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George Landrum
12/3/01 03:56 PM
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Capt George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing


WEATHER: It just doesn’t get any better than the last week! Daytime temperatures were in the
mid to high 80’s and in the evenings we were experiencing comfortably cool high 70 degree
weather. It was partly cloudy all week long and mid week saw a few days of steady breezes out
of the south-east in the afternoon and evenings. On Friday at about 1 in the afternoon we actually
got enough rain in town to wash off all the dust. It only lasted about 30 minutes but it was a nice
break! (Minstrel In The Gallery; album” Minstrel In The Gallery”, 1975 Chrysalis Records LTD)

WATER: All in all the water conditions have been very good this week as far as being
comfortable. The mid-week afternoons were a bit choppy on both sides of the Cape but not too
bad. We now have a band of warm water wrapping clear around the Cape from the Sea of Cortez
side up to the Todo Santos area on the Pacific and that seems to be where the fish have been
concentrated. The warm water is mostly in the 78-80 degree range and the cooler water just
outside seem to around 75 degrees. Early in the week the warm water band on the Pacific only
extended out for about 6 miles but now, at the end of the week it extends out to the western
edges of both the San Jaime Banks and the Golden Gate Banks. (Jack-A-Lynn; album “”20 Years
Of Jethro Tull”, 1988, Chrysalis Records LTD)

BAIT: There was no problem getting bait this week and there was a good mix of both Caballito
and Mackerel for the larger baits. Most of the Mackerel were in the 8 inch range with only a few
at 12 inches and there were lots of them on the surface at the banks if you ran out and needed to
catch a few more. Sardinas were available as well at around $20 for a bucket full. The larger
baits were the usual $2 per bait. (Pussy Willow; album “The Broadsword And The Beast”, 1981,
Chrysalis Records LTD)


BILLFISH: The catch on Billfish has almost entirely switched to Striped Marlin this week. Not
to say there are not Blues and Blacks out there, because there are, but the biggest percentage by
far, probably 90%, have been Striped Marlin. The Blues and Blacks that have been caught were
found for the most part either straight to the south of the Cape about 5 miles or up the Sea of
Cortez, mostly where the water has been 81 degrees or warmer. Most of them have been caught
on lures. In the opposite direction, up the Pacific side, the concentrations of Striped Marlin we
saw this time last year are beginning to show up. The hot action has occurred on the Golden Gate
Banks. There has been an intense concentration of Mackerel on the edges of the bank that have
held large numbers of Striped Marlin all week long. Most of the boats have been drifting live
baits down around 50 feet and the bite has been pretty good. For the ones staying with the effort
the catches have been as high as 4 Billfish per boat. As time goes on they should start to move
closer to the tip of the Cape and we should see concentrations off of Cabo Falso soon. (Farm On
The Freeway; album “Crest Of A Knave”, 1987, Chrysalis Records LTD)(Note: For those of you
that are familiar with the music, does the intro to this cut remind you of the writing and guitar
work of Mark Knopffler?)

YELLOWFIN TUNA: The Tuna have been pretty scarce this week. There have been scattered
schools of football sized fish show up inshore and a few mixed with the Porpoise but there have
been no concentrations of larger fish. Offshore on the Pacific side there have been quite a few
pieces of floating debris found this week and they have been kicking out a few fish but that has
been about it. Even Gordo Banks has been slow for the Yellowfin. (A Song For Jeffrey, album
“This was, 1968”, 1968, Chrysalis Records LTD)

DORADO: What a bright spot and what action! The floating debris that I mentioned above
proved to be a Dorado bonanza all week long. There were larger pieces found that were tracked
all week long by the fleet and these managed to pump out fish after fish. There were a few of the
charter boats, and I am not going to name names, that worked these logs commercially with the
clients wanting to leave because they were tired of catching Dorado. I heard Captains bragging of
having caught 30-40 Dorado and keeping them to sell. Most of the fish were in the 10-12 pound
range but there were pieces that held fish in the 20-25 pound class. Live bait, both mackerel and
Sardinas worked well as did cut bait. The fish were thick enough and hungry enough that a lot of
fun was had using light tackle such as Steelhead and Bass gear! I saw a lot of anglers having a
blast using Fly Rods as well! The fish were concentrated on the debris and it was mostly from
10-15 miles off the coast. (A Christmas Song, album “Living In The Past”, 1972, Chrysalis
Records LTD)

WAHOO!!!: There is a reason that I put the exclamation marks behind the word “Wahoo”! The
same debris that was holding Dorado pumped out amazing numbers of Wahoo and the full moon
this week turned on the bite at the banks as well. I had a chance to see several Wahoo in excess
of 100 pounds weighed this week and there were many boats that focused on the fish and came
back with 6-10 Wahoo between 25 and 60 pounds each. San Jaime banks turned out the bigger
fish and they fell for several methods. The most common and what appeared the most successful
was high speed trolling of Marauders in black or orange colors. The second most successful was
the use of live bait on short traces of wire. This worked well both on the banks and on the
floating debris. When all else failed and when the bite had dropped off on the debris, some boats
cranked iron, dropping down to 100 feet and picked up the fish that were too wary for
conventional methods. It sure was nice to have Wahoo stuffed with butter logs, rolled in
Macadamia nuts and served with a sweet/hot mango sauce! No wonder the Hawaiians call this
fish “Ono”! (Bouree, album “Stand Up”, 1969, Chrysalis Records LTD)

INSHORE: There are Sierra beginning to show up but not in large concentrations yet. Most of
the Pangas have been working on Dorado and have been picking up a few Wahoo as well. The
Snapper fishing has been pretty good with a lot of the Red Snapper in the 5-8 pound range
showing up for those wanting to work the bottom. This is kicking out a few grouper as well, in
the 5-15 pound class. Roosterfish running 5-15 pounds are showing in the surf, as well as Jack
Crevalle in the same size. As is normal, live bait seems to work the best and small Mackerel and
Sardinas have been the baits of choice. (Cross-Eyed Mary, album “Aqualung”, 1971, Chrysalis
Records LTD)

NOTES: Key to this weeks fishing was to find the logs and debris. Marlin on the Pacific Banks.
It was nice to see the fishing kick off like this, now if just more people would come down to take
advantage of the action! Great weather and I think the fishing just might stay great for the next
month. Going over my records for last year and I see that the first three weeks of December saw
great action for Striped Marlin and Dorado, this year looks to be a repeat. Now if January just
repeats itself! Written to the scratchy vocals and smooth flute sounds of Ian Anderson and
“Jethro Tull” off “The Best Of Jethro Tull, The Anniversary Collection” 1993, Chrysalis Records
LTD. Until next week, Tight Lines!

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