Cabo Fish Report for July 14 – 28, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

July 14 – 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Blue Marlin are out there and biting as well as some decent Striped Marlin, Sailfish are making an appearance due to the warm water, some small Yellowfin Tuna with a few cows in the mix, small Dorado (except one!) and a few Wahoo.

WEATHER: We were very lucky with Hurricane Dolores as she stayed quite a way offshore, bringing us some cloud cover, a few light rains and some really big swells. Once she had passed and the skies settled down we had partly cloudy skies with the low temperatures being in the low 80’s and the highs just pushing the 100 degree mark. The passing of Dolores brought with it a relief from the humidity, and that lasted three or four days. At the beginning of this week the humidity picked up and over this weekend we had storm clouds move in from an area of light circulation over the mainland. The cloud brought rain, lightning and thunder to our area. While most of the rain stayed in the mountains, we did see some strong rain locally on Sunday. One yacht was struck by lightning while pulling anchor in Chileno Bay at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, no one was hurt although they were knocked down, but the boats electronics were fried. As I write this the temperature is hovering around 88 degrees with bearable humidity.

WATER: Hurricane Dolores brought 5 meter surf to most of the exposed beaches and took away a lot of sand, but with little rainfall the arroyos did not deliver any debris to the ocean. Once those swells tapered off we were back to normal with 3-6 foot swells on the Pacific side and 1-4 feet elsewhere. Water temperatures have climbed in our area over the past several weeks as we are seeing the Pacific side with water at 82 degrees while water due south and toward San Jose has been higher, reaching 88 degrees in many areas. The currents have been from the north on the Cortez side and strong to the south along the beach on the Pacific side while the area between San Jose and Cabo showed fairly weak currents running east to west. We have had good blue water in almost all areas that were fished.

BAIT: Bait this week was almost exclusively Caballito (goggle eyed scad) with a few misc. kinds in the mix like Lady-fish and a few Moon fish. The normal $3 per bait and there was frozen ballyhoo at the same price.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The Blue Marlin have shown up during the past two weeks and I think the chances of hooking up with one are as high as 25% for anglers willing to put in the time and effort in the right areas. As always with Blue Marlin, working the current edges, be it far offshore where two directions collide or on the leeward side of high spots and along canyon edges resulted in better odds than just trolling blindly along with your fingers crossed. The Striped Marlin have not gone away, but there are fewer of them out there than prior to the Hurricane. The angers odds of hooking up to a Striped Marlin I would estimate at around 30%, perhaps a bit more than that. Often in the past two weeks what was at first thought to be a small Striped Marlin turned out to be a Sailfish. Since these small billfish often travel in small packs, it was even odds of getting multiple strikes if these fish showed up.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I have seen quite a few large 150#+ Yellowfin hit the docks in the past two weeks. The bite on these cows was decent 30 miles or more offshore before Hurricane Dolores, but after the hurricane these fish became hard to find. A few are still being caught, but they are still quite a ways out, and that is a really big ocean. Trying to find current and/or color edges gave the best chance for getting into the big fish bracket. Smaller fish, from 6 pounds to 20 pounds were found among porpoise closer to home on the Pacific side, and on the Cortez side as well as south of the San Jaime Banks there were occasional schools of 30-50 pound fish. If you were the only boat in the area lures worked on the footballs and the school fish, but Marlin lures or live bait slow trolled 80+ yards back brought the large fish to the transom.

DORADO: Most of the Dorado being caught were on the smaller end of the scale with an average of 12 pounds. There were plenty of “flip-flops” (small fish just larger than a shoe) to be shaken off or rigged for live bait as well as a scattering of 20 pound class fish. Big news however was the catch of a giant Dorado reported to have weighed 102 pounds on a spring scale, weighed at sea. At almost 20 pounds larger than the existing world record, everyone was surprised that the fish was not held for weighing on a certified scale, but it went under the knife instead and now we will never know for sure.

WAHOO: There were a few Wahoo brought in these past two weeks and I believe the largest was around 54 pounds. They were scattered and offshore. I did not hear of any caught in the normal near shore high spots and drop-offs.

INSHORE: Roosterfish have been the target of the Pangas these past two weeks, but it was almost four days after the passing of Hurricane Dolores that the boats were able to get some decent water just off the beach. Fish from 10 to 50 pounds were not uncommon, and slow trolling a live bait in 25-50 feet of water got you into these, as well as some very nice (but not good eating) Jack Crevalle. There was a scattering of Snapper to be found on the bottom in the rocky areas and some very nice grouper as well. For the most part, other fish caught near the beach were Bonito and Skipjack, an occasional Pompano, and occasional Needlefish and plenty of triggerfish for those fishing the bottom.

NOTES: It has been two weeks since my last report, and it will be two weeks until my next one. I have been busy on several projects and I will be fishing from the 29th through the 7th for the East Cape Bisbee Tournament. I will be out of phone and wi-fi contact for most of the coming time, but will give an update when I return.

