Cabo Fish Report for Sept. 14 – 24, 2015

Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
Sept. 15 – 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS: The bite on Blue Marlin has dropped off a bit during this reporting period but the bite for Striped Marlin and Sailfish has continued at a brisk pace. The best thing we have had going on has been the appearance of Yellowfin Tuna, and some of them have been very good size, ranging up to #250. It was not uncommon to get many football size and a decent number of 40-50 pound fish. The Dorado bite has been hit and miss with the Frigate birds being an important part of finding them. Wahoo has slowed down and inshore fishing remained decent, even with high seas and fairly strong winds over the weekend.
WEATHER: As is often the case this time of year, the port was closed this past Sunday due to strong winds and high seas, an effect brought to us by the passing of a tropical depression to the west. While bringing us plenty of rain, it did have the effect of dropping the humidity for two days, something we were in dire need of as we were experiencing humidity levels in the mid 80%. This humidity was brought to us courtesy of constant storm clouds coming across the Sea of Cortez from the mainland, thunder and lightning were common early in the reporting period as well as much needed scattered rain. The rain did not wash anything away but was solid enough that we did have flooded streets downtown on more than a few days. Our nighttime lows were in the low 80’s while our daytime highs were in the mid to high 90’s. The desert is green!
WATER: There was quite a change in the water temperatures as we now have our warmest water at 87 degrees, down several degrees from the last report. Our coolest is at 84.5 degrees and the majority of reachable water has been 85 degrees with a slight off-color to it. We do have a plume of blue water that started several days ago coming in from the southeast and reaching to the beach between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. The passing of the tropical depression mentioned earlier brought about some swells to 9 feet and steady 30 mph winds for two days, resulting in the closure of the port on Sunday, and most of the boats returning very early on Saturday. At the last report we had strong currents pushing toward us from the south and this continued for several more days. In the past several days these currents has slackened off a bit and the current on the Pacific side has switched and started to come from the north, our normal for this time of year.
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. Sardinas have been available on a limited basis here in Cabo, depending on the inshore conditions, at $25 a scoop.
BILLFISH: As mentioned in the synopsis at the top of the report, the bite on Blue Marlin dropped off this reporting period as we have a waxing moon, with the full moon on the 28th. However, even though the bite on the big billfish has dropped off, there has continued to be good action with Striped Marlin and Sailfish. Boats that have been targeting them have done well and it was not uncommon to see several marlin release and several sailfish release flags flying on one boat. For the Striped Marlin, live bait was the most common method of hooking up with anglers or crews tossing live bait in front of tailing fish. For the Sailfish, trolling smaller lures, sometime rigged with a small strip of bonito was the way to go. The fish have been scattered with no concentrations in any one area. Hopefully as the full moon begins to wane the Blue and Black Marlin will start to bite again. Bisbee Black and Blue is a month away!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The Tuna fishing continues apace, and the number of fish caught has increased as well. Many anglers who worked the area to the south of the San Jaime Banks as well as between the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks did well on fish ranging in size from footballs to 200+ pounds. The key this week was to work the area. These fish have not been strongly associated with porpoise, but constantly working the area with lures was the way to go. Most of the football and medium size fish were caught on trolled lures (and a few larger ones as well) but the majority of the bigger fish were caught by boats using a kite to get the splashing baits and lures away and into a quiet zone. Boats staying closer to shore were getting a steady pick on the football (6 to 15 pound fish) using feathers and cedar plugs, but boats that bought sardines and chummed with them did very well fly lining live sardinas in the same areas.

