Cabo Fish Report Nov. 24 – Dec. 2, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Nov. 24 – Dec. 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: The appearance and departure of late season Hurricane Sandra had little effect on our fishing other than getting the port closed on Friday and Saturday. The fishing was good prior to the storms passing and great afterward, depending on what you were fishing for. Bill-fishing for Striped Marlin is as good as it gets, the Dorado are biting like crazy, there are some Tuna to be found and some very nice Wahoo have been hooked up!

WEATHER: Well the big news on the weather front was the development of a very late season Hurricane, named Sandra, that had everyone on edge last week. Early projections had the storm passing very close to us, but weakened from the category 4 class it reached for a short time. We got lucky with a high pressure ridge that came from the northwest and kept Sandra to the south and weakened her quickly. All we received were some large storm cells, overcast skies, a bit of wind and some rain. Very good for us! Since then our morning lows have been in the high 60’s and our daytime highs in the mid 80’s. As of today we have mostly clear skies with little breeze.

WATER: Swells from the south had the water humped up pretty good with swells to 8-10 feet and some big surf for those that liked that sport, but since the weekend the swells have receded to the normal, pretty much 4-6 feet on the Pacific side and 2-4 feet on the Cortez side. Water temperatures have varied as well with occasional warm spots of 82 degree water at the end of this reporting period being found south of us, and water to 76 degrees along the Pacific side. Water on the Cortez side has averaged 79 degrees. There has been some slightly off-colored water along the beach on the Cortez side and north quite a way on the Pacific side. With light winds we are currently experiencing the chop on the water has been minimal and relegated to the afternoons. Currents have been strong with the water on the Pacific side running strongly from the south to north and on the Cortez side it was much weaker and from the east-southeast to the west.

BAIT: The water finally cooled off enough for the Mackerel to show up so they have been readily available from the bait boats, as well as Caballito. Both these have been at the normal $3 each. There have been very few Sardines to be found, but most of the bait boats have had frozen Ballyhoo available at $3 each.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Early in this reporting period the Striped Marlin bite was really, really good and almost everyone that wanted to catch one had a positive experience. It got even better after the passing of Hurricane Sandra, and of course it has been good since the Mackerel arrived. After the storm passed, boats going out were releasing between three and six per day, mostly on the Pacific side or directly south. They were found everywhere, but the concentrations were along the 1-3 mile range off the beach. Look for the bait on the depth sounder and you would find the fish. Many of the fish caught were hooked by casting live bait in front of tailing fish, some by dropping a live bait back into the trolling pattern when a Marlin showed up in the lure pattern. About 25% were caught on the plastic lures and a few were caught by boats soaking live bait between 80 – 200 feet deep on high points that held bait. A few Sailfish were reported as well, but as the water continues to cool it is doubtful they will be around for long. I did not talk to anyone who hooked up a Blue or Black Marlin this week, but heard gossip about several fish in the 200-300 pound class that were hooked up and fought to release.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Tuna have been about as on/off as you can get these past days. Prior to the storms passing there were good numbers 30+ miles offshore, with a few large fish mixed in, but few or no fish to be found closer to Cabo. Since the storm passed the fish have moved in closer and plenty of football sized fish in the 10-20 pound class have been found under passing Porpoise pods within 20 miles of the beach. There have been scattered schools of football sized fish not associated with porpoise close to the beach as well, so quite a few boats working the beach zone for Dorado managed to pick up one or two. Most of this has been taking place to the south (offshore) or on the Pacific side anywhere. I don’t know of any boats that have tried to make it out to the Cabrillo Seamount, but boats working the Cortez side closer to land (5-20 miles out) have reported scattered success.

DORADO: Almost wide open has been the catch phrase for the Dorado for the past several weeks. Not everyone was able to get hooked up to a lot of fish, you had to find the schools, but when you did the fishing was awesome! Most of the fish ranged between 12 and 20 pounds with quite a few in the 25+ range. As usual, keeping the first one in the water to attract others was the key to getting numbers. One thing I love about that is you do have a chance to use much lighter gear if you have it. I have had plenty of fly fishermen who use conventional gear to catch the first fish, and then target individual fish that show up. Using conventional gear, tossing a live bait behind the first fish works extremely well, and when you get low on live bait (it happens sometimes) strips filleted off of a bait or off a skip-jack worked well.

