FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
June 10 – 15, 2015
SYNOPSIS: I have good news for those of you who are coming to Cabo this week! The bite is starting to turn on for Striped and Blue Marlin, there are Tuna and Dorado starting to show up and there are still some Wahoo around. In addition, the third named Hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season is going to taper off before it even gets close to us, perhaps giving us a slight increase in the size of the swell, but that is all we expect. Read below for detailed information on all this good stuff!
WEATHER: Post Hurricane Blanca weather has remained sensational! Today was the coolest morning so far with a reading of 71 degrees at 5:30 AM, every day this week has been between 72 and 76 degrees at that time. Our daytime highs have been up to 88 degrees and we have had sunny skies all week long. The afternoons have seen the wind pick up coming from the Northwest, raising to as high as 20 mph, but it has been dropping off to almost nothing in the morning and not starting up again until around 11 AM.
WATER: The afternoon winds have resulted in very choppy conditions on the Pacific side even fairly early in the mornings, but on the Cortez side it has been fantastic with only a slight chop late in the afternoon. On the Cortez side of the Cape we have had temperatures ranging from 74 degrees off the arch to 80 degrees at Punta Gorda. The water has been ranging from 68 degrees to 74 degrees on the Pacific side of the Cape with the cooler water to the north. On the Pacific side the water has been green, sometimes almost red or brown due to the chlorophyl levels and you did not find mostly blue water until you reached the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side. As we progressed through the week the currents (running from the east to the southwest) on the Cortez side brought in warmer and cleaner water. On the Pacific side the currents were coming down the coast southward, bringing in the cooler, dirtier water. Due to the clarity of the water and the surface conditions almost all the offshore and most of the inshore fishing took place on the Cortez side this week.
BAIT: There was little change in the bait availability this week with almost all the live bait available being rather large size Caballito, and there were frozen Ballyhoo. A few smaller baits were in the mix, but they were hard to find. The normal $3 per bait remained in place. Quite a few of the boats tried to catch smaller Skipjack to use as well when they were targeting shark or Blue Marlin.
BILLFISH: The Striped Marlin bite has turned on, almost to the point of being red hot, and it got better by the day this week. Early in the week boats were seeing plenty of tailing fish and getting a few of them to hook up, good catches were between one and three fish per day. At the end of the week a good catch was between two to six fish per day, and the sizes ranged from 80 to 150 pounds. Almost every fish was hooked on live bait, and these were mostly Caballito with some of the small Skipjacks also working well. The Blue Marlin are becoming more common and they have been ranging from 200 to 300 pounds with an occasional larger fish hooked up. Again, most of these have been hooked on live bait slow trolled through the large schools of Skipjack that have been found just offshore on the Cortez side. A few were hooked on trolled lures, but this week live bait would have won any contest. Along with the billfish, sharks have been eating the live baits. Hammerheads from 4 to 6 feet, Bull Sharks to 7 feet and quite a few smaller Blue Sharks have been common. I had clients on a panga who caught two Hammerheads and the next day clients on a cruiser caught a Bull Shark almost 6 feet in length. All these sharks were released. The ones who caught the Bull shark also caught three Striped Marlin. All this activity occurred on the Cortez side of the Cape.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: There was little change in the Tuna situation, and the change that did happen was for the better, at least for the charter boats. The currents brought the warm clear water closer to us so it was less of a run to find the fish. As a result a few charters were able to get to the Tuna and hook up to fish ranging in size from 40 to 180 pounds. Closer to home there was the occasional smaller football size Yellowfin caught, but most of them were in the blind, not around or among the porpoise. The larger Tuna were caught either under kites or on live bait slow trolled 70 to 100 yards behind the boats. The Cabrillo Seamount and areas outside the 1,000 fathom line were the best areas to work for the larger fish.
DORADO: A slow improvement in the number of Dorado has been taking place, and perhaps in another couple of weeks we will begin to see some real numbers and possibly some limits being taken. Right now most of the fish are still fairly small, but yesterday I did see one bull around 40 pounds on the fillet table. According the the captains I have talked to, most of these fish have been found within a mile of the beach on the Cortez side of the Cape. The majority of the fish have been caught on plastic lures, but some of the larger ones have been on live bait trolled around the Skipjack schools.
WAHOO: There are still Wahoo to be found but not in the numbers we were seeing several weeks ago, at least not in our area. Swimming plugs run on the second or third wake and rigged Ballyhoo run far back in the pattern were still the best producers, and working the normal Wahoo haunts (high spots and drop-offs) were the best areas to focus on.
INSHORE: We are still seeing Roosterfish just off the beach on the Cortez side and they are mostly between 8 and 15 pounds. With the large size of most of the baits the hook up ratio has been poor, these smaller Roosterfish tend to grad and crush the bait instead of swallowing them, and you do not get hook ups that way! The key was to find the bait boats with the smallest baits, sometimes going to three or four of them and getting one or two from each one in order to have enough for a decent chance. I did see one nice Yellowtail of around 20 pounds come in yesterday but did not find out where it was caught. The big schools of Skipjack have offered anglers great action on light tackle, and fly-fishermen have had a blast with them. A few boats have braved the conditions on the Pacific side and managed to get some decent Snapper out of the rocks, but bottom fishing on the Cortez side of the Cape resulted in better action for Grouper, Amberjack, Triggerfish and Pompano.
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 B.B. King ( in memory of his recent passing) and his most recent release “One Kind Favor”, a perfect example of the talent that made him known as “The king of the Blues”.
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