DORADO: Hit or miss on Dorado was the result for most of the fleet boats this week. A few were able to find something floating in the water and when they did, catching three or four Dorado was not a problem. For everyone else the Dorado were a bonus. The majority of them were in that 10-12 pound class with a few little guys that should be released being brought in and a few very nice 20+ pound fish making their way into the boats fish boxes. The use of live bait around floating debris was extremely productive, and once the bite slowed down, using chunk would get a few more. The best indicator of both Dorado and Striped Marlin were the Frigate birds. Seeing them dipping into an area and staying around was an almost sure indication of action to come.
WAHOO: The Wahoo fishing slowed quite a bit this past week as we were in the new moon phase, but as the moon begins to wax and become larger we should (I hope) see another increase in action with the razor toothed speedsters. A few decent size Wahoo were caught by boats fishing offshore for Marlin and Tuna, these were blind strikes on fish in the 30-50 pound class. A few boats fishing very early in the morning during gray light were able to come up with two to three fish each while working the usual high spots and ledges close to the beach. A few of these fish were very nice size! Using swimming plugs trolled at slightly higher than normal speed in these areas did the trick for these boats.
INSHORE: Inshore fishing remained a bit off with the large swells and churned up water. Bait fish were scattered into small schools so the same thing happened with the Roosterfish and jacks. Most of the Pangas that normally target these fish were working at catching Yellowfin tuna instead.
NOTES: Hopefully in October I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, to be named the “Susie Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four weeks (update: it is taking longer than expected, so hopefully the boat will be ready at the end of October) 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!
My music of the week is the album “Seesaw” with Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa. I just cannot get enough of Joe and his Guitar and when combined with Beth’s voice amazing things happen!
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.
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Cabo Fish Report July 29 – August 18, 2015


Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report

July 29 – August 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS: There has not been a lot of change in the fishing for the past three weeks, and that is not too much of a surprise. With water temperatures in the high 80’s we are seeing a lot of Blue Marlin and Sailfish offshore, and Roosterfish along the beach. Other species have been scarce with just a few big Tuna, a few nice Wahoo and a few smaller sized Dorado.

WEATHER: We saw some rain in the past few weeks as storms from the mainland blew across the Sea of Cortez. The clouds would stack up in the mountains and then the rain would start, enough to bring some welcome relief to the thirsty desert plants. Just yesterday we had a light sprinkle here in town! I saw a lot of cloud cover during this reporting period, but an almost equal amount of sun so it was a pretty mixed experience. Our daytime highs have hit over 100 degrees several days, last week the thermometer on my truck read 103, but most of the time we have been between 95 and 98 degrees, with high humidity. Yesterday and today felt a bit cooler because of lower humidity but the gauges still read the same when it came to the temperature. Our nights have been warm as well with the lows in the low 80’s. Mostly around 82-83 degrees, and with this humidity almost anyone with an air-conditioner has been using it at night.

WATER: For this entire reporting period we have had greenish water everywhere within 30 miles of Cabo. If you ran to the southwest farther than that you got into cleaner water. Temperatures in the greenish water have been from 89 to 85 degrees, the blue water has been cooler at 85-82 degrees. With the passing of storms well offshore to the west we have had some swells to 2 meters on the southern to western exposures, but that was only for a short period of time. Most of the time the swells were around 2-4 feet and almost always glassy. When there was a breeze it was light so there was rarely any chop on the water. If you did come across any rough conditions it was almost always from the Arch to the lighthouse on the Pacific side. The combination of currents and breeze occasionally made the waves stack up, but getting past them just involved a bit of time and then you were good.

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.


BILLFISH: If you were looking for a lot of billfish you were out of luck, but if you were looking for big billfish then this was the place to be. For some reason, perhaps because the bait has been in the greenish water, the best fishing was within 30 miles, and most of it withing 15 miles. The warm water meant that the Blue Marlin and Sailfish made a showing, along with a few Black Marlin, but there were few Striped Marlin. A great day on the water in our area would result in a couple of Blue Marlin releases along with a Sailfish and a few other strikes. A slow day would have been two or three hook-ups or strikes with nothing hanging on long enough to get to the boat. Larger lures attracted the attention of the Blue Marlin, and running the at 8 to 9 knots worked much better than running them at the normal 6-7 knots used for Striped Marlin. The Sailfish had a difficult time with the larger lures though, so having a few smaller ones in the spread helped overall catch rates. The majority of the fish were found from the southwest to southeast of the Lands End and within 25 miles of port. I did spend five days fishing up on the East Cape at the beginning of the month in preparation for the Bisbee East Cape Tournament and it was very hot, very humid and very slow fishing. The water temps were between 89 and 87 degrees and we managed to have one big Blue hook up then get off and had several Striped Marlin strikes. There were 61 boats in the tournament and they fished for three days. In the end there were only two Marlin over 300 pounds caught, one was a Blue Marlin of just over 400 pounds and the other was a Black Marlin in the 380 pound range. Overall there were four Blacks, 40 Blues, five Sailfish and 13 Striped Marlin. That was 183 days of fishing for 62 fish, approximately 1 billfish for every three days of fishing. Not great numbers there, the action was much better here at home. My team had to withdraw due to mechanical issues, but we will be ready for the October tournaments here!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: The Yellowfin bite dropped off the charts for us as boats searched farther and farther afield for the cows. An occasional football sized fish was caught fishing in the blind, and those porpoise that were found most often had no fish with them.