WAHOO: We just came off the full moon and there were some nice Wahoo brought in before the passing of Sandra, a few of them over the 50 pound mark. Since then I have not seen any of the big Wahoo but some boats have been getting more than one in the 20-30 pound class. The normal areas have been producing them, the high spots, the ridges and drop offs along the coast and the current lines off-shore have all produced fish. The only issue for most anglers was the razor teeth of the Wahoo. The fish caught have often been off of double or triple strikes, but on lures or bait being used for Dorado and Marlin, therefore on monofiliment leader. That stuff is like butter to a Wahoo, and to get one to the boat you have to be lucky or have the hook right in the corner of the jaw.

INSHORE: There was no change in the inshore fishing this period with the exception of high swells on Thursday through Sunday. Pangas fishing along the beach went mostly for the Dorado and had good success. Boats that fished this area also had some Wahoo bites. In among the rocks there were some decent Snapper on live bait and some Roosterfish in the #15 class. Using live bait also attracted Needlefish and they really took a toll on the bait count. A few small Yellowfin, some scattered Sierra and some Bonita rounded up the inshore action. Most of this took place on the Pacific side as well.

 

NOTES:

If you are planning on booking a fishing trip soon (or later in the year), contact me to see what I can set you up with. I offer fishing charters for people with any type of experience on the water at reasonable rates, and service is the name of the game to me!

My music of the week is the soundtrack album of “Local Heroes” and “Sailing to America”, both by Mark Knopfler.

The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.

Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like to book a charter, check out www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site , it is still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month.

If you want to get the report every time I update, go to my blog at www.captgeo.wordpress.com and sign up! No spam, I do not share your e-mail and you can un-subscribe at any time!

Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report 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!

421.5 tuna cabo sept 19Meanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report July 7 – 13, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

July 7 – 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: We had great Striped Marlin fishing this week, some Blue Marlin and a few Sailfish, small Dorado, mostly small Yellowfin and scattered Roosterfish. Strong winds from mid week on and warming waters. See details below!

WEATHER: Unlike last week I saw no temperatures below degrees. This day last week it was 77 degrees at 6 AM, today it was 88 degrees at the same time, and little or no wind to relieve the heat. This was quite a change from earlier in the week when it comes to the wind. From early in the week the winds from the northwest were kicking in strongly, often 20 knots plus, and they blew throughout the night. The good part of this was that it kept the humidity down a bit, the bad part was that it made the Pacific side uncomfortable for fishing. As Sunday rolled in the winds died off, the humidity went up a notch and we started to sweat. We have had cloud cover for the past two days and many people were attributing it to developing hurricane Dolores, but this is just a spot of weather moving over us from the Mainland. At this point in time Dolores is too far away for us to feel any effects, but we may see some increasing swells on Tuesday and possible rain on Thursday if the storm tracks on the present predicted path and passes well to the west. We have only a 25% chance of tropical storm force winds at this time and with a three to four day time frame for things to change all of this could be different soon. If you want to check it out yourself I have several website you can look at, they are my favorites. The first is www.hurricanezone.net where you can see all the data, predictions and every photo and video available from around the world. The other site is www.earth.nullschool.net and while there is not a lot of data for the winds, the presentation is WAY cool! Just double click on any area to zoom in or grab and drag to change location.

WATER: The coolest water we had in the area last week was 76 degrees at the Golden Gate Banks. The currents, still strongly moving from east to west, moved the warm water into the area and now we are seeing that same area at 81 degrees. Directly off the Cape we have water at 84-85 degrees and as you move toward San Jose it gets to the 86-87 range. On the Pacific side we have had swells in the 4-6 foot size and with the windy conditions during the week, offshore it has looked like a field of sheep. I went out on a 28′ boat on Wednesday and it was bumpy but fishable, I went again on Friday and we got our butt kicked. It was calmer closer to the beach on the Pacific side, and on the Cortez side it was almost like a lake, only with 2-4 foot swells. The water appeared clean and blue everywhere I looked this week, that is good news!

BAIT: Bait this week was almost exclusivelyy Caballito (goggle eyed scad) with a few misc. kinds in the mix like Ladyfish and a few Moonfish. The normal $3 per bait and there was frozen ballyhoo at the same price.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: I was really hoping that the Blue Marlin bite was going to pick up in our area, and while the fish may be here, few boats were willing to brave the rough offshore water in front of the Cape or on the Pacific side to find them. Boats going north on the Cortez side were finding them off of Punta Gorda and to the north in decent numbers, but the ones in our area were scattered and not in any concentration. Striped Marlin remained the fish of the week, and they were there in good numbers for boats working the Pacific coastline to three miles offshore. They were also present offshore on the Pacific side as we caught one each day we went out (looking for big Tuna). Boats looking for them were coming in with between one and four Marlin flags flying, and a few caught even more than that. Our lucky lure was a 3.5 Zuker black/green head with black/green skirts, both Marlin ate that one, and a nice Wahoo as well.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: As I mentioned above, we went offshore looking for big Tuna and got our butts kicked. We found one pod of porpoise but couldn’t get a bite. Boats staying close to shore were finding plenty of small fish, from five to 15 pounds and on Saturday as the winds started to die off one boat came in with a 180# fish. We will find them again this week!

