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.

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.

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Meanwhile, Tight lines!

 

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Cabo Fish Report April 27 – May 4, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com http://www.flyhooker.com https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
April 27 – May 4, 2015

WEATHER: No rain again! I don’t know why I am happy about that, we always need rain, but instead we had these terrible sunny days with early morning lows in the high 60’s to low 70’s and daytime highs ranging from the high 70’s to high 80’s. Boring stuff when it is every day, all day. Just joking! It has been wonderful this week, the only issue we had was the wind which started showing up good on Thursday afternoon and blew strongly every day since then, coming from the northwest at first then from the south mid day Friday and all day Saturday. On Sunday it started coming out of the west-northwest again.
WATER: It was interesting on the water this week to say the least. We began the week with medium swells that grew in size as the weekend approached. The early part of the week we saw swells at 2-4 feet with surf at the normal 5-6 feet on the Pacific side. Near the end of the week on Thursday they started to pick up and on Saturday we had swells at 6 to 9 feet from the southwest with surf running 12 to 15 feet. This was a result of a strong storm off of South America, it is expected to have tapered off the the 3-6 foot range by Wednesday. The combination of large swells and strong winds resulted in the Port Captain closing the port on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday it was closed to small boats such as Pangas, but the larger cruisers were allowed out. This morning it was open to all vessels, but I saw a few cruisers returning quickly with seasick passengers.
Water temperatures on the Pacific side were 71-72 degrees while the temperatures directly off the Cape were in the 67-68 degree range. As you continued on up the coast toward the East Cape the water slowly warmed until it reached a 77-78 degree area off of the Vinorama area. Clarity in all areas was a bit off, but particularly from the beach to two miles out on the Cortez side of the Cape, where the strong swells stirred a great amount of detritus and sand when pounding the beaches. The currents were also ripping this week with very strong currents from the northwest along the southern portions of the Pacific side and very strong currents from the southwest from San Jose and north on the Cortez side.
BAIT: Due to the swells there were no Sardinas available from mid-week on, and the amount of Caballito was down as well. What bait was available was the normal $3 each, and there were plenty of frozen local ballyhoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: The number of Striped Marlin being seen improves day by day, but the number being hooked up still remains low. Low is a relative term, and by that I mean compared to the numbers seen, the hookup ratio is low. Having said that, the bite has improved quite a bit since the last report, with most of the boats fishing for them getting hooked up and quite a few of those boats (actually the large majority) getting at least one, often more than that, to the boat for a release. These large swells may bring even more fish to the surface as they ride the face of these and perhaps the bite will get even better! I can’t wait until we start seeing every boat with multiple releases! Meanwhile, the best bite was found from straight off the arch to the 1150 Spot, much of it happening along the temperature change on the east side of the cool water plume. Live bait thrown in front of tailing fish was the number one hook up method, and live bait dropped back to fish attracted to lures in the trolling pattern was number two.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: There was no change in the Tuna situation this week. Maybe the Yellowfin will show up in our area soon, but this week was once again extremely slow here in Cabo. The fish that had been showing up off of the Punta Gorda high spots were reported as having an off time early in the week, but just as the winds and swell picked up there were a few reports of decent action a bit farther offshore, between Punta Gorda and the 1150, out around 20 miles. That action was short lived however as the surface conditions became a steady “victory at sea” event. Putting it another way, there were so many sheep in the field you could not count them all!

