Cabo Fish Report for April 20 – 26, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

April 20 – 26, 2015

WEATHER: I don’t get tired of saying it, we had fantastic weather this week once again! Our daytime highs reached 89 degrees and the nighttime lows were down as low as 68 degrees several mornings. A bit of cloud cover moved in on us Wednesday afternoon and stayed with us through Friday, and along with the clouds came some stiff breezes on Thursday. No rain at all, although on Thursday it looked as if it might give us a little sprinkle.

WATER: Once again there was no change from what we were seeing last week as far as temperatures go with the Pacific side showing at 72degrees within 4 to 5 miles of the beach, but it actually got a bit warmer farther offshore, not much, only a degree or so, but that cool water plume we had in the area the past two weeks is now gone. Also, the water close to the beach was a bit off color compared to the warmer water offshore, but if you went out to the west of the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks the water became pretty green. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 77-78 degrees with an occasional spot of 79 degrees, and the water is a bit cleaner than on the Pacific side. The currents shifted a bit as well with water on the Pacific side going almost due south while on the Cortez side the currents followed the shoreline, running to the southwest until meeting the Pacific waters and going due south.

BAIT: Most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The water is starting to get a bit too warm for Mackerel to be around. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. San Jose bait boats had some sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Striped Marlin fishing continues to slowly improve (it didn’t take much to get better, it was pretty poor the last month or so) as every boat going offshore were seeing fish on the surface. Seeing them and getting them to bite were two different things for almost everyone though! A few boats were able to get two or three releases, most were happy to get one solid hook-up and release. Live bait was the preferred method with the bait either being tossed in front of tailing fish or dropped back into the lure pattern when a Marlin showed up. The action has shifted a bit, but that may have had more to do with where the boats went rather than where the fish were, as from mid-week to the weekend breezy conditions on the Pacific side made it a bit uncomfortable. Most of the fish were found on the Cortez side of the Cape, from the 95 Spot to the 1150. In the same area were some Thresher Sharks but no one I am aware of was able (or wanted) to hook up to one.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Maybe the Yellowfin will show up in our area soon, but this week was once again extremely slow here in Cabo. Reports from fishermen who went further up to coast toward San Jose and the East Cape area were pretty darn good though, with good concentrations of fish on the high spots from Punta Gorda on up. Good fish were reported, with most of them in the 25-30 pound class and a few larger ones. The best action was with live Sardinas fly-lined from drifting boats.

DORADO: Strangely enough, the Dorado bite improved a little bit this week. You could not expect to catch one, but the chance was much better than last week. Some of the luckier boats reported catching two or three with most of them in the 8-15 pound class. I did not hear of any larger than that, but I am sure there were a few in the 20-30 pound class. The fish were found on the Pacific side close to the beach, within a mile for most of them.

WAHOO: Surprise, surprise, surprise! Wahoo showed up and the bite was actually fairly good for the boats that worked at getting them. Sizes ranged from 10 pounds to 40 pounds, and working the points and drop-offs with swimming plugs up close or rigged ballyhoo run waaaay back caught most of the fish, and several boats reported more than one, and a lot of boats reported getting lures bit off from these speedsters! Both sides of the Cape had fish, you just had to be either the first boat to work the area or be very lucky!

INSHORE: Inshore fishing is still pretty slow, but getting better as we have a waxing moon. We have a full moon on May 4th so the first week of the month should show us some good fishing. As the week came to a close the fishing improved with Snapper starting to congregate again. A few Yellowtail were found toward the end of the week and one charter was able to land an very nice 60 pound Amberjack, one of three large ones hooked up. No, they lost the other two, but that is not surprising considering the size! Sierra were still scarce, very disappointing to me as I have a bunch of new flies I am waiting to try out on them! There was plenty of action on nice sized Triggerfish and smallish Grouper and Snapper, and I did see one Broomtail Grouper of around 40 pounds brought in. If you wanted to catch Bonita and Skipjack you were in luck as there were plenty of them around. The whole key to inshore fishing is matching the tackle to the fish, so light gear was the way to go, you had plenty of fish and a great time fighting them on 12 to 15 pound test line.

NOTES: While the fishing is slowly improving, the number of anglers is dropping, so if you get out there the pressure will be light!

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains 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.

Music of the week is “Once in a Blue Universe”, a 1997 release by Craig Chaquico, former lead guitarist with “Jefferson Starship”. The steel string acoustic guitar is a unique sound and makes this an extremely enjoyable album to listen to!

