FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
October 6 – 13
WEATHER: We have continued with daytime temperatures in the low 90’s and the evenings and nights in the low to mid 80’s. This morning at 5:45 it was a warm and slightly humid 88 degrees. While the week started out sunny with hardly any clouds in the sky, we ended the week under a cloud layer being pushed up from the south by what was a tropical depression and is now a tropical storm named Octave. The clouds do hold some rain, as we experienced on Saturday with just enough to leave dots all over the dusty cars.
WATER: On average this week the water on the Pacific side of the Cape was right around 85 degrees while the water on the Cortez side was 86.5 degrees. We did have a bit of a flare or really warm water, to almost 90 degrees, out around the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side early in the week, and a bit of an upwelling of cool water of 81 degrees along the beach on the Pacific side mid week. This cool water was from the 10th to the 12th. Surface conditions continued to be almost perfect with small swells and little wind near Cabo, while up around the Los Arcos area on the Pacific side it started to pick up some chop. As Tropical Storm Octave develops and approaches we will continue to see an increase in swells size and wind speed. As of this morning the storm was located 400 miles to the south and moving toward the northwest with sustained winds of 45 mph out 50 miles from the center. It is forecast to pass to the west of us and cross land after turning to the east in four days. The swells picked up enough for the Port Captain to close the port to Pangas, open only to boats with cabins, and requiring the boats to remain within a reasonable distance and report in by radio upon their return. I will update this information as it changes on my blog at captgeo.wordpress.com.
BAIT: Caballito, and frozen Ballyhoo could be had for $3 each this week, and there were very few Sardinas available.
BILLFISH: The number of billfish being caught this week were not high, but there were those exceptional days for a few anglers. With the warm water we always see fewer Striped Marlin than we do in the winter and spring with cool water but there are still a few being caught every day, as can be attested to by the ones being brought in, hung for pictures and cut up. Most of the boats continue to release them though, and it is nice to see the release flags flying. My guess is that there have been an almost equal number of Striped Marlin and Sailfish caught this week, as I am getting reports almost daily of small packs of Sailfish attacking the lure spreads. Also, while not a wide open, or even very good bite, the larger Blue and B;lack Marlin have been making their presence known. We had a fly-fishing client for three days fishing off of a Panga. The first day he had a blast with quite a number of Dorado. The second day he trolled a large streamer on his 15-weight outfit and had a Black Marlin he estimated at 200 pounds plus (and the Capt. Estimated at #200 or just under) take the offering. It was a long battle, one in which the Marlin never jumped, but eventually they got him to the boat on three different occasions. On the third occasion the Captain reached for the leader and it broke as soon as he touched it. Counts as a catch in my book! A bit later they had two Sailfish come up on live bait. The angler cast a popper and hooked, fought and released one of the fish. At the end of the trip, once again trolling a fly, he hooked a Wahoo right off of the lighthouse and got him to the boat. Three fish he had wanted to catch, and success on each one all in one day! He was very tired on the third day and his arm gave him a rest as they changed the search area and went to the Gorda Banks, working the beach between here and there, without getting bit at all. Back to the billfish. The largest number of flags I saw on one boat this week was three, two Stripers and a Sailfish, but there were undoubtedly others I did not see. A few small size Blues and Blacks were caught, but I did not hear of any large size ones. Almost all of the action was on the Pacific side of the Cape.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: They just have not shown up in any numbers yet. I have heard of a few nice size fish being found, but almost always the ones that were found were in the football category, between seven and twelve pounds. Find the Porpoise and you may have found some tuna, but many of the pods had no marks under them at all to indicate the presence of tuna. A catch of four or five with a few boats just touching double digits were the results for that lucked into the fish. Once again most of the action was on the Pacific side, offshore around the San Jaime Bank and to the south of Cabo along the 1,000 fathom line. Small cedar plugs and dark hootchies produced the best results on the footballs while the few larger fish found were on a mix of Marlin sized lures and live bait.
DORADO: My vote for fish of the week as they were consistently being caught in good numbers. Most of the boats limited out (regulations state two Dorado per angler, per day) and after keeping the first one or two fish, started releasing all the smaller ones, keeping only those 12 pounds or larger. How can you complain about that? The best action was found quite a way up the coast on the Pacific side, between Marguerite and Todo Santos, and between ½ mile to 2 miles off the beach. Almost anything worked to catch them but as usual the best results were had by using either live bait or strip baits drifted back behind a fish already hooked up. Multiple hookups were common, as were tangled lines.
WAHOO: The Wahoo bite was decent for those that targeted them, but most of the fish were caught unintentionally by boats fishing just off the shoreline for Dorado. For those willing to see a reduced number of Dorado in exchange for a better shot at Wahoo, changing to a wire cable leader and swimming plugs increased their chance for the targeted fish. Such are the tradeoffs needed when you want to fish species specific. Most of the Wahoo caught were from 15 to 30 pounds.
INSHORE: During the early and middle of the week the Pangas for the most part were targeting the Dorado on the Pacific side. I mentioned above about our fly fishing anglers luck with the billfish, but that was an exception as most anglers just wanted action and some fish to eat. There were a few anglers that tried for Roosterfish, but the big ones have left us and almost all the remaining are small, from one to five pounds. That’s fine if you are just trying to catch one for a bucket-list mark, but otherwise never mind.
FISH RECIPE: As simple as I can make it. Take some fresh fillets (Dorado right now), brush with oil, season with salt, pepper and a bit of chili powder, place it on the grill or in the pan and cook until the center is white. Flake the fish and use mixed with some mayo. Use this instead of Tuna for a great sandwich.
NOTES: We are finally back home and I have resumed the fish report. We were gone for nine months due to my wife’s cancer, but are now back and returning to the groove of Cabo life, no TV at the moment, occasional city water coming in, great fishing. We are unbelievably thankful for all our friends who kept watch on our stuff for us while we were gone, and had everything ready on our return, and had plenty of prayers flying our way in-between. This weeks report was written to the music of Nora Jones on a CD mix I made. Until next week, tight lines!
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