FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
May 26 – June 1, 2015
SYNOPSIS: I am glad that I did not post the report until today as things surely changed over the weekend. From hot to cold overnight. Read below for more information!
WEATHER: Not too many people were worried this week about the formation of Hurricane Andres as it was predicted to pass far to the west, but we were worried about the swells it may have kicked up, and below you can see the results. Hurricane Andres could have brought clouds and some rain to our area, but passed are enough to the west that it did not happen, instead we had the temperatures slowly rise as it developed, the humidity increased as well, and then as it passed west we returned to normal. At the start of the week we had early morning (6 AM) temperatures in the 74 degree range and this slow increased several degrees per day until Saturday and Sunday when we were reading 82 degrees at the same time. This morning we awoke to a once again comfortable 74 degrees, but it was still a bit humid. This weekend was a good check for those of us that live here, a good chance to make sure the air conditioners were clean and fully charged! Our daytime highs went from 88 degrees at the start of the week to 98 degrees on Sunday. But with Andres so far away the skies remained clear.
WATER: Currents continued to play a large part in the fishing results this week. The current continued to push from the south, but instead of splitting at the Cape as they had last week, once they came withing five or so miles of the Cape they made a strong turn to the east, this resulted in a change in direction along the coastline and over the high spots. Water on the Cortez side of the Cape was in the 79-80 degree range, due south of us we were seeing 76 degree water while the water on the Pacific side was a fairly steady 74 degrees. Surface conditions were great for the first half of the week with medium swells and light winds. The winds remained light throughout the week but the swells gradually increased in size over the reporting time so that on Sunday we were seeing large swells hitting the beach on all southern exposures. This was great for the surfers, but made conditions unpleasant for a lot of anglers whose bodies did not appreciate the chance to do some ocean dancing. These large swells also resulted in churned up conditions along the beach.
BAIT: Very little change on the bait availability with live Caballito at $3 each and frozen Ballyhoo costing the same.
BILLFISH: For this reporting time frame on my Cabo Fish Report, the start remained just as it ended last week, the Striped Marlin had gone on the chew since the currents had washed the squid away, but as the week went on the currents continued to shift, and by the end of the week boats were lucky to find one or two Striped Marlin that would bite. There were a few smaller Blue and Black Marlin caught in the area at the start of the week, but again, the bite fell off to nothing at the end of the week. I have to assume this was a result of the currents shifting as I have seen nothing else that may have caused this. The fish that were being found were from between the east side of the 95 spot and the outside of the Gorda Banks, with most of the fish along a line drawn through this area, but there were also fish found inside and outside of this line. Not much Marlin action was reported from the Pacific side even though the water was cooler and more to the liking of Striped Marlin. Live bait tossed in front of fish found tailing or feeding worked great, and slow trolled live bait in areas where fish were found sleeping on the surface also worked well. A few fish were caught on trolled plastic, but a live bait dropped back into the pattern when a fish appeared resulted in a better hook-up percentage.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We again saw a few large Yellowfin caught in our area as one of the fleet boats returned mid-week with a fish weighing 162 pounds. This fish was caught on a lure while trolling among the large black porpoise. An occasional boat got into smaller school and football sized fish if they were able to get into a pod of spinner or white bellied dolphin, but the mammals were moving fast and were hard to keep up with. As the season moves along we should start to see more and more tuna showing up!
DORADO: The water has warmed up enough that we are beginning to see more Dorado. They have been scarce for a while, but a few boats were able to get into schools of smaller 8 pound average size fish, and many of these small ones were released. Most of this action occurred on the Cortez side of the Cape by boats working the area for Marlin. As is normal for these fish, chumming for more followers once one was hooked up resulted in multiple fish for most boats that hooked one up.
WAHOO: Wahoo remained the fish of the week, and the surprise of the season as boats continued to get one or two (sometimes more) in a trip. Well, at least early in the week. As with all the other fish listed, the weekend brought in large swells and a severe drop in the number of fish found. The fish found earlier in the week were caught on a variety of methods, from swimming plugs to trolled lead-head lures, to live bait and jigs, and most of them were between 18 and 30 pounds with a few larger fish at 50+ pounds.
INSHORE: Just like last week, inshore action remained decent with some good Snapper and Grouper being caught, as well as plenty of big Triggerfish if you were fishing on the bottom at the beginning of the week. Surface fishing inshore was mostly for Bonita and Skipjack, but a few larger Sierra were landed as well, again, at the start of the week. By Saturday when the large swells hit, the bite dropped to nothing, and unfortunately many boats (who had been doing very well) got skunked.
NOTES: I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Jack Johnson on his album “Jack Johnson and Friends, The Kokua Festival, A benefit for the Kokua Foundation”, and in particular the song “High Tide or Low Tide” with Ben Harper. Believe me, this is worth checking out!
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