Cabo Fish Report June 3 – 9, 2016

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Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

June 3 – 9, 2016

SYNOPSIS: It has been two months since my last report as we had seen very little change in conditions until recently. Several weeks ago things began to improve as the water began to change a little and now we have experienced decent fishing for the past two weeks, with fingers crossed it will be even better! Striped Marlin to the southeast and easterly, Tuna out front and to the west, Dorado and Wahoo scattered closer to the beach and some good Roosterfishing along the coast line. Check below for a few more details!

WEATHER: This morning it was 67 degrees at 6 am, three days ago it was 79 degrees and everyone was shopping for new floor fans! We have clear mostly cloud-free skies at the moment but just experienced three days of cloud cover. No rain and the breezes have been picking up a bit in the evening. During our week of warm weather the winds appeared from the south, coming off the warmer water down there, more recently the cooler winds have started in again from the northwest, again from the cool water to the north.

WATER: As of today we were seeing cool, almost cold water along the beach, the temperatures were ranging from 68 to 70 degrees with the cooler water on the Pacific side. Last week these waters were in the 70 – 77 degree range. Once you get offshore around 10 or more miles the water warms up to 74 degrees, last week we were seeing the temperature around 77 degrees. The water overall is an off-blue color with currents now coming up from the south. Wind chop on top of three to five foot swells on the Pacific side made fishing to the west and south uncomfortable for some people, but for those who did not mind getting a bit wet, the fishing was worth it. The water conditions on the Sea of Cortez side were much better than on the Pacific, but well offshore there were still some large swells wrapping around the Cape.

BAIT: The bait availability has been on and off, with a variety of live baits but no one species except Caballito in abundance. There have been a few Mackerel, Look-downs, grunts, green jacks and little pompano, no Sardinas that I heard of. The live baits have been the normal $3 each, and many of the boats have been using (or at least taking) frozen ballyhoo in order to be sure of having something fishy to use!

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Thank goodness the fishing for Striped Marlin has improved! The best area to find them has been around the 1150 spot, but anywhere from the 95 Spot to the Gorda Banks has had fish at times, it’s just that the concentrations tend to move around with the bait and temperature. One day the bite would be hot right on top of the 1150, then nest day it would be hot ten miles further to the east, and the third day the concentration could have moved to just outside the Gorda Banks area. The important part is that there were numbers around, and that they were hungry. While most charters were very happy to hook a few and get one or two for release, a few boats were able to be in the right place at the right time and experienced outstanding fishing with double digit releases. Other areas around the Cape were producing Striped Marlin as well, but not in the numbers we were seeing to the east. Please remember to catch and release your billfish if they are healthy when you bring them to the boat. Do not remove them from the water as this can cause internal damage once the support of the water is removed.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We have had plenty of football Tuna around! Several weeks ago the bite had just started to turn on for some slightly larger sized Tuna, then the purse seiners showed up, of course it went downhill then. Thankfully there are still good numbers of the footballs, and still some larger fish surprising anglers, some to 200 pounds. Most of the tuna activity has been to the south and west with the larger fish being found to the northern edge of our charter range. Boats working the Golden Gate to the San Jaime were finding enough fish to make it worth the choppy conditions (unless you asked those who got seasick!).

DORADO: Well, the Dorado made a showing! There were a couple of nice sized fish in the 20 pound class, but most of them were much smaller, really release size fish for most people as they were in the 5-8 pound class. The Dorado were found just off the beach to 10 miles offshore with the concentrations found on the Cortez side of the Cape. There were a few patches of these small guys found several miles off the beach on the Pacific side, and up to the beach itself, but no big concentration. I really hated to see a few of the boats come in flying 5 or 6 Dorado flags and then seeing these 24 inch fish being unloaded! Not a lot of meat on them, toss the little guys back and wait for the big ones!

WAHOO: I was very surprised to find that the Wahoo catch, since my last report, has improved quite a bit! For quite a while we had steady action on these speedsters, but then they disappeared. Right after that they showed up again, and action has been fairly steady on fish from 15 to 25 pounds with a few topping 40 pounds in the mix. Getting out early was the key for multiple fish, as was using wire leader. Many boats were coming in with only one out of four or five strikes due to the razor teeth slicing through the mono leaders. A few anglers were amazed to see no lure on a few lines when the mates cleared them on a hookup! The Wahoo were scattered around in the usual near-shore environment, along points or drop-offs.

