Cabo Fish Report Oct. 16 – 30, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Oct. 16 – 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

FISHING:

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

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

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

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

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

NOTES: Hopefully in mid November I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, named the “Susie Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four more weeks or less, and once the paperwork is done it will be available for charter with me as the Captain. When it happens I will post pictures of the boat and rates.

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

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

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

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

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

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Cabo Fish Report Oct. 2 – 15, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Oct. 2 – 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

FISHING:

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

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

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

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

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

NOTES: Hopefully in November I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, named the “Susie Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four more weeks or less, and once the paperwork is done it will be available for charter with me as the Captain. When it happens I will post pictures of the boat and rates.

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, Tight lines!
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Cabo Fish Report Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2015

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FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: We started the report period with some good Tuna action, but the big fish numbers have gone down and the smaller fish have become sporadic, popping up once in a while. There have been good days on Blue Marlin, yesterday was one of them with many reported hooked up. There was fairly steady action on Sailfish and a few Dorado and Wahoo were found. In shore the action has been limited to Bonito and some football Yellowfin and an occasional small Roosterfish. A scattering of the usual inshore species made for a few more fish in the boxes.

WEATHER: This morning it was 85 degrees as 6 AM and the humidity is up in the stratosphere. Mix that with no wind in town and it is much better to be on the water. This has been the case for most of the week, and the daytime highs have been in the mid to upper 90’s. It has been a sunny week with few clouds and a slight breeze once in awhile on shore, but very variable offshore. Afternoons have seen the wind as well as the seas pick up but most mornings have been great. We may have some clouds soon for the next several days as remnants of a storm to the south pass by, but then again I am not in the prediction business, so maybe not!

WATER: Surface conditions on the Sea of Cortez side have been the usual smooth ride, but on the Pacific side swells from the west/northwest and afternoon winds have resulted in an occasional bouncy ride. Water temperatures have been pretty much the same all over with only a three degree variation, 86 to 89 degrees and the water has been a nice blue, at least the past few days.

BAIT: Live baits have been the usual $3 each and have consisted of Caballito and Lisa (goggle-eyed scad and mullet). There have been frozen ballyhoo at the same price and once in a while some sardinas (with varying price). Many boats have been catching small bonito and skip-jack for making strip baits and slightly larger than normal pitching baits.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Bill fishing remained good this week with the Blue Marlin bite being better than the rest of them. Striped marlin were an occasional visitor to the spread but their numbers were topped by the Sailfish. When the Sailfish decided to visit they came in small packs. Most of the fish were found to the south and southwest but I think that is because most of the boats were fishing that area looking for Tuna and were getting Marlin and Sailfish as well.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: There was a slight change in the week for Tuna fishing as the boats that ventured a long way offshore had about a 30% chance of running into a school of fish in the 40-80 pound class (but once in a while seeing nothing or only footballs size fish). By a long way I mean 30 miles and more. Closer to home and a little easier to find were the footballs, running between 8 and 20 pounds. Some of them were found just off the beach a mile or so, and they were one of the hot tickets for Panga fishermen this week. Some boats were getting two or three per angler. For these football fish, small hootchies in red or orange or small cedar plugs seemed to be the preferred lures. Boats venturing offshore reported commercial boats on the grounds, surprising since these fish were not associated with porpoise, but there appeared to be enough of them to attract the commercial attention. That may be one reason among many possible for the drop in the Tuna action.

DORADO: There are Dorado being caught as photos shared on face-book and other social media prove, but they are not here in numbers. In order to get at least one fish you have to get lucky, and multiple fish means in the right place at the right time with the right idea! Well, true for almost all fish I guess, but since the Dorado season this year has been so much off-kilter compared to most years Lady luck has to come into play. Suffice to say, spotting feeding Frigates or floating debris has been, was, is and probably always will be the key to beating the averages.

WAHOO: We did not get the Wahoo action in the past week that I was expecting, but there were fish caught. The normal areas such as high spots and steep drops managed to kick out fish averaging 20 pounds. There were not many large fish that I heard of caught locally.

INSHORE: Inshore continues to consist of Bonito and small Yellowfin and you really have to chum to get them to start going. The earlier the better and in about 120 feet of water. There are some small Roosterfish, and I did have two anglers tell me of hooking fish in the 25 pound class but these larger fish have not been common. Scattered Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and Trigger fish rounded out the action. I did see one photo of a very nice 45 pound snapper!

NOTES: Hopefully in later October 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 “Echo” a great 2 CD set from from Pink Floyd. Sure does bring back a lot of memories!

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 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 Sept. 9 – 14, 2015

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FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

Sept. 9 – 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: We have been catching pretty much everything this week as the Tuna have shown up, there are still Blue, Black and Striped Marlin as well as Sailfish offshore (and sometimes next to the beach!), the Dorado have been on and off but when on the action has been great and there are still a few Wahoo being caught! No hype, just what has been going on, read below for more information.

