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George Landrum
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12/10/01 10:56 AM
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Capt. George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing
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CABO FISH REPORT FOR DECEMBER 3-9 2001

WEATHER: This week has remained mostly cloudy with scattered sprinkles mid-week. There
has been a band of weather coming over the top of us, coming from the southwest, and it looks as
if it might continue for a few more days. There have been no heavy winds associated with it and
it has kept the temperature very comfortable. The daytime highs have been in the low 80’s and
the nighttime lows in the low 70’s. The precipitation has been just enough to keep the plants
watered and the cars looking messy. (Truckin’)

WATER: Wonderful conditions! There have been large widely spaced swells on the Pacific side
with little if any wind and on the Sea of Cortez it has been almost like a lake, at least here at the
Cape. I heard that up towards San Jose it got a bit windy and rough early in the week but lately
has settled down. The water temperature at the end of the week is about two degrees cooler
across the region than last week. The temperatures on the Pacific are about 79-76 degrees just
offshore and drop to the 75-74 degree range once you get much farther out than 15 miles. The
warm water band still exists and has just as abrupt an edge as it did last week but the temps are
cooler on both sides. On the Sea of Cortez we had an upsurge of cooler water in the vicinity of
San Jose at the beginning of the week and it lasted to at least mid week. The temps on the banks
were in the mid 70’s and surrounding water was still in the low 80’s. (Rosemary)

BAIT: Pretty much a repeat of last week except that the big schools of Mackerel that were being
found on the Golden Gate Banks moved farther north. Bait is still available, both Caballito and
Mackerel at the usual $2 per bait and there have been Sardinas at $20 a scoop. (St. Stephen)

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The great action we were having on the Striped Marlin at Golden Gate Banks has
continued but has moved even farther to the north. This has placed it out of range for most of the
charter fleet here in Cabo but a number of the private boats are still taking advantage of the
action. For the charter fleet, working the temperature break about 15 miles offshore on the
Pacific side has proven to be the best bet, with fish striking both trolling lures and pitched live
bait. A few of the boats have been having spotty action trying drifting live baits off of Cabo
Falso. The fish are averaging 120 pounds and most of the action (about 70%) has been on lures.
The most popular color has been Mean Joe Green in an 8” lure with a straight runner head.
(Uncle John’s Band)

YELLOWFIN TUNA: A few fish in the 30-40 pound class are being found mixed in with the
Porpoise, but they have been very wary of the boats. Most of the Porpoise have been found at
the temperature break on the Pacific side. There have been a few scattered pockets of Yellowfin
in the 10-15 pound range located much closer to shore both on the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez
but there have been no surface indicators on them, just blind strikes when they are found. I have
been told that Gordo Banks was putting out a few fish but in no large numbers. Best lures overall
on the Tuna have been cedar plugs in natural wood color and 6” heavy straight running lures in
blue/silver and hot pink. (Casey Jones)

DORADO: This week the Dorado bite fell off compared to the red-hot action we saw last week.
It may have something to do with the cooler water. When we did find floating debris this week
we were only getting one or two small Dorado off of it, not the numbers we were seeing last
week, plus the temperature was about three degrees cooler. Boats traveling 40+ miles north on
the Pacific were finding concentrations of the fish, along with the Striped Marlin and the
Mackerel. Looking at the sea temp. maps, this is where there is an eddy of warmer water worked
it’s way up the coast line. Nearer to home there have been scattered schools of Dorado found but
no heavy concentrations. Best bets have been to work due south or towards the west and keep
your eyes peeled for anything in the water that might hold fish, otherwise it has been just blind
luck. Lures on the troll have been Striped Marlin lures for the most part and live bait pitched to
floating debris has worked when fish have been there. (Mexicali Blues)

WAHOO: Here one day, gone the next! When the concentrations of debris disappeared, so did
the Wahoo. There are still some fish out there and they have been associated with structure at the
banks, but the bite really fell off, perhaps it has a lot to do with the waning moon also. Marauders
on planers have been producing results as they have been working the lures deep enough to find
the Wahoo, and boats working live baits off the edges at San Jaime for Tuna are still picking up
an occasional Wahoo. Average size is down from last week, most have been around 25-30
pounds. (One More Saturday Night)

INSHORE: Good news for those that like to catch Sierra, there are fish showing up in the boxes
now. They are averaging only 5-6 pounds but it bodes well for the future. I have seen some very
nice snapper catches coming off of the commercial Pangas so if you get a boat and Captain that
have a clue, there should be some good action on them for you as well. A few scattered
Roosterfish and Jacks have been found just outside the surf line and a little further out there have
been a few football Yellowfin and Dorado. There has been fairly consistent action for Skipjack
Tuna and Bonito within two miles of the coast. (Friend Of The Devil)

NOTES: The Gray Whales are starting to show up, we have seen a few every day this week.
The Purse Seiners were still working the Pacific Banks early in the week but are gone now. We
are wearing long pants and sweaters in the mornings. Written to the sounds of “The Grateful
Dead” on their compilation “Skeletons From The Closet, The Best Of The Grateful Dead”, 1974,
Warner Bros. Records.






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