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George Landrum
7/30/01 04:21 PM
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Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

WEATHER: It has been a very nice, warm, humid week here in Cabo. We had a Hurricane pass well to the south of us mid-week and it brought in a few light breezes from the east on Wednesday, along with a few days of overcast skies. Oh, I almost forgot, we also had a few scattered light showers! Daytime temperatures were in the mid to high 90’s and it got down to the high 70’s Wednesday evening, really perfect conditions. The prevailing light winds have been from the northwest.

WATER: The water keeps getting warmer almost every week. The Hurricane that passed to the south also seemed to bring in the warm Cortez water that had been sitting a little offshore to the East. We now have a band of warm water that extends across the cape and out towards the San Jaime and Golden Gate banks. This water is between 82 and 84 degrees and extends from shore to a little over 25 miles out. At that distance the temperature drops a few degrees but still stays warm. The surface conditions have been excellent with very little rough water found. The Sea of Cortez did get choppy on Wednesday due to the easterly winds but it was just wind chop, nothing big or nasty.

BAIT: Plenty of Caballito are available and there are Mullet also if you ask ahead of time. The normal $2 per bait has not changed.


BILLFISH: We have had a pretty good mix of Billfish this week. Boats have caught Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and Sailfish. The majority of Blues have been caught on lure with the favorites being black/green and Dorado colors in sizes from 12-14 inches. Most of the Blues were caught either south of the cape or up the Sea of Cortez side. As the Pacific continues to warm they should appear there as well. While the number of Striped Marlin has dropped considerable they have become much better about eating when they are found. This week most of them were south and a little to the west of the cape. They appear to have moved along with the temperature change. A fairly good mixed bite on both lures and live bait with the smaller 9 inch straight running surface lures in the usual blue/silver, black/green, Dorado and silver getting lots of strikes. The Sailfish have been rather abundant with a lot of boats getting multiple hookups on the spindle beaks. Unfortunately the majority of them have been hooked up on gear that really outclasses the fish and they are brought to the boat quickly. They have been found with the Dorado and for the fortunate few, have been caught on spinning tackle or smaller conventional reels while live baiting for the Dorado!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: There has been pretty steady action on the smaller football fish in the 15-35 pound range close to shore on the Sea of Cortez side from the lighthouse to the Westin. There have been some fish in the area as large as 50 pounds also and these fish have been caught slow trolling live Mullet and Caballito, with Mullet getting most of the strikes. Larger fish in the 60-120 pound range, with a few in the 200 pound class were found on both Tuesday and Friday about 25 miles outside. These fish were Dolphin associated and those boats that were first on the scene found the bite to be good. The fish were not too picky for the first couple of boats but then by the time 6 or more were working them the bite shut down and no one got a hit. Both live bait and lures worked as long as you were the first on the scene.

DORADO: Some nice Dorado, up to 70 pounds, were brought in this week, but the majority were in the 15 pound range. There has started to be a fairly steady bite just offshore on the Pacific side of the cape on the 15-pound size fish and when any debris is found floating the bite has been great on the larger fish. Slow trolled smaller live baits have been the ticket for the Dorado just off shore and tossing live bait to floating debris has accounted for almost all the larger fish. Lures are also working well just off the shore and tuna feathers or 6-9 inch straight running lures in silver or blue/silver are getting plenty of hits when the fish are found.

WAHOO: A few Wahoo have been caught but as most of the time, there has been no steady action on them. High-speed lures and deep running plugs are working as long as there are fish in the area.

INSHORE: Inshore action has been almost exclusively centered on Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado. Both species have been on the Sea of Cortez side and there has been lots of Dorado on the Pacific side up just past the lighthouse. Slow trolled live bait or deep running plugs have been the ticket here. There has been little action on other species this week.

Tight Lines,
Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing

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