WEATHER: This week was a lot cooler than last weekend we actually saw a couple of morning of temperatures below 80, 79 to be exact, but enough of a drop that it was noticeable. Our daytime heat was not too bad as most days we reached the mid 90’s, much better than 100+ degrees we were seeing last week. The cause of this change was a series of storms, first we had feeder bands from Hurricane Linda finish passing by early in the week bringing in clouds and a few good long soaks from the rain and then from mid week to now we had storms coming to us from the mainland. These storms were not raining out before they go to us, which is the usual, instead the brought us several days of good rain. Good for the plants rain, not good for downtown Cabo though. Downtown floods easily with a bit of rain and it flooded several times this week. Those of you who have been here when this happens know what I am talking about, and the cleanup is a mess. The very positive side of this rain is that the desert is green and flowering!

WATER: Water temperatures have ranged from 89 degrees on the Gordo Banks to 82 degrees just off of the San Jaime Banks. At the end of the reporting period there appeared to be a decent temperature break halfway between Cabo and San Jose that runs due south with 89 degree water to the east and 86 degree water to the west. Currents appear to be pushing northwestward through that area, breaking to the west on the west side of the break and to the northeast on the east side. Directly in front of Cabo we are seeing temps in the 85-86 degree range. Much of what I have just written is an interpretation of past events combined with what I have been told or seen myself as the cloud cover most of the week did not allow good shots of the area.

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. There had also been very small Sardinas (or similar small forage fish) available in San Jose for boats getting there early, at $25 a scoop. The amount of these small baits declined late in the week as all the rain caused the beach waters to get a bit off colored.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The Marlin fishing has been great this week! The bite for Blue Marlin was not quite as hot as it was last week but has still been very good. The Striped Marlin seem to be showing a bit more of an appetite and there are still Sailfish to be found. The area of the San Jose Canyon appeared to be the hot spot for Blue Marlin bites and working the area with the usual array of larger plastic lures was the best way to get bit by one of these fish, with the added chance of an occasional Striped Marlin. Speaking of Striped Marlin, the area from the 95 Spot to the San Jaime Banks was a great area to work, even if it is a very large area to cover. Tossing live bait at tailing fish was the best way to hook up, but plastics worked well also. Black/green and petrolero were the hot color combinations for most of the boats getting lure action. Sailfish were scattered with a few being found everywhere, but there seemed to be just a few more coming from the Cortes side of the Cape.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: What a nice week for Tuna fishing as the boats that ventured a long way offshore had about a 50% chance of running into a school of fish in the 40-80 pound class (but once in a while seeing nothing or only footballs size fish). By a long way I mean 30 miles and more. Closer to home and much easier to get too were the footballs, running between 8 and 20 pounds. Many of them were found just off the beach a mile or so, and they were one of the hot tickets for Panga fishermen this week. Limits or near limits of five fish per person were not unusual although most boats were getting two or three per angler. For these football fish, small hootchies in red or orange or small cedar plugs seemed to be the preferred lures.

DORADO: With a smile on my face I can say that there is a marked improvement on the Dorado bite as most boats were able to get at least one. Only a month ago we were crying because there might be only one caught among the fleet for the day. That has changed and the fish are beginning to show up. Several friends were catching three to five fish per trip and the sizes were decent. There were still a few small ones in the catches, but also many larger 20 pound fish! Multiple fish catches relied on working the first fish caught correctly in order to keep other fish in the school close to the boat. Hooking up, gaffing the fish and continuing on up the coast was not the way to get more than one fish unless you got lucky!

WAHOO: Moon phase and currents are the name of the game when it comes to catching Wahoo, and of course working the correct area at the right time! Last week the Wahoo bite was great, this week it really tapered off as we came into the new moon phase. There were a few fish caught, but not nearly the numbers we saw last week. Hopefully this coming week will be good as we get a waxing moon. The Wahoo that were caught were found in the normal and expected areas, and most of them by boats that were first to the area. Working the ledges and drop offs in 300 feet of water, and sometimes as shallow as 100 feet served up decent results, and there were a few nice size fish in the 40 pound class caught in the blind by boats fishing offshore for Marlin and Tuna.

INSHORE: Inshore fishing was a bit off this week as the downpours caused the near shore water to become off-color. There were a few spots with clean water that were holding smaller Roosterfish but most of the pangas were concentrated on Tuna and Dorado.

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 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” from “The New Riders Of The Purple Sage”, recorded in 1982. My kind of music!

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 August 29 – September 8, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

August 19 – Sept. 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: This reporting period started off very slow with an occasional Striped Marlin outnumbered by the Blue Marlin, a few small Dorado and an occasional football Tuna. We were hoping for improvement and were not disappointed! Fishing did not really start to improve until 10 days ago but now we are seeing plenty of Yellowfin, some nice Dorado, lots of Wahoo and the Marlin are still hungry! Look below for more details.

WEATHER: Our weather has remained typical for this time of year with daytime highs occasionally reaching 100+ degrees but mostly in the mid 90;s and the nights cooling down to the mid 80’s. The saving grace has been the movement of weather coming off of the mainland and right now, the feeder bands of Hurricane Linda. These have provided us with an occasional rain, sometimes heavy but not lasting too long, and plenty of cloud cover. The hills are green!

