Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
March 19-25, 2012
WEATHER: Wehad another great week on the weather front, if you like it 65degrees in the morning and 85 degrees during the day, with plenty ofsun and mostly light winds. If you don't like that kind of weather,then there is something wrong with you! No rain of course, but wedid have some wind kick up on Sunday morning.
WATER: At the end of the week surface conditions on the Sea of Cortez sidewere great with swells at 2-4 feet and no wind chop close to shore,and only a bit in the afternoons farther out than 10 miles. On thePacific side the swells were 3-6 feet most of the time with some chopon the water the farther north you went. Water temperaturs on theCortez side were ranging between 70-75 degrees with the warmer waterbeing more to the north or farther out, the cooler water just to theeast of a line running along the beach on the Pacific side andextending out over the water from northwest to southeast. On thePacific side the water was pretty much 66-67 degrees everywhere and abit on the green side.
BAIT: Caballitoand Mackerel as well as a few Mullet could be had for $3 per bait. Afew of the bait boats had “frozen” ballyhoo for between $3-4,each, but you never know how many times they had been “frozen”.
BILLFISH: We finally had an up-tick in the catch ratios on Striped Marlin thisweek. With an increase in numbers seen in the area from the 1150 tooutside Punta Gorda came an increase in the number of Marlin thatwere hungary. This combination provided action that resulted inalmost every boat that went looking for a Marlin having success. Afew boats did better than others, I know of a few that were releasingup to 5 per day, but most boats were getting one or two releases pertrip. The fish were there in pretty good number but were not reallyhot and heavy in the lures, most of them were caught dropping backlive bait to fish that were just checking out the lures. A few werecaught by throwing a bait ahead of them while they were tailingdownswell. A number of boats started to chase what they thought weremarlin feeding, but it ended up that there were a large number ofThresher Sharks in the area feeding as well.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Once again there were not a large number ofYellowfin Tuna found this week, and it was suprising since there wereso many pods of white bellied porpoise to be found. A few boats gotinto some very small fish, and a few others got lucky and caught oneor two fish in the 25 pound class, but there were no large numbers oflarge sizes reported to me.
DORADO: The warm water on the Cortez side ofthe Cape did produce some large fish this week, but not very many ofthem, and there were only a few boats that found them at all. I didsee one fish that might have gone 50 pounds and several others thatwould have been in the 30 pound range, but there were no boats that Iheard of that came inwith more than two Dorado, and to be real, mostof the fish were smaller ones. Live bait dropped back where a Marlincame up resulted in most of the larger fsh, and boats fishing theshallow reefs and chumming caught most of the smaller fish.
WAHOO: None that I heard of this week, butperhaps the warming water and full moon of spring that is coming upwill change these stats.
INSHORE: While the inshore fishing was thebest way to go for the past several months due to the large numbersof Sierra and Yellowtail, this week the action dropped off a bit. The better captains were still able to put their anglers on goodnumbers of fish but overall success rates were down a bit. On thepositive note, there was less pressure on these fish since thecruisers were going offshore for Marlin once again. The bite wasstill fair, with most anglers getting at least one or two niceYellowtail to 30 pounds, but the better boats were still managing 4to 6 per trip. Sierra numbers were down a bit as well with only afew boats managing to limit out, but anyone trying was able to getsome for dinner. Sea Lions were a problem for boats fishing to theeast of the lighthouse on the Pacific side, managing to find and gangup on any fish hooked up. There were decent numbers of smallRoosterfish to be found in the surf, and anglers fishing off thebeach did fair on Sierra and small Roosterfish early in the week,later in the week large swells caused some issues for the beachfishermen.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeksrecipe! It's a really great one.
NOTES: It is approaching the end of Springbreak and the beginning of Easter Week so things will continue to bea bit rowdy at the beaches for a while. This morning we went onDaylight Saving Time, it was a bit strange and will take a while toget used to. Our friend Brian Flynn (think Santana, Beck, Loverboy,Molly Hatchet, Guess Who) has been busy playing six days a week sincehe got back from assisting our friend Mike Hill with the recording ofhis new album “No Bad Days”. They formed a group called CaboCowboys with Roger Gillespie on drums, Oliver C. Brown on percussion,Hal Ratliff on keyboards, Brian Flynn on guitar, Ernie Nunez onelectric bass, Brian Brazil on harmonica, Miguel Hill on vocals andRick Dale with backing vocals. You can check it out atcabocowboysmusic.com and see if you like it!
Have a great week, catch lots of fish, andget those reservations for Cabo made!