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3/5/01 05:30 PM
Cabo San Lucas Fish Report [Post#: 128 ] Reply to this post

Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

WEATHER: The beginning of the week was not the best, weather wise. We had winds blowing every day and on Tuesday we had solid cloud cover over the area. Surprisingly, on Thursday all this resulted in rain! This was the first recorded March rain in 24 years and I discovered the cracks in the ceiling I had forgotten to get repaired after the rains last September. Oh well, pots and pans caught the drippings. The rain washed off all the plants and kept the dust down but did not do much for the fishing. On Friday the front that brought the clouds and rain passed to the east and the skies began to clear. By Saturday we were back to warm, sunny weather.

WATER: Surface conditions were rough early in the week due to the approaching frontal system and the wind it brought. Many boats that tried to fish the Pacific side ended up returning early. After the passage of the front the water returned to normal with swells at 2-4 feet on the Pacific side and 1-3 feet on the Sea of Cortez side. There has been an area of warm water south of San Jaime Banks where there has been a temperature break of 4 degrees within a distance of a half-mile. The water was too rough early in the week for anyone to fish there but with conditions improving, perhaps today, the 4th, will show some results for the area. The Pacific coast side has had 68-67 degree water inshore, and the Sea of Cortez inshore has been registering temperatures about one degree warmer, on the average. About 20 miles out on the Sea of Cortez the water temperatures have begun to warm up to about 70 degrees.

BAIT: Most of the bait we have been getting the past week has been small Caballito, about 7” to 8” in length. A few Mackerel have been mixed in with the Caballito, but not many. As usual the price is $2 per bait. The water has been too green and cold for there to be any concentrations of Sardinas. For those who like to bottom fish, a few pangas have been selling ½ gallon bags of Red Crabs for $5.


BILLFISH: Very few Striped Marlin were sighted earlier in the week due to the rough water but more have been seen since the front moved by. The bite was abysmal but has slowly improved. For the boat in the right place at the right time the hookup ratio has been about 20%, or one for every five seen and baited. Unfortunately very few were seen prior to this weekend. They are definitely found in the warmer areas 20+ miles out as opposed to the near shore ledges and points. Of the fish that have been caught, the majority of them were caught on live bait.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Very few porpoise pods are being found and those that are have been 30+ miles out for most of the week. Today they were found a bit closer in, about 18 miles east. With the availability of Red Crab in the area it has been difficult to convince these fish to eat the artificial or the live bait. The lack of Sardinas has hurt the efforts of the boats working the Gordo Banks although some of the boats have been having luck chunking for the Tuna. Fish that have been caught have been football 15-25 pounders with very few fish in the larger 30+ pound category.

DORADO: Some Dorado are being found near shore by the boats working the shoreline for Sierra and Mackerel. Occasional shoals of baitfish breaking water have been the indicator for the boats to turn out and try for the Dorado. Sizes have run from 12 to 35 pounds and most of them have been taken on artificial lures. Few floating objects were found this week but perhaps that will change this week due to the rains washing out the arroyos on Thursday.

WAHOO: Few Wahoo were taken this week but quite a few were seen. Again, perhaps the excess of bait in the area kept the bite from being good. Many of the Wahoo flags flying from the outriggers were being flown by boats that were catching Sierra inshore.

INSHORE: sierra were the target of the inshore fishermen and sizes were ranging from three to ten pounds with the average being 6 pounds. Small 9mm Rapalas in Orange, Red/White or Blue/Silver were working the best. The abundance of Red Crab coincides with the improved bite found by boats trying for Red Snapper. #4 live bait hooks with 4 Red Crab pinned on and dropped to rock piles in 200 to 280 feet of water were producing Snapper in the 2-5 pound range. Slow trolling finger mullet and small Caballito over the rocky points resulted in an occasional catch of Snapper 15 pounds and over. Roosterfish are slowly getting larger and now range from 10 to 15 pounds average. There have been few reported Yellowtail this week but that could be due to the rough water on the Pacific side. The water is cold enough for them so we will keep our fingers crossed!

Until next week,
Tight Lines!

Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

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