Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
October 23 – 28, 2012

WEATHER: I really don’t know what to say except to mention what a great pleasure it has been to once again get through the heat and humidity that summer time brings to us here in the southern part of the Baja Peninsula. When our nighttime lows stay in the mid 70’s and the daytime highs stay in the low 90’s it is about as good as it gets, compared to what we had for the past three months. In another few months we will be even cooler as the temperature at night drops to the low 60’s, but this weather I would prefer to have year round! We had very light clouds this week and while the beginning of the week started off a bit windy, by the end of the week we were experiencing just light breezes. The week started with moderate winds from the northwest, picking up in the afternoon, and ended with light breezes from the northeast in the morning, dying to nothing in the afternoon.
WATER: On the Sea of Cortez side of the Cape we had water at 84-85 degrees inside the 1,000 fathom line most of the week, with the exception on Friday when a hot spot of 87 degree water formed across the 1150 to the 95 spot and out to the 1,000 fathom line. For most of the week there was a good temperature break at the 1,000 fathom line as well with the water to the northeast being 2 degrees warmer than the water to the southwest. Surface conditions on the Cortez side were great all week as well with swells at 2-4 feet early in the week and dropping to 1-3 feet later in the week. On the Pacific side we were seeing the water between the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks at 84-85 degrees with swells at 3-6 feet early in the week and dropping to 2-4 feet later in the week. In between the Cortez and the Pacific we had a late intrusion of cooler water at 82-83 degrees, coming in to almost three miles of the arch. The water was slightly cleaner on the Pacific side than it was on the Cortez side this week.
BAIT: Same bait report as last week. 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.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Our big money Marlin tournament season is over now that the Bisbee Black and Blue is finished, at least the tournaments for big Marlin. Next week is a small tournament with the Trip Advisor website members, then the W.O.N. Tuna tournament in November. Next year we will see more tournaments that focus on Striped Marlin in the Spring. Statistics can do funny things to your thinking, and as I did last week in the report, this week I am going to lay a few more on you, based on the three day Black and Blue tournament that just finished. There was 106 teams fishing three days for 318 boat days on the water, with big Marlin as the focus. There were 67 billfish caught, 1 Spearfish, 4 Sailfish, 4 Black Marlin, 19 Blue Marlin and 39 Striped Marlin. Based on this, it took 4.75 boat days to get a Marlin this week. Pretty sad stats, and when there was only one Marlin caught over 300 pounds it almost makes me cry. (The team that caught the 2.4 million dollar fish is not crying!) Once again I have to remind you that the stats for normal charters would be much better as the focus for most of the boats in the tournament was big Blue or Black Marlin over 300 pounds, or numbers of smaller sized Blues or Blacks. None of these boats focused on Striped Marlin, which is the most common species here, as evidenced by the comparative number caught during the Tournament. In conclusion, while the possibility of getting a Blue or Black to the boat was fairly small, the chances of hooking into a Striped Marlin, if you focused on that, was fairly good, probably at twice the rate of the Marlin hook-ups experienced by the tournament anglers.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: With the Black and Blue Tournament going on, and since Tuna did not count in any category, the pressure on the Tuna was pretty slack. Not that there were many out there, but those that were caught were pretty decent fish. There were scattered pods of Dolphin to the south 30 miles and to the west the same distance, and some of these pods produced a few Yellowfin to 35 pounds, but once again the focus for big fish was on the Gorda Banks area. Charter boats drifting, slow trolling or flying live bait off of kites were getting the occasional bite from fish that occasionally exceeded 300 pounds (314 for one boat) but most of them were between 100 and 200 pounds. It took a while, you had to have patience. One of our friends worked the area for two days and managed to get a nice 158 pound fish.

