopefully a few big ones brought to the dock!

Bisbee’s first day results

much better fishing yesterday for marlin than the last week. 4 marlin brought to the scales yesterday. The 1st brought in by Steel Hookin” with angler Jim Wilson, after a 52 minute fight on their blue marlin. Unfortunately when the fish was brought to the scales it only weighed 285 lbs. Next up in comes long time Bisbee fisherboat Tiger Spirit, with angler Luis Alberto Liera Cesena with a 23 minute fight. Their blue marlin is now at the top of the list at 395 lbs. Hmmm think that fish will hold the day. only 2 hours later, here comes Bad Medicine and angler Luis Lorenzo Arballo Castillo who fought his blue marlin for 33 minutes. A whopping 409 lbs is now at the top of the list. Hanging out at the weigh station it was awhile before anyone brought another fish in. Hundreds hung out waiting as word spread there was another marlin coming to the docks. Reel Energy angler Brian Walley fought his blue marlin for 27 minutes. But when the fish got to the scales it was only a disappointing 201 lbs. So they are starting the tournament with a negative 223 points.

As it stands right now, Bad Medicine was is all the small jackpots and Tiger Spirit will take the $5,000 and $10,000 for the day. Not a bad days work for a good day fishing.
Be sure to check out todays action at