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5/21/01 04:05 PM
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Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

WEATHER: All week long we have been enjoying warm weather in the mid to high 80’s. We have had afternoon and evening winds to contend with but the wind has remained warm. There has been no rain but during the middle of the week we did have fogbanks move in during the morning hours. We had sunny weather for the most part with the middle of the week also supplying some high clouds.

WATER: Water conditions on the Pacific side have been choppy to rough with prevailing cold water, down to the low 60’s in some areas. With the winds shifting from southwest to northwest there has been no way to get any kind of smooth water on the Pacific. On the Sea of Cortez side the conditions have been a bit better on average. When the wind was from the southwest we had choppy conditions there also and it was uncomfortable but those conditions only existed in the afternoon for two days. Further up towards the East Cape water temperatures were up to 80 degrees, a good sign for Blue Marlin, but closer to Cabo the highs were still around 74 close to shore. The further you went out the cooler the water got due to the cold water pushed in from the Pacific by the wind. We did a have a pretty stable and consistent temperature break about 4 miles to the southwest of outer Gordo Bank all week. It had the Striped Marlin concentrated in a fairly small area, as the temperature went from 68 degrees to 73 degrees in a very short distance.

BAIT: The usual here, large baits available at $2 each with a fair mix of Caballito and Mackerel. Some Sardinas were available early in the week but none that I know of later on. Large concentrations of squid were found in some areas offshore and it was possible to get live squid with bait scoops or buckets when the squid were found balled on the surface.


BILLFISH: Striped Marlin were the fish of the week but it took a bit of a run to get to them. Those boats that were willing to cruise for an hour and a half or more were able to get to the area off the outer Gordo Bank where the temperature break was. Marlin were spotted free jumping everyday, at times in every direction. The reason was the availability of bait. Lots of bait, lots of Marlin! Of course, that also meant that the majority of the fish spotted were not interested in eating any offering. Hey, that is not a problem because if there are enough fish the odds of finding one that will eat your offering naturally increases. Most oats were seeing at least a dozen fish tailing and tossing bait to them. With a 15% hookup ratio that meant that most boats were getting at least a fish or two, sometimes more. The best bite was on live bait but amazingly enough, quite a few fish were striking lures also.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Sad news, the Purse Seiners that came in and worked the waters last week seem to have either driven off or caught all the nice sized Yellowfin that were congregated on Gordo Banks, plus the porpoise that the open water fish were associated with have been driven off by the same boats. When the Purse Seiners set on Gordo Bank they stripped the area, even the bottom fishermen in the Pangas are not finding any snapper there. Some Yellowfin were found 27 miles south of the cape in the current collision zone, but these fish were not associated with any porpoise and it was difficult to find their exact position. A few of the fish were large but most of them were footballs to 25 pounds. Best results were on feathers and deep running plugs like Rapalas and Marauders. I have had good results pulling spreader bars when the fish have been spread out like they were this week.

DORADO: A few more are being caught every day! This should take off sometime soon with a bit of luck. I have seen the average size increase a bit from 10 pounds to 15 pounds over the last month as the catch increased. Many of these are being found along shore on the Sea of Cortez, this area has had warm water and plenty of bait. Tuna feathers find the fish and chunks keep them in the area. No large schools yet but they should start showing up soon.

WAHOO: It has to be the moon! No Wahoo this week but perhaps on the next full we will get a few more. This time I am ready, I finally got the gear I needed to target them when the time is right!

INSHORE: Bonita, Skipjack, some Roosterfish, a few Dorado, an occasional large Snapper have kept the Pangas occupied. Not to forget the fact that there have been some very nice Sierra being caught by boats in the right place at the right time. 9mm Rapalas for the Sierra, 6” feathers for the Dorado and tunas, lave Caballito for the Snapper and Roosterfish. Never mind the Pacific side, heavy winds and large swells have made it dangerous to fish the beach there.

Until next week, Tight Lines!

Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

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