Cabo Fish Report Nov. 7 – 23, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Nov. 7 – 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS: A two week break since my last report mostly because little has changed. Tuna are out there a ways, mostly footballs, Dorado are around and there are some nice ones, a few Wahoo recently since we had the right moon phase, scattered Striped Marlin and a few Sailfish and an occasional Blue, inshore remained a bit slow.

WEATHER: Until two days ago we were having the perfect weather with nighttime lows down to 68 degrees and daytime highs in the mid 80’s. Several days ago it changed a bit with higher humidity and higher temperatures. Daytime highs up to 98 degrees and nighttime lows in the mid 70’s. We had some clouds move in, enough that we thought we might receive a bit of rain, but that has not happened yet. We had a few days of strong winds from the northwest that made for choppy conditions on the Pacific but it has calmed down a bit.

WATER: Swells on the Pacific side have been in the 3-5 foot range and on the Cortez side of the Cape they were smaller at 1-3 feet. The water on the Pacific side has been much cleaner and clearer than the water on the Cortez side but there has only been a temperature difference of one degree. Water on the Pacific side has been around 82 degrees with a strong current from the south, on the Cortez side it has been around 81 degrees with a weak movement of water for the most part. When you combine water temperature, clarity and current movement the best fishing should be between the shore and three miles out and outside the San Jaime Bank, all on the Pacific side and just outside the strongest current line. Guess what, that is the way it was!

BAIT: No change on the bait scene with Caballito and a small variety of other bait fish have been the normal $3 each and there are still no sardinas being found locally. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each has been available from some of the bait boats. Hopefully soon there will be Mackerel available, the water has to cool off a bit more though.

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 has tapered off a bit since then but should pick up soon as we go back into the full moon phase. There were scattered Sailfish being caught and early in the period there were scattered Blue Marlin as well. I had clients who released one about #350-400 and another around #200-250, both of them on the San Jaime Banks. Live bait was still the best way to get a Striped Marlin, dropping one back to fish that appear in the spread. The smaller Blue that my clients caught was on a live bait dropped back for a Dorado, dropped back behind one already hooked up. Imagine their surprise when the Blue appeared and ate the bait! A great fight on #30 tackle!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: As I mentioned in the last report, the super seiners were on top of the San Jaime Banks, and there were as many as seven of them at one time during the tuna tournament. That may have been, actually probably was, the reason there were only a few large Tuna caught during the tournament. Boats reported that the seiners were setting their nets right on top of the high spots in amongst the sport fishing fleet, helicopters flying overhead and chase boats working hard. The largest Tuna caught for the tournament was 210 pounds and we had expected there to be many of them over #200 caught based on the previous two weeks of fishing. Since then there have been mostly football sized fish caught, and then you had to find the right school of porpoise for that to happen. Boats and angles have reported seeing larger fish in the #100-#200 class breaking water in among the smaller fish, but they have been very spooky. The better Tuna fishing has been much farther offshore, many times as distant as 40 miles. Once in a while boats got lucky and found them 20 miles out but that was the exception. Also, contrary to normal, the best bites were on bright colored lures!

DORADO: Dorado were the charter fleet mainstay this period with most boats getting three to six nice Dorado per trip. Almost all the action has been withing three miles of the beach on the Pacific side or up around the Punta Gorda area and north of there on the Cortez side. As is common, boats with the best results were ones that dropped a live bait or belly strips behind a fish that was hooked on a lure. Patience was required, often slow trolling the live bait with the hooked Dorado for a half hour before more fish appeared. Using the first hooked fish as a teaser is one of the best ways to improve the catch!

WAHOO: This reporting period was during the new moon phase and there were some really nice Wahoo, as large as 55 pounds, caught by boats working the high spots and drop offs on the Pacific side specificly for them. Many boats reported getting bit by Wahoo but while fishing for Dorado using monofiliment leader, this resulted in many lost lures and not many fish!

INSHORE: 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 album “Jazz Collectors Edition” with Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker. Give it a listen, some great music here!

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!