DORADO: This has been the worst Dorado season I have ever seen here. Everyone is crying but no one is sure of the reason behind the non-appearance of these fish. Some are blaming it on the commercial fisherman who have been authorized by the government (so I have been told) to sell Dorado (up to 30% of their catch, considered by-catch while fishing in a fishery directed at other species). Dorado used to be considered a “sports” fish only, commercial sales of Mexican caught fish was prohibited. The shrimp season has been a big bust this year and many people are saying that many of the shrimp boats have re-geared so that they are catching Dorado. Other people are blaming it on El Nino, saying that the water here is too warm for the Dorado and that is why they are being caught as far north as San Francisco. Whatever the reason, my fingers are crossed that the fast growing prolific fish will be back with us soon.

WAHOO: Once again there were a few decent size Wahoo caught, and almost all of them were caught in the blind as incidental catches offshore.

INSHORE: 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 fishh were 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: October bookings are filling up very fast, but there are plenty of openings for September. We are keeping our fingers crossed for “No Bad Weather”!

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 an old school band only a few of us older folks may remember. “Blind Faith” album “Crossroads” disc #2.

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.

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Cabo fish report for Oct. 21 through Nov. 32013


Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report

October 21 – Nov. 3, 2013

It seems I have to apologize again as it has been two weeks instead of one since my last report. In my defense, I left the morning after the Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament for Ensenada to bring a boat with the owner and friends down to Cabo and had little time to write.  So, you get this report instead.  We had people fishing this past week so I will use their information as well as what I have been told by other anglers and Captains as the basis for the information on this past weeks fishing, and my own time on the water during tournament week for that time frame.  I may mention at times as well the experiences we had on the trip down.

WEATHER:  I truly don’t think the weather could have been much better during the Bisbee tournament week.  We had mostly clear skies, evening lows in the low to mid 70’s and daytime highs in the mid 80’s.  The winds we experienced were light and variable on the Cortez side of the Cape and light at 4-10 knots on the Pacific side.  Add in the small swells and it was really nice.  This most recent week showed a bit of a change as a deck of clouds moved in as Hurricane Raymond passed well to the south and west of us, leaving trailing remnants to bring a bit of humidity back in our lives.  Daytime highs reached the low 90’s while nighttime lows were in the mid to high 70’s and it was humid, a bit more like summertime.  The cloud cover broke at the end of the week and it again became nice and sunny.  We won’t be seeing a lot of that this week though, at least at the beginning, as Tropical Storm Sonia begins her approach to the mainland.  She is expected to pass to the south of us this evening and tonight and has a very large deck of clouds, some of them with plenty of rain.  At this time she is 250 miles to the south and expected to pass within 150 miles as she turns to the east and makes landfall on the mainland. During our trip down from Ensenada we had wonderful weather with the exception on Wednesday.  Early in the morning as we were at anchor in Magdalena Bay the wind picked up to around 25knots as had been expected and we spend all day watching movies and eating.  Thursday we went out again and had fairly smooth going until approaching Lusitania Banks in the evening and the winds picked up again, knocking us around a bit until we came to the lee of the Peninsula around midnight. Friday morning as we set lines at first light on Golden Gate Banks it was glassy and remained that way until arriving at Puerto Los Cabos in the late afternoon.

