FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
April 20 – 26, 2015
WEATHER: I don’t get tired of saying it, we had fantastic weather this week once again! Our daytime highs reached 89 degrees and the nighttime lows were down as low as 68 degrees several mornings. A bit of cloud cover moved in on us Wednesday afternoon and stayed with us through Friday, and along with the clouds came some stiff breezes on Thursday. No rain at all, although on Thursday it looked as if it might give us a little sprinkle.
WATER: Once again there was no change from what we were seeing last week as far as temperatures go with the Pacific side showing at 72degrees within 4 to 5 miles of the beach, but it actually got a bit warmer farther offshore, not much, only a degree or so, but that cool water plume we had in the area the past two weeks is now gone. Also, the water close to the beach was a bit off color compared to the warmer water offshore, but if you went out to the west of the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks the water became pretty green. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water is showing at 77-78 degrees with an occasional spot of 79 degrees, and the water is a bit cleaner than on the Pacific side. The currents shifted a bit as well with water on the Pacific side going almost due south while on the Cortez side the currents followed the shoreline, running to the southwest until meeting the Pacific waters and going due south.
BAIT: Most of the bait available from the bait boats was Caballito with a mix of green jacks and misc. small fish. The water is starting to get a bit too warm for Mackerel to be around. The boats also had some frozen Ballyhoo and both frozen and live bait was offered at $3 each piece. San Jose bait boats had some sardinas, and if you are in the area early enough you had a chance to buy a scoop for $25.
BILLFISH: Striped Marlin fishing continues to slowly improve (it didn’t take much to get better, it was pretty poor the last month or so) as every boat going offshore were seeing fish on the surface. Seeing them and getting them to bite were two different things for almost everyone though! A few boats were able to get two or three releases, most were happy to get one solid hook-up and release. Live bait was the preferred method with the bait either being tossed in front of tailing fish or dropped back into the lure pattern when a Marlin showed up. The action has shifted a bit, but that may have had more to do with where the boats went rather than where the fish were, as from mid-week to the weekend breezy conditions on the Pacific side made it a bit uncomfortable. Most of the fish were found on the Cortez side of the Cape, from the 95 Spot to the 1150. In the same area were some Thresher Sharks but no one I am aware of was able (or wanted) to hook up to one.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Maybe the Yellowfin will show up in our area soon, but this week was once again extremely slow here in Cabo. Reports from fishermen who went further up to coast toward San Jose and the East Cape area were pretty darn good though, with good concentrations of fish on the high spots from Punta Gorda on up. Good fish were reported, with most of them in the 25-30 pound class and a few larger ones. The best action was with live Sardinas fly-lined from drifting boats.
DORADO: Strangely enough, the Dorado bite improved a little bit this week. You could not expect to catch one, but the chance was much better than last week. Some of the luckier boats reported catching two or three with most of them in the 8-15 pound class. I did not hear of any larger than that, but I am sure there were a few in the 20-30 pound class. The fish were found on the Pacific side close to the beach, within a mile for most of them.
WAHOO: Surprise, surprise, surprise! Wahoo showed up and the bite was actually fairly good for the boats that worked at getting them. Sizes ranged from 10 pounds to 40 pounds, and working the points and drop-offs with swimming plugs up close or rigged ballyhoo run waaaay back caught most of the fish, and several boats reported more than one, and a lot of boats reported getting lures bit off from these speedsters! Both sides of the Cape had fish, you just had to be either the first boat to work the area or be very lucky!
INSHORE: Inshore fishing is still pretty slow, but getting better as we have a waxing moon. We have a full moon on May 4th so the first week of the month should show us some good fishing. As the week came to a close the fishing improved with Snapper starting to congregate again. A few Yellowtail were found toward the end of the week and one charter was able to land an very nice 60 pound Amberjack, one of three large ones hooked up. No, they lost the other two, but that is not surprising considering the size! Sierra were still scarce, very disappointing to me as I have a bunch of new flies I am waiting to try out on them! There was plenty of action on nice sized Triggerfish and smallish Grouper and Snapper, and I did see one Broomtail Grouper of around 40 pounds brought in. If you wanted to catch Bonita and Skipjack you were in luck as there were plenty of them around. The whole key to inshore fishing is matching the tackle to the fish, so light gear was the way to go, you had plenty of fish and a great time fighting them on 12 to 15 pound test line.
NOTES: While the fishing is slowly improving, the number of anglers is dropping, so if you get out there the pressure will be light!
The information I use in these reports are obtained in many different ways, some from personal experience, some from my clients and Captains who are out every day, and some from on-line subscription services such as Fish-Track, BuoyWeather and SurfZone as well as HurricaneZone. I, and only I, am responsible for any errors made, as I sift all this information and compile it.
Music of the week is “Once in a Blue Universe”, a 1997 release by Craig Chaquico, former lead guitarist with “Jefferson Starship”. The steel string acoustic guitar is a unique sound and makes this an extremely enjoyable album to listen to!
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