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Cabo San Lucas - July 4th, 2011
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RECORDED:    92 °   FISHING: Excellent
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Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

June 27- July 3, 2011





WEATHER: This week was interesting in that at the beginning we had morning temperatures in the low 70's, daytime highs in the high 80's, sunny skies and plenty of wind. At the end of the week we had mornings in the 79-80 degree range, highs in the mid to high 90's, no wind to speak of and cloudy skies. The remnants of the hurricane that struck the eastern coast of Mexico earlier in the week finally made it to us and brought the clouds and a possibility of rain in the mountains. Having the wind die down was a big plus.

WATER: The Sea of Cortez remains warmer than the Pacific side of the Cape. With water temperatures in the 78-81 degree range, the Cortez side is averaging 6 degrees warmer, and it is much cleaner water with very little off-color green to it. At the end of the week the surface conditions on both sides of the Cape wee excellent, but earlier in the week the offshore areas were blustery and choppy with fairly large swells.

BAIT: Mackerel and Mullet were easy to get this week at the normal $3 per bait, there were no Sardinas and only a few Mackerel to be had.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Early in the week there were Striped Marlin to be seen almost everywhere, but the problem was they were not hungry, and those that were hungry were very picky. Throw out 6 baits and get six refusals, toss out one without a hook and it was eaten right away. Go down in leader size until you were running just straight line with no leader and it did not make a difference. At the end of the week things changed! The fish were found right outside the bay, most of them between ½ and 5 miles out, and they were hungry. Not a wide open bite by any stretch, but much better than we had seen earlier in the week. Most boats were able to get between two and four releases for 5 or 6 bites, and rigged Ballyhoo worked wonders.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: CHANGE! As this is usually written on Sunday morning and posted on Monday morning, I have to change what I had originally written. I had said that the Tuna we had been seeing last week had gone away, but it appears that they had just vanished for the first part of the week, only to re-appear on Sunday! We had two boats out yesterday, and the both came back with between 13 and 15 Yellowfin each, ranging in size between 12 and 40 pounds. We were not the only ones either, almost all the fleet that went the correct direction got into fish. The correct direction appeared to be between 150 and 200 degrees, and the distance to travel between 3 and 20 miles. That area between shore and the 1,000 fathom line had fish both associated and non-associated with porpoise.

DORADO: As the water warmed up so did the Dorado bite. Not really a hot bite right now, there were boats coming in with between 1 and three Dorado between 15 and 25 pounds apiece. Most of these fish were caught around Punta Gorda early in the week, but at the end of the week the warm water had moved in front of us and it was only a short distance to find them. My guess is that about 35% of the boats got a Dorado on board this week.

WAHOO: I did not hear of any Wahoo being caught this week.

INSHORE: Most of the inshore fishing this week was done on the Cortez side early in the week and a little was done close to the beach as far up the Pacific side and Los Arcos. At the end of the week the water had calmed down on the Pacific side and boats were able to venture farther north. Inshore action consisted of Sierra, Yellowtail, Amberjack, Roosterfish, Bonito, Lady-fish and Needle-fish. There were some decent Snapper and grouper caught off the bottom as well.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it. Sorry about this last weeks no show, I got busy and forgot!

NOTES: Overcast, 80 degrees, no wind, 2 groups out fishing and the beach walk waiting! My music for this report was a compilation of that retired surfer, Jack Johnson. Talk about laid back and relaxing!

Until next week, tight lines!

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Weather and Lunar Phases

Cabo San Lucas - June 27th, 2011
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RECORDED:    82 °   FISHING: Fair
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Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

June 20-16, 2011





WEATHER: Last weeks weather continued on into this week as we started with lows in the high 60's and highs in the low 80's along with a lot of wind. On Thursday it started to change, at least the temperatures did! The wind continued until finally dying down on Sunday. At the end of the week our lows were in the mid to upper 70's and the daytime highs had returned to the mid 90's. Still no rain but we did have several days of cloud cover.

WATER: Our seas have slowly returned, or are slowly returning to haw they were a couple of weeks ago. At the beginning of the week the water had dropped about 12 degrees along both sides of the Cape, with a severe drop along the Cortez coastline. Finally, at the end of the week it started to warm up, and the trend continued offshore as well. Starting the week with 69 degrees in the bay, we ended the week with a slightly more reasonable 73 degrees, but the water remained very green and off color. On the Pacific side at the end of the week we had water as cold as 65 degrees but it did not intrude into the Sea of Cortez. The green water remained inside the 1,000 fathom line for the most part, and the water started to warm up eastward of a line due south of San Jose. Surface conditions were not all that great this week as the swells from the remnants of Hurricane Beatrice pounded the beach, making the surfers happy but when combined with the steady wind made fishing uncomfortable for most anglers. At the end of the week the swells started dying down as did the wind.