DORADO: There were still some Dorado being found, and I guess it is not a big surprise after all as the water on the Cortez side is warm enough for them to stay. Not a lot were caught, but a few of them were decently sized in the 20 pound class. There were quite a few smaller 8-10 pound class fish compared to the larger ones, and the luckier boats managed to get two or three. Most boats did not luck out though, and did not get a strike. I was told that the boats that did get a few of these great eating fish found them under working Frigates, always worth checking out!
WAHOO: I was fairly surprised when we did not see many Wahoo early in the week, normally we get a half decent bite just before the full moon. Of course the best bite always occurs three days before the full moon, and since tonight is the full moon that should have been the past three days. However….the swells have really stirred things up close to shore and that is where the majority of Wahoo are found, along the rocky points and drop offs. Usually a few larger fish are found in the open water, but I did hear of any in the later part of the week.
INSHORE: The week started out getting a bit better for inshore fishing as a number of decent Yellowtail in the 15-25 pound class were found in deeper water (150-300 feet), and they were biting on live bait just off the bottom. There were a few Grouper as well and an occasional school of Amberjack would move in for a quick visit. Small schools of Sierra were being found along the beach on the Pacific side and anglers working for them in 75-25 feet of water were getting from 6 to 15 fish per trip. On the Cortez side there were schools of small Roosterfish running from 3 to 10 pounds and they were attacking live baits, but most of the live bait was too large for them to munch on! Well, the bite was decent early on, but then the winds and then the swells came to visit and suddenly the bite went to nothing, then the boats were not allowed out. Sometimes that happens!
NOTES: I am going to start posting the report on Mondays instead of on Sundays from now on as we seem to be having more trips on the weekends and I like having the best information possible to share with you. The more anglers who get out, the better my information is. The fishing pressure is still light, so if you want to get on the water there is plenty of room! 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 Craig Chaquico on “Fire Red Moon”, this album is on fire with the blues!
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, 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.
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Meanwhile, Tight lines!
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Cabo Fish Report for April 7 – 12, 2015

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
April 7 – 12, 2015

WEATHER: It feels as if we are coming into a summer weather pattern, at least for this week. Last week our lows were in the low 70’s but this week they have increased a bit every day. Friday the low was 75 degrees at 6 AM, Saturday it was at 76 degrees and this morning it was 77 degrees. The daytime highs have ranged between 90 and 94 degrees All of this is warmer than it has been the last several years, and along with the heat has come increased humidity. I have no idea if this is an indicator of things to come, but I am surprised. We had partly cloudy skies this week and the weather services were calling for a decent chance of rain on Friday, this was changed to Saturday and then to Sunday. Being at the tip of the peninsula we have no idea if it will ever happen as conditions can change so rapidly.
WATER: The water on the Pacific side of the Cape continues to be warmer than normal with most areas showing 73-74 degrees along the beach and just a half degree cooler offshore. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 76-77 degrees with an occasional spot of 78 degrees. Both sides of the Cape have decently clean water but the currents on the Pacific side are roaring along strongly from the northwest while on the Cortez side they are weak and from the north east, basicly both are following the contours of the land. The weak currents on the Cortez side appear to be the remnants of the Pacific currents as they loop around the Cape and form a weak circular pattern between us and the East Cape.
BAIT: Just as it was last week, most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. Calming seas have allowed the net boats in the San Jose area to find and catch sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There was little change this week on the billfish front with many more fish being seen tailing down swell than we had several weeks ago, but they still seem to be without an appetite. A few boats were able to find fish that would bite and managed to release one or two, but most of the boats had an exercise in frustration as they tossed bait at one fish after another only to see the bait totally ignored. It may be because the fish are full and have been feeding deep, or perhaps the bait is not the right kind, or the moon phase is not perfect, who knows for sure. All we really know is that if you managed to get hooked up to a Striped Marlin, you were one of the lucky ones! There were also reports of a few small Black and Blue Marlin being seen and occasionally getting hooked up, most likely due to the warmer than normal water we seeing has plenty of the type of bait they love, Skipjack and Bonita. My guess (based on talking to captains and anglers) would be that 45% of the boats fishing offshore had a Marlin strike, while perhaps 25% overall had a successful release. While these percentages are fantastic compared to many places, they are much less than we are used to here. Still, you are not going to catch a Marlin while sitting at the beach bar!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We still have a drought on Yellowfin in Cabo. A few boats were able to get a football size fish or two while fishing close to the beach, but they were vastly outnumbered by the Skipjack and Bonita. Boats that went searching offshore were able to find a few pods of Porpoise, but none of them (that I heard of) held any Tuna. I was told by several anglers that fished out of San Jose that the high spots off of Punta Gorda were serving up some Yellowfin in the 10 – 25 pound class with one larger fish reported at 60 pounds, but they told me the bite was either very early in the morning or almost dark in the evening. Apparently Seals and Sea Lions were an issue as well with many fish being lost to these mammals.