INSHORE: Thank goodness the inshore fishing has picked up! We finally started seeing some decent Roosterfish as of two weeks ago. Many of the fish were small, in the 5-10 pound class, but there were plenty of them in the 15-25 pound class as well, and I talked to a few anglers who battled fish in the 40 pound class (with no luck!). As well as the Roosterfish, we have seen decent numbers of Snapper and a few nice late season Yellowtail. Toss in the normal and expected bottom fish such as Triggerfish, Grouper and Amberjack as well as an occasional influx of Jack Crevalle and there has been steady inshore action lately/

 

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: The album “Live From Amsterdam, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa”. Simply amazing!

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.

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Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
November 12 – 18, 2012

WEATHER: The birds are chirping outside this morning as they are very happy with this 73 degree weather, and so am I! We have been experiencing lows in the low 70’s all week long and highs in the high 80’s. Great weather, and everyone is commenting on it. We have had mostly clear skies this week with a few offshore and mountain area clouds, along the coastline it has been sunny. The wind has been light to non-existent with an occasional breezy hour or so in the late afternoon.
WATER: On the Pacific side of the Cape the water has been blue and the swells have been small at 3-5 feet early in the week and tapering down to 2-3 feet by weeks end. On the Cortez side the water has been a bit greener, but not really enough to be readily noticeable, and the swells have been 1-3 feet. Water on both sides of the Cape have been 82-84 degrees all week long with no apparent temperature breaks anywhere. With the light winds the water on the Cortez side yesterday looked like a mirror until noon, when a few breezes kicked in. On the Pacific side it was almost as smooth and flat.
BAIT: Our normal $3 each for Caballito and a few Mullet with some Sardines at $25 a bucket if you travel toward San Jose to get them. I know it’s expensive, but trying for an hour to make your own bait really takes a chunk out of the fishing time, but it’s always your choice. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There were Blue Marlin this week as yesterday we had one client who had a double strike on them. Since he was fishing alone one was lost quickly but he managed to get the other one, estimated at between #200-#250 to the boat for pictures and a release. A couple who we had on another boat had a hook-up on another Blue estimated to be in the same size range but lost it after a short fight. Other boats reported strikes as well and these fish were within 3 miles of the beach on the Pacific side, caught while working the area for Dorado. In my report last week I said I had not heard of any Blues or Blacks being caught that week and I was notified via e-mail by a good friend that his Captain, who has caught Black Marlin as large as 742 pounds, had hooked one he estimated at 900 pounds on Thursday of last week. The boat was 15 miles to the south and they fought the fish for 6 hours, bringing it to leader 8 times before the line finally broke. You just never know what you are going to hook into out there! There were some scattered Striped Marlin along the coast line as well, but few of them were willing to eat a live bait, they were more interested in checking out the lures than anything else. Still, there were fish caught and as was the case last week, I thing the sucess rate was about 20%.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The current changed direction according to Captains who have been working the Gorda Banks looking for more of the big Tuna that were there for the Tuna Tournament. The shift in the direction has resulted in a shift in the fish as well and the methods that were taking fish are no longer working, the fish have to be there to catch them! Along the coast line on the Sea of Cortez there has been scattered concentrations of football to #25 Yellowfin, and chumming with Sardines has worked to bring them up where they can be caught. The only problem is weeding through the white Skipjack, but even these white Skipjack are good to eat and fight hard. Unless you are a die-hard big tuna guy, these fish offer lots of action and good table fare as well. Elsewhere the action has been spotty as there have been few Porpoise pods that have been holding tuna. Once in a while one is found and the first boat there has fantastic action on fish to 40 pounds, but for the most part these fish have been absent this week.