 

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Cabo Fishing Oct. 31 – Nov. 6th

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Oct. 31 – Nov. 6, 2015

Purse seiner waiting to scoop up the tuna

Purse seiner waiting to scoop up the tuna

SYNOPSIS: Quick and simple today, there are plenty of Striped Marlin to be caught, lots of Dorado, a few Wahoo and we will find out if the big Tuna are still around today and tomorrow as teams compete in the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot Tournament.

WEATHER: What a wonderful week we have had! Nighttime lows in the low 70’s and daytime highs in the mid 90’s, occasional scattered clouds passing through brought us a sprinkle on Tuesday but otherwise blue skies and sunshine!

WATER: There was little change from last week on the water as the Sea of Cortez remained at 84 degrees everywhere within reach and had small 1-3 foot swells and good blue water. On the Pacific side the swells were 2-5 feet, the water within five miles of the beach averaged 83 degrees and outside the San Jaime Banks it dropped to 81 degrees. The water close to the beach was a very clean blue while outside it was blue, but not as clear. Currents will play a big part of this tournament as there has been a fairly strong east to west push on the Cortez side and this push has wrapped around the tip with a southeast to northwest run all the way up to the Golden Gate Bank along the beach and east to west farther offshore. This is likely to push the bait off the high spots and make it more difficult to chunk for the big fish.

BAIT: Caballito and a small variety of other bait fish have been the normal $3 each and there are still no sardinas being found locally. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each has been available from some of the bait boats.

FISHING:

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BILLFISH: If you are interested in Striped Marlin then come on down! The water has cooled just enough for them to start showing up in decent numbers and they seem to be hungry as well. Most have averaged 110 pounds but there have been a few very small one in the 50 pound class caught and a few in the 150 pound class as well. There has been a scattering of Sailfish but almost no Blue or Black Marlin to be found. A few have been caught here and there, but no concentration of them, even on the tuna schools. The Striped Marlin have been suckers for live bait, but sometimes you had to stun the bait first so that it appeared injured (like getting a hook stuck through your nose wasn’t enough). Dropping the bait into the lure pattern or tossing it into the path of a tailing fish worked very well for almost everyone, and the fish were hungry enough that quite a few were caught on lures, with bright colors getting the nod this week.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: The Purse Seiners seem to have had quite an effect on the tuna fishing this past week. Since they showed up several weeks ago the sport catch has dropped by 90%. These are the big seiners with mile long purse nets and spotting helicopters. We have watched them brail net after net of Yellowfin, fish ranging from 10 to 300 pounds with plenty of Hammerhead Sharks and a few turtles as well. Combine this pounding with the sudden appearance of the Dorado and few Tuna were being caught, or even looked for prior to today. As I mentioned above, we will see how things go today and tomorrow. I will try and do a short quick post this evening and tomorrow evening with some totals so you can see how things are going.

DORADO: Fish the Pacific side for these great looking and fantastic eating fish! Boats working the water from the shoreline to three miles out are getting limits on fish ranging from 10 to 25 pounds (the limit is 2 per angler), and often within the first few hours. Almost any bright colored lure has done well, and of course throwing out some small chunks of Bonita as chum and then a live or cut bait has often resulted in all the rods going off at the same time. Walking around the Marina there are yellow flags flying from almost every charter boat you see! Griceldas Smokehouse has been so busy with anglers Dorado that their freezers are full (at least until these lucky anglers leave with their fish).

WAHOO: The Wahoo bite slowed down, as expected, as the moon waned but there were still a few nice ones caught. A few fish in the 30 pound class were found around Los Arcos and Migraino Beach right off the points in 250 feet of water. There were more strikes than fish though as most boats were working for Dorado and pulling smaller lures on lighter mono leaders. The majority of the time this means a lost fish as well as lost lure when the razor sharp teeth hit the leader and slice through so quick and clean that the strike is never even noticed. Many deckhands have pulled in lines after trolling for an hour or so only to find one or two lures gone! You have to keep an eye on them at all times!

INSHORE: Bottom fishing has remained the most productive method of getting fish along the beach. Using cut bait or smaller live bait has been working on grouper, snapper and an occasional Yellowtail. Since the water has been in good shape a lot of the pangas are cruising off the beach fishing for Dorado. I have had quite a few fly fishermen catch their first Dorado ever while casting for other fish from the pangas and they had a blast!