DORADO: Fishing for Dorado this week was an exercise in frustration for most crews as they were few and far between. Normal methods such as getting one while trolling and then dropping a bait back only resulted in a second fish about 20% of the time (normally about 60%) but the biggest issue was getting that first fish hooked up. The Dorado were scattered up and down the coast on the Pacific side with no concentrations anywhere. Spotting feeding Frigates was almost the only way to find the fish (of any offshore species) other than blind trolling. Since there were few fish to begin with, spotting these frigates became vital for a good catch.
WAHOO: I neither saw nor heard of any Wahoo being caught out of Cabo, but I am sure there were a few. I am just a bit surprised since we had a full moon on the 7th, but the waning moon is never as good for these fish as the waxing moon.
INSHORE: Inshore fishing remains limited to mostly Sierra, and if you find a school of them along the beach you can do really well, often limiting out. They have been averaging 6 pounds with a few larger ones in the mix. Chumming them up and then dropping strip baits back to the have offered the best chances at limits, but trolling hootchies and small swimming plugs also worked decently. Some of the boats fishing with fly fishermen did very well with the chumming method but lost many flies due to the sharp teeth on the Sierra. Besides Sierra, boats were finding small red snapper, some decent Amberjack, plenty of Skipjack and Bonita. The Yellowtail have still been a rare visitor to the party but the few that have been caught were caught on live bait drifted just off the bottom in 200+ feet of water.
NOTES: The number of whales being seen has dropped off from last weeks numbers, they are heading back north, as are the spring breakers. The beaches are much calmer now! I do have a very sad not to offer in this report. Those of you who have visited Cabo for any length of time may know Juanito, the owner of the Cabo Lounge. He was just recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and passed away Saturday morning. We will miss this wonderful man, a friend to everyone he met and with a smile and happy words for all. RIP Junaito, we miss you.
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.

Music of the week is “Ain’t in it for the Money” by Micky and the Motorcars, a great western rock album. Check them out at http://www.mickyandthemotorcars.com. Thanks Mark Bailey for turning me on to them so many years ago!
Thank you very much for checking out my report, and if you would like, check out http://www.flyhooker.com, I have just re-vamped the web site and you may like it. Still under development, but there will be new photos, articles, tips and techniques every week starting next month. I am going to set up a link on the website so you can access the archived reports at my blog. I have tried to load them on the website, but 10 years of weekly reports have slowed down my ability to make changes to anything else. The link will take you to the blog and all the reports since 2010 are listed there. If you want a report from years prior to that let me know and I will e-mail them to you, they go back through 2005.
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Cabo Bite Report for Jan. 13-19, 20014

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

Jan. 13 – 19, 2014

WEATHER: A repeat of last weeks weather was in store for those of us who live here as well as for our visitors. A very cool, for us at least, early morning low in the mid 50’s greeted all anglers when they arrived at the marina. Coats, or at least a nice sweatshirt was worn by those with thin blood but I did see a couple of crazy people walking around in tee shirts and shorts. Must have been freezing where they came from! Our afternoons were a very comfortable mid-80’s experience every day, and the skies remained sunny until this weekend. High clouds moved in and while the temperatures did not change much, I kept thinking we were going to get rain. Of course we had no rain, the wrong kind of clouds for that, but the hope was there.

WATER: Water temperatures on the Pacific side of the Cape were in the 74-75 degree range between the San Jaime/Golden Gate Banks and the shoreline while the water on top of the banks and to the west of them was cooler by a degree. In the Sea of Cortez we had water temperatures a slight bit higher, averaging just one degree more, The water on the Pacific side appeared cleaner as well, most of the area showing a clean blue color while on the Cortez side it was just barely tinged with green. The biggest change we saw this week was to the immediate south of the Cape. The currents were strong enough this week that a 2 degree temperature break formed about 30 to 40 miles to the south and southwest of the arch. The cool water on the inside of this break (this cool water formed a “V” at first, with warmer water on both sides) was 74 degrees and the warmer water at both edges was 76 degrees.

