Cabo Fish Report Oct. 16 – 30, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Oct. 16 – 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Well, the big money Billfish tournaments are over and I am glad! I have caught up on my rest and now working hard on getting the “Susie Q” up and running for charters. In the past two weeks everything has changed a bit, and for the better for most of the species, and the weather changed, for the better as well. Check below for more details!

WEATHER: It was almost like someone threw the switch once again as the change was almost overnight. We went from nighttime lows in the mid 80’s to mid to low 70’s right around the 21st, and the daytime highs have dropped to the mid to high 80’s. If it was like this year round there would be too many people living here! The skies have remained clear with just a few clouds passing through. The wind has remained fairly consistent from the north-northwest on the Pacific side and from the north-northeast on the Cortez side, but you don’t really feel it there until you get up around the Punta Gorda area.

WATER: We had the passing of Hurricane Patricia to the south of us during this reporting period and while thankfully we had no winds from it (the strongest hurricane on record in the northern hemisphere according to NOAA) we did receive some big swells. These only lasted for a day, but were large enough that the Port Captain closed the port for a day. Other than that, the swells have pretty much remained at 3-5 feet on the Pacific side and 1-3 feet on the Cortez side of the peninsula. At the start of the report period the currents on the Cortez side were screaming from the north, then they slowed down and as of now they are picking up again but from the south. Water temperatures on the Cortez side remain higher than the Pacific with almost all the water showing 84 degrees and blue. On the Pacific side the 84 degree water extend about 10 miles offshore, then it drops down to the 82 degree range, and blue.

BAIT: Live bait has been a hit or miss proposition on some mornings but when available has been mostly Caballito at the normal $3 each. No Sardinas were found locally. Frozen local Ballyhoo (unbrined) has been available from some of the bait boats at the same $3 each, but you need to be careful as some has been thawed and refrozen, these are really too soft for anything but chum.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: I think that posting some quick numbers after breaking down the tournament results will be a good indicator of how the billfishing was, as of now the Blue and Black numbers has dropped off but the Sailfish remain the same and the Striped Marlin numbers have really picked up! For the first two tournaments (5 days fishing) there was an average of 1.04 billfish caught per boat day, these numbers included 2 Blacks, 30 Blues and 240 Striped Marlin. The third tournament was the Bisbee Black and Blue so only these fish counted, not Striped Marlin and the success rate for these bigger fish was much lower at .12 fish per boat day. There were not as many Stripers caught as most boats were running baits and lures too big for the Striped Marlin to eat, but there were many of them caught, just no records of how many. Since then the Striped Marlin bite has really picked up!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We will keep our fingers crossed that the Tuna will stay for a while, at least through the Western Outdoors Tuna Jackpot next week. The fishing has been very good at the San Jaime Banks for all sizes of Yellowfin. Fish ranging in size from 5 pounds to 290 pounds have been caught. The larger fish have been a result of finding the fish on the depth sounder and dropping bait down to them and waiting for the bite. Smaller fish have been on hootchies on the surface. There was a short burst of commercial activity as three purse seiners worked that area for several days, but since these fish have not been associated with Dolphin or anything floating two of them moved on. The one that remained was brailing a mix of fish including Hammerhead Sharks, hopefully they will move on as well. Normally the fishing for big fish is good at the Gorda Banks but it has been slow there as the strong currents have pushed the bait off the high spots, if it slows down again perhaps the fishing there will improve.

DORADO: If I had written this report fours days ago thee would have been little change from the last report. Lucky for us the situation changed then and boats have been doing well on Dorado! It seems that around six weeks ago the fishing in San Diego went dead as the fish moved back toward us. It took six weeks to get to us and now you can see yellow Dorado flags flying everywhere you look as boats are catching two, three, four or more Dorado per trip. The nice thing is that these fish are nice sized ones, not the little shakers we were getting a few weeks back. The average size is around 12 pounds but many of them are in the 15-25 pound class and there are a few over 30 pounds as well! Most of the action for these has been on the Pacific side within 10 miles of the beach, in that warmer 84 degree water. For the best results the first fish caught has been left in the water to attract others in the school, and dropping a live bait behind that one resulted in multiple hook-ups for many boats.

WAHOO: Wahoo are being caught as I write this, and it should remain fair to good as we move off of the full moon over the next several days. Most of the fish are being found in the usual areas, high spots offshore and drop offs and points next to the beach. These toothy guys have been ranging in size from 12 pounds to 30+ pounds and a lot of lures have been lost to them! When the bite is on it pays to change to wire if you don’t want to loose the lures, but the fish don’t seem to bite as well with the wire. Pulling lures at a slightly higher speed than normal, up to 10 knots, covers more area and once you get bit you need to work it hard for more!

INSHORE: With no change, inshore continues to consist of Bonito and small Yellowfin and you really have to chum to get them to start going, the problem was it was very difficult to get sardines to do this so many boats had to resort to chunking slabs of frozen squid or skipjack caught while trolling. The earlier you got out the better the action and most of it was in about 120 feet of water. Scattered Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and Trigger fish rounded out the action.

NOTES: Hopefully in mid November I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, named the “Susie Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four more 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!

My music of the week is the album “Live in Amsterdam” with Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart. You want some blues? It does not get much better than this!