DORADO: Dorado have regained their title of “fish of the week”. We went through a three day dry spell as many of our anglers can attest, but that may have been due to the new moon on the 13th. By the 16th the action resumed on the Pacific side close to the beach. Being in the right place at the right time was key to a good catch close to home as the bite was early, and getting a fish hooked quickly resulted in others following it in. In the area from the Arch to Migraino Beach the fish were scattered in small groups. For boats willing to make a run of 1 ½ hours to outside Todo Santos at the end of the week, the action was wide open. A few boat charged a fuel surcharge to go there as that is quite a fuel consuming trip, but if you just chugged your way up there after running for ½ hour you missed the wide open bite, you still caught fish, but not as many. And these fish were decent sized, most of them in the #20 class or better. Boats working the inshore area on the Sea of Cortez caught Dorado while working for Yellowfin, but not in quantity and the fish were not as large. Remember, the limit is two Dorado per angler!
WAHOO: The only Wahoo action I heard of this week was at the end of the week in the Todo Santos area by boats that went there for the Dorado. One boat reported landing 5 Wahoo in one trip, but the fish were smaller sized, in the 12-20 pound class.
INSHORE: I don’t think there was any change in the inshore fishing with the exception of a few decent Grouper being caught. Scattered small Roosterfish, not many of them but a few that averaged 10 pounds, a few Sierra on the Pacific side and a few early Yellowtail, not large but in the 10 pound range were pretty much the basis of the catch reported by the few Pangas that actually fish the conventional inshore fishery. Most of the Pangas were going for Dorado and Tuna, good action and more fun.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe! A really good one for Dorado!
NOTES: Thanksgiving is coming up and as we do every year, we are having 30 or so people over to the house for dinner. A 25 pound turkey in the oven, a prime rib on the grill, everyone bringing side dishes and drinks. I forgot what hard work it is to get the house presentable and everything set up. Boy, are we going to be busy this week. I think we will once again have a great time, last year we had 36 people and everyone enjoyed it. I hope your Holiday is a good one as well! Until next week, tight lines!

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Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
April 2 – 8, 2012

WEATHER: As summer slowly approaches our weather starts to warm up and we had our indications this week that summer will be here soon. We had a high of 94 degrees on Thursday along with a low of 72 degrees in the morning, our highest levels all week. Our average was 64 degrees in the morning and 86 during the day. We had no cloud cover, it was sunny all week long with only light winds for the most part here in Cabo, but with a good afternoon breeze on the Pacific side.
WATER: While we experienced a “feel” of summer weather on land we also received a slight “feel” of summer water out on the fishing grounds as the water off of the San Jose area warmed to as much as 74 degrees this week. Combine that with the small swells and it was almost like fishing in August! Of course the water was not as warm as it will be then and there are no big Blue and Black Marlin around yet, but there were lots of fish in the area. On the Pacific side of the Cape the swells were a bit smaller than those we had last week but the water remained cool and slightly off color. With an average of 64 degrees and an occasional cold spot of 61 degrees from close to the beach to outside of the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks, you did not encounter clean water until 40+ miles offshore. Directly south of Cabo and to the west to a line directly south of San Jose the water warmed a bit to 66 degrees but remained slightly green. East of the line directly south of San Jose the water warmed to 73-74 degrees and was blue. All this was of the end of the week, as the warm water stared much closer to Cabo at the beginning of the week and slowly moved to the east over the 7 days.
BAIT: Caballito and Mackerel as well as a few Mullet could be had for $3 per bait. A few of the bait boats had “frozen” ballyhoo for between $3-4, each, but you never know how many times they had been “frozen”.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: The marlin we were seeing last week between the 1150 and Punta Gorda were still there this week, but they were not as hungry as they were last week. The full moon has a strong effect on the feeding patterns and once the moon starts to wane these fish should start to feed again. Meanwhile, it was frustrating to toss bait in front of these fish just to see them ignore it, but once in a while one of the Marlin took an interest and bit. In the same area we were seeing plenty of Thresher sharks, and occasionally one of them would bite. Mix them in with an occasional Mako shark and there was a decent chance to catch something offshore this week.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Still not showing up with any numbers, there were a few football fish to be found mixed in with porpoise, but you really had to check out a large number of porpoise pods before finding Tuna. Once in a while someone would hook into a decent fish over 60 pounds, but they were few and far between. A few boats were making the run from Cabo up to the Inman Banks area and catching Tuna to 60 pounds on drifted Sardines, but it was a real scratch to get one hooked, and there were plenty of times it was a wasted trip, but for those who only wanted to target Yellowfin, it was just about the only game in town.
DORADO: The warm water off of San Jose produced the few Dorado we saw this week with the smaller and more common fish being in the 10 pound class and found close to the beach. I did see several larger Dorado, the biggest being 42 pounds, that were caught offshore by boats fishing for Marlin. There were no numbers on these fish as they were all singles, but as the water warms up there should be more of them around.
WAHOO: Still none that I heard of this week, and I was surprised since Easter is the full moon. Perhaps as with the Marlin, the bite will happen on the waning moon.
INSHORE: Inshore action continued strong this week with Yellowtail to 35 pounds, Sierra that averaged 4 pounds, small Roosterfish of less than 10 pounds and some decent Jack Crevalle to 20 pounds. Almost all the Yellowtail action took place on the Pacific side in water between 80 and 120 feet deep. Finding the fish and then going back over the spot again and again produced numbers, but having a good fish finder on the boat really helped as this week the fish were constantly on the move. Often you had to spend 10 or 15 minutes finding the school after catching one or two fish. As far as the Sierra are concerned, the favorite areas were just off the beach in front of the Diamante Golf Course on the Pacific side and in front of Cabo Real Golf Course on the Cortez side. Small hootchies in ping and chartreuse as well as Sardines worked well. The Roosterfish were small but aggressive, trying to eat any live bait that was slow trolled on the surface, but the best results came from continual casting of plugs into the surf from the boat, and retrieving it in a walk-the-dog style. With an occasional Jack Crevalle crashing the party you never knew what was going to bite!
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe! It’s a really great one.
NOTES: This weeks report was written to the music of Mason Proffit on their album “Come and Gone” released by Flaming Arrow Records with some of the music having been recorded as early as 1976. The Talbot brothers were great musicians and a big influence on a lot of us. It’s Easter day, time to get cooking!
Have a great week, catch lots of fish, and get those reservations for Cabo made!