BAIT: Mackerel and Mullet were easy to get this week at the normal $3 per bait, there were no Sardinas and only a few Mackerel to be had.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Almost the only area that held Striped Marlin this week was outside the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side of the Cape. The water was choppy but a bit clearer and just a bit warmer there. For that matter, almost all the fish that were caught this week came from that area. A couple of “maybe” small Blue Marlin were reported from there as well, but that may have been wishful thinking considering the water temperature. For the most part boats were seeing three or four fish a day and managing to hook up and release between one and three per day. A few boats managed to really kick some butt and released up to five fish. A couple of fish were reported from the green water closer to shore, but this was a very scattered event, not normal during the course of the week.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Fish of the week as far as I am concerned! Yellowfin between 12 and 30 pounds were the lifeblood of the offshore anglers this week as they could be found along the color break at the 1,000 fathom line. Not associated with porpoise, it took a while to find them, but once they were found the action was decent. Most boats were catching between three and 10 fish per trip. Dark colored lures were the key, bright colors just did not work.

DORADO: Maintaining the trend started last week with the influx of cold water, the bite on Dorado continued on a downhill slide. The fish were smaller as well with a lot of fish in the 5-6 pound class being released, and they were almost the only ones being caught. Like all the other fish, they were found around the 1,000 fathom line, or up off the Punta Gorda area.

WAHOO: Cold water and the last quarter of the moon phase put the brakes on the Wahoo fishing this week. I did not hear of any being brought in.

INSHORE: Inshore fishing was a pain this week with the cold, green water and the large storm swells. Some anglers were able to get hooked up to Yellowtail on the Pacific side by trolling Rappala style lures and if they continued to work an area could do all right on fish to 12 pounds. Add in some decent Bonito, scattered all along both side of the Cape, and some Sierra along the shore off of El Tulle beach and the fishing was ok, not great but ok.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.

NOTES: This weeks report was written to the songs of the birds chirping in the trees outside, I hope they are saying the water is warming up! If it continues to warm, and I think it will, we will see much better fishing by mid-week. Now, it's off to the beach with the dog, then give her a bath and brushing, she has her birthday party this afternoon!

Until next week, tight lines!

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Cabo San Lucas - June 20th, 2011
supplied by: Fly Hooker Sportfishing
RECORDED:    81 °   FISHING: Fair
Cabo Fish ReportPosted on June 19, 2011 by captgeoFLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
June 13-19, 2011

