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    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Captain George Landrum
    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
    www.flyhooker.com
    Cabo Fish Report
    March 26 to April 1, 2007

    WEATHER: This weeks weather was a great prelude to summer as the winds were light, the sun was out and our daytime temperatures were in the mid 80’s. Of course things are going to warm up, but what a great introduction! Nighttime lows were in the high 60’s and the light winds we had were mostly from the east and northeast, a bit unusual but welcome as it made water conditions on the Pacific very nice.
    WATER: The Pacific side had a bit of a swell at the beginning of the week with some sets reaching 6 feet, but they were spread apart so it was not too bad. I was able to run to the San Jaime bank in the 58’ at 20 knots without pounding and after you got outside the current line it mellowed out. The Pacific side was 69-71 degrees with a band of warm water running from the coast out to the San Jaime Bank and it looked like a hook running from there to the south, tapering smaller as it bent to the southeast. To the west of this warm band the water averaged 68 degrees. On the Cortez side of the Cape things were warmer as the water from the Cape and up to the Punta Gorda area, and out to a distance of 30 miles was a fairly consistent 71 degrees. To the southeast of the Cape there was an area of cooler, greener water from the 95 Spot and extending south 30 miles and east-west 15 miles.
    BAIT: We had a good mix of live bait available this week with Mullet, Caballito and Mackerel all readily available at the normal $2 per bait. There were very few Sardinas and they were $25 a scoop from a few boats up at San Jose.
    FISHING:

    BILLFISH: There was no change in the location of the Striped Marlin from last week as they were still holding on the San Jaime Bank on the Pacific side and around the Punta Gorda and Gorda Banks area on the Cortez side. Most of the boats were fishing the San Jaime Bank as it was a shorter run to the fish and there were massive amounts of bait in the area. Trolling lures and drifting live baits both accounted for fish and often there were multiple hook-ups. Boats were averaging two to three Marlin per trip and some of them were decent size fish. I had one release this week on a Striped Marlin of about #180. It was surprising considering how much bait was in the area, but the fish were fairly aggressive when attacking the lures. There were a few Blue Marlin reported from the Punta Gorda area and I did hear of one Blue caught just on the inside of the San Jaime this week. There should be more Blues as well as a few Blacks showing up as the water warms.
    YELLOWFIN TUNA: Tuna fishing was slow this week but at least we were seeing some of them. At the San Jaime Bank fish from 50 to 80 pounds would pop up every now and then causing a lot of commotion, but no one as far as I heard had any luck getting them to bite. Guys were trying drifting live baits at 300 feet, chunking for them and yo-yoing as well with no luck. In the San Jose area there were smaller fish to 25 pounds reported but the only guys having any luck on them were the ones using Sardinas on #20 flouro-carbon leaders.
    DORADO: No change from last week as the lucky boats were catching one fish a day but they were good size, in the 30-40 pound class. There was no concentration of fish and they were scattered.
    WAHOO: I did not hear of any Wahoo this week.
    INSHORE: Even the inshore fishing was spotty this week. There was some Sierra, a few Yellowtail and a scattering of bottom fish, but no great catches to be had.
    NOTES: This makes three weeks in a row with very little change in the fishing. Hopefully things pick up soon! The bright spot for the week was having the Striped Marlin bite turn on and the water being in great condition at the same time. Until next week, tight lines!

  • #2
    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Capta

    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Captain George Landrum
    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
    www.flyhooker.com
    Cabo Fish Report
    April 2-8, 2007

    WEATHER: Things can sure change quickly down here and this week was a perfect example of it. At the start of the week we were feeling as if summer had already arrived but by Wednesday evening the wind started to blow and the temperatures dropped. We have had nighttime lows in the low 60’s since then and daytime highs in the low to mid 80’s. The wind hasn’t really stopped except for early in the morning around first light, and then it picks up again. It has been blowing from the west at a fairly steady 15-20 mph with higher gusts.
    WATER: We still had swells on the Pacific side large enough to bring surfers to our area, and now with the wind on top of that the Pacific side of the Cape looks like a sheep farm, or maybe that should be a sheep feedlot, everywhere you look it is white. With the wind from the west there is not really any way to get in calm water, the only really calm stuff is close to shore on the Cortez side of the Cape. The water on the Pacific side cooled off to around 68-69 degrees and there is an area just in front of the Cape that extends out to the 95 spot that has water as cold as 62-63 degrees. The warm water is up around Punta Gorda and out to the east past the Cabrilla Seamount, but with the wind like it is, it’s a tough go and return.
    BAIT: There was a mix of Mackerel and Caballito this week at the usual $2 each. I didn’t hear of any Sardinas available.
    FISHING:

    BILLFISH: The San Jaime and Golden Gate banks were still holding great amounts of Striped Marlin at the beginning of the week and the bite continued, even through the heavy winds. Almost all the boats that went early in the week were able to get hooked up to at least one or two and most boats did a bit better than that. The best result I heard of was a boat with 18 releases on the Golden Gate. Reportedly, the best results were on dead bait back in the shotgun position and drop-backs on fish raised to the lures. Many boats started drifting bait early in the week but later on the water was too bouncy and rough to fish in the trough so everyone switched to trolled lures or slow trolled live bait. I am not sure what this wind is going to do with the fish, but if it follows last years pattern it should push the fish to the Cortez side and we should start to have decent action closer to home, and hopefully in calmer waters. We sighted a few tailing Marlin at the end of the week less than a mile from shore off of the Cabo Real area so more may be showing soon. I heard of a Blue Marlin from up around the Punta Gorda area and there are Striped Marlin there as well, just not in the numbers we were finding on the Pacific banks.
    YELLOWFIN TUNA: The only Tuna I heard about or saw this week came from the San Jaime Banks. One of the fleet boats brought in a nice #80 fish on Saturday that they hooked on live bait. They said they had several more bites but the fish were lost due to the rough conditions.
    DORADO: Repeat: No changes from last week as the lucky boats were catching one fish a day but they were good size, in the 30-40 pound class. There was no concentration of fish and they were scattered.
    WAHOO: Repeat: I did not hear of any Wahoo this week.
    INSHORE: Repeat: Even the inshore fishing was spotty this week. There were some Sierra, a few Yellowtail and a scattering of bottom fish, but no great catches to be had.
    NOTES: Be careful what you hope for is a lesson I learned this week! I was hoping that the fishing would improve and it did, but the downside was the increase in the wind and the change in its direction. If the wind dies down things should be good once again. This weeks report was written to the music of the Jeff Healy band from the soundtrack of the movie “Roadhouse”. Until next week, tight lines!

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    • #3
      FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
      Capta

      FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
      Captain George Landrum
      gmlandrum@hotmail.com
      www.flyhooker.com
      Cabo Fish Report
      April 9-15, 2007

      WEATHER: We had great weather this week. Not too cold, not too warm, just right! Our nighttime lows were in the mid 60’s while the daytime highs were in the mid 80’s, we stay pretty evenly 20 degrees difference most of the time. A little cloud cover but only later in the week. No rain of course, but a little of that would be nice.
      WATER: We really had some big swells this week, at least early on and until mid-week, things died down a bit at the end. There was no wind to speak of later in the week and it appeared that most of it was close to home; once you got a ways up on the Pacific side it just laid down. Our water temperature has been a bit cool right in front of town as we had a cold plume pushing from the Cape toward the south for most of the week, but by the weekend we were at 68-70 degrees everywhere within charter range.
      BAIT: There was a mix of Mackerel and Caballito this week at the usual $2 each. I didn’t hear of any Sardinas available.
      FISHING:

      BILLFISH: The Marlin bite at the San Jaime Bank dropped off and the fish moved a bit. During the middle and early part of the week there was good action on the edge of the cold-water plume atop the 95 spot, a lot of boats were getting two to five Stripers a day there. On the Pacific side the bite moved up to the Golden Gate Bank, and there were rumors that the Finger Bank was starting to produce a lot of fish once again. Most of the action with the Striped Marlin was on bait, and at the Golden Gate it was on deep drifted live bait, elsewhere slow trolled dead bait got most of the attention.
      YELLOWFIN TUNA: Well, we still have not had a really strong appearance of school Tuna, but there has been some action on the San Jaime and the Golden Gate. Early in the week there were Tuna in the 60-100 pound range popping up at the Jaime, but the fish were spooky. A few boats got fish but more were seen than were hooked. Later in the week, around Thursday, there were nicer fish showing up at the Golden Gate. Once again they were appearing on the surface at infrequent intervals, but a few boats were able to catch some while using 50# flouro-carbon leader and live bait dropped deep. These same boats were loosing lots of rigs due to cut off’s from small Mako sharks and brief fights with Striped Marlin that wore through the leaders, but that was the way to get the Tuna to bite. Most of the fish were over #100 and I heard of a few in the #200 class but never saw one.
      DORADO: I did not see a yellow flag flying from any outrigger this week, unless it was on a boat that had not gone out in a long while.
      WAHOO: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: Sierra fishing was wide open this week with later in the week being better. A couple of Pangas were coming in after five hours with 40 fish! Fishing for other species was slow, but with Sierra action like that, who cared?
      NOTES: Almost no Whale action remains, there are still a lot of small Mako sharks around, I expect there to be some warming of the water soon and maybe a few more Tuna showing up. Meanwhile, I am almost regretting ever taking up the game of golf except for the fact that I get to enjoy some great scenery. Maybe some lessons would help? Until next week, tight lines!

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      • #4
        FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
        Capta

        FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
        Captain George Landrum
        gmlandrum@hotmail.com
        www.flyhooker.com
        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.
        FISHING:

        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!

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        • #5
          FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
          Capta

          FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
          Captain George Landrum
          gmlandrum@hotmail.com
          www.flyhooker.com
          Cabo Fish Report
          April 23-29, 2007

          WEATHER: Every week is a surprise this time of year. While things were just perfect on the weather front early in the week with nighttime lows in the low 70’s and daytime highs in the high 70’s in the middle of the week that changed. Starting about Thursday the wind here at the Cape picked up and cooled things down quite a bit. On Friday morning it was howling here at home and the thermometer showed 59 degrees. In the afternoon it rose to 78 degrees. Here on Sunday morning the wind finally died down and things have returned to normal. On course we still had mostly sunny skies all week and no rain!
          WATER: Surface conditions on the Pacific side of the Cape were nice at the beginning of the week and very choppy at the end of the week due to the wind I mentioned above. Most of the fishing was done on the Cortez side of the Cape anyway due to the color of the water on the Pacific. For the most part the temperature was in the 64-68 degree range and very off color, with the water close to shore almost pea soup green. On the Cortez side of the Cape things were quite a bit better. The wind that was coming from the northwest had little effect on the water and from five miles past the arch, almost at the 95 spot and continuing eastward, the water to the north was warm, in the 71-74 degree range and most definitely cleaner.
          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.
          FISHING:

          BILLFISH: Most of the Striped Marlin action moved a bit farther to the northeast as the cool, green water pushed the bait around. The best action occurred within five miles of the shoreline between Santa Maria beach and San Jose with cleaner, warmer water giving up better catches. Most of the fleet was able to get a hook into at least a couple of fish per trip and there were a lot of three and four fish days, as well as a few reported 10 fish released days. Plenty of fish were being spotted on the surface but they were not in a real feeding mood. Boats fish right along side each other could have totally different results, depending on the mood of the fish they were tossing bait at. Drop-back baits accounted for about half of the fish, about a quarter of the fish came on jig strikes and the other were caught on thrown live bait. Once again slow trolled dead baits were working very well; with the marlin full they seemed to be able to slurp down dead bait without having to work hard for it. The Marlin were averaging 110 pounds with a few larger fish in the 150-pound class.
          YELLOWFIN TUNA: I did see a few Yellowfin flags this week but I have no idea where the fish were found as I could not find anyone that had actually caught one! Hopefully this situation will change soon.
          DORADO: A few scattered fish on the Cortez side of the Cape up around the Gorda Banks area were all I heard about.
          WAHOO: As with the Yellowfin and the Dorado, there were a few Wahoo caught but I have no information on where or how. For some reason it is difficult to find anyone who actually caught these fish, I am just seeing a few flags flying, and on the Wahoo, some of these flags could be for Sierra.
          INSHORE: There are still plenty of Yellowtail at the arch but the Sea Lions have been harvesting more of them than the anglers have been, plus those guys have been taking the live baits as well. Most of the guys have given up on the arch and have been working the rocky points on the Cortez side of the Cape for these tasty fish. Both live bait and using yo-yo jigs have worked. The Sierra action has continued, but not quite as wide open as a few weeks ago. The average catch now is about a dozen fish per trip along with scattered Jack Crevalle. There have been a lot of Mullet showing up in the Marina so it won’t be long before the larger Roosterfish start to show. Right now the average size on these guys is about 10 pounds with a few in the 30-pound range being caught every day. The big story around the Marina this week was a boat that brought in a 100 + pound Cabrilla from just off of the arch. That is one old fish for sure.
          NOTES: I am listening to Joe Cocker again this week, Jimmy got me hooked last week as I had not listened to the “Organic” album in a long time, it has to be one of his best ever, released in 1996 by Sony Music. Striped Marlin were the fish of the week, no doubt about it. I hope to get up to southern California in the next three weeks to pick up my Jeep and tow it down, do a little shopping while I am there. Depending on when I go and return, I may be missing a report, but I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, have a great time if you manage to get out on the water and remember, don’t kill your limit, limit your kill! Until next week, tight lines!

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          • #6
            FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
            Capta

            FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
            Captain George Landrum
            gmlandrum@hotmail.com
            www.flyhooker.com
            Cabo Fish Report
            April 30-May 13, 2007

            WEATHER: It’s getting warmer! I have been thinking about getting the air conditioning unit in my bedroom cleaned so it is ready to go. Our daytime highs are getting into the 90’s while the nighttime lows are in the mid 70’s. The humidity hasn’t climbed up there yet so it’s bearable, but the heat should be hitting us soon. This past two weeks has given us partly cloudy skies at the beginning of the month and clearing skies during the past week. No rain of course, and we are back to the prevailing northwesterly winds that start to kick in mid-morning.
            WATER: Water temperatures on both sides of the Cape continued to climb these past two weeks. As of the end of this week we were seeing water temperatures on the Cortez side as high as an occasional 81 degrees close to shore and up around the Vinorama, Los Frailles and East Cape areas. A little farther off shore there were consistent 78-degree areas. On the Pacific side the water was warming up as well but didn’t get much higher than 72 degrees. It was also a bit more off color on the Pacific with water close to shore being very green and outside 5 miles from the beach being a blue-green color. It looks as if the warm Cortez water is starting to push over into the Pacific and that could mean good things in the coming week.
            BAIT: Almost the only baits available over the past two weeks were smaller Mackerel at the normal $2 per bait. The bait boats were saying the Humboldt Squid have moved in and have made getting bait locally difficult. Most of the bait they have been selling has come from the bait receiver out front, and they are getting low as well. There have been Sardinas available from a few Pangas at the normal $20 per scoop.
            FISHING:

            BILLFISH: Almost the only action on Striped Marlin for the past two weeks has been in the area from Inman Banks to the Red Hill area. Early in this time frame the bite was really going off on the Outer Gorda Bank in the afternoon, but things have calmed down quite a bit since then. There have been quite a few fish found still, but they have spread out and are now being seen closer to shore between San Jose and Chileno, out to about 5 miles. Most of the Marlin at the outer Gorda Banks was caught while either drifting along the submerged bait balls with rigged live baits at 100 to 150 feet, or slow trolling rigged dead baits in the same area. Fish that were outside the D’estilledera area at the end of last month moved to the Gorda following the bait balls, but there were still nice big piles of bait up in the shallows off of Punta Gorda in 200-250 feet of water. Most of these Striped Marlin were in the 100-pound class with a few fish found pushing 150 pounds. There were reports of Blue Marlin bites up off of Los Frailles in the warm water but no reports of large fish yet.
            YELLOWFIN TUNA: What can I say? I overheard one conversation on the radio this week where one captain was talking to another and mentioned getting into some decent Tuna, but there was no information as to when or where. Other than that, I didn’t hear of any action on the Tuna. Hopefully some of them will show up soon!
            DORADO: A Friend of mine caught a couple of Dorado this week, one about 50 pounds and the other about 40 pounds up off of Cabo Pulmo. In our area the fish have been considerably smaller. Yesterday I caught on that might have pushed 10 pounds and it was caught on live bait on the inner Gorda Bank. There have been a few Pangas coming in that got into Dorado very close to shore, but again these have been small fish in the 8-10 pound class. These Dorado were caught in very shallow water while slow trolling live bait for Sierra and Roosterfish.
            WAHOO: My same friend who got the two nice Dorado this week also managed to get two nice Wahoo in the same area. One of them was reported as being about 40 pounds and the other about 50 pounds. Other boats have found an occasional fish in the past two weeks but there has been on consistency to the catch, almost all of the fish have been incidental catch.
            INSHORE: The inshore water has warmed up along with the offshore water so the Yellowtail bite we had going on last month really tapered off. A few fish are still being caught off of the arch but it really takes commitment to get one, as things are not hot and heavy and the Sea Lions make getting a fish that is hooked up almost impossible to get to the boat. The Sierra bite is still on, but not the numbers we were seeing earlier in the year. A 10 fish trip is still a happening thing, but 20 fish per trip is pretty much over for most of the boats. Bottom fishing is a bit better as there have been more Grouper and Snapper caught than in the previous month. There are also some pretty steady Roosterfish days. These great fighting fish are not large with the average weight being 10 pounds, but when the bite is on it has not been uncommon to have a 10 fish day.
            NOTES: I apologize to everyone for missing the report last week. I came down with the flue and it was all I could do to keep working, let alone sit down and write. Things are better now though and I hope it remains that way, being sick sucks. On the note side of things there are two important issues that you need to be aware off. First off, if you need to get a fishing license, try and do it from the states before you come down. For some reason we are now required to go on-line to purchase licenses with a credit card, and there have been a lot of failures happening. Supposedly you can fill in the forms, print out a receipt and then print out your license, but as a few folks have found out, there are some bugs in the system. Paying for a yearly license, a friend printed out his receipt, then inserted the receipt number to print out his yearly license and instead had a yearly license for someone else printed, and it was not valid until November of this year. The good part of this is that they are not checking licenses until this issue is fixed. And by the way, it appears that our state was the only one in Mexico to have the fishing license fees raised at the beginning of the year, if you go on line the cost of a license is the same as it was last year. Hmm??? The other issue that you need to know about is the fact that the Mexican legislature passed the Shark Norma #029. This law allows the commercial fishing of sharks by long-line vessels within the Sea Of Cortez and on the Pacific. Striped Marlin and Dorado are a very significant by-catch of this method of fishing and in many peoples opinion since the value of the by-catch exceeds the value of the targeted species, this law is only a roundabout way for the commercial interests to get into a new market. You can imagine what sustained long lining will do to the “Marlin Capitol of the World” in a few years. Short sightedness on the part of the government and deep pockets of the commercial industry will end up killing sport fishing here unless the government changes its mind. That is not going to happen without a public outcry and if you want to make your voice heard, please contact either Minerva Smith at the Minerva Fleet or Tracy Ehernberg at the Pisces Fleet for information on what you can do to assist in opening the ears of the Mexican government. Until next week, Tight Lines!

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            • #7
              FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
              Capta

              FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
              Captain George Landrum
              gmlandrum@hotmail.com
              www.flyhooker.com
              Cabo Fish Report
              May 14-20, 2007

              WEATHER: O.K., we have had partly cloudy skies for most of the week but as we came closer to the end of the week the winds picked up and the skies started to clear a bit. As of this morning, we had an early morning cool temperature of 58 degrees here at the house, yesterday our low was at 64 degrees. One of the reasons for the lowering temperatures has been a strong wind from the Pacific, it is always a few degrees cooler, often as much as ten degrees when we have the northwesterly wind coming through town. Our daytime highs have ranged from a high of 96 degrees top a low of 82 degrees, again depending on the wind.
              WATER: Water temperatures of 64 degrees on the Pacific side of the Cape combined with green water and rough conditions have made the Pacific an untouched region for most of the week. Immediately to the south of the Cape things warmed up a bit to 70 degrees but the water has still been a bit off-color. If you headed due east from Cabo you had temperatures that were consistently in the 74 degree range with just a tinge of green and if you went up the coast on the Cortez side things warmed up and blued out a lot. From the coast out to a distance of five miles from Cabo to San Jose the water was an occasional 80 degrees (mostly in the 78 degree range) and blue, outside of that it dropped to 74 degrees. Once you got past the Punta Gorda area it warmed to 80+ degrees and became a deep blue for the most part.
              BAIT: Smaller Mackerel were the normal $2 per bait, there were few if any Caballito around and there were some large Mullet at the $2 per bait price. A few bait Pangas were selling Sardinas brought down from San Jose at $20 a scoop, but these went quick to the fishing Pangas, and if you wanted Sardinas you needed to make arrangements in advance.
              FISHING:

              BILLFISH: I almost don’t know what to say about the fishing this past week, not just for Billfish but also for all of the species. I had a friend spend three days fishing the East Cape area offshore and only catch one small Blue Marlin, estimated at #100. I spent the day fishing on Thursday and had one unidentified knockdown out at the Cabrillo Seamount. A couple of other friend went skunked as well on various days this week. Then I had a couple go on a Panga yesterday and land a #200 pound Striped Marlin yesterday at the last minute, right in front of Cabo. The Marlin bite is off, way off, and I am not sure of the reason. The fish that have been found have been in the warm water boundary from Cabo to San Jose out 5 miles and then again up to the Punta Gorda and Vinorama area within five miles of the beach. There have been fish there but they have not been real hungry. We have a couple of release tournaments coming up at the end of the month and there are a few teams pre-fishing for them. One of these teams reported releasing 7 Striped Marlin up around the Vinorama area.
              YELLOWFIN TUNA: Who knows? A few fish were caught this week but there was no consistency to location or method, one day they were there and the next day they were gone. Most of the fish that were caught were in the football size range, I did not hear of anything larger than 35 pounds. Where-o-where have these fish gone?
              DORADO: Just like last week, there were some small Dorado found close to the beach and a few scattered large ones off shore. I had one the size of my shoe come out from under a turtle and strike a swivel, when we turned around and dropped a live bait back the bait was bigger than the Dorado!
              WAHOO: There were a few scattered Wahoo in the 20-30 pound class reported this week but I did not see any of the fish myself. Who Knows?
              INSHORE: We are still finding some Sierra inshore on the Cortez side and a good day will result in 6-10 fish in the 6 pound class. A few Yellowtails are still being caught off of the arch and the lighthouse on the Pacific side, but you have to get both the bait and the hooked fish past the Sea Lions. Up around the Punta Gorda area the bottom fishing has been fair, but still nothing to write home about.
              NOTES: Fishing this past week left a lot to be desired. All right, let me be honest, it sucked. There were a lot of boats coming in skunked, and knowing the fishing, listening to the radio and seeing what is going on out there, I find it difficult to believe that some fleets are still reporting outstanding action. Honestly, there are a few boats that have done well on one day, but I don’t know of any of them that have been hammering the fish on every trip. I hope things change quickly as we have the four day IGFA Offshore Tournament happening this week and then the World Championship Release Tournament right afterward. Our fingers are crossed, I hope yours are as well!

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              • #8
                FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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                FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
                Captain George Landrum
                gmlandrum@hotmail.com
                www.flyhooker.com
                Cabo Fish Report
                May 21-27, 2007

                WEATHER: What a change seven days can make! We started this week with our evening and early morning temperatures in the high 50’s, specifically on Monday morning it was 58 degrees here at my house, and there was a lot of wind with it. For the next three days I had on long jeans and a light jacket every morning. This morning, Sunday, I got up and it was 78 degrees at 4:30 am here at the house! Yesterday it was registering 94 degrees downtown and there was just a light breeze out of the west. Now the skies are clear, the weather great and it feels like a non-humid summer!
                WATER: Along with a change in the weather we saw a great change in the water as well. On the Pacific side early in the week there was water as cold as 58 degrees according to the sea-surface charts, the water was too choppy and green for us to go that direction and check it out. On the Cortez side of the Cape we had much warmer water, on occasion as warm as 81 degrees up around the Punta Gorda area. At the end of th4e week it appears as if the warm water is starting to wrap around the Cape and intrude into the Pacific as we are reading temperatures in the range of 76 degrees encroaching onto the southern edge of the San Jaime Banks. Just to the north of there the water quickly cools to 67 degrees and colder with a fairly well defined temperature break. On the Cortez side of the Cape the 80-81 degree water runs right up against the coast, extending out no more than five miles from the Punta Gorda area to Cabo, outside of this area it is just a bit cooler at around 74 degrees with no defined break. The warmer water is the blue water so most of the action we have seen has been within 5 miles of the beach.
                BAIT: Bait became a bit scarce this week, and the IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament boats received the first pick for the most part. With the water warming up quickly Pacific Mackerel has become a commodity much in demand and supplies were scarce. Four days of tournament fishing put quite the dent in available supplies, and with three days of tournament fishing starting Monday you can expect things to remain on the lean side. Most of the fish were in the 1/3-pound range and the cost remained at $2 per bait. There were a lot of Caballito available early in the week but with the full moon coming up soon they have become hard to get as well. Sardines, nice sized ones, were available at $25 a scoop from the bait boats up in the Palmilla area.
                FISHING:

                BILLFISH: As a change of pace there were some Swordfish hooked up close to home this week. I had confirmed reports of two fish, one of them fought for 6 ½ hours and another for 2 ½ hours and both of them ended up getting away. More were sighted but refused to eat. I managed to catch and release my first Blue Marlin of the year at the inner Gorda Bank, a little guy of about 130 pounds. On the radio I hear reports of some Blues caught up in the East Cape area in the warmer water so more of them should be arriving soon. The just completed IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament had a total of 62 teams fishing for four days and resulted in the release of a total of 325 marlin for an average of 1.3 marlin per day, per boat. That is a bit slow by our standards but it just goes to show that the bite has been a bit off for the stripers. There were a lot of tailing fish early in the week due to the wind, but later on it was a matter of searching for feeders and being there at the right time. There were concentrations of fish up at the Vinorama area but they scattered mid-week and seemed to move in closer to Cabo. The bite happened for a lot of boats in the area of the 1150 spot and that was right at the edge of the warm blue water and the slightly cooler green water and at the end of the week it seemed as if the fish had moved in even closer with a lot of tailing fish seen off of Punta Ballena.
                YELLOWFIN TUNA: At the end of the week there were some fish found offshore up around the Vinorama area mixed in with Porpoise. They were decent fish in the 35-pound class. Other than that there was not much found in the way of Tuna.
                DORADO: Dorado are still an occasional catch with a few small fish being found in close to shore in the warmer water. With the influx of 80+-degree water we hope to see more of them soon.
                WAHOO: There were a few scattered Wahoo in the 20-30 pound class reported this week from the Punta Gorda area. With the upcoming full moon on the 31st we will probably be catching a few more.
                INSHORE: Inshore has still been good for Sierra to 8 pounds with a lot of boats getting double digit numbers of fish on the Pacific side of the Cape. The Roosterfish have begun to show as well with some Pangas reporting up to 10 releases in a days fishing, and the fish have been a decent 10-20 pounds. At the end of the week there was a reported bit on Dogtooth Snapper (Pargo) on the Pacific side up in the rocks at the points.
                NOTES: The IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament is now over and starting Monday is the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament. http://www.wcbrt.com/ I am fishing in that one so will be pretty busy this coming week. I golfed this morning and finally broke the magic 100 mark with a score of 98; maybe I can buy a good driver now! Our local protest against the Shark Norma #029 was given a ½ page in the L.A.Times along with a photo of the boats in the marina protesting the law just recently passed and signed by the President. For more information on the shark longline fishing law, you can go to this website for updates.
                http://www.billfish.org/new/NewsArti...p?ArticleID=60
                Until next week, Tight lines!