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 week, 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!

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Cabo Fish Report Oct. 2 – 15, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Oct. 2 – 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: Just a quick one today as it is tournament time and I am really busy! Anyway, the report period started out with excellent Tuna action which has tapered off a bit for most charters, decent action was seen on Striped Marlin and Sailfish, a few Blue and Black Marlin were reported, we had occasional decent action on Dorado and inshore action mostly consisted of Bonita and Skipjack with an occasional Dorado and bottom fish in the mix. Details below. By the way, I have a studio unit with two queen size beds available at the Wyndham Resort for Bisbee week, Oct. 17 – 24 for $500 obo, drop me a line!

WEATHER: We have had interesting weather during this period as weather systems from the mainland continue to move over our area, and a strong frontal system that blew through earlier this week. These have brought rain to our area, and instead of getting a drowning from hurricane feeder band (these usually dump mega rain in a short period) we have had a steady light rain that has been able to soak in, leaving the desert green! As I write we have had several days of clear skies and plenty of sun, or morning low was 81 degrees and our daytime high is expected to be around 95 degrees. After the frontal system came through we had 73 degree mornings two days in a row and many of us turned off the air conditioners for a while.

WATER: There has been little change in the surface conditions for this reporting period, we are still experiencing flat water on the Sea of Cortez side all the way up to the Punta Gorda area, once past there the swells picked up a bit and the water was a bit choppy at times. The water on that side of the Cape has been warm and just yesterday we saw readings of up to 94 degrees from the weather services. On the water readings ranged from 89 to 92 degrees, Due south we had swells from the Pacific at 2-4 feet and temperatures a few degrees cooler while on the Pacific side we were seeing swells at 3-5 feet with afternoon winds kicking up some chop early in the reporting period with a tapering off later on. Surface temperatures were pretty much 88 degrees inside the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks and 85-86 degree outside to the west.

BAIT: Live bait was not a big issue this period most days, but there were a few when being the fist boat out gave a better selection. Caballito and Mullet were the most common, once in a rare while some small Sardinas could be found, but they have been hard for the bait boats to get. Live baits have been the normal $3 each, Sardinas more expensive than usual at up to $35 per scoop.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The Blue Marlin bite that was going on has dropped off quite a bit for this period, but there has continued to be good action on Striped Marlin and decent action on Sailfish. The majority of the fish have been found to the south or on the Pacific side as the Sea of Cortez seems to be too warm (at least on the surface) for much action. Large lures for the big Billfish and smaller lures and live bait on the Stripes and Sails.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Some boats were still able to get into larger Tuna early in the reporting period, but as the days went by the numbers of larger fish dropped off quite a bit. Along with that drop came a drop in the numbers of smaller Tuna, but instead of having the fish in open water and not associated with anything, they have seemed to re-associate themselves with the pods of Porpoise coming through. Finding the Porpoise became instrumental in getting into the Tuna, and getting ahead of a traveling school and dropping a strip bait or live bait deep in front of the pods resulted in hooking up to the larger Tuna. Running hootchies a bit long and jigging them while working the pods resulted in most of the smaller football fish and some of the school size fish. Tuna action was either close to shore or outside the 1,000 fathom line on the Sea of Cortez or along the beach or outside the San Jaime Bank on the Pacific side.

DORADO: Dorado fish was still extremely slow compared to our normal years, but there were days when they would pop up along the beach on the Pacific side, often only for a day, and sometimes far to the north. This made it a frustrating experience for most anglers, but the ones that were in the right place at the right time had decent action on fish between 8 and 15 pounds. I know that there were a number of the little “slipper” Dorado between 1 and three pounds caught and released by my anglers, but some boats were actually keeping these little guys.

WAHOO: No change in the Wahoo action this period, we did not get the Wahoo action in the past week that I was expecting, but there were fish caught. The normal areas such as high spots and steep drops managed to kick out fish averaging 20 pounds. There were a few large fish in the 30+ pound class caught early in the reporting period, but that bite was short-lived and only lasted several days.

INSHORE: Inshore continues to consist of Bonito and small Yellowfin and you really have to chum to get them to start going, the problem was it was very difficult to get sardines to do this so many boats had to resort to chunking slabs of frozen squid or skipjack caught while trolling. The earlier you got out the better the action and most of it was in about 120 feet of water. Scattered Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and Trigger fish rounded out the action.

NOTES: Hopefully in November I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, named the “Susie Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four more 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!

My music of the week is the album “Rubber Soul”. Do I really need to name the band?

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 week, 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!
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Cabo Fish Report for Sept. 14 – 24, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com http://www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
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.
FISHING:
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.
Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out http://www.flyhooker.com
If you want to get the report every week, 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!
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Cabo Fish Report July 29 – August 18, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

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.

FISHING:

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.

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 week, 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!

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Cabo fish report for Oct. 21 through Nov. 32013

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com

www.flyhooker.com

https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

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.

FISHING:

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.

http://www.inapesca.gob.mx/portal/tramites-y-servicios/quejas-y-denuncias

Also, try dropping an email to Senator Luis Coppola, who is said to be sympathetic to Cabo fishermen. luis.coppola luis.coppola@pan.senado.gob.mx. 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!

http://bisbee12.catchstat.com/DayThree.aspx

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