WEATHER: A bit of change was in the works for us this week. On Thursday the wind started to blow from the northwest pretty hard but it was dying off around sunrise, then picking up again in the afternoon. It brought cooler temperatures with it as well. While we started the week with lows in the high 70′s, by weekend we had morning highs of 68 degrees two days in a row. Our daytime highs started the week in the mid 90′s and as of the weekend we had highs in the high 70′s. Mid week delivered a bit of cloud cover as well, but no rain.
WATER: Either wind wind pushed it around or the current along the Pacific side became much stronger, but whatever the reason the cool water from the Pacific side wrapped itself around the Cape and intruded as far up the Sea of Cortez as the East Cape. While the water on the Cortez side of the Cape began the week being in the low 80′s, it ended the week in the mid 60′s, a significant change. Along with the cool water came a color change and with a green tinge to it the water was not quite a good as we had been seeing. Couple that with the wind in the afternoons and the associated choppy conditions it is understandable that many charters came in around noon or 1pm. The mornings were fine but once noon came around it was time to head back. We had some good sized swells early in the week but they tapered off at the end of the week and were averaging just 3-5 feet instead of 5-7 feet.
BAIT: Water conditions were not favorable for Sardinas this week so it didn’t matter where you went, there were none to be found. Most of the bait boats had plenty of Mullet for sale as well as some decent Caballito, and a few of them had Mackerel, all available at the normal $3 per bait. Ballyhoo, thawed out, were also available at $3 or $4 each, depending on who you bought them from.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Striped Marlin were scarce for most of the boats this week but a few were able to do well on them. A private boat I know of caught four in one day, as well as two small Blue Marlin, and a charter boat we use released three Striped Marlin one day as well. You really had to be in the right place at the right time. The private boat reported catching his Striped Marlin in the vicinity of the 1150 while the charter boat found his close to Palmilla point. Other boats working the same areas reported seeing fish but could not get them to bite. Like I said, right place at the right time! I heard of a few other Blue Marlin being caught early in the week but as the water on the Cortez side cooled down they disappeared.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Still very on-off fishing, those that got into a decent school and worked it hard were rewarded with limits on Tuna that averaged 25 pounds in the area between just outside the 1150 and withing 6 miles of the arch. There one day, gone the next, as often happens with these fish. The better catches were had by boats that lucked into schools associated with porpoise, but blind strikes were also significant. With a blind strike, and specially with a double or triple, working the area in a grid often resulted in many more hook-ups, at least until the school was lost. There were reports of some nicer fish from up in the Punta Gorda area, offshore, but beating it back home against the wind made that a trip only for the experienced, and those willing to take a gamble. There one day, gone the next!
DORADO: With the cool water moving in the bite for those nice Dorado we had been seeing dropped off quite a bit. There were still fish being found, but they had followed the warmer water so most of them were from the Gorda Banks area and farther up the Sea of Cortez. With an average weight of 25 pounds, these were a nice fish to have! Early in the week we were seeing quite a few larger fish, most of them in the 35-50 pound class, a good indicator of things to come once the water warms back up.
WAHOO: This being a full moon week the Wahoo were accommodating and many boats were returning flying an orange Wahoo flag. Most of the fish were between 35-45 pounds, but there were both smaller and larger fish reported. The largest I heard of was 78 pounds. Palmilla point and Punta Gorda as well as the associated small banks in the area kicked out most of the fish, but there were quite a few open water fish as well. I would guess that on average, about 15 percent of the charters caught Wahoo this week.
INSHORE: We had some decent Roosterfish in the surf this week, nothing big but averaging 15 pounds. There were a few larger 30 pound fish, but not many. The best method for these fish was slow trolling live Mullet. Also, since the water cooled off later in the week, some Yellowtail have returned to our area. Pangas were finding them around the Palmilla area as well as scattered around rocky points. Working yo-yo’s and slabs in 120 to 200 feet of water off the points brought some nice fish to 30 pounds, but averaging 12 pounds. A few boats were able to get Grouper to 80 pounds off of underwater rock piles using live Caballito.
FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.
NOTES: Sure hope the water warms back up. As it is, the cool water once again has resulted in the inshore fishing getting a bit better for eating quality fish, but offshore it has depressed the bite a bit. This weeks report was written to some great music by Jean-Luc Ponty off of his 1978 Atlantic Records recording “Cosmic Messenger”. Until next week, tight lines!
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Cabo San Lucas - June 19th, 2011
supplied by: The Patient Angler
RECORDED:    95 °   FISHING: Good
            Just got back from our annual Roosterfish trip to sunny Cabo San Lucas. Pete, Doug & Ray joined me for a week of fishing for inshore game fish in the waters surrounding the tip of Baja. As always we fished with my good friend Grant Hartman and his hard working crew of Baja Anglers.

            The weather was great with much needed sunny skies and daytime temperatures ranging from 95 to 100 degrees each day with a nice breeze to help things feel a little cooler.  It’s been a long spring for us in Central Oregon, and I was really looking forward to the warmer weather.  

            We had six days of fishing booked with Baja Anglers, so we boarded one of their custom 26ft Glacier Bay boats and headed out to the East Cape for our first day on the water. As we ran to our fishing grounds, I ran through the teasing techniques the Captain & Mate would be using to bring the fish up, the basics of the bait & switch and the cast they would need to make to catch the amazing fish found in these waters. Easier said, than done, especially when you are new to this type of fishing. You think you’re all cool, calm & collected until the first time you see a school of Roosterfish chasing the teaser to the boat like a pack of wild dogs. Then add to the adrenalin rush a rocking boat for a casting platform, a 10mph wind in your face, and a five inch fly and it all of a sudden becomes a little harder to make the accurate cast needed to be successful with the bait & switch. At first, the guys all had their share of bad casts and missed opportunities, but it didn’t take long for them to get in the swing of things, making accurate casts and hooking fish.

            The fishing was actually a lot slower than normal for this time of year. The mass quantities of small baitfish that are normally found on the East Cape just weren’t there. But even with the missing baitfish, we still managed to find a number of willing fish each day. The numbers of fish we saw each day as well as the number of different species we encountered seemed to increase as the week went on. The fishing got better with each day and the guys hookup to land ratio increased as they improved their skills. By day three, everybody was relaxed and having a lot of fun, giving each other a hard time whenever someone would miss a cast or lift their rod tip on a take or forget to strip-strike to set the hook. 

            The prized Roosterfish was the target fish of our trip, and by far the fish we caught most often, but the guys also hooked-up with Jack Crevalle, Big Amber Jacks, a couple of Dorado and had some shots at Wahoo, Snapper & Yellow Tail.