BAIT: Plenty of both Mackerel and Caballito were available this week at the normal $3 per bait.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Everyone saw a drop in the Marlin bite this week as the currents ran stronger and the baitfish scattered a bit. Combine that with the full moon and we were not too surprised at this. It made every Marlin caught all the more desirable though, and a few boats were lucky enough to release several per trip. With the strong current and scattered bait, trolling while looking for tailing fish to throw bait at was a better method than soaking a live bait deep on the high spots. The better areas to fish for Marlin were still on the Pacific side and to the northern edge of our daily fishing area. Specificly, around and to the inside of the Golden Gate Bank offered more opportunities to hook a billfish than other areas. Marlin sizes were ranging from 90 pounds to 180 pounds with an average of 110 pounds.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We were all excited the week before last when suddenly the catches of Yellowfin Tuna increased from almost nil to almost limits. Combined with the fact that the fish were not too far away and we were almost partying on the docks. Well, things changed a bit and the fish moved away. Not out of reach, but you needed to dedicate an entire day to fishing for them as it took a while to get out 30 to 40 miles and then find the porpoise pods the Yellowfin were associated with. Boats that made the trip reported excellent fishing for Yellowfin between 12 and 25 pounds with a few larger fish to 45 pounds in the mix. The only problem with going out there was that you needed to be early on the fish, boats that appeared later did not have as good of luck as the early arrivals. And, from all the reports I received, there were no other species found on the way out there or on the way back except for an occasional Striped Marlin. As you may have guessed, this was around the edges of that temperature break I mentioned earlier.

 

 

DORADO: Dorado continued to be caught by boats working near the shoreline, but there were fewer of them this week and the average size was around 12 pounds, down a pound or two from last weeks average. We had one client out this week who managed to catch two Dorado on the fly rod, chumming to get them close enough to cast to, and this was on the Cortez side of the Cape, around the Cabo Del Sol area. So it appears that there are some fish around in the warmer Cortez water as well now. With the water cleaning up a bit in this area, there may be a bit more effort put in by the local fleet to work the waters around the 1150 and the Seamount.

WAHOO: I did hear of a few boats that did well on Wahoo this week, and I am not too surprised since we had a full moon. However, having said that, these were boats that focused on the Wahoo. For the large majority of boats, Wahoo were an incidental catch, if they had a strike at all. The Wahoo that were caught were found in their usual haunts, along the edge of drop-offs and on the top of underwater pinnacles.

INSHORE: Sierra, Sierra and more Sierra. If you wanted to catch Sierra there was almost a guarantee offered by the Panga Captains! Of course you had to put in a bit more effort than last week as the currents moved the Sardinas around and the Sierra moved with them. The bait broke up into smaller schools and the Sierra followed suit, becoming scattered up and down the coast and not heavily concentrated in one area like they were last week. Trolling hootchies and watching for fish breaking the surface was the key, and once you found where there were fish, chumming and fishing with strip baits resulted in fish that were slightly larger than those caught on the hootchies. A few Roosterfish as well as Grouper and Snapper were found, and plenty of Skipjack bit on the hootchies as well.

FISH RECIPE: Keep it simple! A dorado fillet with salt and pepper on an oiled grill cooked perfectly, and then a sauce I made with peach marmalade, white wine and crushed hot peppers drizzled on top. Serve that up with some garlic mashed potatoes and a glass of white wine made you think you were in a five star restaurant!

NOTES: I have yet to receive a reply from the CONAPESCA San Diego office concering the price increase on fishing licenses, so basicly “it is what it is” and they are $181 pesos for a daily license at the dock. Lots of whales are being seen on the fishing trips, we are in the middle of whale season with plenty of Gray Whales and Humpback Whales spouting and breaching all over the place. This weeks report was written to the music of Hayes Carll on his CD “Little Rock”. Until next week, tight lines!