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I am going to set up a link on the website so you can access the archived reports at my blog. I have tried to load them on the website, but 10 years of weekly reports have slowed down my ability to make changes to anything else. The link will take you to the blog and all the reports since 2010 are listed there. If you want a report from years prior to that let me know and I will e-mail them to you, they go back through 2005.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

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Cabo Fish Report for April 13 – 19, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

April 13 – 19, 2015

WEATHER: What a great week we had! With daytime lows ranging from 68 to 73 degrees and the daytime highs from 78 to 87 degrees it was comfortable all the time. We had a bit of cloud cover during Thursday, Friday and part of Saturday but since the winds never did get too strong it was still nice out. Everyone thought for a while that we might get some rain due to the clouds, but they were high and moving so nothing dropped on us.

WATER: The water this week did not change from what we were seeing last week as far as temperatures go with the Pacific side showing at 73 degrees within 4 to 5 miles of the beach, dropping to 71-72 degrees farther out than that. Also, the water close to the beach was a bit off color compared to the cooler water offshore. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 76-77 degrees with an occasional spot of 78 degrees, and the water is a bit cleaner than on the Pacific side. The currents have weakened a bit and that plume of cool water that extended from the tip of the Cape towards the southeast has started to collapse and warm a bit, as well as drift a bit to the west, most likely due to the weaker currents.

BAIT: Just as it was last week, most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. Calming seas have allowed the net boats in the San Jose area to find and catch sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Thank goodness the Marlin fishing has improved over the past week. While we were seeing plenty of Striped Marlin tailing down swell last week, they were not very hungry. For some reason, this week they started to bite a bit better. It was still not up to our usual and expected levels, but was a vast improvement over what we had been experiencing the past month. Many of the boats were coming in flying at least one release flag, and many more than last week were flying two or more. Unfortunately there were also many more boats than usual bringing in dead Marlin, probably because the charters have been slow and not many fish were being brought in (raising the prices for illegally sold sport-caught fish). Add in that many boats (not the ones I use though) kill the Marlin hoping to “guilt” the fishermen into getting a mount made for the commission money. I don’t think that will ever change here, we will never make it to 100% release, but I have to say that the numbers of crews doing this (killing the billfish) has dropped a great amount since I first got here!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I guess we will have to go on waiting with our fingers crossed for these fish! I hate it, but the only Yellowfin I have heard of being caught have been up to the north of San Jose. Boats leaving Cabo very early, and boats starting out from San Jose were finding some fish in the 20-30 pound size a bit north of Punta Gorda, up around the Vinorama area. The earlier you go there, the better you did, at least until the end of the week when the wind blew hard for a day. Closer to home the fish have not shown, with the exception of an occasional small Yellowfin close to the beach on a blind strike.

DORADO: We had one day this week (Tuesday) when the Dorado actually showed up for a brief visit. They were gone again on Wednesday so it must have been a large school passing through. The fish were found about three miles offshore on the Pacific side, and catches ranged from one to four fish per boat. The fish were not large, averaging 12 pounds, but the fact that they were there resulted in a slight increase in the number of charters on Wednesday! As I said though, it was a one day showing, and none of the boats on Wednesday found the same concentration of fish, just a few stragglers. As is normal with Dorado, the boats getting multiple numbers were holding the first hooked fish close to the boat without bringing it aboard in order to entice any other fish around to come close. A strip bait dropped back to following fish, when twitched a little, worked much better in hooking up any followers than dropping back a live bait did.

WAHOO: I neither saw nor heard of any Wahoo being caught out of Cabo, but I am sure there were a few. There were a few reported by boats that left early and got on the high spots around Punta Gordo just at daylight.

INSHORE: Several weeks ago the offshore fishing was terrible and all the boats fished close to the beach and were finding Sierra, Amberjack, Snapper and Bonita. That fishing has changed a bit as the number of Snapper has dropped off severely (probably due to the lack of spawning aggregations), the Sierra have become difficult to find and the rest of the species are very hit-or-miss. As an example, this past Sunday there was a small Panga tournament (16 boats) with Sierra, Yellowtail and Dorado categories. Only one Yellowtail was caught, one small Dorado and no Sierra larger than 6 pounds. These were experienced captains trying to win money, so there is your example of how it is now. Perhaps as the moon phase continues waxing (new moon was yesterday) the bite inshore will improve.

NOTES: We have had some great weather this week, about as good as it gets and are still waiting for the fishing to match it! With the better Marlin bite we have seen, it just might happen. Just like last week, fewer whales are being seen as most of them have already begun their journey back north. Now that Easter week is over, the beaches are once again nice to be on, and not crowded.

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains 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.

Music of the week is Carlos Santana on the album “Guitar Heaven – The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time”, a 2010 Arista Records release. Excellent listening!

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I am going to set up a link on the website so you can access the archived reports at my blog. I have tried to load them on the website, but 10 years of weekly reports have slowed down my ability to make changes to anything else. The link will take you to the blog and all the reports since 2010 are listed there. If you want a report from years prior to that let me know and I will e-mail them to you, they go back through 2005.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can’t wait, click the “FOLLOW” on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!