For a change of pace, we took the guys out to fish offshore for Marlin and Dorado. It wasn’t the best time to fish for marlin because the moon was almost full, and when there is a full moon the Marlin tend to eat more at night making them not as hungry during the day. But we thought we would give it the old college try and set out for deeper waters. We troll for Marlin dragging hook less teasers behind the boat and when one is teased up, we bring him in close to the boat for the bait & switch with the fly. I ran through the drill on how to hook Marlin on the fly and about an hour into our day we had our first Marlin behind the boat. Our Captain Alex did a good job teasing this fish to the back of the boat, but the Marlin wasn’t really lit-up or excited so he just looked at the fly that Doug presented him, turned away and disappeared. Not too long after, we got another Marlin up behind the boat and Pete was on the rod. With a great show of expertise, Alex teased in the marlin and this one looked like he was in the mood to eat. Pete made the cast and the fish turned the right way, but Pete’s cast was just a little off the mark and landed on the head of the marlin instead of in front of him and the Marlin either didn’t see it or just missed the fly. It was still very exciting for everyone as it is quite a sight to see one of the biggest and most beautiful creatures in the ocean, right behind the boat. We gave the Marlin fishing another hour or so and then we headed back to the inshore for more action with Roosters and Jacks. Doug & Pete were so impressed with the potential of Marlin on the fly, they are already making plans to go back down to fish in the fall during prime time.

            The Baja trip was a great success and everyone had a good time, which is not hard to do when you’re in one of the most beautiful places on earth, in great weather, eating great food and catching some of the most impressive fish in the world on the fly.

 

The Patient Angler                patientangler.com

Peter Bowers

            

photos Weather and Lunar Phases

Cabo San Lucas - June 13th, 2011
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RECORDED:    92 °   FISHING: Great
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Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

June 6-12, 2011





WEATHER: While we had great weather for most of the week we did end on a blustery note. Friday night a little breeze started, nothing much at all and it was still nice on Saturday morning. Then all of a sudden on Saturday about mid-day the wind started to blow hard from the south. It did not take long for the whitecaps to come up. We had a little bump of a swell that made the surfers happy, a result of the short lived hurricane “Adrian” far to the south. Our nighttime lows for the week were mostly in the mid 70's while the daytime highs were in the mid to high 90's and the humidity ranged from 60% to 40%.

WATER: At the end of the week we had 80-81 degree water from the beach out to the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side of the Cape and around across the top of the San Jaime Bank on the Pacific side. Outside this warm water it dropped 3 or 4 degrees except on the Pacific side where the water to the north dropped to 72 degrees just off of the Bank. 40 miles to the west was another large temperature change where the water went from 72 to 64 degrees. Surface conditions were fair with small swells at the start of the week slowly growing larger and then the hard wind on Saturday really chopped things up in the afternoon.

BAIT: There was a decent availability on Caballito this week at the normal $3 per bait, some Sardinas were found in the Palmilla area at $25 a scoop and of course you could get frozen ballyhoo at $3 each.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The concentrations of Striped Marlin that we had been finding up around the Destillidera area have moved once again and appear to have come a bit closer to us. During the middle of the week the move started and as often happens it coincided with their not eating once again. At the end of the week they became hungry again and if you found the fish (between the 1150 and the 95) and were pulling lures at the right speed (8.5 knots) then you got bit, but only on lures, very few fish were hooked on live bait. The color did not seem to matter, it was size (10-12 inches) and speed that got them going. Good catches at the end of the week were four or five releases per boat but the average was just two. There have been more reports of Blue Marlin but I have not heard of any Black Marlin yet.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: On again, off again fishing for Yellowfin Tuna was the way it worked this week. The open water fish we had been finding last week seemed to have moved on and we have been finding fish at the end of the week only with Porpoise. Well, not entirely true, there are still a few unassociated fish out there, but not the numbers we were seeing last week. Reports I have heard have been that the Los Frailles and north in the East Cape area have been fishy, with Tuna to slightly over 100 pounds among the porpoise there. Hopefully the fish move our way soon! I did see two purse seiners moving past us heading up on the Pacific side on Friday.

DORADO: As the water warms up the fishing gets better! Almost every trip is producing a few Dorado and just like last week the larger ones have been found offshore. Fish to 40 pounds have been biting lures meant for Striped Marlin and there have been plenty of smaller fish closer to the beach, that is plenty of them if you find the schools, otherwise there sure is a lot of water out there! Finding Frigate birds working was the key to getting the school fish as they could be seen swooping down on the flying fish being chased by the Dorado.

WAHOO: I heard of a few fish being caught but not as many as last week. The warm water helps but we are between moon phases right now. If the water stays warm we should be seeing more Wahoo in about 10 days.

