FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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.
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!
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