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Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
Sept 24 – 30, 2012

WEATHER: We are starting into the season of change, but while during this weekend we felt the temperature drop a few degrees, we still have a few weeks to go. As proof that storm season is not over yet, this week we had two systems that affected our area. The first was the passing of Miriam well to the west of us, the closest we came was 400 miles, but we did get some clouds and a bit of scattered rain, as well as some huge swells. As soon as Miriam had passed and was to the north, another system started up to the south of us. When initially seen this system appeared organized but had not been given a name or number. It covered approximately 350 miles north to south and was extremely heavy with rain, and we all took a deep breath and crossed our fingers. Eventually named Norman after it came along our side, it was very fast moving and too a sharp bend to the east so all we received was the moisture from the northernmost banding, but that was enough to drop up to 3 inches of water on us in 2 days. Our already soaked soil had a bit of a job trying to absorb this new onslaught so the run-off was heavy and once again the streets were not looking pretty after it passed. If this system had gone over the top of us there may have been some severe water damage to the area, but we got lucky. At the start of the week we were seeing the daytime highs in the high 90’s and nighttime lows in the low 80’s. At the end of the week both temperatures had dropped by 5 degrees. It sure feels nice now, but who know how long that will last! Most years you can almost set your clock by the weather change right October 15 so we may still have a few weeks before the change is permanent.
WATER: The passing of Hurricane Miriam to the west brought us large swells, large enough that the Port Captain decided to close the port on Tuesday. It looked decent out there to us, just large, long period swells, but for safety he closed it. On Wednesday it re-opened and there were still large swells but also heavy rains and wind, maybe the decision was made a day early, but that is the way it goes. With the approach of Tropical Storm Norman he once again closed the port on Friday, and for good reason this time. Heavy winds and lots of rain would have made fishing a bit dicey. With the cloud cover from these systems over our area it was difficult to get a good satellite shot but at the end of the week there was enough o get an idea. On the Pacific side of the Cape the water was 83-84 degrees from the beach to the banks and 82-83 degrees on the banks. Due south of the Cape we had 84=85 degree water while west of us it appeared an even 86 degrees. The main difference was the color of the water, mostly due to run-off from the heavy rain at the end of the week. Along the coast on the Cortez side of the Cape the water was green and dirty out to 8 miles, and extremely dirty within the first mile of the beach. On the Pacific side the water near the beach was still very dirty out at least one to two miles, but past there it cleaned up great. There were large swells on both sides of the Cape early in the week and these later tapered off greatly so that at the end of the week we were seeing only 5-8 foot swells with some winds to 12 knots on them.
BAIT: Live bait was a bit scarce this week due to water conditions but what could be found was Caballito and Mullet at the normal $3 each as well as some frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each as well.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Overall, the fishing appeared much better early in the week than late in the week, but on Saturday there was a Blue Marlin brought in that was reported to weigh in the region of 730 pounds. I did not see the fish nor did I get information on the who, what when where or how, but as soon as I do I will get it out on the blog. Early in the week there were decent numbers of Striped Marlin as well as Sailfish and we had one group fishing who caught small Blue Marlin (about 180 pounds each) two days in a row. The last day of the week for my report, Saturday, had slow Bill fishing results for us with just one Sailfish coming into the pattern for three boats, and one large hook being straightened out by an unidentified very large fish. As soon as the water cleans up things should get better as early in the week most of the billfish action took place pretty close to shore on the Pacific side.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Once again early in the week was better fishing as most boats were coming in with limits of Yellowfin that ranged from 12 to 30 pounds with a few to 80 pounds in the mix. Most of the small fish were found close to the beach, sometimes in the open and not associated with and Dolphin. Most of the larger fish were found farther offshore and were under Dolphin. In both instances the best bites were had on small lures from 3-5 inches in length and pink in color. Most likely the reason was the number of squid in the water, almost every fish we caught was choked with squid this size, so it made perfect sense to “match the hatch”. The largest fish of all were caught by boats that were flying a kite to get the lures away from the boat and in clean water.

