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2/26/01 02:29 PM
Cabo San Lucas Fish Report [Post#: 121 ] Reply to this post

Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

WEATHER: A pretty good week for this time of year here in Cabo! At least it’s warm here, not the below freezing and snowing stuff I keep hearing about up north. The temperature has maintained a steady mid 80 to high 60’s range all week. I need a light jacket in the am and pm but the days have been just great. We had a lot of wind on the 22nd and 23rd, but it died down and has just started to pick up again this afternoon, the 25th. No rain and a bit of cloudy weather started the week off but by this weekend the weather had passed by and we had sustained blue skies.

WATER: Due to the winds we experienced on Thursday afternoon the water on Friday was a bit choppy and the swells were a little bit larger than were comfortable for most people. The rest of the week was very comfortable as far as the sea conditions went; the problem instead seemed to be the water temperatures and color. The winds caused the inshore water to turn green on the Pacific side and overall the temperatures were a bit lower than we really wanted to see. We had a warm current that ran from the shore just inside Golden Gate banks to an area 45 miles south of the cape earlier in the week but as the week wore on the inshore dropped in temperature and the current shifted a bit to the west, towards the rougher water. A warm eddy maintained a position south-southwest of the cape at a distance of 50 miles but that was outside the range of almost all of the charter boats. Sea of Cortez temperatures were ranging from 68 to 72 degrees with the warmer water reaching only as far as the southern edge of the Gordo Banks.

BAIT: All right, this week you need to pay attention to this section of the report. Normally I just describe the availability and cost of the bait but this week I am going to do it a bit different. The cost remains the same as last week, last month and last year. Plenty of Mackerel and Caballito are available from the bait boats. This week’s change is the description of the feed in the ocean! There are massive amounts of red crab out there and the squid is so thick some boats are netting free-swimming squid on the surface during the day.


BILLFISH: Early in the week there were Striped Marlin all over the place on the Pacific side but they were refusing to eat, probably due to the enormous amount of bait available to them. Tossing bait to the Marlin spotted tailing was resulting in a 10% hookup ratio, very lousy according to the expected average. The fact that the squid are as thick as they have been definitely did nothing to increase the chances of hooking up to a hungry fish.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: A situation very similar to the Billfish has happened with the Tuna. There is so much red crab that we are spotting and marking clouds 50 feet deep and miles long on the depth sounders. When there is this much bait available the Tuna don’t have to work for a meal and we have had a very hard time getting them to hook up. A few boats were catching one or two fish but that is pretty much the maximum as the week wore on.

DORADO: Hit and miss for the Dorado, a few here and a few there, no concentrations to work on for the most part. A few boats did find fish offshore but the bite was not sustained.

WAHOO: The red flags that have been flying from the outriggers have been for Sierra, not Wahoo. I have seen a few fish brought in but lucky boats have caught these, there is no bite going on for the Wahoo right now.

OFFSHORE SUMMARY: We have the fish here; we just need for the bait to thin out. The fish have it so easy all they have to do is open their mouths and eat, that is making it very difficult. Perhaps next week will be different, we are keeping our fingers crossed!

INSHORE: This is where the action was at the beginning of the week! The bite on Sierra was wide open and the Roosterfish were starting to pick up in size. Most of the fish were being found on the Pacific side. The Pargo (Red Snapper) are large and biting! Again, the Pacific side has been producing the majority of the fish. The sad note here is that the heavy winds that kicked through later in the week resulted in very green water inshore and the bite on all species dropped off considerably.


Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

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