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 album “21” by Adele. I hear she is coming out with a new one soon and I can’t wait to hear some new stuff!

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 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 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 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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Cabo Fish Report: UPDATE on Weather section

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
November 5 – 11, 2012

WEATHER: I love this time of the year in Cabo. We get the nice cool evenings when the temperature is right around 80 degrees, mornings with a slight chill with low 70’s and daytime where you can warm up a bit in the low 90’s. No sweaters needed at night, but no air conditioning either! This week we had mostly sunny days with light clouds for most of the week. The winds were light except on Saturday when they freshened up a bit, but they never got strong.
WATER: On the Cortez side of the Cape this week we were seeing water from the beach out to the 1,000 fathom line showing 82.4 to 84.4 degrees while just past this area the water warmed up to the mid 85 degree range and did touch 86 degrees in a few areas. The water was mostly clean and blue with a few of the area in cooler water showing a touch of green, but nothing easy to notice. Add in the flat water with little wind and no swells to speak of and it was like being on a pool table. On the Pacific side it was 81 to 83 degrees all along the coast line from the beach out past the banks. The water was clean and blue with small swells and almost no wind most days. It did blow a bit on Saturday but not hard enough or long enough to get the swells up, just a bit of chop. UPDATE 11/11/12: The wind yesterday continued to blow the rest of the day and increased over the night. We went to the Pacific side this morning and only made it half way past the lighthouse to the Los Arcos area before turning back. Swells had picked up to 4-6 feet with the wind at 15-20 knots. Boats running the beach made it farther up, avoiding the wind chop and current lines, but I can’t imagine that the water conditions off the beach were much better. Wind is supposed to lay down to 8-10 knots tomorrow, and like today from the NNW.
BAIT: Same as last week, Caballito and Mullet could be had at $3 each. Once the water cools a few more degrees there should be a few Mackerel showing up as well. There were Sardinas at $25 a bucket and plenty of them as boats were supplying enough for the Tuna Tournament. You could get frozen horse Bally-hoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: I heard of no reports I could verify of any Blue or Black Marlin this week, and I spent two days with a friend looking for only those fish while the W.O.N. Tuna tournament was going on. There were some Striped Marlin caught, but almost all were on the Pacific side, close to the beach. A few boats were dropping live bait down halfway to the bottom or all the way to the bottom and getting a few hook-ups, and there were a few fish spotted tailing that were willing to eat a live bait. Just as last week, I estimate that about 20% or fewer of the boats were able to catch a Striped Marlin this week. There were also few Sailfish, though a couple were caught, and they were found on the Cortez side in the warmer water.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Fish of the week! The only reason they have edged out the Dorado is the number of boats that were targeting them this week. Thursday and Friday were the two fishing days for the Yamaha/Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament and with 121 teams entered the pressure to find a big fish was heavy. Since practically the only area that has been producing any Yellowfin fish of quality has been the Gordo Banks, my friend Mike of”Renegade Mike” told me it was almost a parking lot with over 70 boats positioned on and around the area on the first day. The pressure was too much for some of the boats on the second day so they left and targeted Dorado and Wahoo instead. The results were impressive with the largest fish caught being 372 pounds! Mike caught the largest Tuna of day one with a #266 and ended up taking second overall along with a fish that would have been fourth place if the money had paid out that far. There were a dozen fish over 200 pounds caught during the tournament, and all but one came from the Gordo area. The tournament has no idea of the numbers of smaller fish but there were plenty of them! Most of these fish were taken by boats that were chunking bonito or chumming with Sardinas, and you were not getting bit if you did not have flouro-carbon leader, the fish were very shy. The only other area that produced Yellowfin was a school on the second day approximately 12 miles to the north of the Golden Gate Bank. I only saw 6 boats working this school, four of them flying kites, but one of the 200+ pound fish was caught from this school.

