FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
August 19 – Sept. 10, 2015
SYNOPSIS: This reporting period started off very slow with an occasional Striped Marlin outnumbered by the Blue Marlin, a few small Dorado and an occasional football Tuna. We were hoping for improvement and were not disappointed! Fishing did not really start to improve until 10 days ago but now we are seeing plenty of Yellowfin, some nice Dorado, lots of Wahoo and the Marlin are still hungry! Look below for more details.
WEATHER: Our weather has remained typical for this time of year with daytime highs occasionally reaching 100+ degrees but mostly in the mid 90;s and the nights cooling down to the mid 80’s. The saving grace has been the movement of weather coming off of the mainland and right now, the feeder bands of Hurricane Linda. These have provided us with an occasional rain, sometimes heavy but not lasting too long, and plenty of cloud cover. The hills are green!
WATER: The water sure improved over the previous reporting period as the currents moved the green water away and allowed the blue water to come close. Our water temperatures have been ranging between 84 and 87 degrees with the currents presently running from south to north. There has not been any big temperature break for the boats to work so they have been concentrating on structure and current lines.
BAIT: Almost all the bait available during this time was either Caballito or Lisa (goggle-eyed scad or mullet) at the normal $3 per bait. There was also frozen ballyhoo at $3 each from a few of the bait boats. There have also been Sardinas available in San Jose for boats getting there early, at $25 a scoop.
BILLFISH: I think the billfishing for Blue Marlin has been the best I have ever seen here these past few weeks. Almost anyone heading offshore was getting at least one bite, and many boats were catching two or more Blue Marlin, something we normally expect with Striped Marlin! The Striped Marlin have been biting as well and when you add an occasional Sailfish and Black Marlin (one boat caught two Blacks the other day) you can tell the billfishing has been spectacular. Most of the billfish have been from the Pacific side of the Cape, from a mile or less off the beach to the 1,000 fathom line and along the edges of the Golden Gate and San Jaime Banks. Trolling a rigged skipjack or bonito worked well for many boats, as did slow trolling the same baits alive. Striped Marlin were showing an interest in live Caballito and of course, rigged ballyhoo! I repeat, this has been some of the best Blue Marlin fishing I have seen in Cabo!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We had about a week and a half of terrible Tuna fishing to start this period, then some of the boats that were getting out way offshore, out around the Cabrillo Seamount and east of Punta Gordo found some schools mixed in with porpoise. These first fish were nice ones, averaging 50 pounds and a few of them were in the mid 100’s. That bite lasted for three days and then it dropped off for a couple of days. Suddenly the smaller Tuna made a showing near shore off of Palmilla and it started to get crowded out there! As of yesterday there were small schools popping up closer to us and on the Pacific side as well. The start of the Tuna season was delayed but it appears to be going strong at the moment. Most of the fish caught in the past week have been footballs, from 6 to 15 pounds, but there has been an occasional 35 pound fish in there, and always the chance to hook into a cow. Boats working the footballs have been having the best luck with Sardinas, but you have to get there early.
DORADO: I was crying, we were crying, everyone was crying about the lack of Dorado this year. I cant say we are fully recovered because we are not, but the fishing has been better for them this past week. In the previous report I said there were few fish, and they were small. This period the numbers improved greatly, many boats were getting three or four Dorado per trip and some of them were nice fish in the 30 pound class! Boats getting multiple fish were leaving the first one in the water about 20 feet behind the boat and dropping back live bait or bait strips to fish that followed the first one in, or getting lucky and finding a small school and getting multiple hook ups at the same time. The Dorado were scattered and not concentrated in any one area.
WAHOO: We have been dealing with a waning moon for the past week and the Wahoo action was off the charts, much as we had in May. Many boats were returning from trips with three, four or even six wahoo, and they were decent fish at 20 – 40 pounds. There were far more strikes than hook ups as these fish have razor sharp teeth and cut through any monofiliment leader like a knife through hot butter. You would be trolling along and notice a little splash by the lure, but nothing happened? Better pull that in and check it because chance are that you just got bitten off! Changing to wire leader eliminated a lot of the bite-offs, but also decreased the number of bites. I guess it all depended on how many lures you were willing to give up! The normal areas near the beach were holding these fish, the drop offs and points.
INSHORE: Inshore fishing has remained pretty much the same as Roosterfish and Triggerfish were the mainstay of the Pangas fishing inshore this period. Slow trolling live bait in 20-50 feet of water or casting popping plugs into the breaking waves resulted in Roosterfish as large as 65 pounds being caught and released. The average size was around 25 pounds, a very nice fight from a beautiful fish! Boats trying to bottom fishwere getting an occasional grouper, amberjack and snapper, but the bread and butter were triggerfish, and most of them were decent size for the species. They might not look like much, but the meat is flaky white and fantastic as ceviche or pan-fried.
NOTES: Hopefully in October I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, to be named the “Suzy Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four weeks or less, and once the paperwork is done it will be available for charter with me as the Captain. When it happens I will post pictures of the boat and rates.
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. 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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