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Cabo Fish Report for April 7 – 12, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com http://www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
April 7 – 12, 2015

WEATHER: It feels as if we are coming into a summer weather pattern, at least for this week. Last week our lows were in the low 70’s but this week they have increased a bit every day. Friday the low was 75 degrees at 6 AM, Saturday it was at 76 degrees and this morning it was 77 degrees. The daytime highs have ranged between 90 and 94 degrees All of this is warmer than it has been the last several years, and along with the heat has come increased humidity. I have no idea if this is an indicator of things to come, but I am surprised. We had partly cloudy skies this week and the weather services were calling for a decent chance of rain on Friday, this was changed to Saturday and then to Sunday. Being at the tip of the peninsula we have no idea if it will ever happen as conditions can change so rapidly.
WATER: The water on the Pacific side of the Cape continues to be warmer than normal with most areas showing 73-74 degrees along the beach and just a half degree cooler offshore. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 76-77 degrees with an occasional spot of 78 degrees. Both sides of the Cape have decently clean water but the currents on the Pacific side are roaring along strongly from the northwest while on the Cortez side they are weak and from the north east, basicly both are following the contours of the land. The weak currents on the Cortez side appear to be the remnants of the Pacific currents as they loop around the Cape and form a weak circular pattern between us and the East Cape.
BAIT: Just as it was last week, most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. Calming seas have allowed the net boats in the San Jose area to find and catch sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There was little change this week on the billfish front with many more fish being seen tailing down swell than we had several weeks ago, but they still seem to be without an appetite. A few boats were able to find fish that would bite and managed to release one or two, but most of the boats had an exercise in frustration as they tossed bait at one fish after another only to see the bait totally ignored. It may be because the fish are full and have been feeding deep, or perhaps the bait is not the right kind, or the moon phase is not perfect, who knows for sure. All we really know is that if you managed to get hooked up to a Striped Marlin, you were one of the lucky ones! There were also reports of a few small Black and Blue Marlin being seen and occasionally getting hooked up, most likely due to the warmer than normal water we seeing has plenty of the type of bait they love, Skipjack and Bonita. My guess (based on talking to captains and anglers) would be that 45% of the boats fishing offshore had a Marlin strike, while perhaps 25% overall had a successful release. While these percentages are fantastic compared to many places, they are much less than we are used to here. Still, you are not going to catch a Marlin while sitting at the beach bar!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We still have a drought on Yellowfin in Cabo. A few boats were able to get a football size fish or two while fishing close to the beach, but they were vastly outnumbered by the Skipjack and Bonita. Boats that went searching offshore were able to find a few pods of Porpoise, but none of them (that I heard of) held any Tuna. I was told by several anglers that fished out of San Jose that the high spots off of Punta Gorda were serving up some Yellowfin in the 10 – 25 pound class with one larger fish reported at 60 pounds, but they told me the bite was either very early in the morning or almost dark in the evening. Apparently Seals and Sea Lions were an issue as well with many fish being lost to these mammals.

DORADO: Fishing for Dorado this week was an exercise in frustration for most crews as they were few and far between. Normal methods such as getting one while trolling and then dropping a bait back only resulted in a second fish about 20% of the time (normally about 60%) but the biggest issue was getting that first fish hooked up. The Dorado were scattered up and down the coast on the Pacific side with no concentrations anywhere. Spotting feeding Frigates was almost the only way to find the fish (of any offshore species) other than blind trolling. Since there were few fish to begin with, spotting these frigates became vital for a good catch.
WAHOO: I neither saw nor heard of any Wahoo being caught out of Cabo, but I am sure there were a few. I am just a bit surprised since we had a full moon on the 7th, but the waning moon is never as good for these fish as the waxing moon.
INSHORE: Inshore fishing remains limited to mostly Sierra, and if you find a school of them along the beach you can do really well, often limiting out. They have been averaging 6 pounds with a few larger ones in the mix. Chumming them up and then dropping strip baits back to the have offered the best chances at limits, but trolling hootchies and small swimming plugs also worked decently. Some of the boats fishing with fly fishermen did very well with the chumming method but lost many flies due to the sharp teeth on the Sierra. Besides Sierra, boats were finding small red snapper, some decent Amberjack, plenty of Skipjack and Bonita. The Yellowtail have still been a rare visitor to the party but the few that have been caught were caught on live bait drifted just off the bottom in 200+ feet of water.
NOTES: The number of whales being seen has dropped off from last weeks numbers, they are heading back north, as are the spring breakers. The beaches are much calmer now! I do have a very sad not to offer in this report. Those of you who have visited Cabo for any length of time may know Juanito, the owner of the Cabo Lounge. He was just recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and passed away Saturday morning. We will miss this wonderful man, a friend to everyone he met and with a smile and happy words for all. RIP Junaito, we miss you.
The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains 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.

