8/29/11 07:45 AM
Cabo Bite Report
FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
August 22-28, 2011
WEATHER: Wow, almost a repeat of last weeks weather, who would have thought that? Strangely enough, it is because of clouds and a bit of rain instead of bright and sunny. Once again we were in mostly cloudy conditions and had a bit of rain at the end of the week. A series of small storms moved over us, coming from the mainland and brought rain to the mountains and a bit of a sprinkle to us. Even without the sun shining brightly it was easy to get sunburned as many people found out! Our nighttime low were in the mid 80's while the daytime highs were approaching 100 degrees.
WATER: One of those small storms that blew in from the mainland brought Tuesday noon misery to some anglers who decided to come in and hunker down. The storm passed in two hours but blew hard, bringing in 5 foot wind swells with gusts to 40 mph. Here and then gone! The rest of the week was fine with swells slowly increasing in size over the week and coming from the south. They were spaced far enough apart that they were comfortable, Water on the Cortez side averaged 88 degrees inshore and 87 degrees offshore. On the Pacific side the inshore water was 83-84 degrees while the water offshore was averaging 82 degrees.
BAIT: Caballito and Mullet were the baits of the week with no Mackerel being found due to the warm waters. Everything was the normal $3 per bait. There were also some decent Sardinas to the north around Palmilla at $25 a scoop.
BILLFISH: Striped Marlin were found on the Pacific side this week, but not in any great numbers as would be expected with our water temperatures. Scattered around, some boats were able to release two fish, a lot of boats released one and many, many others had no luck. Small Blue Marlin were scattered in the area of the 1150 and they did not get a lot of pressure since most boats fished the Pacific side of the Cape. I heard of at least one Black Marlin being released this week, caught on down-rigged live Bonita at the Gorda Bank it was estimated at 300 pounds.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: This has been an on and off fishery for the past week. Based on some other reports I went to the Imam Banks twice this week hoping to get into some of the reported 60-100 pound Tuna that were said to be there. Chum hard with Sardines, use 40 pound flouro-carbon leader and they were supposed to bite. Not a working proposition for me, but I did see a few Tuna that averaged 25 pounds caught, as well as a few Dorado and a couple of Marlin. On Friday I was off to the south side of the San Jaime Bank and watched a purse seiner from Mazatlan named the “Aztec 10” brail 40-100 pound tuns from their net after making a set. We did not get any Tuna that day. Saturday things turned around and the Tuna bite took off from the shore to 15 miles out between the arch and the Golden Gate Bank. Many boats managed to limit out on fish that averaged 25 pounds. Of course, I went to the Imam banks instead, oops.
DORADO: Later in the week anglers were getting as many Dorado as they wanted if they worked the the pacific shoreline north of the Golden Gate. Most of them were small but there were quite a few that were in the 15 pound class. Shark buoys to the south of the Golden Gate held some nice fish as well. There were scattered Dorado reported from the area of the 1150 during the middle of the week.
WAHOO: Once again a few fish were reported, and the probable reason was the number of boats fishing inshore on the Pacific side for Dorado. Have enough boats hit the area and chances are one or two of them are going to find a Wahoo.
INSHORE: Just like last week, inshore action this week consisted of Bonita, Skipjack, some nice schools of Roosterfish that averaged 15 pounds with scattered Dorado and Yellowfin. Most of the action early in the week took place on the Pacific side from the lighthouse up to Los Arcos.
FISH RECIPE: My recipe has been taking too much space so if you want to see it, check out my wordpress blog a little later in the week, or subscribe to the blog and you will receive an email as soon as I post it. Sorry about this last weeks no show, but we did not get any fish to cook, everyone took it home!
NOTES: It was nice to see the Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna show themselves again. After a sparse couple of weeks where you could get some nice fish, but no numbers, anglers were having a lot of fun with numbers of fish. Just a quick reminder, most boats carry some ice, but if you are going after Tuna, make sure there is plenty on board, you may have to purchase more just in case!
Until next week, tight lines!
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