INSHORE: The Roosterfish have not been right on the beach, at least not mid-week, but instead have been found in 80-100 feet of water. Slow trolling live mullet was the key to getting bit on a regular basis, and for those with plenty of Sardinas to chum with, tossing out a live one after chumming around the rocks in the shallows worked on the smaller fish. There were Amberjack and some Snapper (Snapper early in the week before the swells picked up) as well as some grouper found by the fishermen working the bottom or the rocks.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.

NOTES: The whales are gone, but the fish are showing up, yea!! This weeks report was written to the music of Jeff Beck on his early album “Blow by Blow”. Sure brings back memories! Until next week, tight lines!

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Weather and Lunar Phases

Cabo San Lucas - June 6th, 2011
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RECORDED:    93 °   FISHING: Excellent
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Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

May 30- June 5, 2011





WEATHER: Sure am glad I am here and not there! With nighttime lows in the low 70's and daytime highs in the mid 90's, humidity most day around 35% it just doesn't get much better than this. We had sunny skies all week long and at the start of the week we had a steady, but not too strong wind from the northwest. Today is going to be the hottest of the week though, as it is 77 degrees and not even 7 am yet!

WATER: On the Cortez side of the Cape, almost in a line running due east of us, the water to the north was 80 degrees until you got off of the Los Frailles area offshore. There it warmed to 84 degrees at the end of the week. South of that line it dropped to 74 degrees except for an intrusion from the Pacific side that ran right along the 1,000 fathom line where it dropped to 70 degrees. On the Pacific side of the Cape it was 66-70 degrees everywhere. Early in the week the Pacific side was a bit rough with large swells and some steady wind, but the swells died down late in the week as did the wind. On the Cortez side of the Cape the wind had little effect later in the week but at the beginning it made for a few days of rough riding back to Cabo if you went east to fish.

BAIT: There was a decent availability on Caballito this week at the normal $3 per bait, some Sardinas were found in the Palmilla area at $25 a scoop and of course you could get frozen ballyhoo at $3 each.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: I did not hear of any Swordfish being caught this week but there may have been a few. Most of the boats were concentrating on the Striped marlin that were being found up to the east in the Destillidera area. The best catches were in double digits but most boats were getting between 3 and 5 releases per day, with a lot of fish just giving quick strikes and not hooking up. Most of the action for the fleet boats was on lures and the fish were averaging a little bit larger at 130 pounds instead of the normal 110 pounds. The action fluctuated a bit day to day and the fish moved around a bit as well. While the concentrations were in the Destillidera area, there were fish found closer to home also. Scattered Striped marlin were found all over the place and it seemed that most of them were willing to hit a lure or bait, but the concentrations were not there for large numbers to be caught. For the boats not making the long trek to the concentrations, a release average of 1 per boat was the norm. There were still Sailfish being caught in the San Jose area as well, mainly closer to the beach and the structure with small pods of three or four fish coming in to attack lures. Not a lot of them but enough that any trip had the chance of catching one.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We finally had some decent numbers of Yellowfin show up. To the east of us there have been occasional breezers, schools of fish that are traveling just under the surface, pushing the water so that it looks like a gust of wind is traveling through. If you see one of them, the chances of hooking up fish are good, just throw a live bait in the water in front of the school. Boats that were finding them and doing that were getting fish averaging 45 pounds with an occasional jumbo over 100 pounds. Most of the boats are catching smaller fish close to home. The area from 2 to 6 miles off the beach between the arch and Chileano Bay produced plenty of blind strikes on fish that averaged 18 pounds, a few smaller than that but nice fish anyway. Almost anything worked, lures big and small, live bait, rigged dead bait, it was just a matter of getting a strike and then working the area. A good catch was a dozen fish, a big catch was limits for everyone.

DORADO: Every week the numbers increase, and this week the size increased as well. There were quite a few fish in the 40-50 pound class caught, and a lot of fish in the 12-20 pound class. The warm water on the Cortez side of the Cape was producing almost all the fish with the larger ones found offshore and the smaller ones closer to the beach.

WAHOO: It sounded as if the Wahoo bite was decent this week if you were fishing out at Punta Gorda. Boats that concentrated their effort on the 50 fathom line and worked it hard with swimming plugs and lead head lures were getting between two and five fish per day, most of them in the 30 pound class with an occasional fish to 60 pounds. There were a few others caught offshore but there were no concentrations out there, just incidental catches.

INSHORE: Roosterfish were the stars of the week for the inshore fishermen as some of the larger fish arrived with the warmer water. In the white water you could see fish to 40 pounds cruising for something to eat and getting a live bait in there usually resulted in a hook-up. Almost all of the sandy beaches were producing the Roosterfish, but the average size was 15 pounds, the larger ones were not as common. There were also some nice snapper caught in the rocks if you were able to get a bait in there, but the large swells early in the week made that a bit difficult. Many of the Pangas were fishing for Yellowfin Tuna since they were so close and biting so well.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.