WATER: The seas never did build up from any of the storms that passed us, at least it did not develop any short, close together sets that make for uncomfortable rides.  The item of most importance in anglers mind, at least for the first week was the water temperature and the clarity. Both these can be very important in a tournament, so everyone was watching changes closely.  For the tournament we were seeing the water on the Cortez side of the cape being in the 84-85 degree range, with a bit of mixing and off-color to it.  Directly south of us, and running basicly in an east-west direction along the 1,000 fathom line was a slightly cleaner demarcation, with the water a degree cooler and cleaner to the south.  Once reaching the San Jaime Banks this line ran more toward the northwest.  Inside along shore on the Pacific side, as well as on the Cortez side along the Punta Gorda area the water was more off-colored with a heavier tinge of green. This week the average water temperature dropped at least two degrees on the Pacific side as we were reading water between 80.5 and 82.7 degrees on Friday, and the water was a very clean blue.  Throughout the past two weeks surface conditions were fine, with only some surface chop the middle of the second week as remnants of Raymond moved past.

BAIT: Caballito, and frozen Ballyhoo could be had for $3 each this week, and there were actually a few mackerel to be had as well.  Sardines were just a bit easier to find, but still not readily available.


BILLFISH: Once again telling the results of the Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin Tournament may be one of the best ways of showing accurate catch statistics, at least for the Black and Blue Marlin.  Striped Marlin did not count in this tournament, so most of these hooked up were not reported in on the radio if it was immediately obvious what the fish was.  Based on our personal experience, I would hazard a guess that there were about twice the numbers of Striped Marlin hooked up as there were Blues or Blacks.  The first day of the Tournament there were no qualifying fish brought to the scale (#300 or larger to qualify), there were 12 Blue Marlin caught with a #290 brought to the scales, the rest released, and one Black Marlin released.  On day two things improved a bit as 21 Blue Marlin were caught with two brought to the scales, one of them underweight but the boat “Retriever” with owner/angler Martha Macnab weighing a 525 pound Blue Marlin, and one Black Marlin released.  The catch improved yet again on day three with 25 Blue Marlin caught with nine brought to the scales and one Black Marlin released..   Four of these were qualifiers, the largest of the tournament was caught this day and with angler Linda Williams in the chair and Captain Kevin Pahl on the helm, “Team II Success” captured the largest fish of the tournament with a 774 pound Blue Marlin. The top release team was a 56′ Beneteue Sailboat, the “Titan” with three releases.  One very interesting thing about this tournament, if you care to look, is the fact that the top two fish were caught by female anglers, and the fishing cockpit of the top release team was run by a female angler!  With a total of 61 Blues and Blacks caught there had to be well over 150 Striped Marlin as well.  On a side note, the last day of our delivery we put lines in on the Golden Gate Bank at first gray light and less than five minutes later hooked up, fought and then released a Blue Marlin we estimated at 250 pounds.  Later in the day we were south of the San Jaime Bank along the 1,000 fathom line and managed to catch two more, one estimated at 300 pounds and the other at 250 pounds, lost a large fish after a giant first run estimated at 500 pounds and missed another Blue Marlin Bite.  The fish are still out there, at least the Blue Marlin offshore, and I heard on the radio that there were plenty of Striped Marlin to be found just off the beach on the Pacific side. We spotted several areas with Frigate birds working small bait balls offshore, and there were Striped Marlin working on these.  Up outside of Magdalena Bay boats were working Frigate birds and releasing double digit numbers every day.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Yellowfin Tuna have been the disappointment of the past two weeks.  There have been a few large fish found, but not in any numbers and there has been no real concentration of fish in any one area.  There have been quite a few football fish in the 10-15 pound class found under porpoise, but again, these have been scattered and moving around a lot, so it has been difficult for the boats to pinpoint them on a daily basis.  This does not bode real well for the upcoming Western Outdoor News Tuna Shootout (fishing November 7 and 8, entry fee $800) unless there is a drastic change. Of course there will be large fish brought in, but probably not in the numbers we have seen in the past.  Maybe the passing of Tropical Storm Sonia will bring about a change?  Lets keep our fingers crossed!



