Cabo Fish Report March 18 – 31, 2016

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

March 4 – 17, 2016

SYNOPSIS: This will be a short report as not a lot has changed over the past two weeks. The water is cooling, there have been some football tuna, a few Striped Marlin, scattered Yellowtail, Sierra and small Roosterfish.

WEATHER: This morning it was 63 degrees and windy at 15 knots from the northwest with higher gusts. This made it feel colder than it was and then the sun broke out! Our average high for the week was 83 degrees and our low average was 63 degrees. We had some very windy conditions during the middle of last week and at the end of this week, between it was nice with plenty of sun.

WATER: The water has continued to cool down, last week the Pacific side was showing 71-72 degrees, this week we are seeing69-70 degrees in the same locations. These temperatures have extended to about 15 miles offshore on both the Pacific side and the Cortez side of the Cape. Outside the 15 mile range it warms to 72-73 degrees. Currents are strong from the northwest, as has been the wind. This combination has resulted in large swells with plenty of chop on the Pacific side at the end of both last week and this week, while the water on the Cortez side within 10 miles of the beach has been much smoother.

BAIT: The usual variety for this time of year is Mackerel, Green Jacks and a few Caballito and that is what we are seeing now. I have still not heard of any Sardinas being available locally. Bait has been the normal $3 each and a lot of the bait boats are carrying frozen Ballyhoo and squid slabs for sale as well.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Striped Marlin fishing has been just a bit better than during the last report, I believe the success percentage to be between 20-25% for boats targeting them. The bite (or what there was of it) had been just outside the beach area on the Pacific side last reporting period, at the tail end of this period the fish seemed to have moved up the Sea of Cortez to the San Jose Canyon area. That may have been because the rough conditions on the Pacific side forced most of the boats to fish the Canyon area, it is hard to be sure. The Marlin that were found were picky fish and it was difficult to convince them to eat a live or dead bait. Small hooks and very light leaders gave an improved chance of hooking up, but decreased the chance of getting them to the boat. These fish would eat an unrigged bait with no problem, so it was exasperating!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Last week we finally had some Yellowfin in the area. Boats headed out to the San Jaime Banks and reported finding schools of 8-20 pound fish near, but not among, the pods of porpoise. Light leaders and pink or red hootchies were the ticket to getting bit and boats were coming in with 4 to 15 fish per trip, the earlier boats to the action getting the best results. As the wind started picking up the conditions worsened and by two days ago few boats were trying to get out there, so the fish may still be in the area. We will find out once the wind dies off and we have a chance to get to the Banks. Other than that, the action on Yellowfin was very slow and scattered over the normal areas such as the Gorda Banks (a few fish) and the Punta Gorda area high spots. In those locations the best results were had using chunk bait dropped into a chum trail but many boats reported Sea Lions being a real issue.

DORADO: I had clients who released a little five pound Dorado this week, but that was the only one I heard of!

WAHOO: I didn’t hear of any Wahoo being caught this past reporting period. The cool water may be the issue, or the wrong time of the year, or the moon phase, or we have not been wearing the right shirts, who knows?

INSHORE: Even inshore fishing was slow this period. There was scattered action on Sierra, a few Yellowtail were brought in, some Amberjacks, small Roosterfish, small grouper and snapper as well as some small sharks. As you can see, not a lot of any one species, you could not be sure what you were going to catch!

 

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. 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 a single song by Joe Bonamassa, “Drive” off of his new studio release. Check it out with a search on YouTube!

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.

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Meanwhile, Tight lines!
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Cabo Fish Report March 4 – 17, 2016

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

March 4 – 17, 2016

SYNOPSIS: Happy St. Paddy’s day! I have good news, the fishing has improved a bit since my last report two weeks ago. Inshore has gotten better and I expect for the offshore action to improve soon as well! Scattered Marlin and Tuna, few Dorado and Wahoo, decent Yellowtail and Sierra, a few big Roosterfish and scattered bottom fish.

WEATHER: Our daytime highs have varied between 75 and 88 degrees and the nighttime lows between 62 and 67 degrees. We just finished up three days of overcast skies, but had clear and sunny conditions prior to that. Last week we did have what was described as a “dip” in the jet stream affect us with winds that gusted to over 40 mph. Around the middle of the day the winds had stirred up so much dust and sand that it was difficult to see the water from the hills behind town. Since then we have had mostly light breezes, with it picking up just a little in the afternoon. As of today our prevailing wind is from the West-Northwest.