Music of the week is “Ain’t in it for the Money” by Micky and the Motorcars, a great western rock album. Check them out at http://www.mickyandthemotorcars.com. Thanks Mark Bailey for turning me on to them so many years ago!
Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out http://www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I am going to set up a link on the website so you can access the archived reports at my blog. I have tried to load them on the website, but 10 years of weekly reports have slowed down my ability to make changes to anything else. The link will take you to the blog and all the reports since 2010 are listed there. If you want a report from years prior to that let me know and I will e-mail them to you, they go back through 2005.
If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at http://www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up!
Meanwhile, Tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can’t wait, click the “FOLLOW” on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!

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Cabo Fish Report March 30 – April 6, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

March 30 – April 6, 2015

WEATHER: Weather like we had this week makes everyone happy and feeling good. With daytime highs in the 90 degrees area and the nighttime lows in the low 70’s it did not matter what you were doing, it was comfortable. Oh, every day except Friday because for some reason we had very high humidity then. It was the perfect Easter weekend and every beach around was crowded with Semana Santa (Easter week) crowds. We had some light cloud cover during the last part of the week but no rain, and the winds managed to stay in the 8 – 12 knot range.

WATER: It was an interesting week of water temperature changes, and once again I am confused about why this is going on. We saw some areas off of San Jose on the 30th that were 82 degrees and off of the beach on the Pacific side where it was 73 degrees, a 10 degree change in little less than 20 miles. At the end of the week the currents had become much stronger wrapping down from the northwest and the sooler water extended out in a 30+ mile long plume to the southeast of the point. The hot spots that had been off of San Jose had dispersed quickly and the entire area had dropped to an average of 76 degrees.

BAIT: Most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The good news is that things on the Striped Marlin front have improved as we are seeing more and more each day. This may be because the strong currents have brought in some bait or it could be the afternoon breezes have given the fish a bit of a ride on the swells. Whatever the reason, more fish are being seen tailing, but they are still pretty closed mouth when it comes to taking a lure or bait. A great day this week would have been two released, a good day would be one released but most boats were throwing bait at five times that many without getting bit. The fish are a bit scattered, almost every area was holding fish, but the best bites were had on the Pacific side in the cooler water close to shore. Many boats did well off of the lighthouse, and working the time just before and after the tide change (an hour either side) showed better results than the rest of the day.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I have still not seen any decent Yellowfin from our area, a few small footballs were all that showed up on the docks. The bite seemed to improve a few days for boats fishing to the north on the Sea of Cortez and I hope these fish start to move into our area.

DORADO: I saw a few Dorado flags this week but none of the anglers I had out had any luck with them. Talking to captains and crew members it seems they all feel the few fish being caught are not a sign of any schools out there, but instead are stray fish that have stayed in the area. Most of them have been smaller at 10-15 pounds and were caught on lure pulled for Marlin or live bait drifted for Yellowtail near the beach.

WAHOO: There were a few Wahoo in our area and the full moon on Easter day may have been the reason these few were caught. For some reason the Wahoo bite on the full moon seems to be better than on any other phase. The Wahoo that were caught were accidental fish caught while fishing for other species.

INSHORE: I keep hoping that the inshore fishing will get better but it seems that for the moment it has leveled off. Last month the Sierra and Snapper were biting and we were hoping the Yellowtail would show in numbers but they have not shown yet and the Sierra have spread out and the Snapper have moved back into deeper water. Boats that have been able to find Sierra schools were able to catch ten to a dozen fish ranging from 5 to 10 pounds, but only one in five were able to get into them, and they were not telling anyone on the radio about the location until they were done fishing! Can’t blame them as having a bunch of boats swooping in all at once is a sure way to put the fish down. Other inshore action consisted of an occasional Amberjack, pretty good numbers of Jack Crevalle, bonita and a scattering of small Roosterfish.

NOTES: We still have Whales around but they are beginning to move back north so they won’t be around much longer. There were massive numbers of spring breakers and Mexicans both local and from the mainland at the beaches.

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains 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.

This weeks Music of the Week was local in nature as I attended a beach concert Easter eve where we had Miguel Hill ( one local talent who is great!), the local band Strogeno, Brian Flynn with Mike Estes and Jay Johnson (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot and Skinny Molly fame), Bill Kirkbride. Wow!

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I have also started putting up archived reports from as far back as 2005 so you can look back and see what the fishing was like during your time here in years past.

If you want to get the report every week, go to www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can’t wait, click the “FOLLOW” on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!

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