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                • #9
                  FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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                  FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
                  Captain George Landrum
                  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
                  www.flyhooker.com
                  Cabo Fish Report
                  May 28-June 2, 2007

                  WEATHER: After the warming trend last week I was expecting things to get really hot this week. The arrival of that high-pressure system was a good intro to the temperatures to expect later in the year, and without the humidity. At the beginning of this week the warmest morning I recorded was 84 degrees before the sun came up, and 98 degrees during the middle of the day. At the end of the week the high-pressure system had moved on and we were back to having our morning lows in the low 60’s and our daytime highs around the mid 80’s. Of course we had no rain.
                  WATER: There was absolutely no doubt that the water was warmer on the Cortez side this week, and clearer also. We were seeing temperatures in the 78-79 degree range from the beach on out to the Cabrillo Seamount. The cleaner water was a band running from the Vinorama Canyon across the Outer Gorda Banks to the 1150 spot, elsewhere it was slightly tinged with green. The Pacific side started out with a push of warm water up the coast but as the week went on that push tapered off a bit and the water temperatures dropped a bit as well. Right now there is a significant temperature break off of the lighthouse and extending to the southwest. On the south side the water is showing a warm 72 degrees. 2 miles farther north it drops to 62 degrees and becomes very green. Surface conditions on both sides of the Cape were great with little surface chop and very light winds, with the exception of Thursday as the edge of the high-pressure system came across us.
                  BAIT: I really thought that bait would be harder to come by this week since it is the week after the IGFA Offshore Championship and the week of the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament but there was no problem getting all you needed. Of course there were not many Caballito yet, mostly it was Mackerel with a few Mullet at the normal $2 per bait. Up toward San Jose there were some really nice Sardinas in the 3-4 inch size at $25 per bucket, closer to home here at the marina the price was a bit higher with ¾ bucket costing the same.
                  FISHING:

                  BILLFISH: Probably the best was to describe the fishing for Billfish this week was, in the right place at the right time. Having the full moon this week helped and the bite was definitely tide related with the best bite happening close to the tide change on most days. The Billfish most folks found were the Striped Marlin and while they were out there in good numbers, they were pretty concentrated as well. During the three days of the World Championship Tournament 23 boats were successful in releasing a total of 325 billfish for an average of 5 fish per day per boat, the large majority of which were Striped Marlin. There were a few Sailfish mixed in as well as two reported small Blue Marlin. Most of the action was concentrated up to the north on the Cortez side around the Vinorama Canyon area, the Gorda Banks and the 1150. I had fair luck Monday finding fish on the Pacific side to the south of the lighthouse but the water changed and the fish moved away. Almost all the fish reported released were hooked up on live bait. Light leader seemed to be the way to go, as the fish were a bit leader shy. There has been an abundance of squid in our area and the Marlin have been too full to chase artificials (on average). There were quite a few Swordfish sighted as well (comparatively speaking) and at least once was caught. There were several hookups reported to last between 2 to 6 hours where the fish were lost.
                  YELLOWFIN TUNA: Just as I reported last week, there were some fish found offshore up around the Vinorama area mixed in with Porpoise. They were decent fish in the 35-pound class. Other than that there was not much found in the way of Tuna. A few boats reported finding fish in the greenish water south of the San Jaime area early in the week but those fish did not stick around.
                  DORADO: The Dorado bite has started to pick up a bit with a few more fish showing up in the catch’s every week. We had two on Wednesday while fishing up to the north in the Sea of Cortez in 79-degree water using live bait. They are not large fish yet with the biggest I heard of in the 35-pound class, but it is a definite improvement and hopefully a sign of things to come.
                  WAHOO: I was amazed that I did not hear of more Wahoo being caught during this Championship Billfish Tournament. Most of the boats were fishing in areas that traditionally hold Wahoo this time of year. A few were caught but they were not large fish, mostly in the 30-pound class, and on artificial lures.
                  INSHORE: Inshore has still been good for Sierra to 8 pounds with a lot of boats getting double digit numbers of fish on the Pacific side of the Cape. The Roosterfish have begun to show as well with some Pangas reporting up to 10 releases in a days fishing, and the fish have been a decent 10-20 pounds. At the end of the week there was a reported bit on Dogtooth Snapper (Pargo) on the Pacific side up in the rocks at the points.
                  NOTES: There have been many protests locally this week about the Shark Norma 029. Several winning teams in the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament donated part of their winnings to the Billfish Foundation to help fight this law. For more information on the shark longline fishing law, you can go to this website for updates.
                  http://www.billfish.org/new/NewsArti...p?ArticleID=60
                  Until next week, Tight lines!