DORADO: While the Tuna fishing at the beginning of the week was impressive, Dorado regained their title of fish of the week as I do not think there was a boat our there that did not have a chance to come in with limits, and most of the fish found were good size at 12-25 pounds. A few larger fish snuck in as I did see one at least 50 pound fish brought to the dock and there were others in the 30-40 pound class as well. Early in the week the water close to the beach on the Pacific side held most of the fish for us but at the end of the week everything had changed due to the run-off from the storm. The bite dropped off severely on Saturday, the best result I saw was three fish of about 15 pounds each. With Miriam dropping good amounts of water to the north of us it might suddenly switch right back on as we get floating debris that is washed out of the arroyos coming into our area. If this happens, and the water has a chance to clean up the fishing might just be fantastic.
WAHOO: Full moon was the 28th so we expected good results on Wahoo, and considering the number of days that there were to fish and the condition of the water the results were pretty darn good. Most of our clients had a shot at least, but with Wahoo you can never be sure, baits chopped in half, lure skirts sliced and mono-filament leader cut as if with a knife were the most common signs we saw of the presence of these fish. We did have one client that managed two Wahoo of about 40 pounds on two separate days, and he was fishing rigged ballyhoo on circle hooks. The leader was frayed but the hook lodged in the corner of the Wahoos mouth and they were able to bring the fish to the boat without getting cut off.
INSHORE: Strong currents and dirty water once again had an effect on the inshore bottom action and the numbers of Roosterfish available had dropped off. Many if not most of the Pangas were working just off the beach for Dorado and a few ventured offshore for Tuna and Marlin once the winds had died down.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: OK, my music of the week was Professor Longhair on his CD “New Orleans Piano”, a 1989 Atlantic records release. Brought to me by our friend Ed, this is the best piano music I have listened to in a very long time. My favorite cut is #14, “Longhair’s Blues-Rhumba”, talk about getting you moving your feet, wow! Hopefully we have good weather this week and the fishing returns to what it was before this last storm came through. I would also like to thank everyone who let me know that someone else based in Cabo is using my format, I already knew, and it is a bit of a compliment, just as long as they don’t plagiarize, what’s there to do about it. Until next week, tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
July 23-29, 2012

