FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
June 24 – 29, 2015
SYNOPSIS: Good for Striped Marlin, good for Yellowfin Tuna, fair for Dorado, some Wahoo and fair for Roosterfish. Does that round it up pretty good? I have to say that this is an average, some trips the fish were there and on others it was being in the right place at the wrong time. Details below.
WEATHER: This week was the start of the summer weather as our lows were in the high 70’s at night and our daytime highs were in the high 90’s. Toss in a little humidity to coat you with a light sweat (if you were on land) and it was fantastic! Remember, sweat opens your pores and cleans you up! We were still getting some light winds from the northwest and once in a while from the south and that helped cool things off in the evenings and early mornings.
WATER: There was not a lot of change from last week other than a degree increase in the overall temps. On the Pacific side the water was a bit off color and in spots was as cool as 72 degrees. With the prevailing northwest winds the surface was choppy in the afternoons but decent in the mornings. At the tip of the Cape the water started to clear up and the temperature went up to 80-81 degrees. The farther up the Sea of Cortez you went the warmer it became and the cleaner it got with water off of the Punta Gorda area reaching 84 degrees. The water on the Cortez side also remained mostly flat with little effect from the northwesterly breeze, but on occasion when the southerly wind kicked in the chop would build up. Watching the ocean from shore you could see the wind line way out there in the afternoons.
BAIT: No change from last week, there were three types of bait available this week, Caballito in all sizes, the small flat fish known locally as “tortillas” but we call “Moonfish”, about the size of your hand and silver, plus some “Lisa”, also known as Yellowtail Mullet. All these were $3 each and there were frozen Ballyhoo as well at the same price.
BILLFISH: The warm water is starting to bring in the bigger billfish to our area. Typically enjoying water in the 82 – 88 degree range, we are seeing more Blue Marlin every week. I just had a communication with a private boat I fish during tournaments and they were 1 for 6 on Blue Marlin in two days and lost count of the number of Striped Marlin they had in the pattern, hooked and released. The charter boats sometimes did as well, there were plenty of blue flags flying in the afternoons and as is normal, being in the right place at the right time helped. The fish seem to have concentrated a bit in the later part of the week with most of them being found from just off the beach to 15 miles out on the Cortez side (Striped Marlin) and the Blues have been scattered all over the Cortez side. Lures were the ticket for the Blue Marlin but the Striped Marlin liked live bait a bit better.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: They are here and I have to consider them the fish of the week. If you found the right porpoise pod you could come away with fish up to 200 pounds, or load up on footballs to 20 pounds, and if it was not the right school you might just get one. There were boats that came in with limits of 20 Yellowfin for their party of four and some of the fish were in the 60-90 pound class, others came in with one 8 pound fish, as always, right place at the right time. The larger fish were mostly caught on live bait run off of a downrigger or drifted with a torpedo sinker to keep it down. The smaller fish were on cedar plugs and hootchies.
DORADO: There was not a lot of change in the Dorado this week, but I do expect things to pick up soon because as the water gets warmer they Dorado become thicker, it happens every year! Again, as last week, there were mostly small fish caught but I did see a few in the 20-40 pound class hit the fillet tables. Close to the beach was better than offshore for these colorful fighters.
WAHOO: Sometimes I get the guess wrong, and it looks like this is one of them. I thought the Wahoo would continue to bite well, but it really dropped off. I saw very few of them brought in and those were in the 20 pound class. Found in the normal areas right on top of the high spots and drop-offs, swimming plugs like Rapallas worked on them if they were pulled fast enough.
INSHORE: Inshore fishing was great for Roosterfish if you could deal with a bit of choppy water. They were found in good concentration on the Pacific side between the old lighthouse and the windmill. Slow trolled live mullet were the ticket here for fish to 60 pounds. Also available were some nice Pargo to 15 pounds, but the majority of them were 5-8 pounds.
NOTES: If you are planning on booking a fishing trip soon (or later in the year), contact me to see what I can set you up with. The fishing continues to get better every week so now is the time, while the weather is still good and the pressure light!
I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! I offer fishing charters for people with any type of experience on the water at reasonable rates, and service is the name of the game to me!
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