NOTES: Reports on the weather stations say that we might reach 100 degrees today! I think it is time to head to the beach before the sand get too hot to walk on, Tawny does not like that hot sand on her paws! The weather is heating up and so is the fishing, I am planning on a meat trip tomorrow, going out for a half day to get some fresh Tuna. This means that my recipe mid-week will be something to do with Tuna, you betcha! This weeks report was written to the music of Mark Knopfler on my favorite album of his, the soundtrack for “Sailing to Philadelphia”. Until next week, tight lines!

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Weather and Lunar Phases

Cabo San Lucas - May 30th, 2011
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RECORDED:    90 °   FISHING: Great
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Weather and Lunar Phases

Cabo San Lucas - May 23rd, 2011
supplied by: Fly Hooker Sportfishing
RECORDED:    90 °   FISHING: Great
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Captain George Landrum

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Cabo Fish Report

May 16-22, 2011





WEATHER: I saw my low for the week at 66 degrees, and it was a windy morning, really glad I took a light jacket with me! Don't sneer, I've lived in the tropics for so long that is cold to me. Our daytime temps have gotten to the high 90's. We had afternoon winds this week from the northwest at 12 to 16 knots but they have died off about the time the sun comes up. At the tail end of the week (Friday) the clouds moved in and the wind went away. Of course it was partly to mostly cloudy on Friday and Saturday but the sun got out and about on Sunday, but so did the wind.

WATER: Water temperatures continue to climb as at the end of the week we were seeing 80-81 degrees on the Cortez side of the Cape. The Pacific side remained quite a bit cooler, if you went just north of the Golden Gate Bank (if you were a masochistic) the water was 20 degrees cooler. Surface conditions on the Pacific side were rough with swells at 6-9 feet and wind chop on top of that. The wind continued to blow all week from the northwest and the only fishermen who went on the Pacific side were die-hard Yellowtail fishermen working just off the beach 15 miles to the north. On the Cortez side the swells were to 5 feet but spaced well apart, there was a 2-3 foot wind swell on top of that, but depending on where you were the wind did not hit until later in the afternoon.

BAIT: There was no change in the bait situation this week. A few decent Caballito but mostly junk bait at $3 each. Don't buy the junk bait unless you are desperate. Sardines up at Palmilla at $25 a scoop. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 or $4 each depending on the supplier.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: Overall the bill fishing has improved and the fish are staying in the same spot, roughly. Anywhere around the 1150 area would produce fish this week but they were fairly tight to the bait. This made it necessary to watch other boats for signs of fish and to pay close attention to the electronics. Find the bait, find the fish, pretty basic and simple, but easy to forget. Most boats were able to release one or two Striped Marlin per trip, the better ones were releasing three of four, the best ones were releasing double digit numbers. What was the difference? Easy to answer, and the answer is bait. If you had no good bait and just used lures and junk bait for drop backs you might get a release or two if you were in the fish. If you had good bait (mackerel, Caballito) you might get a couple of them on a drop back and a couple on deep drops. If you were running rigged ballyhoo you chances for a great instead of good catch improved dramaticly. Don't get me wrong here, I have no interest in the bait boats nor do I sell ballyhoo. Also, not all the crews are willing (or know how) to rig them properly. Also, sometimes the ones you buy from the bait boats have been thawed and re-frozen several times, making them mushy and unsuitable for bait.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: There was still scattered action on the smaller tuna close to the beach by pangas using Sardinas, but the quality fish were coming off of the area between the 1150 and the Cabrilla sea mount. Finding the right porpoise was the key, and not all the boats that found them were able to catch fish. The fish were shy and the best results were had by boats that had, and used kites to fly the bait well away from the boat. Fish to 80 pounds were caught this way. Also, there were some fish reported from the outer Gorda Banks on the same method.

DORADO: Same as last week. There were a few Dorado caught this week, almost all of them on the Cortez side of the cape. Small ones were found close to the beach, little guys of around 8 pounds. Offshore a bit farther were larger fish averaging 15 pounds. There were not a lot of them, but enough that you had a decent chance of getting one for dinner.

WAHOO: There were a few more Wahoo caught this week and a lot more strikes as we just eased past the full moon. No real numbers on these fish but they were nice as a surprise package when fishing.

INSHORE: The inshore fishery this week has been scattered as there have been some decent Yellowtail on the Pacific side for those who are willing to take the e-ticket ride to the fishing grounds, or going to the beach around the El-Tule area for some Sierra and small Roosterfish if the winds were not too strong. The bite on Yellowfin close to the beach that we experienced last week tapered off and was a hit-or-miss proposition.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.

