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4/23/01 06:04 PM
Cabo San Lucas Fish Report [Post#: 201 ] Reply to this post

Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

WEATHER: Another wonderful week weather wise here in Cabo. Sunny all week and the temperatures are starting to remind me a bit of summertime. Our daytime average was 78 and the evening average was 69, which is just about right for me! We did have a bit of a northerly wind for most of the week, coming from the northwest earlier and about Friday starting to come more from the northeast. This wind has caused the water to get a bit of a chop later in the day and the swell is about 2-4 feet. No rain all week so things are fairly dry.

WATER: The water temperature continues to climb and the fishing continues to improve. From the Sea of Cortez out to the west side of San Jaime banks we are reading temperatures around the mid 70’s with most of it about 73 degrees. Slightly cooler water is still around near shore on the Pacific side but it is starting to warm up there too. The water close to shore on the Sea of Cortez has been fairly green for the past few days but that has been due to the northeasterly winds. Reports from the East Cape say that conditions are very good for windsurfing up there!

BAIT: Mostly Caballito has been available, and they have been selling for the usual $2 each. A few Mackerel have been mixed in but not in any concentration and I have had no reports on the availability of Sardinas this past week.

FISHING: (the important stuff!)

BILLFISH: The fishing is improving for Striped Marlin this past week with a lot more of them being seen than the previous week. Part of that might be due to the increase in the water temperature. Whatever the reason, we are seeing a lot more of them. That doesn’t mean that they are biting much better though, just a little better. The bite is still a bit off and we can only guess as to the reason. Perhaps it is the amount of bait available in the water now, or it might be the moon phase, or just maybe it is because you didn’t take a bath last night, who knows? The fact that they are there is a plus; we know that they will start to eat sometime! On another positive note, I heard that there was another Blue Marlin caught this week, this one was supposed to have weighed about 350 pounds and was caught on a Panga! I didn’t see the fish; this was just a story I was told by several people (who have good reputations). I still feel the water is too cold for the Blues to be here, but there is always an exception to every rule.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Thank goodness for the Tuna! I don’t think I talked to any anglers this week that went on an all day trip that did not get at least a few Yellowfin Tuna. They were pretty much all over the place, both with the porpoise and out in the open. The majority of the fish were 10-25 pounds, perhaps 15% of them were 30-50 pounds and there were a few caught that pushed the scales (real scales, not the public hanging one!) to the 150 pound point. Those large ones were definitely the exception but even the average size fish were biting well. They were found at a distance of 8-30 miles offshore, depending on the direction you went. They were scattered and if you kept going in a straight line you were bound to come across some. Most of the bite was on the usual Tuna lures, cedar plugs and feathers. A few boats were running ahead of the traveling schools and dropping live bait down deep before the fish arrived. Those were the guys that were getting some of the larger fish. Best luck was had on Mackerel, but most of those boats had to catch the bait themselves. When the Tuna were checked, they were stuffed with squid about 3 to 5 inches long. I had a couple of clients have a blast in the schools using squid flies and fighting the 15-25 pound fish on light tackle and fly rods. Thank goodness we didn’t hook up to one of the large Tuna!

DORADO: These beautiful acrobats have been scarce for the past month but as the water warms up they should start to show up again. Looking over my records for last year this is about the time the catch on them started to pick up. This past week the few that were caught were found in with the Tuna schools and they were small, averaging 10 pounds. A few small paddies of floating kelp were found and those produced well for the first few boats to the spot with fish up to 30 pounds, but they really became line shy after a few had been caught. Best luck was had by the boats using live bait, both with the Tuna and the Paddies, and as they started to become line shy those who resorted to chunking managed to put a few more in the box before the bite shut down.

WAHOO: No steady concentrations of Wahoo were found this week but quite a few more were caught than were caught the previous week. The fish that were found were scattered and there was no key to focus on. A few were found at the Banks, a few were found out in the open and a few were found around the kelp paddies. Some of these Wahoo weighed up to 80 pounds but most of them were about 30 pounds. Since the fish caught were an incidental catch most of them were caught on either Marlin lures or on cedar plugs and feathers. Many more were lost than were caught and the chances of hooking one appeared to be about 5%, judging by the flags flying at the end of the day.

INSHORE: The average size of the Sierra is going up, now most of them are in the 5-8 pound range as opposed to the 3-5 pound size we saw several weeks ago. The yellowtail bite is non-existent close to the Cape but I have had people tell me that the fishing for them has been good much farther up the Sea of Cortez, way out of my reporting range. The rest of the inshore bite has consisted of the usual Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, some Snapper and Grouper and only a few Roosterfish. Head out about a mile or two and there has been some luck with Skipjack Tuna and Bonito, plus a few of the Striped Marlin that are beginning to show up again.

NOTES: I am going to say this again, even though it is probably preaching to the converted. Make sure when you book a Charter boat that you are booking with some one who is licensed, has an office, can give you a receipt and references! This is mostly about the “coyotes” working the marina here. Three times this past week I have had couples or families come up to me at 7:30 in the morning asking where to find “Carlos” or “Juan” or “Jorge”, etc. These people had given a deposit of up to $150 to some guy at the marina who had pointed out a boat to them and said to meet him in the morning to go fishing. Guess what? Yep. Sometimes it is the timeshare “coyotes” and sometimes it is just one of the regular “coyotes”, either way, the money is gone. Protect yourself by asking to go to their office to do the transaction and be sure to ask to see a copy of their license to rent Charter Boats!

Thanks again, and until next week,
Tight Lines!
Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

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