DORADO: Once again there were only a few Dorado being caught in our area, and the sizes were not large, most in the 10 pound class with a few 20# fish as well. Most of them were found on the Cortez side of the Cape and within five miles of the beach.

WAHOO: Once again I only heard of one Wahoo caught this week, but it was a nice 34 pound fish, and it bit the same lure the Striped Marlin we caught bit on. I am sure there were more, but I did not hear about them. Our fish was found in the middle of nowhere, a blind strike 18 miles out.

INSHORE: Fishing just off the beach this week was tough as the wind made for very choppy conditions and prevented or made it very difficult to stay in one place and work the area, at least on the Pacific side. After the winds died (Saturday) the fishing picked up again with Roosterfish taking the main stage for surface catches and Grouper being the top bottom-fish caught. Add in some decent triggerfish, Bonita, Skipjack, Pompano and the occasional Dorado and it was ok. Not fantastic, but ok. On the Cortez side the inshore fishing was just so-so with scattered success on Roosterfish and Amberjack with a few Jack Crevalle to work on the anglers arms.

NOTES: If you are planning on booking a fishing trip soon (or later in the year), contact me to see what I can set you up with. The fishing continues to get better every week so now is the time, while the weather is still good and the pressure light! 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 John Klemmer and his album “Waterfalls”. Great saxophone jazz!

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!

Cabo Bite Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com

www.flyhooker.com

https://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

May 21-27,  2012

WEATHER:  Here at the tip of the Cape the wind blew almost all week long, coming mostly from the northwest but sometimes shifting and coming from the southwest.  Gusting to 30 knots at times, it was fairly steady during the middle of the week, only to die off on Sunday morning.  As you traveled up the coast toward San Jose the effect was much less noticeable. We had mostly sunny skies this week with the nighttime lows ranging from 62 degrees to 74 degrees and the daytime highs averaged 82 degrees, just about perfect!

WATER: There is not much to say about our water conditions that are good, at least for offshore fishing.  The strong currents that came in from the Pacific side last week really have had a lasting effect.  The water on the Pacific side from the coastline out to the Golden Gate Banks and the San Jaime Banks remains a cold 56 degrees and green.  On the Banks and to the west it warms a bit to 62 degrees but becomes even more dirty green.  Up toward San Jose on the Cortez side the water remains in the 62-64 degree range and green while along the beach up to San Jose the water became very green and dirty at the end of the week.  Warm water finally appears as you reach Punta Gorda and from the beach out to about three miles it is 75 degrees, continuing on up the coast to Los Frailes.  Due to the continuing wind the water on the Pacific side remained mostly unfishable unless you were in a Panga hanging close to the beach, and that was not much more than five miles up, after that it was nasty water with swells at 4-6 feet and the wind gusting to 30 knots.  On the Cortez side the swells were much smaller at the start of the week and now at the end of the week we are seeing the effects of Hurricane Bud, now dissipated and very far south of us.  The swells continue to build and will remain large for the next couple of days, but here on Sunday we are seeing 6-8 feet from the south.  The surfers are happy!

BAIT:  Just about the only live bait this week was Caballito at the normal $3 per bait.  The large swells at the end of the week almost shut off the Sardina netting and the water is too cold and dirty for the Mackerel, I am surprised to see there are still Caballito out there!

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Well, as I reported last week at the end of the IGFA Offshore Championship, the cold water shocked the Striped Marlin and the bite pretty much shut down with 47 teams releasing only 8 Marlin on the last day.  The situation has not changed much as the fish are still scarce in our area.  Boats that are targetting Marlin have to run almost 50 miles to get into that warm water toward Los Frailes, and even when they get there, getting a fish to bite is a coin toss.  A few fish have been found closer to home in the colder water but these fish have been very reluctant to bite.  My guess is that only 20% of the boats are seeing Marlin and out of them, maybe 20% are getting bit.  As a result I have been recommending to our anglers that they target something beside Marlin, like inshore fishing for Yellowtail.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: The Tuna bite remained off this week with only a few football sized fish caught, and most of them were caught in the blind with no porpoise or birds to indicate their presence.