NOTES: Once again I was a bit late with the fish report, but hey, I got to go fishing so aren't you happy for me? I am out again tomorrow, leaving my lovely wife to deal with all the domestic stuff, like posting this report! Not written to any music this week except for the sound of the golf announcers on the television downstairs, if I had listened to some I think it would have been to Pink Floyd, from any album they ever did! Until next week, tight lines!

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Weather and Lunar Phases

Cabo San Lucas - May 16th, 2011
supplied by: Fly Hooker Sportfishing
RECORDED:    90 °   FISHING: Great
  FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com

www.flyhooker.com

http://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

May 9-15, 2011





WEATHER: This was a really great week, I don't think it could have been much nicer. Of course, I spent most of it on the water and that was a bit cooler than here on land, but still we had great conditions. It was partly cloudy, more of a high overcast for the middle of the week. Our daytime highs were in the low 90's and the evenings were comfortable at an average of 70 degrees.

WATER: The warm water has stayed with us and we are seeing a steady 76-78 degrees almost everywhere on the Cortez side of the Cape. There was a very nice looking temperature break outside the 1,000 fathom line south of the 95 spot mid-week. Water on the Pacific side had been the same as the Cortez side early in the week, at least in the first 10 miles from shore, but at the end of the week cool water averaging 68 degrees had worked it's way back down the coastline. Outside of 3 miles it remained 72 degrees until you went west of the banks and then it dropped back to 68 degrees. The only problem with fishing on the Pacific side was the wind. Every afternoon the wind started to pick up from the northwest, wrapping around the Cape and coming in from the west if you were fishing the Sea of Cortez. Large swells on the Pacific combined with the wind made fishing there uncomfortable. On the Cortez side it was just bumpy coming home!

BAIT: There was no change in the bait situation this week. A few decent Caballito but mostly junk bait at $3 each. Don't buy the junk bait unless you are desperate. Sardines up at Palmilla at $25 a scoop. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 or $4 each depending on the supplier.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: While not great, the Striped Marlin fishing has been good, but as in all fishing, being in the right place at the right time has a lot to do with your success rate. Using the right stuff also helps. This week Cabo hosted the IGFA Offshore Championship once again and there were 59 teams from around the world competing for 4 days, using 30 pound test line. There were 292 billfish caught, including 2 Swordfish, 2 Blue Marlin and 6 Sailfish. This was an average of 1.25 billfish per day, per boat. Now remember, these are some of the best teams around. Top teams caught 14 fish , averaging 3.5 marlin per day. Boats not in the tournament did well also, not being limited in the gear they could use. Many private boats did very well, some releasing up to 9 fish per day, but averaging 2 to 3. The top areas early in the week were between the 95 spot and the 1150, and as the week wore on the fish moved to the warm water in front of San Jose, along the edge of the San Jose Canyon. At the end of the week the main mass of fish had moved offshore about 12 miles then slowly drifted off to the east. Best results were had trolling rigged ballyhoo, and if you had them, throwing live Caballito in front of fish sighted on the surface. There were other Swordfish caught besides the two in the tournament, and the 1150 area plus outside the outer Gorda Banks were holding a few.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: At the end of the week there was some action on Yellowfin Tuna in front of Grey Rock, small fish averaging 8-10 pounds and you had to chum them up with Sardinas. There were a few larger fish in there as well, but not many. Porpoise were found offshore outside of the 1150 and Punta Gorda and some of them were holding Tuna to 100 pounds. The average catch was three or four fish at #35 pounds but there were a few larger ones caught. Hopefully this action will move closer our way soon.

DORADO: There were a few Dorado caught this week, almost all of them on the Cortez side of the cape. Small ones were found close to the beach, little guys of around 8 pounds. Offshore a bit farther were larger fish averaging 15 pounds. There were not a lot of them, but enough that you had a decent chance of getting one for dinner.

WAHOO: Full moon is on the 17th so the bite was slowly improving on these sharp-toothed speedsters. Most of the hook-up were lost due to the use of monofiliment leader instead of wire, but enough of the Wahoo bit just right that a few were landed. I know that we lost at least one lure to a Wahoo strike and there were many more that I heard of. The fish were averaging 30 pounds with a few going almost 50 pounds. Once again the warmer water in the Sea of Cortez were where they were found.