DORADO: Sometimes you just cannot appreciate what you have until it is gone.  The fishing for Dorado continued to be great for the past two weeks with plenty of fish to be found along the Pacific coastline between the lighthouse and the Gaspirino area up around Todo Santos.  The majority of the fish were between the beach and three miles offshore, with most of them found within two miles of the beach.  We really missed the action on the fish on the trip down from Ensenada, as they can provide steady excitement when they are biting.  Most of the boats that focused on the Dorado (and that was the majority of the charters these past two weeks) were able to post limits of two fish per angler, then go search for other species.

WAHOO:  Sparse, but there, were the reports I received from both anglers and Captains upon my return Saturday. It seems that there have been Wahoo caught every day, but no large numbers in any one area, more of a lucky thing than anything else. Well, with the exception of a couple of private boats that focus on these fish and were able to get daily action up in the Gorda Banks, Punta Gorda area.

INSHORE: Things inshore are changing to wintertime mode, but slowly, as we are starting to see a few more Sierra and small Yellowtail every week.  With the Dorado action being so good just off the beach, there has not been much in the way of effort next to the beach so it is hard to tell exactly what is there, but reports from a few of the Panga captains I know show that there are still small Roosterfish (less than 5 pounds) and a scattering of Amberjack and Snapper.

FISH RECIPE:  You can mix and match spices and additional herbs to your hearts content, but it is hard to beat a simple grilled fish meal.  The fish is showcased when you keep it simple, and when the fish is as fresh as we get it here it is just about the only way to go.  There does come a time though when you are dealing with fish that has been frozen.  You have returned home and that Tuna, Dorado or Wahoo you caught on your fishing trip needs to be used, it just stares up at you from the freezer, saying “eat me, choose me for dinner”.  This is when those slightly more complicated recipes come in handy.  I have to say in the attempt at full disclosure that very few of the recipes I post here are my own, except for the simple ones.  I try to give credit where it is due, and the following is the direct result of reading a cookbook by Sam Choy and has become one of my favorites.  My cholesterol level goes up just from reading it, but here goes,

Take four 8 oz Wahoo or Dorado fillets and slice a pocket in the side of each one, almost all the way through. Mix some softened butter with minced fresh parsley to form four butter logs the size of your finger and put them in the freezer.  One of these will go in each of the pockets you just cut in the fillets. Mince 8 oz of Macadamia nuts, mince them very finely, they are going to crust the fillets.  Dredge the fillets (after placing the butter logs inside) through flour, then whipped eggs, then through the minced Macadamia nuts and lightly brown both sides in a skillet or pan set at medium high.  Have the oven pre-heated to 350 degrees and once the fillets are browned, place them in a glass pan that has been rubbed with butter and place them in the oven for about 15 minutes. For a sauce, take two Mangos and dice one of them fine, place the other in a blender (after removing the seed and skin of course) along with an ounce or two of fresh parsley and chop/blend/pulse the mix with a bit of white vinegar and some sugar (both to taste).  Heat this mix until it has simmered several minutes than add the diced Mango.  Pour equal amounts on each of four plates, place the cooked fish fillets on the sauce and a healthy scoop of rice on the side and you are done!

NOTES: As I was writing this report we received our first rain from Tropical Storm Sonia.  Not a lot, but a promise of things to come.  There is still no wind and we don’t really expect to get any until this evening.  As you can tell, I got a bit wordy on this report, having a lot to say about the fishing and my trip, just be glad I am not writing on other things, I might have bleeding fingertips by the time I was done!  Our trip down the coast was great, with some wonderful people on board the 51′ Rivera “High Bid”.  A new boat for the owner, but one I have delivered before under a different boat name, it has been updated and upgraded to perfection.  We had no issues mechanically and had firsts for the new name with first Dorado, first Striped Marlin, first Blue Marlin, first Wahoo, first Spotted Bay Bass (a Mag Bay specialty).  My thanks and appreciation to new owners Carl and Sally, and guests Rick, Dave, Leo and Frank.  Most of all to my deckhand Carlos who somehow was able to make everyone happy while living in tight quarters.  Until next week, tight lines!


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Bisbee’s Black and Blue Final Results

Team Frantic Pace with the winning fish! almost 2.5 million dollars!

