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George Landrum
12/6/04 03:37 PM
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Capt. George Landrum

Fly Hooker Sportfishing


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy skies this week gave us a bit of a break from the sun, but there was still enough showing through for everyone to work on their tans! The cloud cover brought us a bit of a rise in our evening temperatures as our lows barely reached the high 60’s and kept our daytime temps low as well with the average at 83 degrees. No rain was dropped on us from the clouds but you could see a bit come down in the mountains.

WATER: There was little change in the water temperatures this week as the Pacific remained just a bit cooler than the Sea of Cortez side. On the Pacific the average temperature was still 77 degrees with cooler water found to the west of the San Jaime Banks. The water was calm with low rolling swells and no wind chop. On the Sea of Cortez the water averaged 78-79 degrees but due to the mostly north-east winds it did develop a bit of a chop later in the day, but there were few swells of any size.

BAIT: Almost all Mackerel this week with a few Sardinas as well. Big baits were $2 each while the Sardinas were $20-25 a scoop.


BILLFISH: Again Striped Marlin were the fish of the week. Almost every boat out there got shots at Marlin on every trip. The fish are passing through and while they have been moving around there are a few areas that seem to hold them on a daily basis. The ledge off of the Lighthouse on the Pacific has been one such place, as has the point just to the north, San Cristobel. Quite a few boats were just parking and dropping down live Mackerel and getting at least one good bite per boat. While that is not exciting fishing to me, it does produce results. The big producer was the Frigate birds working just off shore, from 1 to 5 miles out. The Striped Marlin have been in big packs, following the Mackerel schools. Running to the diving birds and tossing out live bait resulted in many boats getting fish counts as high as 6-9 fish a day. Of course some also got no fish, but that was the best shot this week. These fish have been a bit smaller on the average, with most weighing less than 100 pounds and being around 100 to 110 inches long, tip to tip.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Porpoise were the key once again but most of them have been far offshore, just like they were last week. One exception was inside the Golden Gate Banks where for a few days during the middle of the week a big pod stayed around and anyone who got there early was able to pick up all the football Yellowfin they wanted. Other scattered groups were found 20+ miles off shore to the south and the sizes were a bit bigger with some of the fish in the 35 pound class. Feathers and cedar plugs worked, and the dark colors were better.

DORADO: Just like last week the Dorado have become a bit scarce. There seems to be more of them close to shore, almost right on the beach on both side of the Cape than there are off shore. Of course, finding something floating in the water sure helps out but this week those floating objects were a bit scarce. We had fair luck this week trolling feathers and small lures close in to the beach at higher than normal speeds, around 9-9.5 knots and were picking up a fish or two every day. There was nothing really big, most of them in the 15 pound class, but great for dinner.

WAHOO: There were very few Wahoo caught this week here in Cabo, and those that were brought in were all in the 35-40 pound class. There were maybe one or two flags a day for the entire fleet.

INSHORE: With the water calm on the Pacific side and the Marlin close in, a lot of the Pangas were targeting the Billfish. Also the Dorado action was fair for the boats working live bait along the beach and there were a few reported Sierra biting the tails off the live bait when the boats got too close. I had several nice Roosterfish reported to me, fish in the 40 pound class, but I did not see the fish myself. The action was supposed to have taken place on the Pacific side in front of the Pueblo Bonito Sunset resort.

NOTES: Marlin, Marlin, Marlin! If things go as they did last year the action should continue through February as the fish move through the area. Just after the full moon looks like a good bet if you are planning a trip. January’s full moon is the 25th and February’s full moon is the 23rd. Second best time would be around the new moon as well. Best of luck to you if you are planning a trip! Until next week, Tight Lines!

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