FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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.
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!
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