It was another exciting year for Bisbee’s. One fish took it all. The only qualifying fish came to the docks Thursday afternoon. There was two late hookups on Friday, so everyone was waiting to see another big fish. Unfortunately the fish were not big enough to qualify. My guess is, they are thinking, this is the last minute, give the marlin a shot!.
So Congratulations to Team ‘Frantic Pace” and angler Dave Sanchez. They have won the whole shebang at close to $2.500,000!!

On another note, it was surpising to see so few big fish come in during these
3 tournaments. So I am going to get on my soap box again and ask you all to contact the following person and group to help us stop the commerical fishing in the waters around Cabo and San Jose.

Also, try dropping an email to Senator Luis Coppola, who is said to be sympathetic to Cabo fishermen. luis.coppola Thanks!!!

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournament, Day 3

Well it’s been a crazy couple weeks here, and it all winds down today.
In the last 10 days, there has been 8 days of tournament fishing! Well 7 days
day 1 of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament was canceled due to Hurricane Paul.
Was that only last week?
In those 7 days of fishing there have been 4 qualifying fish brought to the docks. Yesterday was the smallest of these 4 marlin, but it was worth the most!
Bill Collector won the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament with the only black marlin weighing 483 and winning $167,877.50. The biggest fish so far was brought in during the Bisbee’s Offshore Charity Tournament Saturday and Sunday. There was a marlin brought in each day in this tournament.
On Saturday Chupacabra brought in the biggest marlin so far weighing at 583 lbs. This marlin payed a little better, Team Chupacabra recieved $206,973. The biggest marlin on Sunday was in the same neighborhood caught by Team Sneak Attack at 565 lb blue marlin worth $189,837. The difference between these two prizes is the 583 lb fish was awarded a cash prize for biggest fish of the tournament.
Now we come to day 2 of the richest marlin tournament in the world. Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament. Only Blue and Black Marlin count.
Day 1, there were no fish over 300 lbs brought to the scales. So all of this jackpot money is rolled over to day 2. There is lots of excitement in the air when word gets out around Cabo there is a big marlin coming in. The 52 ft Hatteras from North Carolina “Frantic Pace” is bringing a fish to the dock. Around 3:30, the crowds waits to hear the weight of the fish.
465 lbs!!!! This Blue Marlin has won the most money of all of these big fish caught in the last 10 days. As luck would have it, 2 days worth of jackpots added up to $1.425 million dollars! That fish is worth $3064.51 per pound! And you thought Blue Fin Tuna was worth a lot of money!

Everyone is out again today looking for another large Blue or Black Marlin. Follow todays hook-ups, releases, tears of joy and laughter, heartbreak and sorrow!
For people that can’t be here with us, you can follow the action at the dock on the live video feed!

The biggest marlin that comes in today, Day 3, will be worth $712,500. If there are no qualifying marlin today, that jackpot money will go to ‘Frantic Pace”

So keep rooting for another big fish, to help spread the wealth!
Go Team Sporty Game!

Here is your link for day 3. You can navigate around this link to find past action, live video feed and the current hook-up status!

Wow I better hurry up here, it’s 8:26 and 2 striped marlin released already!

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournament

Wow it was a very excitinig day over by the weight station. Not because of big fish. I just think everyone was so happy it’s “That time of Year”. Pretty much the start of our tourist season. Of course beads were flyng everywhere. There was lots of people looking for a good time as it always is around the weight station for Bisbee’s Black and Blue.

The fishing for that big blue marlin proved illusive. There was one marlin brought to the dock early in the day, but it was underweight. At least that fish went to a good cause.
There were lots of fish out there, but the only to bite did not meet the 300 lb minimum.
There was 1 black marlin, 7 blue marlin, 19 striped marlin, 2 sailfish and 1 spearfish released yesterday. One blue marline brought to the weigh station. The spearfish and sailfish do not count towards release category totals.
What is a spearfish I know many of you are asking. Here is the IGFA link.
Yes this is a fish normally caught in the Atlantic. Sure would love to see a picture of the one released yesterday. Because we do have short billed spearfish in the Pacific. Mostly Hawaii and farther West. Well I know they catch them in Hawaii and we could catch them off Guam. This is not the first long-billed Atlantic Spearfish caught in Cabo waters. I’ve seen a picture of angler with the fish from about 20 years ago. The thinking was the spearfish got lost and came through the Panama Canal to get here.

