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|Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:28 pm Post subject: Cabo Bite Report
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Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
April 16-22, 2012
WEATHER: This has been a beautiful week. The winds have been blowing at night, and settling down as the sun comes up. Early in the week the afternoon high's were staying steady in the mid to hi 80's. Friday the heat index moved up over 90! When I was the marina around 3, it was 96 degrees! Summer is moving in on us.
WATER: The water on the Pacific side has settled down some, but not warm enough to hold the fish. San Jaime and Golden Gate have temps 68-69, which is warmer than the 65 it was last week. While on the Sea of Cortez side, those 70-72 degree waters are moving in closer to Cabo. The seas have been rough in the morning due to winds at night. As the sun comes up the ocean settles down to 1-3 ft seas.
BAIT: Caballito and Mackerel as well as a few Mullet could be had for $3 per bait. A few of the bait boats had “frozen” ballyhoo for between $3-4, each, but you never know how many times they had been “frozen”.
BILLFISH: The marlin bite has been just OK. They are there, but not interested in eating much. Although one guy picked up a double bringing lines in the other day. With the warmer waters moving closer to Cabo, the marlin should be getting closer. I didn't see as many shark flags this week. Some of the guys are out catching Bonita to use for live bait on the marlin You just have to find the marlin after finding the tuna! If you want to find them, you still need to head up to the 95-1150 areas. They should be moving closer to Cabo as the waters warm up. There was a couple of swordfish caught this week on the Pacific side. One of them caught with a speargun. LOL, 2 and half hour fight for a 200 lb swordie! As the waters warm up, the swordfish will disappear, they like the cooler waters.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: I am not sure when the Yellowfin will make an appearance, but I hope it is soon! Normally at this time we have schools of footballs all over the place but they have not shown up yet. It could be at any time though and our fingers are crossed. Meanwhile what we do have is an occasional school of footballs moving through the area very fast, giving the boats only a quick shot at them. If you are in the right place at the right time you might get a few. Some of the boats are still traveling up to the Inman Banks area and chumming for the larger fish, but they are not having a lot of luck at it. Not touching what George wrote last week, same this week. There are a few Bonita out there, not good to eat, but some guys are using them for love bait for the striped marlin.
DORADO: The Dorado are definitely around early this year. Not hot and heavy yet though. They like those warmer waters, and of course if the water is a little rough, they love to come out and play. With the calmer afternoon seas, there just hasn't been as many caught this week. A few small ones and a couple of the larger scouts. Don't be fooled by the flags flying. There are boats that are flying “yellow” flags for their yellowtail.
WAHOO: I know there was a couple wahoo caught this week, I saw pictures of it being marinated on Facebook.
INSHORE:Once again the Yellowtail are the food fish of the week. I have had most of my boats, stop and fish for a couple for dinner, then head offshore for the marlin. Everyone has been extremely happy. The best bet for fly fishing, guys have been hitting on the sierra and jacks. I haven't seen much else from inshore, mostly because the yellowtail bite is so awesome.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: This weeks fishing report was written by Mary, if you couldn't already tell. George will have stories of his adventures North a little later in the week. I am writing this Saturday afternoon, with Tawny snoring at my feet. We'll still get beach time in the morning. I'm listening to local internet radio station HTTP://www.live365.com/index.live
Watch for Happy Hour, 2 hours of songs about Cabo! Run by a couple of local business women. Jennifer from Cape Marine, Jane from Amiga's del Mar and Carol from Cabo Realty Pro's. Great music all the time! Keeps me working!