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 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 Ernest Ranglin from his album “Below The Bassline”. If you have never heard of him, please give him a listen, I know you will love his guitar work!

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.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report July 7 – 13, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

July 7 – 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: We had great Striped Marlin fishing this week, some Blue Marlin and a few Sailfish, small Dorado, mostly small Yellowfin and scattered Roosterfish. Strong winds from mid week on and warming waters. See details below!

WEATHER: Unlike last week I saw no temperatures below degrees. This day last week it was 77 degrees at 6 AM, today it was 88 degrees at the same time, and little or no wind to relieve the heat. This was quite a change from earlier in the week when it comes to the wind. From early in the week the winds from the northwest were kicking in strongly, often 20 knots plus, and they blew throughout the night. The good part of this was that it kept the humidity down a bit, the bad part was that it made the Pacific side uncomfortable for fishing. As Sunday rolled in the winds died off, the humidity went up a notch and we started to sweat. We have had cloud cover for the past two days and many people were attributing it to developing hurricane Dolores, but this is just a spot of weather moving over us from the Mainland. At this point in time Dolores is too far away for us to feel any effects, but we may see some increasing swells on Tuesday and possible rain on Thursday if the storm tracks on the present predicted path and passes well to the west. We have only a 25% chance of tropical storm force winds at this time and with a three to four day time frame for things to change all of this could be different soon. If you want to check it out yourself I have several website you can look at, they are my favorites. The first is www.hurricanezone.net where you can see all the data, predictions and every photo and video available from around the world. The other site is www.earth.nullschool.net and while there is not a lot of data for the winds, the presentation is WAY cool! Just double click on any area to zoom in or grab and drag to change location.

WATER: The coolest water we had in the area last week was 76 degrees at the Golden Gate Banks. The currents, still strongly moving from east to west, moved the warm water into the area and now we are seeing that same area at 81 degrees. Directly off the Cape we have water at 84-85 degrees and as you move toward San Jose it gets to the 86-87 range. On the Pacific side we have had swells in the 4-6 foot size and with the windy conditions during the week, offshore it has looked like a field of sheep. I went out on a 28′ boat on Wednesday and it was bumpy but fishable, I went again on Friday and we got our butt kicked. It was calmer closer to the beach on the Pacific side, and on the Cortez side it was almost like a lake, only with 2-4 foot swells. The water appeared clean and blue everywhere I looked this week, that is good news!

BAIT: Bait this week was almost exclusivelyy Caballito (goggle eyed scad) with a few misc. kinds in the mix like Ladyfish and a few Moonfish. The normal $3 per bait and there was frozen ballyhoo at the same price.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: I was really hoping that the Blue Marlin bite was going to pick up in our area, and while the fish may be here, few boats were willing to brave the rough offshore water in front of the Cape or on the Pacific side to find them. Boats going north on the Cortez side were finding them off of Punta Gorda and to the north in decent numbers, but the ones in our area were scattered and not in any concentration. Striped Marlin remained the fish of the week, and they were there in good numbers for boats working the Pacific coastline to three miles offshore. They were also present offshore on the Pacific side as we caught one each day we went out (looking for big Tuna). Boats looking for them were coming in with between one and four Marlin flags flying, and a few caught even more than that. Our lucky lure was a 3.5 Zuker black/green head with black/green skirts, both Marlin ate that one, and a nice Wahoo as well.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: As I mentioned above, we went offshore looking for big Tuna and got our butts kicked. We found one pod of porpoise but couldn’t get a bite. Boats staying close to shore were finding plenty of small fish, from five to 15 pounds and on Saturday as the winds started to die off one boat came in with a 180# fish. We will find them again this week!

DORADO: Once again there were only a few Dorado being caught in our area, and the sizes were not large, most in the 10 pound class with a few 20# fish as well. Most of them were found on the Cortez side of the Cape and within five miles of the beach.

WAHOO: Once again I only heard of one Wahoo caught this week, but it was a nice 34 pound fish, and it bit the same lure the Striped Marlin we caught bit on. I am sure there were more, but I did not hear about them. Our fish was found in the middle of nowhere, a blind strike 18 miles out.

INSHORE: Fishing just off the beach this week was tough as the wind made for very choppy conditions and prevented or made it very difficult to stay in one place and work the area, at least on the Pacific side. After the winds died (Saturday) the fishing picked up again with Roosterfish taking the main stage for surface catches and Grouper being the top bottom-fish caught. Add in some decent triggerfish, Bonita, Skipjack, Pompano and the occasional Dorado and it was ok. Not fantastic, but ok. On the Cortez side the inshore fishing was just so-so with scattered success on Roosterfish and Amberjack with a few Jack Crevalle to work on the anglers arms.

