8/22/11 09:58 AM
Cabo Bite Report
FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
August 15-21, 2011
WEATHER: Well, partly to mostly cloudy for the week here in Cabo. I must say that sometimes that's rather nice. The clouds moved in from the mainland and the did bring some needed rain to the mountains, but all we got here was a bit of spit on the windshields on Thursday. Our daytime highs have been touching 100 degrees and the morning lows have been in the mid 80's.
WATER: The wind kicked up a bit on Friday morning and the water got choppy, still fishable but bouncy on the Pacific side. At the end of the week we had an 80 degree cool spot just off the tip of the Cape. On the Pacific side the water was 83-84 degrees out to the San Jaime banks and then dropped to 82 degrees farther to the west. On the Cortez side we were seeing 86 degrees and the farther north you went the warmer the water became. There were some areas such as Los Frailes and the Cabrillo Seamount where the water was 89-90 degrees. Surface conditions on the Cortez side were better than on the Pacific, but the fish were a lot more scattered.
BAIT: Caballito and Mullet were the baits of the week with no Mackerel being found due to the warm waters. Everything was the normal $3 per bait. There were also some decent Sardinas to the north around Palmilla at $25 a scoop.
BILLFISH: For the anglers this week Marlin were a bit scarce, at least based on what we are used to. This warm water makes it difficult to get many Striped Marlin, and the sizes are very inconsistent. We had one angler this week release a Striped Marlin that weighed about 40 pounds, and we had others release fish estimated at 120 pounds. Most of the larger Marlin have been Blues, and the majority of them have been just under 200 pounds. Add in some nice Pacific Sailfish at 100 pounds average and there is a chance for a Billfish on every trip, but don't expect to rack up great numbers.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The fishing is still slow on Yellowfin Tuna, at least for the boats working the porpoise schools. You can fish 5 or 6 schools and not get a bite, then hit one with fish on them and rack up a quick 4 or 5 fish. The best results have been had by boats working the inshore pock piles with Sardinas as chum. Some of them have been able to get limits on fish to 40 pounds with an occasional large, over 100 pound, fish in the catch.
DORADO: Every angler that has been coming down has been bringing a cooler with them, hoping to go home with it filled with Dorado Fillets. Sorry to have to tell you, but it just isn't happening very often. For some reason most of the Dorado have moved way up the coast on the Pacific side, almost to Todo Santos, and that is a long run for a lot of these boats with fuel prices the way they are. Closer to home the larger Dorado have been eating slow trolled Bolito and the smaller ones have been caught on lures and on live Caballito. Most of the action has been close to the beach, within 2 or 3 miles.
WAHOO: While the Wahoo were scarce this week, there were a few nice fish caught. Our clients Saturday managed to get one that weighed 66 pounds to the boat and into the fish box! Nice going Ted and Steve! Other boats had a few bites, but there was not a wide open bite by any stretch of the imagination.
INSHORE: Inshore action this week consisted of Bonita, Skipjack, some nice schools of Roosterfish that averaged 15 pounds and scattered Dorado. Most of the action early in the week took place on the Pacific side from the lighthouse up to Los Arcos, and later in the week from Cabo to Cabo Real.
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, but we did not get any fish to cook, everyone took it home!
NOTES: Hot water, slow fishing, but the fish that are out there are quality fish! I truly expect some large Blue Marlin to show up soon, and I think at least one will be over 700 pounds. The water just looks perfect! This weeks report was written to the music of Maria Muldaur on her new Stony Records release “Steady Love”. If you like the blues, you need to listen up!
Until next week, tight lines!
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