The full moon is Monday the 29th of October. I expect as we get closer the blue and black marlin bite will pick up. We sure hope to see some big fish at the scales.

All fish that are brought to the scales are donated to DIF and Casa Hogar to feed kids that are less fortunate! That can be a lot of fish fingers!

So here it is your link to day 2 of the richest fishing tournament in the world!
By the way, Wayne said yesterday this years pot is almost $2,500,000.
We have 107 teams with 690 anglers! Of course our household is rooting or Sporty Game!
So here is the link, that would be the boat George is fishing on!
Go Team Sporty Game!!!

Cabo Fish Report

Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
October 14-22, 2012

WEATHER: Once again the great weather continues! This week our nighttime lows were in the mid 70’s and the daytime highs stayed in the low 90’s. Combine that with a humidity level that has been in the mid to high 20% range, sunny skies and light breezes and you can understand why this is the perfect time to be here. Not only that, but if you are a fisherman, the action this week, and normally this time of year, has been great!
WATER: On the Pacific side of the Cape this week we had blue water, really blue to the north of the lighthouse and just a slightly off-color blue closer to home, at least late in the week. Very early in the week the water close to home and off of the lighthouse was a dirty green. This was probably due to the large swells produced by the passing of Hurricane Paul. Later in the week the water on the Pacific had swells in the 2-5 foot range with a bit of wind picking up in the afternoons putting some chop on the water within 6 miles of the beach, but it was a bit smoother farther offshore. Water temperatures have been between 81 degrees offshore to the north to 85 degrees 10 miles off the beach inside the San Jaime Bank area. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water has been just a bit off color with an occasional spot of dirty water, but for the most part very fishable. The temperatures have been 85 degrees with a few areas showing as high as 88 degrees. Swells have been small to non-existent at 1-3 feet with no wind within 20 miles of shore.
BAIT: Sardines could be had here in Cabo this week, probably due to the demand of the tournament boats who use them to catch skip jack and small Yellowfin for bait. A scooped bucket would set you back $25, but they were in much better shape than the Sardines we were getting earlier in the week from bait boats farther north. Caballito and Mullet could be had easily at $3 each, and there were frozen Bally-hoo for $3 each.
BILLFISH: I am going to give some data here, then some explanations, so be ready. First off, there were two Billfish tournaments held in Cabo this week, the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, scheduled for three days but fished only two days due to swells from the passing of Hurricane Paul on Tuesday, the first day scheduled. The second tournament was the Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, fished on Saturday and Sunday. This tournament is the reason the report is a day late, I was fishing in it. What we have then are 37 boats fishing the first tournament for two days and 80 boats fishing the second for 2 days, a total of 234 fishing days. During that time frame there were a total of 51 billfish either brought in or released, an average of just under 1 fish for four days of fishing. That’s not a great statistic, especially for an area known as the billfish capital of the world, but here is a quick explanation. Most of the boats fishing these tournaments were fishing for large Marlin. There were three fish weighed in over 300 pounds among the 51 caught, a 483 pound Black Marlin, a 583 and a 565 pound Blue Marlin. 1 Black Marlin, 12 Blue Marlin, 23 Striped Marlin and 13 Sailfish were released. These numbers would have been much higher, if the weights smaller, if the target for the tournaments would have been numbers instead of size. On the boat I fished, we only pulled very large lures for a reason. Elephants eat peanuts, but so do monkeys, and we only wanted elephants, so we did not pull anything a monkey could eat. Many boats did the same thing. So there you go, for a tournament, 1 fish per 4 days is a bit slow here, but the average was higher for regular charters. The catch per unit of effort was about the same for both tournaments, so it appears that the moon phase has not had a great effect so far. That could change for the Black and Blue Tournament coming up this week as the moon will be just before full instead of coming off new phase into the first quarter.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Yellowfin were the high point of the past week for many boats fishing, both in the tournaments and regular charters. Some stats for you that might make you thing about coming down and entering the Tuna Tournament the first week of November: 4 tournament days of fishing, with very few boats targeting Yellowfin resulted in tuna weighing 247 and 227 in the first tournament, and in the second tournament the top five weighed in were 314, 299, 276, 234 and 218. That’s 7 fish over 200 pounds, a better success ratio by 100% than that of large Marlin. This is not counting the fish that were under 200 pounds! Many of these large fish were caught off of the inner and outer Gorda Banks, an area that has been producing some large fish for the past few weeks. Slow trolling live skip jack and Bolito on the surface or on down-riggers produced the hook-ups. The success rates on the hook-ups is probably higher than normal for a couple of reasons. One is that most of the tuna were caught by boats trying to catch a large Black Marlin, so the gear was much stronger than that used by normal charters, and the fact that most of the baits were fished on very strong flouro-carbon leader, 400 to 500 pound breaking strength. There were Tuna caught in other areas as well, and some of them were very nice sized, with a few in the 100+ class and most in the 25-35 pound class. Boats working the outside of the Cabrillo Seamount, the south side of the San Jaime Bank and the north side of the Golden Gate Bank found dolphin pods that held fish. Some of the dolphin looked like a catch would be guaranteed, dolphin feeding everywhere and hundreds of birds working, only to produce no strikes, but if you kept searching you would find a pod with fish on it eventually. Making a 20 to 30 mile run to get to the fish was the only issue, once out there it was a matter of time for most boats. Small lures, large lures, it didn’t seem to matter, if the fish were hungry they would eat. If not, go find the next school.

