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George landrum
7/16/01 02:42 PM
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Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

WEATHER: Up until yesterday we had hot, sunny weather here in Cabo all week long. It never did get terribly humid until yesterday. We just had a tropical depression pass to the east of us about 400 miles away and the weather started to get a little different yesterday. No wind at all for a while then it started to shift around a bit then went totally still this morning. I have lived in the tropics for a long time and even if I hadn’t seen the weather channels on-line I would know that there was something brewing out there. The wind has started to blow just a bit this afternoon, just as it did for a few hours yesterday but I think it will pass quickly. We did get a few scattered raindrops this morning; just enough to spot up the windows on the cars. Guess I better get the roof sealed, something I said I was going to do last year!

WATER: We have had very nice surface conditions on both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific side all week. A little chop on occasion but the water temperatures have been good and the conditions have been very good. The Sea of Cortez is showing temperatures in the 80+ range all week and I was reading about 84 on the meter on Thursday at Gordo banks. Yesterday it looked like a band of cooler water had formed from the shore out to a distance of about 8 miles. I read 74 degrees out ¼ mile and finally got to 80 degrees out 9 miles. All week long there has been a horsetail of very cold water right off the Cape and extending in a general southwesterly direction for 20 miles or so, and the remainder of Pacific water in range of the day boats has been from 78-80 degrees.

BAIT: We went from all Mackerel in the beginning of the week to all Caballito at the end of the week. Special requests can get Mullet, but it has to be arranged well in advance. Normal prices have been $2 per big baits and I have no idea if there have been Sardinas available or not.


BILLFISH: The Striped Marlin have been the catch of the week and it was no problem for anyone on an all day trip to be able to hook into at least one of these fish. Some of the boats were able to catch and release up to three or four per trip. They have not been far out, most of the boats have been going less than 15 miles and the majority have actually been within 10 miles of Cabo. There have been loads of them seen and the bite has been mixed between live bait and lures. There are a lot more Blue Marlin being raised this week and I think the stats can only improve as time goes on. Some of these fish have been a very respectable 500 pounds plus and a lot of them are 300 or better. Almost all the Blues have been on lures, there are still not enough of them around for most of the boats to spend time making bait just incase one shows up in the pattern. We are beginning to see a few more Sailfish show up in the patterns, as the water temperatures get right. As usual they have been associated with the appearance of the Dorado. So far they have been incidental fish caught while looking for Striped Marlin.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: There were a few Yellowfin reported from Golden Gate Banks during the middle of the week. These fish were associated with the Dolphin and most of them were in the 15-25 pound size with a few reported to be a bit larger. We managed to find a few of them of about the same size, 20-25 pounds, on the 50 fathom line while looking for Wahoo and off of the Red Hill area on the Sea of Cortez. There were no Dolphin with them but there was a Shrimp boat that had just finished culling its catch before we got to the area. Fish on the Golden Gate were caught with feathers and cedar plugs; our fish were caught on Marauders run off the planer and downrigger. The spreader bars may have helped too!

DORADO: Just like we were hoping, the Dorado are beginning to show up in fair amounts, as the weeks progress we should be seeing them in even more abundance. Most of them are being caught while trolling or tossing live bait for the Striped Marlin. Average size is 15-20 pounds and there have been quite a few much smaller seen attacking the lures. This bodes well for future catches since they grow fast!

WAHOO: I have my fingers crossed for the next week since the moon phase should be right. I have seen some Wahoo flags this week but on checking them, most have been flown for the inshore Wahoo (Sierra). I spent the entire day on Thursday trying a couple of techniques that should work but all we managed to get were a few Yellowfin, a couple of Dorado strikes and a Sailfish that attempted to hook up on the plug. Fingers crossed that next weeks report will have me saying the Wahoo bite was good!

INSHORE: The inshore bite has been pretty much hit or miss for almost any species except the Roosterfish. The Roosters have been very co-operative. Early in the week most of the action was on the Sea of Cortez up past San Jose but as the water changes we began to get a lot of action on the Pacific side. The whole secret here has been the bait used. If you had Mullet as live bait you caught lots of fish and if it was anything else you had fair action. I saw and heard about quite a few nice Roosters in the 40-50 pound range but most of them were from 15 to 25 pounds. There are still some Sierra around but not nearly the amounts we were seeing two weeks ago. Everything else has been a bit sparse except for the Skipjack Tuna and Bonita.

NOTES: Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and the fishing should get very good very soon! On Saturday when we were working the area 6-9 miles south of the Cape we came across a lot more water that appeared to be so red we described it as muddy. You have to realize that the water in this area is over 2000 feet deep so I am not sure what this is. If there is anyone out there who can enlighten me I would be glad to hear from you. Only two years here in Cabo means that I have not been exposed to all it has to offer and this is new to me. Someone told me that it was “re tide” but I thought that was associated with fish kills and excessive nutrient runoff. Oh well, until next week, Tight Lines! (Junior Brown “Semi Crazy” cranked up on the CD player helped with this report!)

Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

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