FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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.
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!
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