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 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 John Klemmer and his album “Waterfalls”. Great saxophone jazz!

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.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report June 30 – July 6, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

June 30 – July 6, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Fair for Blue Marlin, good for Striped Marlin, fair for Yellowfin Tuna, slow for Dorado, slow Wahoo and fair for Roosterfish. A little different from last week, but not much, and most of that is due to windy conditions late in the week. See details below.

WEATHER: This morning had the lowest temperature I saw this week at the thermometer in the truck read 77 degrees at 5 am as I drove the pup to the beach for an early morning swim. Most of the week we had readings in the 80s, ranging from 82 to 86 at 5 am. Daytime highs almost reached 100 several afternoons, but the mercury managed to stop at 98 degrees. We did have a bit of cloud cover move in on us Friday afternoon and had overcast skies with some light rain on Saturday morning, just a bit more than sprinkles on shore with some heavier water dropping offshore. This was just a quickly passing event as the cloud dissapeared Saturday afternoon. Winds were mainly from the northwest during the week with breezes picking up a bit by 11am and really kicking in by 2pm from Wednesday on. Occasionaly early mornings had a slight breeze from the southwest, but it always died off quickly. We generaly get three or four days of wind followed by three or four days with just a light breeze, so my fingers are crossed that this week will be better, I am going out Wednesday and Friday and have my toes crossed as well!

WATER: The coolest area around this week was the area around the Golden Gate Bank with an average reading of 76 degrees. The area around the San Jaime Banks was a bit warmer, shifting from 80 to 82 degrees and then back as the currents moved the surface water around. Directly off of the Cape the water was a warm and balmy 85 degrees and around the Punta Gorda area we were seeing 85-86 degrees on a daily basis. The water in any area, if above 80 degrees, was a clean blue. Strong currents from the East continue to bring the warm water to us, wrapping it around the Cape and on up the Pacific side. Swells were 2-4 feet on the Sea of Cortez side and 4-6 feet on the Pacific side, and of course very choppy on the Pacific in the afternoons. The wind created uncomfortable conditions the farther south you went as well as you went beyond the protection of the Cape.

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.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Striped Marlin were the billfish of the week as they could be found from ½ mile off the beach on both sides of the Cape. The Blue Marlin were around earlier in the week but farther out at 12-25 miles, and were probably still around at the later half of the week, but the water conditions keept many boats from fishing that area. All types of bait were working for the Striped Marlin, and one of the best was frozen ballyhoo, thawed and then rigged with a chin weight and used as a drop back bait to Marlin that appeared in the spread. For some reason these seemed to produce much better than live Caballito as a drop back. Live bait cast to tailing fish seemed to work better if the tail fins were clipped a littl bit, slowing down the speed and allowing the tempermental (sometimes) Striped Marlin to catch them. With the water nice and warm it was no suprise that there was a decent showing of Sailfish as well, not a common billfish in our waters. I have yet to hear anything solid on Black Marlin, perhaps in another week or so.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Just when things were getting good, with anglers managing to get offshore and catch plenty of Yellowfin from footballs to cows, the wind kicked up and changed things. The Tuna had been holding at 20 plus miles on average, occasionaly a school was found closer, but most of them were at least that far out. The chances of getting onto a 100 pound plus fish was decent and quite a few anglers were able to do that early in the week. By Saturday conditions offshore had become darn near unfishable, only one boat that I heard of was able to get any decent fish, and they got beat up but managed to bring in three Tuna between 120 and 180 pounds. Earlier in the week the porpoise associated with the tuna were just puddling around, little pods scattered over a wide area. The best method then was either setting live baits 80-100 yards back while slow trolling or running a skipping bait under a kite. A few were caught by drifiting a live bait as deep as 200 feet in the areas with porpoise, but that also resulted in a number of shark bites.

DORADO: I did not see many Dorado this week, nor did I hear of many in our area. I did hear reports of some smaller fish being found up the Sea of Cortez off of Punta Gorda, but not close to home. I am really surprised since they seem to turn on when the conditions get choppy.

WAHOO: I only heard of one Wahoo caught this week. I am sure there were more, but I did not hear about them.

INSHORE: Roosterfish ended up being an on-then-off situation this past week with one day being good and the next being poor, but the fish that were found were good size ranging from 20 to 60 pounds. Smaller fish were found just outside the breaker and the larger ones were a bit farther out. On the days when the Roosters were not biting well the Amberjack took over, and of course there were plenty of Jack Cravalle to work your arm muscles. On the Pacific side the water was a bit on the bumpy side from the Arches to the lighthouse, but mellowed out a bit once past there, and the better inshore fishing for these fish was found east of the Golden Gate Banks and south of there. Bottom fish were scattered with better fishing for them on the Cortez side due to less wind, but the current was stronger.

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 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 The Traveling Wilburys and their CD titled “Volume One”. What an amazing group of musicians!

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.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every week, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!