WEATHER: It’s Sunday afternoon and I am a bit late in getting the report written for this week as I was fishing, or at least out on the water, this morning. The last thing I wanted to do was spend time in the engine room working on the water pump for the generator, but at least it was early in the day and I did not have to deal with 112 degrees in the open sun in the parking lot that my wife experienced at 2 in the afternoon! This morning the high, or should I say low, for the morning was a balmy 84 degrees, and you saw what I just wrote as far as how high the temperature rose. The humidity has not been too bad, and we have had some cloud cover for most mornings this week, but it sure burned off by mid-day. No rain this week, as expected, but I thought I saw some clouds dropping a bit up in the mountains towards the East Cape on Saturday. We did experience some wind from the north-west during the middle of the week but it was experienced out on the water, not here in town.
WATER: I don’t think I have seen better conditions on the Cortez side of the Cape since last summer, swells a 1-3 feet, little wind if any with a few short period exceptions and the water has been an average of 86 degrees in our area, a bit warmer up toward the East Cape. On the Pacific side it has been a bit of a different story however. The water temperature and clarity has been fluctuating a lot, mostly due to the currents. There has been an area of cool, 75 degree water showing up between the beach inside the Golden Gate Bank and extending to the southeast, sometimes wrapping around to the 95 spot. Not only cool, it has also been green, sometimes dirty green but mostly a clean green color. It has extended offshore as far as across the San Jaime Banks and running down along the 1,000 fathom line. Localized wind have made this area a bit uncomfortable to fish, choppy and cold when going out another 12 miles often ends up being much more comfortable and with better water to fish in. That being said, look down farther in the report to see what has been in this water.
BAIT: Caballito and Mullet were available at the normal $3 per bait and you could get them if you were out early, many boats were unable to get bait and had to settle for frozen horse ballyhoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Locally we had pretty decent Marlin fishing, however up in the area of the East Cape the fishing was a bit different. We would have thought that with the warmer, bluer water up there that the 61 boats fishing the 3 day tournament would have produced a few more fish. After all that is 183 fishing days. Unfortunately there were no fish brought in that qualified for the 300 pound minimum weight. There were several underweight fish brought in and the results of the tournament were 48 Striped Marlin, 29 Blue Marlin, 1 Black Marlin and 14 Sailfish for an average of 1.5 billfish per team. The day prior to the tournament starting, here in Cabo a Blue Marlin weighing over 700 pounds was brought in to the scales, and the day after the tournament a nice Black Marlin estimated at 550 pounds (by a Captain who knows his fish) was caught on live bait. I also heard one Captain (who may have been telling fish stories on the radio) say that he had hooked for a very short time (one jump to be exact) a Blue Marlin on a blind strike that was estimated at being near 1,000 pounds. I fished three days locally on the Sea of Cortez side and only managed to get one Sailfish up into the lures, but had clients who did much better than that. On the Pacific side there were Blue Marlin being found offshore in the blue water and Striped Marlin being found in the cooler green water next to the beach.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: While I did not hear of any large Tuna being caught near home this week, there were several very nice fish, two over 200 pound and one over 100 pounds caught during the East Cape Bisbee tournament. There were large fish reported at the Inman bank just of the north of Punta Gorda, but they were very finicky and rarely came up except after most of the boats were gone in the afternoons. Slow trolled live Bolito hooked a few of these cows. Near to home it was a matter of finding the right pod of Dolphin to fish, with the Spotted Dolphin and the White Bellied Dolphin holding Yellowfin to 40 pounds with most of the fish in the 15-20 pound class. A great catch for most of the boats was a limit of five Tuna per angler, but it was great because few boats were able to manage that! Instead, the average catch was two to three fish per angler with at least on of them going 30 pounds. The area offshore on the Pacific side from just inside the San Jaime Bank to 10 miles to the west of there produced most of these fish.
DORADO: Once again I saw a lot of small Dorado this week, and we released a few ourselves! Near the beach they were quite common, at least on the Pacific side. In the area of San Jose they could be found close to the beach as well. For larger fish the area offshore in the warmer water on the Pacific seemed to produce a few fish to 35 pounds, we had clients who managed to get a couple of these fish each day as well as some of the smaller ones. Up at the East Cape Tournament there were a few very nice Dorado brought in, the largest was 57 pounds and there were 13 total over 30 pounds.
WAHOO: I know the Wahoo bite was decent this week because even I was able to catch one! Heck, I used to catch these guys for a living commercially when I lived in Guam, but I have a hard time figuring them out here. My fish was a triple strike with just one hooking up, and it was out in the open water with no structure near. Other fish were caught in the fifty fathom flats off of Punta Gorda as well as out in the open warm water on the Pacific side. I didn’t hear of any really large fish this week, ours was about 25 pounds and that sounded about average.
INSHORE: Amberjack, Roosterfish and a few Grouper were pretty much the inshore action this week. For anglers fishing fly gear or light tackle there was a good bite on nice sized Skipjack as well.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: Music of the week: Rascal Flatts and a bit of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, not bad fishing music! Oh and toss in some Oak Ridge Boys as well. Country kind of week for me! I hope the fishing stays good and I really hope that y’all get a chance to come and try it! Until next week, tight lines!