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
March 19-25, 2012

WEATHER: We had another great week on the weather front, if you like it 65 degrees in the morning and 85 degrees during the day, with plenty of sun and mostly light winds. If you don’t like that kind of weather, then there is something wrong with you! No rain of course, but we did have some wind kick up on Sunday morning.
WATER: At the end of the week surface conditions on the Sea of Cortez side were great with swells at 2-4 feet and no wind chop close to shore, and only a bit in the afternoons farther out than 10 miles. On the Pacific side the swells were 3-6 feet most of the time with some chop on the water the farther north you went. Water temperaturs on the Cortez side were ranging between 70-75 degrees with the warmer water being more to the north or farther out, the cooler water just to the east of a line running along the beach on the Pacific side and extending out over the water from northwest to southeast. On the Pacific side the water was pretty much 66-67 degrees everywhere and a bit on the green side.
BAIT: Caballito and Mackerel as well as a few Mullet could be had for $3 per bait. A few of the bait boats had “frozen” ballyhoo for between $3-4, each, but you never know how many times they had been “frozen”.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: We finally had an up-tick in the catch ratios on Striped Marlin this week. With an increase in numbers seen in the area from the 1150 to outside Punta Gorda came an increase in the number of Marlin that were hungary. This combination provided action that resulted in almost every boat that went looking for a Marlin having success. A few boats did better than others, I know of a few that were releasing up to 5 per day, but most boats were getting one or two releases per trip. The fish were there in pretty good number but were not really hot and heavy in the lures, most of them were caught dropping back live bait to fish that were just checking out the lures. A few were caught by throwing a bait ahead of them while they were tailing downswell. A number of boats started to chase what they thought were marlin feeding, but it ended up that there were a large number of Thresher Sharks in the area feeding as well.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Once again there were not a large number of Yellowfin Tuna found this week, and it was suprising since there were so many pods of white bellied porpoise to be found. A few boats got into some very small fish, and a few others got lucky and caught one or two fish in the 25 pound class, but there were no large numbers of large sizes reported to me.
DORADO: The warm water on the Cortez side of the Cape did produce some large fish this week, but not very many of them, and there were only a few boats that found them at all. I did see one fish that might have gone 50 pounds and several others that would have been in the 30 pound range, but there were no boats that I heard of that came inwith more than two Dorado, and to be real, most of the fish were smaller ones. Live bait dropped back where a Marlin came up resulted in most of the larger fsh, and boats fishing the shallow reefs and chumming caught most of the smaller fish.
WAHOO: None that I heard of this week, but perhaps the warming water and full moon of spring that is coming up will change these stats.
INSHORE: While the inshore fishing was the best way to go for the past several months due to the large numbers of Sierra and Yellowtail, this week the action dropped off a bit. The better captains were still able to put their anglers on good numbers of fish but overall success rates were down a bit. On the positive note, there was less pressure on these fish since the cruisers were going offshore for Marlin once again. The bite was still fair, with most anglers getting at least one or two nice Yellowtail to 30 pounds, but the better boats were still managing 4 to 6 per trip. Sierra numbers were down a bit as well with only a few boats managing to limit out, but anyone trying was able to get some for dinner. Sea Lions were a problem for boats fishing to the east of the lighthouse on the Pacific side, managing to find and gang up on any fish hooked up. There were decent numbers of small Roosterfish to be found in the surf, and anglers fishing off the beach did fair on Sierra and small Roosterfish early in the week, later in the week large swells caused some issues for the beach fishermen.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe! It’s a really great one.
NOTES: It is approaching the end of Spring break and the beginning of Easter Week so things will continue to be a bit rowdy at the beaches for a while. This morning we went on Daylight Saving Time, it was a bit strange and will take a while to get used to. Our friend Brian Flynn (think Santana, Beck, Loverboy, Molly Hatchet, Guess Who) has been busy playing six days a week since he got back from assisting our friend Mike Hill with the recording of his new album “No Bad Days”. They formed a group called Cabo Cowboys with Roger Gillespie on drums, Oliver C. Brown on percussion, Hal Ratliff on keyboards, Brian Flynn on guitar, Ernie Nunez on electric bass, Brian Brazil on harmonica, Miguel Hill on vocals and Rick Dale with backing vocals. You can check it out at cabocowboysmusic.com and see if you like it!
Have a great week, catch lots of fish, and get those reservations for Cabo made!

