Perfect Weather In Cabo San Lucas
Cabo Fish Report
April 16-22, 2007
WEATHER: Our perfect weather continued this week with our daytime highs in the high 80’s to low 90’s with scattered clouds and light winds. Our nighttime lows were in the mid to low 70’s, really perfect evenings for sitting out on the patio with friends. Of course we had no rain this week although we did feel the presence on Thursday, but those clouds ended up dropping their load up in the mountains, great for later in the year as it percolates into the aquifer.
WATER: Things can sure change quickly out on the ocean. We still had large swells on the Pacific side of the Cape, and if you went up past the Punta Gorda area you confronted some decent size stuff getting pushed down the Sea of Cortez. This meant that they met about six or so miles off shore between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. Inside that5 range there was really nice water, outside there it could be pretty mixed up. According to reports and personnel observation, the water on the Pacific side =was cold and pretty green this week. The Cortez side had good water around the 1150 area and just to the inside of there; otherwise it was a bit off color.
BAIT: There was a mix of Mackerel and Caballito this week at the usual $2 each. Some of these Mackerel were small ones and it was nice to have a selection. There were also plenty of Sardinas this week at the normal $20 per scoop.
BILLFISH: Striped Marlin were the fish of the week but the action definitely dropped off. Water on the Pacific side became cooler and definitely off color. This pushed the fish south and at the end of the week we had fish showing up on the Cortez side of the Cape between the 95 spot and the 1150 area. The water here was blue and right at 73 degrees. The number of fish spotted tailing on the surface dropped dramatically and the better catches were only in the 3 fish range instead of the 15 fish range from last week. Live bait dropped back to fish that appeared in the lure pattern worked, and the better lure results came from the Guacamaya colors. We had good luck with dead bait rigged behind Islander lures in the shotgun position, often if a fish lost interest in a lure or live bait it would come back on the dead bait.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Well, like I said earlier, things sure can change quickly. The Pacific side bite at the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks ended as the cool green water moved in and the fish did not appear anywhere else. I hear rumors of a few fish being found 40 miles to the south, but after looking at the temperature and chlorophyll charts I thing that may be exactly that, rumors, or if the fish were really there it was a fluke. Anyway, Tuna were a non-event this week as far as I am aware.
DORADO: There were a few scattered Dorado caught this week. I know because I caught one of them on Saturday. The very few fish found were on the Cortez side within 5 miles of the beach, just on the edge of the off colored water.
WAHOO: Once again I heard of a few Wahoo caught this week, but have no information on who, what, when, where or how. Just full of good information, aren’t I?
INSHORE: The Sierra action continued but not as quite the hot pace as last week. There were plenty of fish to be found and most of them were in the 5-6 pound range and the best action was on the Cortez side and had by boats using Sardinas as bait. Bottom fishing was good with plenty of snapper and small grouper. We saw some local hand-line fishermen catch five fish in the 100-pound class; they must have been anchored right over the honeyhole! There was good action on Yellowtail off of the arch and off of the Gray-rock area. The better catches were made on live bait and the best boats were getting up to 8 fish in the 20-30 pound class per trip as well as a mix of Snapper and Sierra.
NOTES: All right, golf lessons will help. Enough already, all right? On the fishing scene, inshore action picked up this week and it was a good thing as at the end of the week offshore action deteriorated. With my fingers crossed I am hoping that the Tuna will show up in numbers soon. This weeks report was written to the music of Joe Cocker on his 1996 Sony release “Organic”. I hope the New Jersey boys, especially Jimmy, enjoy the sounds! Until next week, tight lines!
About The Author: Captain George Landrum
Company: Fly Hooker Sportfishing
Area Reporting: Cabo San Lucas
Bio: Capt. George Landrum holds a 100 ton USCG Masters License and has over 20 years experience in Pacific Saltwater Fishing. The FlyHooker’s English speaking crew has over 35 years combined experience on the waters off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The crew of the FlyHooker pride themselves in providing personalized service to their clients. Offshore fly fishing trips are regularly arranged with advance notice.