DORADO: I think the results of the Tuna tournament speak of the Dorado fishing as far as size goes as there were no Dorado weighed over 30 pounds, even with $78,000 U.S. on the line the second day. But there were lot’s of them out there! Almost all the action was on the Pacific side between the Los Arcos area all the way to Todo Santos. Fishing within two miles of the beach using drifted or slow trolled live bait, or fishing a spread of lures, every boat that tried was able to limit out on fish that ran from 10 to 20 pounds with a few to 25 pounds. As usual, getting the first one hooked up and leaving it in the water behind the boat resulted in more fish coming in and better catches. With most of the boats on the first day concentrating on Yellowfin the pressure on the Dorado was light, but on the second day of the tournament it picked up a bit. Now that the tournament is over you can expect the pressure on the Dorado to return as they are the base of the charter operations this time of year.
WAHOO: Once again Wahoo action was sporadic with quite a few small fish caught and no really large ones. The action was spread out all over the place with fish being caught around the Punta Gordo area and up off of Todo Santos. Looking for them along the 50 fathom line or closer in resulted in fish that were in the 20 pound class. The largest one weighed in during the Tuna tournament was only #30.4 and ended up taking the $78,000 prize in the Wahoo/Dorado category. My math makes that fish worth $2,565.78 a pound!
INSHORE: There was no change in the inshore fishing report for this week . You can almost consider the Yellowfin, Skipjack and Dorado bite as inshore fishing since the main concentration was in less than 300 feet of water, and since it has been so good, few of the Pangas did any fishing right on the beach. Those that did found a few smaller sized Roosterfish, plenty of Needle-fish, a scattering of Jack Crevalle but not a lot of anything else. I did hear of a few Sierra being caught, but not any large numbers.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe! A really good one for Dorado!
NOTES: The tournaments are now over and it is time to settle in for the season. It appears as if both the Tuna and Dorado may be here for a little while longer, at least for the next month or so. Hopefully the Striped Marlin bite will turn on soon. When we start to see more Mackerel in the bait supplies there should be more Striped Marlin showing. Remember, all I do is fishing (with a bit of golf thrown in) so you get a no non-sense, factual report on our conditions every week, and most of the time I have been on the water a day or two myself. I have had a few questions about how I get my information, and after 13 years here I have an amazing number of phone numbers that I work every week, besides by own experience. Combine the calls I make to Captains, I talk to great numbers of anglers, both clients and non-clients to find out how they did and where they went. This weeks report was written to the music of Brian Flynn once again as I am looking forward to his bands concert this Sunday at the outdoor amphitheater in the new cultural center. (Brian has played with Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Loverboy, Ralph Dinosaur, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchett, Southern Rock Allstars and Guess Who). Looking forward to it! Until next week, tight lines!

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Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
November 5 – 11, 2012

WEATHER: I love this time of the year in Cabo. We get the nice cool evenings when the temperature is right around 80 degrees, mornings with a slight chill with low 70’s and daytime where you can warm up a bit in the low 90’s. No sweaters needed at night, but no air conditioning either! This week we had mostly sunny days with light clouds for most of the week. The winds were light except on Saturday when they freshened up a bit, but they never got strong.
WATER: On the Cortez side of the Cape this week we were seeing water from the beach out to the 1,000 fathom line showing 82.4 to 84.4 degrees while just past this area the water warmed up to the mid 85 degree range and did touch 86 degrees in a few areas. The water was mostly clean and blue with a few of the area in cooler water showing a touch of green, but nothing easy to notice. Add in the flat water with little wind and no swells to speak of and it was like being on a pool table. On the Pacific side it was 81 to 83 degrees all along the coast line from the beach out past the banks. The water was clean and blue with small swells and almost no wind most days. It did blow a bit on Saturday but not hard enough or long enough to get the swells up, just a bit of chop.
BAIT: Same as last week, Caballito and Mullet could be had at $3 each. Once the water cools a few more degrees there should be a few Mackerel showing up as well. There were Sardinas at $25 a bucket and plenty of them as boats were supplying enough for the Tuna Tournament. You could get frozen horse Bally-hoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: I heard of no reports I could verify of any Blue or Black Marlin this week, and I spent two days with a friend looking for only those fish while the W.O.N. Tuna tournament was going on. There were some Striped Marlin caught, but almost all were on the Pacific side, close to the beach. A few boats were dropping live bait down halfway to the bottom or all the way to the bottom and getting a few hook-ups, and there were a few fish spotted tailing that were willing to eat a live bait. Just as last week, I estimate that about 20% or fewer of the boats were able to catch a Striped Marlin this week. There were also few Sailfish, though a couple were caught, and they were found on the Cortez side in the warmer water.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Fish of the week! The only reason they have edged out the Dorado is the number of boats that were targeting them this week. Thursday and Friday were the two fishing days for the Yamaha/Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament and with 121 teams entered the pressure to find a big fish was heavy. Since practically the only area that has been producing any Yellowfin fish of quality has been the Gordo Banks, my friend Mike of”Renegade Mike” told me it was almost a parking lot with over 70 boats positioned on and around the area on the first day. The pressure was too much for some of the boats on the second day so they left and targeted Dorado and Wahoo instead. The results were impressive with the largest fish caught being 372 pounds! Mike caught the largest Tuna of day one with a #266 and ended up taking second overall along with a fish that would have been fourth place if the money had paid out that far. There were a dozen fish over 200 pounds caught during the tournament, and all but one came from the Gordo area. The tournament has no idea of the numbers of smaller fish but there were plenty of them! Most of these fish were taken by boats that were chunking bonito or chumming with Sardinas, and you were not getting bit if you did not have flouro-carbon leader, the fish were very shy. The only other area that produced Yellowfin was a school on the second day approximately 12 miles to the north of the Golden Gate Bank. I only saw 6 boats working this school, four of them flying kites, but one of the 200+ pound fish was caught from this school.