DORADO: I saw no Dorado brought to the docks this week but heard of a few very small ones of about 8 pounds coming from the direction of San Jose.  No details on location or bait, just that there were a few small ones.

WAHOO:  Dedicated anglers getting to the grounds early up in the Punta Gorda area reported having a few Wahoo bites, and I did have one Captain tell me he lost a lure to a wahoo offshore around the 1150, but I did not hear of any being brought in this week.

 INSHORE:  There is no doubt in my mind that inshore fishing was the way to go this week as the bite for Yellowtail remained strong on the Cortez side of the Cape and there was still a decent bite on Sierra between the lighthouse and the arch on the Pacific side as well as off of the Cabo Del Sol area.  Mix in some decent grouper to 25 pounds, a few nice Snapper and occasionally a school of Pompano moving through and there was pretty consistent action.  The lack of Sardines at the end of the week hurt the inshore fishing just a little bit, but not a lot.

FISH RECIPE:  Check the blog for this weeks recipe! 

NOTES: Beach time and I think it will be a problem to keep the puppy from getting into the surf, she loves to swim and the swells might be a bit much today.  I wrote this report to the music of her snoring at my feet and the birds chirping outside as the sun comes up! Until next week, tight lines!

 

Happy Memorial Day to All!

Many thanks to all who have served in the past and present.  Your sacrifice can never be repayed. 

 

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
Oct. 3-9, 2011

WEATHER: While the week started out hot and humid things eased up a bit for us at the end of the week. Starting with morning temperatures averaging 88 degrees at the start, we ended up with morning temperatures averaging 82 degrees. Our daytime’s were doing the same with the early part of the week seeing heat of 100 degrees and over and at the end of the week we were only seeing mid 90’s. We had a bit of cloud cover move in on Saturday and it managed to drop some rain in the mountains and just a bit of mist in a few parts of town.
WATER: At the end of the week the only decision you had to make was where to go to get fish as there was no difference in the water temperature, it was 87-88 degrees everywhere, both on the Pacific side and on the Sea of Cortez side. The main difference was the surface conditions. On the Pacific side we had slightly larger swells early in the week and slight breezes from the northwest and the Cortez side was almost flat with no wind. Later in the week we had some larger swells from Hurricane Jova come into the area. They were coming in from the south so there were a couple of days with a bit of up and down.
BAIT: Caballito, Mullet and Sardines were the live bait available with the bigger baits at the usual $3 each and just a few of the Sardinas at $25 a scoop up in the Palmilla area. Sardinas were hard to come by late in the week due to the large swells hitting the beach.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There are still some Sailfish being found as well as some Striped Marlin and Blues. I heard of some Black Marlin being caught up in the San Jose area but not anything really big, most of them were reported to be in the 200-250 class. The Sailfish were in close to the beach and were caught by boats fishing for Dorado. This is also the area where most of the Striped Marlin were found. Blue Marlin were being found by quite a few boats but once again there were only a few large fish. I was out this week and we had a small Striped Marlin come in on an outrigger lure and a bit later had a small Blue take a tuna lure off the long corner. Both of these fish were found while we were working Porpoise for Yellowfin Tuna just to the east of the San Jaime Bank. We had clients fish for two days and not have a Marlin strike at all so you just never know (they did get plenty of other fish).

