FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
March 1, 2015 – March 8, 2015
WEATHER: Unlike those of you living in the north, our weather remained very comfortable this week. Our daily highs were in the mid to high 80’s and the nighttime lows averaged 67 degrees with a low in town of 62 degrees. The wind shifted during the week, coming from the northwest at the start of the week and then shifting and coming from the northeast mid-week and then back from the northwest again at the end of the week. Starting mid-week we had cloud cover move in which put the sunbathers in a bad mood but was great for fishing.
WATER: On the Pacific side we were seeing water temperatures range from 72 degrees at the San Jaime and Golden Gate Bank to 71 degrees right along the beach. On the Sea of Cortes side at the Gordo Banks it was 73/74 degrees while at the Cabrillo Seamount it was showing 75 degrees. Off of Gray Rock it was 74 degrees and that temperature as well at the 95 Spot. There was a spot of cooler, slightly off color water between Cabo and San Jose at 72 degrees and about 5-10 miles offshore. To the south of the Cape we had 75-76 degree water. The water on the Pacific side and to the south has become progressivly cleaner and bluer as the week has progressed.
BAIT: Bait has been almost all Green Jacks and Caballito but some of the boats have had frozen Ballyhoo and all these have been at $3 each.
BILLFISH: Billfish have been scarce this past week as the water temperatures are finally adjusting to our winter conditions. It has been colder than the Blue and Black Marlins prefered range so few of them were seen or hooked, and while normally we see lots of Striped Marlin right now, the bait has not arrived in any quantity, and these fish follow the bait. Not to say they are not out there, boats are getting a shot almost every day, and some boats multiple shots, but we are not getting the intense concentrations we are used to. Perhaps it will begin soon. Boats that have been getting Striped Marlin bites have been finding them to the north on the Pacific side, well past Migreino Beach, and the average has been one or two bites per trip. I went out last week due south 45 miles looking for tuna and we jumped a Swordfish, a decent size one, but saw no other billfish.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: I really don’t know hat to say about the Tuna bite this past week except that it was slow, very slow. There were a few fish found on the Gordo Banks, but only one or two nice fish per day. Further up the Cortez side off of Punta Gordo there was some action on smaller football fish at the Inman Banks and an occasional pod of Porpoise offshore in that area that supplied a few fish to 35 pounds. Once in a while a pod of Porpoise to the south would show up and some decent fish were caught, to 35 pounds, but it was a “one day here, next day gone” type of thing. It was a long way to go on a hope and a prayer.
DORADO: The Dorado bite is still on as you can see from the flags on the boats coming into the marina, but while the numbers are smaller every week, the size of the fish gets larger. We fished the Pacific side up to Todo Santos early in the week and found Dorado past Migrienos, and they were nice fish. We ended up with four that were almost all bewteen 20 and 25 pounds. There were two bites on lures and when the fish was brought close to the boat we threw out a live bait and managed to hook another one each time. This was also the area we had two Striped Marlin bites in. Almost all the Dorado I heard of being caught were on the Pacific side in water between 80 and 400 feet deep. Few fish were found deeper, it may be because the baitfish are close to the beach right now.
WAHOO: There have been some decent Wahoo brought in this week with a few boats getting into one or two fish off of the ridges just off the beach and off of current/temperature breaks offshore. Nothing like the one boat that returned with 17 fish last week. When I first heard that I thought someone was playing a joke and that they were talking about “Mexican Wahoo”, meaning Sierra, but a buddy of mine actually saw the fish and confirmed the catch. Once in a while when things are perfect that happens, but it is rare!
INSHORE: The main target for inshore fishing this week was the Red Snapper, Cubera Snapper and Barred Pargo right in the rocks on the Pacific side. Anglers loose a lot of gear fishing in there, but that is what you have to do to get them. A two ounce sinker, five feet of heavy flouro-carbon leader and a live bait tossed right into the pockets in the rocks, using heavy test line in order to horse the fish out of the protection of the rocks. Done correctly you loose lots of rigs but catch lots of fish. Anglers fishing in close from Pangas were getting four to ten nice fish every trip, with the best bite being in the morning or just at high tide. There are also Sierra along the beach, but using a wire bite tippet is almost a necessity to keep from loosing too many expensive lures. The problem with that is that it also reduces the number of bites that you get. It is a delicate balance to figure out in order to get a decent catch. Also, less I forget, there has been some very nice Yellowtail brought in, some of them pushing 40 pounds, but the average has been more in the 12-15 pound class. These fish have been found in water ranging from 80 to 350 feet, using yo-yo’s in scrambled egg (always a good choice when prospecting), chrome diamond jigs and slow trolled deep diving Rapallas as well as live bait dropped down with a lead weight.
NOTES: I feel an explanation is in order as to why I have not done a report in so long. My beautiful, wonderful wife Mary was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in January of 2013. We spent 18 months fighting the battle before we lost on August 10 of last year. With the travels for surgery, radiation and chemo, as well as the needed 24/7 attention I had to let the report, as well as the business, take a seat out of the way. I am back now and plan to continue where I left off starting with this report.
The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captians who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.
Once again, I will be posting my Music Of The Week every report. This is music that I have either just discovered and want to share (it may be a band or album you are already familiar with, but new to me) or one of my old favorites I have just “re-discovered”. In any event, take a moment to check it out, you may find a new favorite!
This weeks Music of the Week is the album “All My Heros” with the violinist (fiddler) Mark O’Conner. He plays duets with all of the artists he grew up listening to and tried to lear from. My favorite cut is the first track, “New Country”. This song is one I had tied into my alarm clock for many years, just the music you need to get you up and moving in the morning.
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