WATER: With the exception of last Tuesday and Wednesday the swells have been around 2-5 feet on the Pacific side and 1-4 feet on the Cortez side of the Cape. On those two days the wind had really kicked the water up and we saw swells on the Pacific side that may have been 7-9 feet. The Captain closed the port to vessels under 40′ on Tuesday because of the high winds and choppy conditions, but it was opened on Wednesday morning. Now the good news: Last week saw ocean temperatures about 5 degrees above normal, and I believe that temperature difference has been one of the reasons the fishing has been off. It looks like a combination of the winds from last week (small effect, but there) and the strong current flow from the Northwest has moved the cooler waters we expected into our region. There has been an overall drop of 2-3 degrees. Last week report I did we were seeing 74 degrees on the Pacific side and 75-76 degrees on the Cortez side of the Cape, this week we are seeing 71-72 degrees on the Pacific and 72-73 degrees on the Cortez side. As of today, the water on the Pacific side within two to three miles of the beach is a bit off color but not bad and water out past that distance is a clean blue.

BAIT: We are finally seeing some numbers of Mackerel available, the slightly cooler water sure helped here. Other than that, live bait availability has been pretty much limited to scattered species such as green jacks and tortillas. I did not hear of any live sardinas available in Cabo, but there was some freshly dead smaller ones being sold in gallon zip-locks. Live bait cost remained at $3 per bait, I am not sure what was being asked for the dead sardinas. Some boats were using frozen ballyhoo and squid strips.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Striped Marlin fishing has been off and on with it being a matter of the right place at the right time with the right bait or lure. Most of the boats are not getting hooked up to Marlin, and if they are it is just one or two fish. A few boats have done well on occasion, the best I am aware of was three releases on one day. The cooler water on the Pacific side was the area to work, and the farther north you got the better things seemed to be with more fish being seen and a better hook-up percentage. Live bait was king, and Mackerel was the best bet. Boats working north had good luck tossing bait in front of tailing fish while nearer to home the boats pretty much relied on drifting deep dropped live baits over the high spots. This also resulted in some small Mako Sharks and bigger Blue Sharks being hooked.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Even with the cooler water we have not seen much of a change in the Yellowfin Tuna catches. Even though these are highly migratory and do not spend a long time in our area we usually get some good action this time of year. Unfortunately, and perhaps because of the number of purse seiners we have seen, the schools have been small and sparse. When pods of porpoise are found, the tuna normally associated with them have been absent and the porpoise very shy. This often happens when they have been worked by the seiners which will set nets around the pods in order to catch the tuna traveling with them. The tuna that are being caught are small ones in the 8-20 pound class, with a few larger ones on occasion. My fingers are crossed that this will change soon.

DORADO: I have only seen a few Dorado flags in the past two weeks, and none of the fish in person, the water may just be too cool for them.

WAHOO: Pretty much the same with the Wahoo as with the Dorado, but it may also be because of the new moon phase we just went through. For some reason, Wahoo seem to be much more strongly affected by the moon phase than most other pelagic fish. The coming full moon next week may make the difference and allow anglers an improved chance of success on these tasty speedsters!

INSHORE: As in the last report, most of the fishing action and success has been had by anglers focusing on inshore species. I know of some folks who have gone out and caught little, but I think that may be more due to tide conditions than lack of fish. Boats that have based their efforts around the tides, fishing offshore and trolling between the high and low tide and fishing the beach during the hour of high and low slack have done well. The numbers of Yellowtail being caught has risen quite a bit, with some boats getting three to six fish in the 15-20 pound class. Live bait drifted just off the bottom had the best results, but working iron did well also. Numbers of Sierra are slowly improving as well, but you need to find the schools to get good action on them. Looking for breaking shoals of baitfish just outside the breakers is the best way to spot the schools, and the earlier in the morning the better. There were plenty of small Pompano and Triggerfish for anglers looking for action, and I did see some very nice Sheephead caught as well as some medium sized grouper and small snapper.

 

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. 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 a single song by Chris Joss titled “Tune Down”. Check it out with a search on YouTube!

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 time I update, 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 Feb. 26 – March 3, 2016

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com http://www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
Feb. 26 – March 3, 2016