YELLOWFIN TUNA: On one day, off the next and it definitely seemed to be a cycle this week. Same area, probably the same fish and the first day it would be a wide open bite, then next day the fish had their mouths sewn shut. Try again just one more time and the wide open bite happened again! Frustrating, yep, for sure, but the fishing was really really good when the fish were hungry! The Tuna were found from the Cortez side on the Inman Bank and Gorda Banks, the Cabrillo Seamount and the 1150 spot, south of Cabo from 6 miles to 35 miles, from 3 miles off the lighthouse on the Pacific to the west side of the San Jaime and farther north past the Golden Gate Banks. There was no one area of concentration, you just had to find the porpoise. Some large fish were brought in, a few over 200 pounds and quite a few in the 80 pound class. Most of the fish were 35040 pounds or 12-20 pounds and many times the schools were mixed. Boats flying kites seemed to get more than their share of the larger fish, but trolled marlin lures definitely brought in some super-sized Tuna as well. Seeing a hole the size of a washtub open up where your lure had been was one way of checking your blood pressure!
DORADO: The Dorado bite could almost be considered wide open as almost any boat that concentrated on these great eating fish had a successful trip. Catching limits was not a problem, in fact many boats managed to double or even triple the legal limit of two per person per day, chancing getting caught and having the fish taken and the boat fined. Most of the fish were found on the Pacific side a fair distance up the shoreline. Finding the area the fish were holding by trolling with lures, then slow trolling the area with live bait was the key. Fish were not super-size, most of them were in the 12-15 pound class, but there were a few that went over 20 pounds and a few that weighed over 50 pounds. There were also a lot that were smaller than 6 pounds. Most boats release these small fish but I did see quite a few of them brought in.
WAHOO: I did not see a lot of Wahoo flags this week but I know there were some caught. One of our clients caught one that was about 25 pounds while fishing for Dorado on Saturday. He and his friend also caught 10 Dorado that day, and came in with two coolers filled with Tuna averaging 30 pounds the day before, so they really had a great time!
INSHORE: There was no change this week on the inshore fishing. Roosterfish, Needle-fish, Bonita, Skipjack, Dorado with a scattering of Grouper and Snapper rounded out the fish inshore. There were no large numbers of any of them except for the Dorado, and there were plenty of them to keep anglers happy. Many of the Pangas went offshore in search of Tuna this week instead of focusing on the inshore fish.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.
NOTES: I don’t think there was an unhappy angler found in Cabo this week. We had some great weather and super fishing to go with it. Lots of the larger yachts are arriving and you see quite a few of these beauties out there getting prepped for the up-coming tournaments. If you are thinking of coming down to fish, now is the time to make your reservations as many of the best charter boats will start to be booked up with tournament dates. Hopefully the great fishing will continue through November!
Until next week, tight lines!
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Tuna salad for dips or sandwiches

A little late on the reicpe of the week, family in town, so it’s been a busy week!

There has been lots of yellowfin tuna around and one of my favorites is tuna salad.  Easy to make and better than out of a can!

I  start with  1 lb of cleaned tuna fillet.  Remove all of  the bloodline.  With 2 cats, I cut off that thin layer of meat where the skin was removed.   Chop that into pieces and serve to the kitties.  The rest I chop into 1 1/2 inch chunks, and place into a pan, cover with water, add  1/2 tsp garlic powder,  1 tbsp dehydrated onion, salt, pepper, dash or Worcester and dill if you have.

Bring to a boil,  by the time the water comes to a boil, the fish will be done.  You want the meat a little pink in the middle, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.  Drain the water. Place your tuna in desired bowl. You need to chop the chunks into smaller pieces or I use a potato masher to break the chunks into small flakes.  You need to let it chill to room temperature.  I put in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, so it is completely cooled. Once chilled you can mash a little more, depending on how smooth or chunky you want your salad.

While the fish is chilling, finely chop onion, celery and pickles, or what ever you like in your tuna salad.  Sliced Almonds are great too!

Once the fish is cool, mix all ingredients together along with some mayonnaise to get the proper consistency.  Serve on a bed of lettuce, with crackers, or make yourself a sandwich.  It will keep in the frig up to 3 days.  Works great as a dip for parties.

You can also use smoked tuna,   or if we are grilling  tuna steaks, I will throw  extra tuna on just to make tuna salad the next day. Cooking the fish in water takes away some of the natural fats in the tuna, grilling will keep those fats intact.  Grilled tuna or smoked tuna will have a smoother consistency, while the boiled tuna will be firmer.