DORADO: I think the results of the Tuna tournament speak of the Dorado fishing as far as size goes as there were no Dorado weighed over 30 pounds, even with $78,000 U.S. on the line the second day. But there were lot’s of them out there! Almost all the action was on the Pacific side between the Los Arcos area all the way to Todo Santos. Fishing within two miles of the beach using drifted or slow trolled live bait, or fishing a spread of lures, every boat that tried was able to limit out on fish that ran from 10 to 20 pounds with a few to 25 pounds. As usual, getting the first one hooked up and leaving it in the water behind the boat resulted in more fish coming in and better catches. With most of the boats on the first day concentrating on Yellowfin the pressure on the Dorado was light, but on the second day of the tournament it picked up a bit. Now that the tournament is over you can expect the pressure on the Dorado to return as they are the base of the charter operations this time of year.
WAHOO: Once again Wahoo action was sporadic with quite a few small fish caught and no really large ones. The action was spread out all over the place with fish being caught around the Punta Gordo area and up off of Todo Santos. Looking for them along the 50 fathom line or closer in resulted in fish that were in the 20 pound class. The largest one weighed in during the Tuna tournament was only #30.4 and ended up taking the $78,000 prize in the Wahoo/Dorado category. My math makes that fish worth $2,565.78 a pound!
INSHORE: There was no change in the inshore fishing report for this week . You can almost consider the Yellowfin, Skipjack and Dorado bite as inshore fishing since the main concentration was in less than 300 feet of water, and since it has been so good, few of the Pangas did any fishing right on the beach. Those that did found a few smaller sized Roosterfish, plenty of Needle-fish, a scattering of Jack Crevalle but not a lot of anything else. I did hear of a few Sierra being caught, but not any large numbers.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe! A really good one for Dorado!
NOTES: The tournaments are now over and it is time to settle in for the season. It appears as if both the Tuna and Dorado may be here for a little while longer, at least for the next month or so. Hopefully the Striped Marlin bite will turn on soon. When we start to see more Mackerel in the bait supplies there should be more Striped Marlin showing. Remember, all I do is fishing (with a bit of golf thrown in) so you get a no non-sense, factual report on our conditions every week, and most of the time I have been on the water a day or two myself. I have had a few questions about how I get my information, and after 13 years here I have an amazing number of phone numbers that I work every week, besides by own experience. Combine the calls I make to Captains, I talk to great numbers of anglers, both clients and non-clients to find out how they did and where they went. This weeks report was written to the music of Brian Flynn once again as I am looking forward to his bands concert this Sunday at the outdoor amphitheater in the new cultural center. (Brian has played with Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Loverboy, Ralph Dinosaur, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchett, Southern Rock Allstars and Guess Who). Looking forward to it! Until next week, tight lines!

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and posts it on Sunday morning. So if you

can’t wait, click the “FOLLOW” on the top of the

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!

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