SYNOPSIS: About the best I can say for our fishing this past week is that there are fish being caught. The Marlin bite is slow, there are very few Dorado, some small tunas, an occasional Wahoo and scattered inshore fish, with occasional schools of Sierra biting well. Read on down for some detailed information and what to expect.
WEATHER: With mostly sunny skies and daytime highs in the high 80’s it has been great weather to be on the water or on the beach. Our evenings have seen lows in the mid 60’s, not cold enough for sweaters, but perfect for walking around town! We did see some heavy fog on the Pacific side a bit to the north but it burned off rapidly. The winds have been light with 0-8 mph from the NW early in the day and raising up to 8-15 mph in the afternoons with mostly NW but once in a while switching to N or NE.
WATER: Swells at 1-4 feet on the Pacific side and 1-2 feet on the Cortez side, combined with the light winds have made surface conditions great. Currents have been pushing from the NW and wrapping around the Cape in an anti-clockwise direction with the near-shore waters on the Cortez side seeing a definite weakining in current strength. Of course the big news is the water temperature. I did a little research on the past temperatures for this time of year based on my fishing reports since 2003 and the only time we had water this warm at this time of year was in 2010 when it ranged from 73-74 degrees. This past week it was 74-75 degrees with the cooler water on the Pacific side and the warm water on the Gordo Banks. I ran an average over the past 13 years and it is normally 5 to 6 degrees cooler.
BAIT: The water temperature is the biggest factor in bait availability and it has had a very strong effect this week. With the water too warm for Mackerel and too cold for Caballito there have been little of either. What bait has been readily available has been what most consider “second rate” baits such as “look-downs” (tortillas!), green jacks and assorted other species. A few spots of Sardinas have shown up on the Cortez side, but no big numbers. As a result, bait availability has been spotty, first out gets the prime baits, later boats have to settle for the leftovers. All said and done, the price has remained the same at $3 per bait for the larger baits, but there have been frozen ballyhoo at the same price on most days.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: The Striped Marlin bite has been mostly off, but a few boats have managed to get bit, resulting in between one and two releases per day, but not on a consistent basis. Due to the temperatures, most of the action has taken place on the Pacific side up around the Golden Gate Banks and Todo Santos. There have been a few Blue and Black Marlin reported as well, nothing steady of course, but with the water still in the tolerable range for these fish, it is not surprising. These have been reported as being either almost due south of us or around the Gordo Banks area (the Black Marlin). The boats that are having the best success on the Striped Marlin are dropping live bait on the high spots along the Pacific coastline, in particular any area that shows bait on the depth sounder. A live bait on 10 feet of #100 leader with a three to five ounce lead weight gets the bait down, and the more conservation orientated boats are being sure to use circle hooks while fishing this way to avoid killing the fish. When they bite on a deep bait like this they often end up swallowing the bait deep before the anglers realize they have a bite. Using a circle hook allows the hook to slide out of the gullet and into the corner of the jaw, avoiding damage to the gills or internal organs. If you do some drops like this while you are out, please make sure that your crew uses circle hooks! A few of the fish have been spotted tailing on the surface, but there have not been the number of feeders that we normally see as there is no good concentration of bait.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: This past week was not a good one for anglers or crews that wanted to target Tuna. There are Tuna out there, but mostly they have been the smaller football fish in the 8-15 pound class, and found with the moving schools of dolphin. Two weeks ago there was a nice concentration of good size fish on top of the San Jaime Bank but they were only up and feeding at daybreak and right at dusk. Private boats staying out until dark were able to catch a few fish in the 80-120 pound class using live bait, but then the Purse-Seiners moved in and swept them up. We had up to five Purse Seiners at one time on the San Jaime and when they moved away there were no fish left. Getting the scattered footballs to bite was not easy either, pulling small hootchies and king-kings set way back behind the boat resulted in catches that varied between 2 and 8 fish per boat, for the boats that were able to find the fish.

DORADO: I had thought that with this warmer than normal water we would be having some good Dorado action, but it has been spotty. The fish that are being caught are very nice fish in the 20-40 pound class, and most of them have been caught on lures, or on live bait tossed under a working Frigate. Unfortunately there have not been many working Frigates.
WAHOO: We just came off the full moon and as a result there were some decent Wahoo caught, but not any numbers of them. Most of the action appeared to happen on the flats up around Punta Gorda or inside 50 fathoms of water on the Pacific side around the rocky points. Sizes ranged from 18 to 40 pounds.
INSHORE: Inshore is where most of the action has been happening for the past few weeks, and even there it has been a bit hit or miss. We would normally be seeing lots and lots of Sierra, it should be red-hot for them and we should be seeing plenty of Yellowtail as well. I believe that the warm water has kept them from getting this far down the coast, but at least a few have managed to make it. Just last week there was a Sierra tournament for the Pangas and only a few boats showed well as they were able to find some big schools just off the beach, but most of the boats only caught a few. The best action was on chunk bait, setting up a chunk line and working it hard put fish in the boat. Anglers and crews that used live bait hoping for the larger 10 pound sized fish ended up chopping up the live bait to get chunks, and boats that stayed with pulling hootchies and Rapalas had little luck at all. A few Yellowtail have hit the deck, a few of them in the 10-15 pound class but most in the little 6-10 pound category. A typical inshore catch this week was a couple of Sierra, a couple of Snapper and maybe some Pompano or Amberjack as well, and of course Triggerfish.

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. 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 Joe Bonamassa’s “Tour de Force – Live at the Royal Albert Hall”, still one of my favorites! I will get a chance to see him perform live in May!
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 http://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 time I update, go to my blog at http://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!
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