7/25/11 09:58 AM
Cabo Bite Report
FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
July 18-24, 2011
WEATHER: Once again we had an interesting week with the threat of Hurricane Dora. Thankfully it became a non-event with the exception of some very large swells on Thursday and Friday. We were hoping for some decent rain but that did not happen, we got a bit of cloud cover on Saturday. Our days have been staying in the high 90's to just over 100 and the nights have had slightly lower temperatures at 82-85 degrees.
WATER: Hurricane Dora brought in large swells and the Port was closed Saturday morning because of them and the threat of very gusty winds. We did have the gusty winds for a few hours in the morning and then they settled down. With the swells spaced far apart the water was comfortable. At the end of the week we had a defined temperature break on the Pacific side with water to the inside of the San Jaime Bank and just outside the Golden Gate Bank being a warm 84 degrees while the water to the outside was a cooler 77-80 degrees and the change was a very sharp edge. On the Cortez side the water in front of Cabo and San Jose was a very even 84 degrees and as you got toward the East Cape it warmed to 88 degrees.
BAIT: Caballito and Mullet were the baits of the week with a few Mackerel in the mix. Everything was the normal $3 per bait.
BILLFISH: The bite was decent for Striped Marlin on the Pacific side early in the week, not great, but all right. A few boats were able to release tow or three but most boats did well for one release a trip. Blue Marlin have begun to show more often as the water keeps warming up and that has the anglers and crews excited. A few of the fish caught have been over 400 pounds but most have been in the 200-250 pound class. With no real concentration of them, it was exciting to know that once could appear in the pattern at any moment.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: It was exciting to start the week with some great fishing for Tuna in the 20-40 pound class, then disappointing to see all the purse seiners show up. Perhaps the threat of Hurricane Dora chased them away, but most of them were very low in the water when they did leave. For whatever reason, they were not out there on Thursday, and with the large rolling swells, no wind and no seiners around, the boats had a great time on fish that ranged in size from 20 pounds to 80 pounds. There were quite a few 50-60 pound fish caught, very nice to see them in the fish box! Most of the action was taking place to the south and west, but there were also reports of some real large fish being taken in the area of the East Cape. In our immediate area almost any boat that wanted was able to put between 6 and 12 of these quality fish in the box.
DORADO: I think I have to say that Dorado were the fish of the week for us, and probably will be this coming week as well. We the Tuna were mostly offshore a way, the Dorado bite really turned on off the beach on the Pacific side. With boats catching between four and 12 a trip and with the fish ranging in size from 10 to 50 pounds it was a good direction to go! There were a lot of happy anglers at the end of the day.
WAHOO: I saw a few wahoo flags this week but did not have a chance to talk to the anglers or crew to find any particulars.
INSHORE: Early in the week the inshore fishing was good with large Roosterfish to 50 pounds (most of them smaller at 15 pounds), some decent Amberjack and Grouper. The Swells really affected the inshore fishing as it was dangerous to get too close when the started and then at the end of the week the water was too green as a result of the heavy pounding.
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, I got busy and forgot!
NOTES: As usual, this is written on Sunday morning so being the first full day of fishing since Hurricane Dora I will not have any updated information until late this afternoon. I will try to get an update out either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Until next week, tight lines!
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