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
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https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
February 27 – March 4, 2012

WEATHER: We once again started the week with gusty days and partly cloudy skies, but by the end of the week we had great weather. With lows in the mid 60’s and highs in the high 80’s you could not ask for more perfect weather! As the week worked it’s way toward the end, the winds started to die off a bit and when they did start each day, it was later and later. As I said, at the end of the week it was as god as you can get!
WATER: At the end of the week the water along the Pacific side from the shore out to the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks showed a pretty even 71 degrees as far north as Todo Santos. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water remained the same 71 degrees but extended much farther offshore, out to the 1,000 fathom line, and then it warmed up to 74 degrees just to our south.
BAIT: Mackerel and Caballito were the baits available at the normal $3 each and there were actually some decent numbers of Sardines to be found at the normal $25 a scoop.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: One day the bite is on, the next day it is off, no consistency in anything except in the area the fish were found. Most of the fish were in the area between the 95 Spot and the 1150. Catches varied between 0 and 3 fish per boat and more fish were seen than were caught. The best bait appeared to be Mackerel, but at times they would ignore the mackerel and only eat a Caballito, other times they would not eat anything. There are some decent schools of Mackerel showing up on the Pacific side but for some reason not a lot of Marlin are in the same areas.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: These fish were pretty much non-existent for much of the week, at least until Saturday. All of a sudden, less than 6 miles off the arch several schools showed up and the boats that were there managed to limit out on fish to 25 pounds. Cedar plugs and small feathers were the key to multiple hook-ups. Elsewhere Yellowfin were scarce to absent.
DORADO: There were scattered Dorado found offshore in the warm 74 degree water, and these fish were nice sized, but there sure were not many of them. A few boats managed to catch fish to 30 pounds but they were not there thick enough to focus on, instead they were incidental catches for boats focusing on Marlin. There were scattered smaller fish to 10 pounds caught near shore by boats fishing for Sierra and Yellowtail, but once again not enough of them for any focused effort.
WAHOO: What Hoo? No reports this week, at least from anyone I heard from.
INSHORE: Well, things sure can change from week to week. This week Yellowtail re-gained the title of fish of the week, but you had to go to the Pacific side to have a decent shot at them. On the Cortez side of the Cape things inshore pretty much were concentrated on Sierra, Snapper and Grouper. Up in the San Jose area the water was calm, there were few Yellowfin or Yellowtail and it seems that the effort was mainly in the area of the San Louis Bank. On the Pacific side the yellowtail were fairly thick, and with a good depth sounder a boat could get on the fish time after time. Spread out between the arch and Marguerite, fishing in water between 120 and 200 feet in depth brought in consistent catches of fish between 15 and 30 pounds, often limits for anglers. A mix of live bait, yo-yo’s and diamond jigs did well. There were Sierra in the area as well for anglers whose arms grew too tired to reel in another Yellowtail!
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: Perfect weather at the end of the week as well as some absolutely great inshore fishing. Now if only the Striped Marlin would show up in force and the Tuna arrive and stay it would be perfect fishing as well, but we will take what we can get, and that is not at all bad right now! Full moon is in four days so if the warm water stays we might see a decent showing of Wahoo, we will just have to wait and see.
Have a great week, catch lots of fish, and get those reservations for Cabo made!