DORADO: The Dorado bite experienced a sudden drop this week and I am not sure why. Plenty of charters were working both the inside and the outside area of the Pacific coastline and most were lucky to get three or four fish, there were no really large concentrations found. Boats that did well were ones that were willing to lose their first fish to get more. Leaving that first fish in the water and slow trolling it 30 feet behind the boat until more fish appeared was the trick, and it works much of the time. We had one fly-fishing client this week who did very well, it’s often hard to get enough shots at a fish on the fly rod, but if your target is Dorado, this method as well as heavily chumming with Sardines works very well. On the Cortez side there were Dorado appearing in fair numbers off of the Cabo Del Sol area as tournament boats were heavily chumming the area early in the morning attempting to get those big Skipjack for live bait. With 30 or 40 boats tossing Sardinia in the water the Dorado came in and there were quite a few caught. I didn’t see any really large Dorado come in, or hear of any large ones, most of the fish were between 10 and 15 pounds, but there were a couple of big fish caught by tournament boats, at least I assume they were big as the teams reported the hook-ups on the radio before reporting them as non-qualifying species.
WAHOO: The full moon did produce more Wahoo than were caught last week. During the tournament our team caught a 60 pound fish the first day. While not worth any money in the tournament, it sure was good to eat! Other boats reported hooking up Wahoo as well, and there were a decent number caught by the charter fleet. I did hear of one boat getting two 30 pound fish one day. The action on these fish was scattered and not concentrated in any one area.
INSHORE: The slow down in the Dorado bite had many of the panga anglers crying this week. Last week was absolutely great, but there was a dearth of action off the beach this week. One of the saving graces was that area off of Cabo Real early in the morning as the numbers of white Skipjack and scattered Dorado at least produced action. For the normal inshore species such as Roosterfish, Jacks, Grouper and Snapper, the action was slow as well. Fishing on the Cortez side of the Cape just off the beach produced most of the action as this was the side of the Cape that was holding the Sardinia schools.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: In a couple of days I am going to produce a short blog with some number crunching concerning the tournaments we have just had, so check it out. I had a great time fishing this week, just wish our team, “Sporty Game” had gotten our big bite on Thursday hooked up. Oh well, next year! We did get that nice Wahoo as well as a Dorado while bait fishing, so there were fish in the boat, just not the right kind. I would like to thank Mary for keeping the blog updated with the tournament results while I was out fishing, great job honey! Also, a big thank you to Mark Bailey for turning me on to the group “Two Tons of Steel”, this is the first time I had heard of them. Based out of San Antonio, they are described as a “rockabilly” group. However you want to describe them, they are fun to listen to! Until next week, tight lines! Oh, don’t forget that Cabo has changed their time already, last night we set our clock back when we went to sleep. This is one week earlier than in the states, so don’t get confused when you get down here!

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!

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.
http://www.igfa.org/species/230-spearfish-atlantic.aspx
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!
http://bisbee12.catchstat.com/Default.aspx
Go Team Sporty Game!!!

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
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.
FISHING:
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!

Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament

Bisbee’s Offshore tournament has changed over the last few years. It used to be only for past Black and Blue Tournament winners. Maybe 20-30 boat each year. A couple years ago, they opened it up to all who want to enter.
This year there are 80 teams and 466 anglers.
The people entering these tournaments is changing. I don’t think I ever noticed so many pangas! Because they are adding different categories. A category just for tuna and one just for dorado. Minimum on these fish is 25 lbs. There are some decent tuna coming in. 19’s Toy is in the lead with a 314 lb Yellowfin, with 2nd place 113 lbs. Dorado showing up at 45.4 lbs. While none of these boats are only 23 ft, They are getting some decient size fish. And one may win today!
The Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament is only 2 days. Today is day 2 of fishing, Awards Banquet this evening. Tomorrow everyone will ge preparing for the big one. Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournament runs Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
I will keep posting the daily links for the live hook-up status.
Here is today’s link. http://blco12.catchstat.com/DayTwo.aspx

George is fishing this tournament and the next, along with Team Sporty Game.
George will write up the regular fishing report tomorrow!
Until then Tight Lines!

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament

Day 3 of the Los Cabos Tournament failed to bring up any more large marlin.  Bill Collector takes all three days Jackpots with their

483 lb Black Marlin caught on day 2.  There was a total of 16 billfish caught over 2 days of fishing.  Day 1 was canceled by Hurricane Paul.

Sometimes after a hurricane it just takes a day or two for fishing to get back to normal.

But the action hasn’t stopped.  Today is day one of the Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament.  Often referred to as the “little Bisbee’s”

This tournament used to be only for past winners of the Bisbee’s Black and Blue.  But in recent years, they have opened up to anyone who wants to fish

it.  This year there are 80 teams with 464 anglers.  This Tournament only runs 2 days, then everyone will get ready for the Richest Marlin Tournament int he world Bisbee”s Black and Blue!

Here is today’s catch stat link, so you can follow who is hooked up,  Also this tournament adds the live video, so you can party along with everyone at the weigh station.

http://blco12.catchstat.com/DayOne.aspx

George is on Team Sporty Game!