Cabo Fish Report

FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
http://www.flyhooker.com
https://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
April 23-29 2012

WEATHER: Well, it looks as if I brought some weather back with me on my return from San Diego. While I was gone we had warm mornings where it was 77 degrees at 6am and the days warmed to the high 90’s. Now, at the end of the week our morning high was 61 degrees and the daytime highs look to be in the high 70’s. Not only that, but it has been cloudy for most of the week and this weekend the wind really started to blow with heavy gusts on Saturday afternoon, strong winds Sunday morning with the wind laying down a bit by noon.
WATER: With the cloud cover we had no decent sea surface temperature readings from the satellites, any readings we had were made from being on the water. From what we were able to ascertain, the surface temperatures on the Pacific side were in the mid to high 60’s, depending on where you were with the cooler water occurring closer to the beach, and the surface conditions while great early in the week, became almost un-fishable by the weekend due to the winds. On the Cortez side things were quite a bit better with the water between 72 and 75 degrees early in the week and dropping an average of one degree for the weekend. Surface conditions were much better than on the Pacific, the winds did not generate a large swell on the Cortez side, just some choppy conditions around the 95 spot and a general choppy aspect in the afternoons.
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: Still just “OK”, not wide open by any means, and the fish are still showing well from the 95 spot on up the coast on the Cortez side, across the 1150 and the San Jose Canyon. This warmer, very blue water has been showing us a lot of fish, but they have not been very hungry. A decent trip results in a release, a good trip in two releases and one of the best trips I heard of had 4 releases out of 12 bites. The fish have been there in good numbers but have been stuffed on all the squid that is out there. One of the secrets (but not any more!) has to been taking a 13 inch hollow plastic squid shell and stuffing it with some squid from the market, then slow trolling four or five of these so that they just slide on the surface. Match the hatch, right size and right taste, they are used to eating them and they are easier to catch than live Mackerel or Caballito. You just have to let the Marlin chew a bit longer, give them three or four more seconds before letting the line come tight so the circle hook sets in the jaw.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: We are still waiting for a decent showing on Yellowfin, and I hope that it happens soon. There were a few footballs caught this week by boats fishing approximately 25 miles to the south, but these were blind strikes with no signs of the fish being there other than a reel suddenly singing out. No porpoise, no birds, and the fish appeared to be moving fairly fast as a quick pass back over the same area seldom produce repeat hook-ups.
DORADO: There were some decent numbers of small fish caught this week, all on the Cortez side of the Cape in the warmer waters. Most of the fish were caught fairly close to the beach, but these were also the smaller fish. Once again the larger fish, though few in number, were caught offshore by boats fishing for Marlin. Everything likes to eat Squid!
WAHOO: Once again there were a few Wahoo caught, and they were found in the warm water around the 1150 area. While not large they were decent size, between 20 and 30 pounds. Farther up the coast on the Pacific side there were small Wahoo caught, small as in Min-hoo, with a large fish going 7 pounds. Wow, almost like a larger Sierra! The East Cape was seeing a few of these little guys.
INSHORE: Still fish of the week, Yellowtail have been the meat and potatoes for the fleet once again. While a few of the Captains are saying the Yellowtail are not biting, everyone we have had out has managed to catch at least three of four of them, and some of them have been as large as 40 pounds! Live bait fished just off the bottom was the key for success, yo-yo’ing iron was not as productive, and slow trolling large lipped, deep diving artificials did not do very well at all. The Sierra bite was on as well with decent numbers of fish being caught, and some of them were very nice sized for the species, coming in at 7-9 pounds, but of course the average was 5-6 pounds. Add in a scattering of Jacks and Grouper and the inshore action was pretty good this week!
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: I am back after a pretty uneventful delivery to San Diego. 9 days, traveling during the day with wonderful weather and only minor problems along the way. Sure is good to be back! This weeks report was written to the music of Adele, a decent mix from the albums 19 and 21. Friday night we had a chance to listen to the Brian Flynn band at the Cabo Lounge and our friend Daniel Touchman stopped by and played a few songs on Brian’s guitar. His girlfriend (and my old editor from “Discover” magazine) stepped up to the microphone and wowed us with a fantastic cover of “Me and Bobby McGee”. What a great evening we had. Friends stopped at Zippers in San Jose on the way to the airport yesterday to drop off the kids and grandchild and watched at least three whales playing just off the beach. Nice to know that these are still around.
Until next week, Tight Lines!