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
February 20 – 26, 2012

WEATHER: This was a strange week as one day the wind was howling and the next it was calm. I was fishing with friends on a Panga Thursday, nice when we left the marina and by 9am there were whitecaps everywhere. It seemed that the winds did not really start blowing hard until about 10am, and sometimes the switched direction 180 degrees. There was no way to forecast this and every trip was a crap-shoot as to how the water was going to be. We did have sunny skies all week with just a bit of cloud cover on Tuesday and Saturday. Highs were in the mid 80’s and lows were in the low 60’s.
WATER: As of the end of the week that large area of warm water which had been approaching from the east had entered and begun to affect our area. Starting about Tuesday the water from the Gorda Point area in a line to the southwest had 74 degree water on the east side and 66 degree water on the west side. At the end of the week this warm water had pushed it’s way along the Cortez side until we had 70 degree water inside of the 1,000 fathom line and 74 degree water outside the line with a still existing plume of the warm water running from Punta Gorda through the 1150 and southward. On the Pacific side the 69 degree water expanded to the north and west as well, with water inside of boundaries set by Todo Santos, the Golden Gate Bank and the San Jaime Bank and to the south being a steady 69 degrees. Outside of these areas the water dropped several degrees to 67. Surface conditions varied widely due to the inconsistent winds, rough as a cob on the Pacific side one day, smooth there and rough on the Cortez side the next.
BAIT: Mackerel and Caballito were the baits available at the normal $3 each and there were actually some decent numbers of Sardines to be found at the normal $25 a scoop.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Most of the boats had a great deal of difficulty finding Marlin this past week, my guess is that perhaps only 10-15% of them managed to get a Striped Marlin to eat. There were, however, a few magicians out there. T.J. Managed to be consistent in getting four to six fish per trip and a few other boats (not many) managed to hook up every trip. For the most part though, the fleet boats were not very successful close to home and the fish were scarce. The best areas appeared to be off the San Jose Canyon early in the week, as well as outside the 95 and 1150 area, and it is possible that the better catches were had up in the Vinorama area, a long way from home for us.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Except for two days, the Tuna were absent in any numbers in our area. The exception was Thursday and Friday when several pods of Porpoise 6 miles out from the arch managed to produce a few fish in the 15-25 pound class. Not great numbers, with the better boats only getting three or four fish, but better than we have seen in several weeks. I heard that the bite that had been happening up on the Inman Bank for Yellowfin had dropped off quite a bit as well, and combined with the wind boats fishing there were lucky to get one fish to the boat while using live Sardines and chunk baits.
DORADO: The warm water that moved in brought some Dorado with it as evidenced by quite a few fish caught out by the 95 and 1150 that weighed 25-30 pounds. There were still a few small fish found close to shore in the San Jose area but other than that, almost nothing was happening with the Dorado. The ones caught offshore were hooked by boats fishing for Striped Marlin.
WAHOO: I did hear of four nice Wahoo caught this week, all in the 60 pound range. All of them were caught just outside the 1150 and 95 spot in the warmer water when it first moved into our area at the beginning of the week.
INSHORE: Yellowtail lost the title of fish of the week as the bite dropped off considerably. Most of the schooling fish had been coming from just off the arch, and that is supposed to be a no-fishing zone. I guess after seeing 35-40 boats fishing out there for four days in a row, the marines decided to do something about it and started chasing the boats away. Just as well it appears, because the fish had either been caught out or had moved on to a different area. Boats that extended their search range found more fish up around the Los Arcos and Margarita area. Larger fish to 35 pounds were caught while trolling large-lipped plugs under diving pelicans and frigates while smaller fish were caught while drifting live mackerel and Caballito. We managed to get one Yellowtail that weighed 23 pounds during our windy Thursday trip, as well a one Amberjack and several more good bites. Sierra are still available and one of the favorite area depending on the wind conditions has been just outside of the Chileno Beach area. There were some decent grouper caught this week by the inshore fishermen as well, one of them almost 150 pounds!
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: Great temperatures, if just the wind would settle down! Inshore fishing has been fine while offshore has been sketchy, but there are some nice fish to be caught. Lets see what this area of warm water brings us in the next week!
Have a great week, catch lots of fish, and get those reservations for Cabo made!

