FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
June 2 – 9, 2015
SYNOPSIS: I am a day late with the report and have no excuse! A very short recovery period after our brush with Tropical Storm Blanca resulted in a party and I just did not get around to it. In brief, we came through the experience well with expected winds, lighter than expected rains, all good stuff. The port was closed until yesterday (Monday the 8th) when it was re-opened at noon. A few boats went out trying to see if they could find fish, but with little to show in the way of results. It did not help that there was no live bait available and the trips did not start until the afternoon and were short because of that. Lets keep our fingers crossed that today they will find the fish! For information on the fishing last week, check below.
WEATHER: It was a beautiful morning at 6 am today with the temperature at 76 degrees and a very light breeze, about as wonderful of a morning as you could want, and a nice end to our brush with Blanca. Our week started warm and humid with very little if any wind as the storm approached. The first of the clouds started to move in on Friday afternoon and by Saturday we had a good covering, but still no wind. Sunday we started to feel a sprinkle or two early, then by early afternoon we had some good rain. From around 5 PM until 1 AM we had some steady winds of Tropical Storm strength with gusts to around 70mph, but not the rains we had expected. Yesterday dawned slightly cloudy with no wind and the skies cleared as the day went on.
WATER: There was little to no change in water temperatures from before to after the storm passing, on the Cortez side of the Cape we were seeing 78-80 degrees, due south we saw 76 degree water and on the Pacific side we had 74-75 degree water. The most obvious change was in the swells, of course! Any time a hurricane forms in our area we see an increase in the swells. If you watched any of the national channels you may have seen video of the waves crashing on the beach and knocking people off their feet, or of the waves crashing on the rock pinnacles at Lands End, sending spray and spume 150+ feet into the air. Very spectacular to see both on TV and in person. By today the swells had become much smaller and spaced farther apart. The other major difference was in the currents. While they had been pushing from the south before the storm, this morning we saw them coming in from the East and pushing toward the West.
BAIT: Early in the week there were live Caballito at $3 each and frozen Ballyhoo costing the same. Yesterday there was no live bait and this morning it was limited, but still at $3 each. Each day the availability should improve as the bait boats get back to work.
BILLFISH: Prior to the storm getting here the bite was decent but not red hot for billfish. The main species was Striped Marlin (little surprise there) but there were also a few Sailfish and Blue Marlin being found. The area from the 1150 to the 95 spot seemed to hold more than elsewhere, but I don’t know if that was because it was an easier run home for the boats due to the swells or for another reason such as that was just where the fish were. I do know that few boats ventured very far up the Pacific side to search for fish. As normal, live bait tossed in front of tailing fish produced well, as did dropping a live bait back to fish that appeared in the lure pattern. The boats are scattered out today trying to find the concentrations again, lets hope they do!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We had a few more large Tuna show up at the docks before the storm stopped us this weekend, and there appeared to be a few of the school fish showing up as well. Most of the Tuna were found far from the beach at 20+ miles out, and the area known as the Herradura (south of the San Jaime Bank) and outside the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side were the best areas to find the Porpoise that the tuna were associated with. The few larger fish were found with the black porpoise once again, smaller porpoise and dolphin occasionally held school size fish.
DORADO: It was nice to be seeing Dorado again prior to the storm. Most of the fish were found close to the beach and they ran the gamut from 6 pounds to 40 pounds with an average weight of 10 pounds. I had a client who caught five of the smaller size on flies cast to fish that were chummed up, but the majority of them were caught on trolled lures.
WAHOO: The number of Wahoo being caught prior to the storm had dropped from the week before, but they were still being caught, and some nice size ones at that. Targeting them specificly resulted in better catches, as it should, but the concentration of effort had to be on the drop offs and high points, not open water. Lead head lures rigged with a frozen Ballyhoo worked well as did swimming plugs. Trolling the plugs just behind the transom and the rigged Ballyhoo at least 7 wakes back placed the lures and baits in the best positions for hooking these speedsters, and often multiple strikes occurred with one of the fish making it to the boat (if you were lucky).
INSHORE: Inshore action early in the week consisted of some Roosterfish between 10 and 20 pounds, a few Bonita and Skipjack with a showing of Dorado and a few Jack Crevalle. Toward mid week the swells had become large enough that fishing right off the beach became dangerous so the Pangas stayed a bit off the prime areas. The big swells churned to water a lot, and swept a lot of the sand from the beaches making the water turbid and difficult to fish. In another day or so it should have settled down and we will see what is out there post Blanca.
NOTES: 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!
My music of the week is Glen Templeton and his single release “I Could Be The One”, a very fine song and I cannot wait to hear a bit more of his music.
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.
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