DORADO: It might be a tie this week for fish of the week between the excellent Tuna fishing we have been experiencing and the large numbers of Dorado that showed up once again. It did take a couple of days at the start of the week for the fishing to pick back up after the passing of Hurricane Paul, but it did get better. Not all boats were able to get limits but most were able to get enough Dorado to keep anglers happy, then on Friday one boat found a very large dead whale just to the south of the Golden Gate Bank. Mike reported that he saw “thousands” of Dorado around the whale when he arrived, the first boat on the scene. They released all the small ones and kept their limit of fish over 20 pounds, eventually releasing 25 fish that were smaller. Other boats came in on the action and did very well, and on Saturday it was a parking lot, albeit a stinky one if you were downwind, but by the afternoon the bite had died off. Still, most of the boats were able to catch limits of good sized fish for two days. Elsewhere, there was a decent bite along the Pacific shoreline out to two miles from the Los Arcos area to Todo Santos, and a scattering of fish on the Cortez side. The tournaments had Dorado of 54, 45, 42, 41 and 40 pounds as the top 5 fish for the second tournament and 42, 39 and 28 for the first tournament. Imagine the numbers if Dorado had been the target instead of Marlin!
WAHOO: We did not hear of any Wahoo being caught in the tournaments this week, even though there was a category for them in the first tournament. Also, there were none I heard of from the charter fleets, but possibly a few were caught.
INSHORE: Early in the week the large surf conditions from the passing of Hurricane Paul made fishing close to the shore dangerous. Later in the week there were some small Roosterfish as well as some Amberjack caught, and a half-way decent bite on Snapper and Grouper by those fishing the bottom. Most of the Pangas in the early and mid week were fishing just offshore for Dorado. At the end of the week the fishing outside of the Cabo Real area in 200 feet of water turned on for football Yellowfin and large White Skipjack, something for the tournament boats to keep in mind next week!
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: This report may be a bit longer than normal, but it has been a while since I have had this many days on the water in a row. Being out there makes it so much more detailed, just wish I was fishing myself four or five days a week instead of one or two if I am lucky! Our fingers are crossed for a big fish in the coming Black and Blue tournament, we will be fishing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you want to follow the live action you can log onto the Bisbee website and click on “live action”. Hopefully you will see “Sporty Game” on the leader-board! OK, off to post this and then get the lawn cut. My music for this week was “Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears” on their CD “Scandalous” on Lost Highway Records. He sounds like the new James Brown! Thanks for the CD Mark! Until next week, tight lines!