Cabo Fish Report

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Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
February 13 – 19, 2012

WEATHER: It’s only February but the March winds have started. On Tuesday a breeze started up and continued to grow stronger throughout the morning, to the point that the Port Captain closed us to the exit of Pangas about 11AM. The clouds started to move in during the afternoon and we had cloudy skies with a stiff wind on Wednesday, Thursday the clouds had gone away but the wind was still blowing. Bu Saturday the winds had died down so there was just wind in the afternoon, and that was not too strong. The wind also brought us cold weather, I believe that on Wednesday the warmest we saw was 71 degrees while the coldest we reached was 51 degrees. Of course last year we got down to 47 degrees so we do have a little to be thankful of!
WATER: At the end of the week there was a band of 65 degree water running along the beach on the Pacific side that extended out a distance of 8 miles. West of there, across the Golden Gate and San Jaime banks to warmed just a touch to 66 degrees. Right in front of the Cape we had 68 degrees while farther up on the Cortez side, from Red Hill to the 1150 and across to Punta Gorda the water was a balmy 72 degrees. The cool water on the Pacific was slightly green while the water on the Cortez side was a nice blue color.
BAIT: Mackerel and Caballito were the baits available at the normal $3 each and there was a very limited supply of Sardinas to be found if you went to San Jose.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: While the bait stays away so do the Marlin and very few Striped Marlin were caught this week, at least in comparison to years past. Not that there were not fish out there, boats reported seeing three or four per day, but they are not eating. On Tuesday I watched the boats coming in and saw only one Marlin flag flying for about 20 boats. The fish that were caught this week seemed to bite live bait rather than striking lure, at least most of them did. And, to toss a bit of surprise into the fishing pot out there, a 575 pound Blue Marlin was brought in by a boat on Thursday. I did not get much information on the fish but assume it was caught in the warmer water on the Cortez side of the Cape.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Way offshore and far away were the Yellowfin Tuna this week. You either traveled 35 miles to the south and west or 35 miles up the coast on the Cortez side. Either direction it was a crap-shoot as if you did find the fish they would not always bit. To the south and west boats were looking for, and occasionally finding pods of porpoise, and some of them held fish. A good location might result in three or four of them, and once in a while a dozen or so, but the sizes were not great averaging just 12 pounds. Boats traveling up the Sea of Cortez were going to the Inman Bank area, chumming and drifting with Sardinas and chunk bait. Light leader and a quite boat were the key to these fish which were in the 30-50 pound class, but shy. You had to weed your way through the skip-jack, but at least you had a shot.
DORADO: I thought that the Dorado were gone, but there were a few caught this week, a big surprise since the water is so cool. Most of the fish I saw and heard of were small ones, less than 10 pounds but there were a few that may have been 18 pounds or so. Anglers getting them were fishing for Yellowtail just off the beach or Yellowfin up by the Inman Banks. Live bait was the key but some of them bit on chunks baits as well.
WAHOO: I did not see or hear of a Wahoo caught this week, but don’t doubt there were a few caught. All the red and orange flags I saw were being flown for Sierra.
INSHORE: Yellowtail were the fish of the week but shared the title with Sierra. More Sierra than Yellowtail, but the Yellowtail were larger and fought harder. Almost all the action on both species happen just off the beach on the Pacific side on the cool water. Both live bait and yo-yo’s worked and the clue as always was to be in the right spot. Finding marks on the depth sounder, or drifting until a bite happened was necessary, then figuring out the current and drift and going over the spot time after time resulted in some fine catches. One of the boats we had out had one angler aboard and landed 5 Yellowtail that were between 15 and 25 pounds, a real nice result for 5 hours fishing. Other species available were grouper and snapper as well as some small rooster-fish.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: Cold weather or not, it’s nice that we have some fish to target out there, and Yellowtail is not only great to eat, they also fight like the devil! Offshore fishing was sketchy this week, the best fishing occurred near the beach, and there was the added bonus of being able to watch the whales as well. Thanks for reading the blog and the report!
Have a great week, catch lots of fish, and get those reservations for Cabo made!