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
Sept. 19-25, 2011

WEATHER: Once again we had hot weather, just when we thought that there was a chance that fall was here early! What were we thinking? Our daytime highs have been over 100 degrees most days while the nighttime lows have only dropped to the mid 80’s. With very little cloud cover this week it was a warm 7 days! What did keep our attention focused on the weather was the possible approach of Hurricane Hillary. She started in the usual place but then took off to the west due to some high pressure in our area but she is expected to re-curve to the north this weekend, but will be passing well to the west of us as a tropical storm. We have a very low chance (0-10%) of getting tropical storm strength winds, but we do hope that we get a bit of cloud cover and (fingers crossed!) a bit of rain.
WATER: At the end of the week the water across the Sea of Cortez was a very consistent 88 degrees with an occasional showing of 90 degree water. To the west on the Pacific ocean the temperature dropped a little bit, but there was no hard definition to the change. Across the San Jaime Bank we were seeing 85-86 degree water and on the Golden Gate Bank it dropped a bit to 84 degrees. The band of cooler water we had last week along the shore went away and now it is the same almost everywhere. Surface conditions have been great at the beginning of this week with little if any wind chop, small swells and smooth seas. With the approach of Hurricane Hillary we expected the size of the swells to pick up and we were not disappointed. If you have been to Cabo and know Medano beach, then you know when the swell is bucking up against the beach steps of the Pueblo Bonito Rose and Blanco hotels, then they are large swells. They are expected to pick up a little more in the next few days then go back to normal. If it is just the swells then we should have no problems offshore, but inshore fishing may be a very iffy proposition.
BAIT: Caballito, Mullet and Sardines were the live bait available with the bigger baits at the usual $3 each and the Sardinas at $25 a scoop up in the Palmilla area.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: I heard of a very nice Black Marlin of 580 pounds being caught by a Panga out of San Jose while fishing the Gorda Bank area this week as well as a few smaller ones from the same area as well as off of Punta Gorda. There were a few scattered Blue Marlin bites to be had scattered around our area as well, but once again no concentration of them. Most of the Blue Marlin were reported to be smaller specimens in the 150-250 pound range. With the warm water came a burst of Sailfish action, at least for a few days, for boats that fished the Cabrillo Seamount, the 1150 and the 95 areas. On the Pacific side of the Cape, as well as off of the Inman Bank there were Striped Marlin, but they were finicky and most of them were in the 100 pound range.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Like I said last week, this has been a fish that has been hot one week and cold the next except for this past two weeks when it has been cold for most of the boats. One reason could be the 3 Purse Seiners that have been working our area for the past several weeks, the fish was good until they showed up. There are still some small area that have been producing fish on a fairly steady basis, but for most of the Cabo based boats running to the Inman banks is just too far an takes too much time. The Inman has been producing some fish in the 30-80 pound class for boats that are there at the right time, but it has been a very time specific fishery, be there when the fish pass through or don’t even bother. Fly lined live Sardinas on #20 flouro-carbon leader with plenty tossed into the water for chum, or drifting chunks of fresh bonito have worked for some boats. On the Inner and Outer Gorda some boats were getting lucky on large fish by slow trolling or flying kites using live Skipjack as bait, but unless you were able to get bellow the green Jacks on the surface it was hard to get good bait. On the Pacific side there were scattered groups of porpoise that held some fish, but the fish were extremely shy and it took a kite to present a bait properly to these fish. Even then it was a very tough go as there were many short bites and the fish were moving fast. It comes down to slow fishing for Yellowfin Tuna for almost all the boats, but the ones that did get fish were usually getting quality fish.
DORADO: It looks like Dorado ended up being the fish of the week although at the start of the week it was very slow fishing for these guys. Mid-week the bite started to turn back on close to the beach on the Pacific side, but the fish were not large ones. There were plenty of small ones in the 4-8 pound class which bodes well for the future several months, but larger fish were a hit or miss. Almost every boat that went inshore and tried for the Dorado caught plenty, and almost everyone got at least one fish in the 20 pound class, but these fish were not common inshore. A few boats did manage to find small concentrations of larger fish offshore under small pieces of floating debris, but once again these were isolated incidents and you had to be very lucky.
WAHOO: Once again there were Wahoo reported in the catch of quite a few boats this week, perhaps as many as 15% of the boats fishing reported at least on strike, and about 5% were able to bet one in the fish box. The Wahoo averaged 30 pounds and most of the strikes occurred inshore and happened to the anglers fishing for Dorado. The use of light mono leaders had the expected result of being bitten off by the Wahoo, but sure helped on the Dorado bite!
INSHORE: There were some Roosterfish as well as plenty of action on Jack Crevalle close to the beach early in the week, but at the end of the week the increasing size of the swells made fishing in close a very tricky thing to try. With the increase in Dorado action just off the beach most of the Pangas focused on these fish instead and they did very well (see the Dorado section above).

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it. This week I actually will be posting one since we finally got some Tuna to take home, a very nice piece from the 169 pound fish!
NOTES: Back from the Sunday morning beach trip with a tired dog and a Bloody Mary in hand as Mary fixes breakfast. My music for the morning is the sound of the talking heads (not the band) of ESPN giving their analysis of today’s games. Our hope is for a Seahawk perfect season, if we can manage to lose every game we can get a good quarterback next season.
Until next week, tight lines!
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