INSHORE: That Roosterfish bite just around the corner in front of the Sol-mar continued for the first two days of the week then they went away. Those fish were small at 5 pounds on the average but provided lots of action when Sardinas were used as bait. The Sierra action has slowed down a bit and the Yellowtail have seemed to have moved north up the coast on the Pacific side. Instead, we are getting action from the Jack Crevalle, not good eating but a heck of a fighter! As the middle of the week approached the football Yellowfin showed up in front of Grey Rock and most of the Pangas were running up the coast to Palmilla for Sardinas then running back to chum and drift live bait.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it.

NOTES: Sorry I was a bit late with the report this week but I was on the water for the past 4 days and too tired by the time I got home to do anything other than eat and sleep. As shown above, the fishing continues to improve on all fronts, the weather is great and the water is nice. If you have been thinking about visiting Cabo, this is a great time to do it! This weeks report was written to a mix of mellow music from one of my favorites, ex-surfer Jack Johnson. Until next week, tight lines!

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Weather and Lunar Phases

Cabo San Lucas - May 9th, 2011
supplied by: Fly Hooker Sportfishing
RECORDED:    92 °   FISHING: Great
  FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING

Captain George Landrum

gmlandrum@hotmail.com

www.flyhooker.com

http://captgeo.wordpress.com/

Cabo Fish Report

May 2-8, 2011





WEATHER: We had a few hot days this week as the thermometer hit 103 degrees in our driveway. It's not humid yet but that will come. While there were a couple of hot days, we also had some really nice weather as well. The average here in Cabo was 92 degrees during the day and 78 degrees at night. The floor fan has been on for sleeping and I am about to pull out the dogs floor fan for her during the day. No rain of course and just a couple of days with a high overcast.

WATER: It's starting to warm up out there! The latest shot from overhead shows that cold 65 degree water we had on the Pacific side has moved 60 miles north, up past the Finger Bank. Everywhere else we can look at shows a pretty even 75-76 degrees. We did have a brief showing of 82 degree water along the coast up on the Cortez side from Punta Gorda north. Surface conditions have been great with little wind and small swells.

BAIT: A few decent Caballito but mostly junk bait at $3 each. Don't buy the junk bait unless you are desperate. Sardines up at Palmilla at $25 a scoop. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 or $4 each depending on the supplier.

FISHING:

BILLFISH: In a repeat of last weeks report the Striped Marlin have remained at the 1150, or in the general area all week long. If you have good live bait there is the possibility of action. The boats scoring best are using live bait as drop-backs on fish coming into the lures. A great catch this week was 4 releases but almost everyone was scoring at least one. I pulled on a fish myself this week for an hour on stand-up #30, it just would not give up, a nice fish of over #150, scoring a release with live bait. We also had one of about 130 pounds on a lure. Plenty of Jumper and feeders most days, we had an active feeder right along the side of the boat while I was fighting my fish, but there was no more bait left. What was interesting was the number of Thresher Sharks we saw early in the morning, we must have seen at least 10. We were seeing a lot more Marlin this week as well, and some boats reported seeing over 100 fish during a day's trip. If the warm water continues we might be seeing some Blues and Blacks soon. There were Swordfish seen again this week in the area just tot he north of the Gorda Banks and one boat caught one 6 miles off of Grey Rock as well.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I saw a couple of white flags that may have represented Yellowfin this week, but they may have been for Bonita as well since I heard of no Yellowfin being caught over the radio, nor did anyone I talk to mention any Tuna.

DORADO: A few yellow flags once again indicated the catch of some Dorado, but there was no hot and heavy bite, at least not yet. Warm water means they can't be far behind though. We sure are looking forward to the first school of them coming through!

WAHOO: We are coming through the new moon phase so there were few Wahoo reported, but there were a couple of decent fish caught. The ones I heard about were said to be in the 35 pound class and were caught by boats trolling lures for Striped Marlin.

INSHORE: On the Pacific side there has been a great bite on small Roosterfish to 10 pounds with a few 20 pound fish in the mix and a decent bite on Sierra. The key to action was to get Sardinas as chum and bait, otherwise things were a bit slow. Nice action was had on Jack Crevalle as well, man those fish can fight! The Yellowtail seem to have moved north following the cooler water as the last report I had on any decent action was from the rock points up past Golden Gate Bank.

FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you wil receive an email as soon as I post it. This week is a good one!

NOTES: The fishing continues to improve and I will be on the water for a few days this week. The whales are pretty much gone now but the fish are showing up! This weeks report was written to the electric speed guitar of Joe Satriani on his 1992 Relativity Records release “The Extremist”. Sometimes you just have to kick it up a notch! Until next week, tight lines!

I will be posting more to my blog now, please go to http://captgeo.wordpress.com/ and subscribe, you will be sent a notice every time I post a new article. Please feel free to send suggestions or if you have any ideas for articles. Thanks George































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