WATER: The water sure improved over the previous reporting period as the currents moved the green water away and allowed the blue water to come close. Our water temperatures have been ranging between 84 and 87 degrees with the currents presently running from south to north. There has not been any big temperature break for the boats to work so they have been concentrating on structure and current lines.

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. There have also been Sardinas available in San Jose for boats getting there early, at $25 a scoop.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: I think the billfishing for Blue Marlin has been the best I have ever seen here these past few weeks. Almost anyone heading offshore was getting at least one bite, and many boats were catching two or more Blue Marlin, something we normally expect with Striped Marlin! The Striped Marlin have been biting as well and when you add an occasional Sailfish and Black Marlin (one boat caught two Blacks the other day) you can tell the billfishing has been spectacular. Most of the billfish have been from the Pacific side of the Cape, from a mile or less off the beach to the 1,000 fathom line and along the edges of the Golden Gate and San Jaime Banks. Trolling a rigged skipjack or bonito worked well for many boats, as did slow trolling the same baits alive. Striped Marlin were showing an interest in live Caballito and of course, rigged ballyhoo! I repeat, this has been some of the best Blue Marlin fishing I have seen in Cabo!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We had about a week and a half of terrible Tuna fishing to start this period, then some of the boats that were getting out way offshore, out around the Cabrillo Seamount and east of Punta Gordo found some schools mixed in with porpoise. These first fish were nice ones, averaging 50 pounds and a few of them were in the mid 100’s. That bite lasted for three days and then it dropped off for a couple of days. Suddenly the smaller Tuna made a showing near shore off of Palmilla and it started to get crowded out there! As of yesterday there were small schools popping up closer to us and on the Pacific side as well. The start of the Tuna season was delayed but it appears to be going strong at the moment. Most of the fish caught in the past week have been footballs, from 6 to 15 pounds, but there has been an occasional 35 pound fish in there, and always the chance to hook into a cow. Boats working the footballs have been having the best luck with Sardinas, but you have to get there early.

DORADO: I was crying, we were crying, everyone was crying about the lack of Dorado this year. I cant say we are fully recovered because we are not, but the fishing has been better for them this past week. In the previous report I said there were few fish, and they were small. This period the numbers improved greatly, many boats were getting three or four Dorado per trip and some of them were nice fish in the 30 pound class! Boats getting multiple fish were leaving the first one in the water about 20 feet behind the boat and dropping back live bait or bait strips to fish that followed the first one in, or getting lucky and finding a small school and getting multiple hook ups at the same time. The Dorado were scattered and not concentrated in any one area.

WAHOO: We have been dealing with a waning moon for the past week and the Wahoo action was off the charts, much as we had in May. Many boats were returning from trips with three, four or even six wahoo, and they were decent fish at 20 – 40 pounds. There were far more strikes than hook ups as these fish have razor sharp teeth and cut through any monofiliment leader like a knife through hot butter. You would be trolling along and notice a little splash by the lure, but nothing happened? Better pull that in and check it because chance are that you just got bitten off! Changing to wire leader eliminated a lot of the bite-offs, but also decreased the number of bites. I guess it all depended on how many lures you were willing to give up! The normal areas near the beach were holding these fish, the drop offs and points.

INSHORE: Inshore fishing has remained pretty much the same as Roosterfish and Triggerfish were the mainstay of the Pangas fishing inshore this period. Slow trolling live bait in 20-50 feet of water or casting popping plugs into the breaking waves resulted in Roosterfish as large as 65 pounds being caught and released. The average size was around 25 pounds, a very nice fight from a beautiful fish! Boats trying to bottom fishwere getting an occasional grouper, amberjack and snapper, but the bread and butter were triggerfish, and most of them were decent size for the species. They might not look like much, but the meat is flaky white and fantastic as ceviche or pan-fried.

NOTES: Hopefully in October I will be running a 35′ Luhrs, to be named the “Suzy Q”. We are in the process of updating and repair which should be done in four 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 a great album by Dierks Bently, his album “Home”.

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!

IMG00336-20110802-1430.jpgMeanwhile, Tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report July 29 – August 18, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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

Cabo Fish Report

July 29 – August 18, 2015

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

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

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

BAIT: Almost all the bait available during this time was either Caballito or Lisa (goggle-eyed scad or mullet) at the normal $3 per bait. There was also frozen ballyhoo at $3 each from a few of the bait boats.

FISHING:

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

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

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

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

INSHORE: Roosterfish and Triggerfish were the mainstay of the Pangas fishing inshore this period. Slow trolling live bait in 20-50 feet of water or casting popping plugs into the breaking waves resulted in Roosterfish as large as 65 pounds being caught and released. The average size was around 25 pounds, a very nice fight from a beautiful fish! Boats trying to bottom fishh were getting an occasional grouper, amberjack and snapper, but the bread and butter were triggerfish, and most of them were decent size for the species. They might not look like much, but the meat is flaky white and fantastic as ceviche or pan-fried.

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeanwhile, Tight lines!