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                  • #10
                    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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                    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
                    Captain George Landrum
                    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
                    www.flyhooker.com
                    Cabo Fish Report
                    June 3-10, 2007

                    WEATHER: Once again we had a beautiful week go by with our daytime temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s and the nighttime lows averaging 70 degrees. We had one mid-week day with high winds but for the most part the wind was a minor consideration either blowing itself out by 6 am or not picking up until 1 pm. No rain of course and only a scattering of clouds this week.
                    WATER: The Cortez side of the Cape remained much warmer than the Pacific side with the average temperature being 76 degrees up to 15 miles offshore. The 95 and 1150 spots were the outer boundaries where the temperature dropped to 70 degrees or less and the warm water continued up into the East Cape region well offshore. On the Pacific side the water was much cooler with a finger of cold water from the beach inside the Golden Gate bank down to Cabo extending out to the southwest across the San Jaime Bank. This water was in the mid to low 60’s and very green. Surface conditions were good on the Cortez side of the Cape with small 2-4 foot swells most of the week with no wind o top of them. We did have one say of 4-6 foot swells (made the surfers happy) but with no wind they were not very noticeable. On the Pacific side the afternoon or early morning winds made things very interesting and most of the boats avoided working the cold green water.
                    BAIT: As is normal for this time of year there was a good mix of Caballito and Mackerel available from the bait boats at the normal $2 per bait. Sardinas were available as well and they were quality baits, most in the 3-4 inch size. In the San Jose area you could get them for $20 a bucket but here in Cabo they averaged $25 per scoop.
                    FISHING:

                    BILLFISH: On a good note, the Striped Marlin have shown up close to home. I fished on Tuesday for Marlin and it was great, we never went farther than 5 miles for the marina and released one Striped Marin estimated at 120 pounds and one small Blue Marlin estimated at 170 pounds as well as seeing a lot of fish free jumping and sleeping on the surface. The one day mid-week when the wind blew like a banshee resulted in very few fish but for most of the days this week the Marlin were there, and in numbers. Best bets were slow trolling live baits or throwing live bait to tailing or sleeping fish. As well as Marlin, there were still quite a few Swordfish being seen, and a few caught and brought to the dock. They were also being seen close to home and a few of the boats have made plans for overnight Swordfish trips for the coming week. I’ll let you know if things work out for them.
                    YELLOWFIN TUNA: Yellowfin Tuna were just about the only slow fishery this week. There were a few fish found but they were small fish in the 10-15 pound range. Most of them were caught on the Pacific side in the rough water and there were no great numbers found, for the most part it was a picky catch. There were good fish reported from boats fishing the East Cape region 30 miles off the beach, but that is too much of a run for our local boats. Hopefully these fish will move into our area soon.
                    DORADO: The Dorado bite has continued to pick up and the numbers are increasing every week as the water warms. For the most part the fish are small with a large number of fish less than 6 pounds reported (please release these month old fish, they will be eating size soon) but there were still good numbers of fish in the 20-35 pound range being found. The Cortez side of the Cape in the warmer water was where most of the larger fish were found but waters close to home had larger numbers albeit the smaller fish. Small lures in bright colors trolled between 7 ½ and 9 knots did well on the Dorado as well as slow trolled live baits.
                    WAHOO: There were still Wahoo reported this week but they were still small ones, in the 20-30 pound class for the most part. Once the water warms up a bit there should be more action. The fish that were found and caught were from the Punta Gorda area as well as on the temperature break at the 95 and 1150 areas.
                    INSHORE: Inshore fishing has been hot this week with good numbers of Sierra continuing to hold angers attention on both the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez side of the Cape. The majority of the cooler water fish, Sierra and Yellowtail have been found between the Pedregal and the Lighthouse between 50 and 200 meters from the shore. Large schools of Sierra have given anglers all they can handle on live bait and hootchies as well as small jointed Rapallas. Slow trolled Mackerel have resulted in nice Yellowtail to 35 pounds, but a lot of Sierra bite-offs have occurred due to the use of light Mono leaders needed to get the Yellowtail to bite. In close to eh beach, the rocks have produced consistent action on Dogtooth Snapper to 20 pounds as well as Red Snapper to 8 pounds.
                    NOTES: The fishing continues to pick up as the water warms up offshore and meanwhile the inshore action is just great, everyone is having fun! If things continue this way there can be smiles on everyone’s face. I have hope for the Tuna showing up soon as that is the only thing we are really lacking at the moment. So far this year I have released two Blue Marlin and that is a sign that the water is warming and things are getting better! Fingers crossed for tight lines for everyone out there. Until next week!
                    http://www.billfish.org/new/NewsArti...p?ArticleID=60
                    Until next week, Tight lines!

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                    • #11
                      FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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                      FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
                      Captain George Landrum
                      gmlandrum@hotmail.com
                      www.flyhooker.com
                      Cabo Fish Report
                      June 11-17, 2007

                      WEATHER: We had a quick and thankfully short reminder of what to expect later in the year early in the week. Waking up to early morning temperatures in the mid 80’s and muggy air let us appreciate the rest for the week. Monday and Tuesday were a bit on the mid-summer side of hot but the rest of the week was great with nighttime lows in the low to mid 70’s and the daytime highs in the mid 80’s. There was a light wind from the northwest early in the week and on Sunday we had a switch to winds from the East. All in all it was a great week on the weather front.
                      WATER: The Cortez side of the Cape continued to be the warmer side with water up off of the East Cape around the 80-degree mark. Closer to home and between the 95 spot and the Punta Gorda area the water was cooler with most of it being in the high 70’s early in the week. During the middle of the week a combination of extreme tides and shifting wind dropped the water temperatures across the area by an easy 5 or more degrees and put the fish into shock mode. Surface conditions remained good but the water cooled off and became very green in most of the areas that we had been getting good fish. At the end of the week the cleanest water was from the 1150 area on the Sea of Cortez and out to the Cabrilla Seamount and outside the 1,000-fathom line on the Cortez side. On the Pacific the water remained cold and green almost everywhere, with water temperatures in the sub-70’s to as low as 65 degrees.
                      BAIT: As is normal for this time of year there was a good mix of Caballito and Mackerel available from the bait boats at the normal $2 per bait. Sardinas were available as well and they were quality baits, most in the 3-4 inch size. In the San Jose area you could get them for $20 a bucket but here in Cabo they averaged $25 per scoop.
                      FISHING:

                      BILLFISH: Ouch, the water turned over and the fish moved offshore to the Cabrilla Seamount area. You could go out there and find fish but they were in temperature shock (sounds as good a reason as any) and getting them to bite was very difficult. That was just about the only area there were Marlin in any numbers. The area around the Vinorama Canyon produced some fish as did the area within 3 miles of the beach on the Cortez side, but the bite in these locations was early in the week. Also early in the week and continuing slightly into the end of the week was the sighting of Swordfish on the surface. A few of them were hooked up and a couple of them brought in. My friend Martin (Kiwi) caught a #200 fish on Wednesday.
                      YELLOWFIN TUNA: We did finally have some Yellowfin show up this week but they were all small football fish, and not in any great numbers. On Saturday there were some enormous bait balls of Sardinas in the vicinity of the 95 spot and the small Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna were harassing them all day long. Farther offshore in the 15 mile range there were small scattered pods of Dolphin holding the small Tuna under them as well. No one scored high numbers but there were fish caught by boats that put in the time and effort. Considering how slow the fishing was for everything else, getting a few Yellowfin was nice.
                      DORADO: The sudden change in water temperature and clarity had the Dolphin on the run but a few boats were able to get three of four fish on Saturday by finding the Frigate bids working the Sardinas. Using very small lures in Green-silver to imitate the Sardinas they were able to get small skipjack hooked up and slow trolling them in the same area brought in the Dorado.
                      WAHOO: I had no reports of Wahoo this week.
                      INSHORE: The inshore fishing had been great but when the currents changed and the clarity and temperature dropped the fishing did as well. There were still a few Sierra caught on the Pacific side but the green water made fishing for the Yellowtail difficult at best and Roosterfish were almost non-existent.
                      NOTES: June has always been a difficult month to figure out as things are in constant flux. This year is no different and we can only hope things settle down soon. Until next week, tight lines and give Ottmar Liebert a listen to. One of my favorite guitarists and hopefully to become one of yours.
                      http://www.billfish.org/new/NewsArti...p?ArticleID=60
                      Until next week, Tight lines!

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                      • #12
                        FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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                        FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
                        Captain George Landrum
                        gmlandrum@hotmail.com
                        www.flyhooker.com
                        Cabo Fish Report
                        June 18-25, 2007

                        WEATHER: It was so nice this week, no hot weather, just daytime highs in the mid 80’s and nighttime lows in the low to mid 70’s. We had the wind start to blow from the west during the middle of the week and that cooled things off a bit as well. We had mostly sunny skies with an overcast morning now and then, burning off mid-day.
                        WATER: On the Cortez side of the Cape the water cooled off a lot between the Cape and San Jose. Cold water, as low as 63 degrees on the satellite shots but registering 62 on my boat ran from right in front of the marina and up the Cortex and across the Gorda Banks extending out past the 1150 spot. The water was green and did not get blue until you got outside of the 1,000-fathom line. On the Pacific side things warmed up quite a bit with water temps on the San Jaime and the Golden Gate banks in the 73-75 range with just a tinge of green to it.
                        BAIT: Almost all the bait this week was Pacific greenback mackerel at the normal $2 per bait.
                        FISHING:

                        BILLFISH: The most consistent are this week was at the doughnut, 20 miles to the east at the 1,000-fathom curve. That is where they were concentrated and a few boats did as well as two or three fish a day with one boat reporting releasing five fish. There was a nice size Swordfish reported caught this week as well by one of the fleet boats, supposedly in the #350 range. I released one small Blue, estimated at #110 on Thursday as well as a couple of Stripers at the doughnut area and released one more on Saturday. The water was choppy with the westerly winds and northwesterly swells but even with that there were very few Striped Marlin reported up and tailing down swell.
                        YELLOWFIN TUNA: I have almost given up on the Yellowfin this year. I keep going out and looking for them but have not had a lot of success. I keep hearing of a boat now and then getting lucky with a fish or two in the 50-100 pound class in among the black porpoise, and a few boats getting into fish in the 20 pound class among the white-belly porpoise, but I have not been able to find any of these fish myself. No sashimi for me this week!
                        DORADO: There were a few fish to 50 pounds caught this week and a few boat reported on the radio of catching three or four in the 10-20 pound class. Most of them were found at the temp-color break along the 1,000-fathom curve and a few were reported from up north along the Inman Bank area.
                        WAHOO: I heard of one small Wahoo caught this week form a source I trust along with a few radio reports of scattered fish at the 1,000-fathom line.
                        INSHORE: There were nice Pargo found in the rocks along the points on the Pacific side as well as up in the Punts Gorda-Los Frailles area. The Yellowtail bite dropped off when the water turned, as did the Roosterfish bite.
                        NOTES: Humboldt Squid to 50 pounds were found due south of the Cape mid week and I baited a Swordfish estimated at #300 in the same area, along the 1,000-fathom line. We spotted this fish jumping. Overall the fishing has been slow this past week, I went out five days and was skunked on two of them catching three Humbolts on one trip, two Stripers and a small Blue on another and one Striper on the fifth trip. With the fishing slow, my golf game got a workout and with a very hazy brain today I managed to turn out a very non-respectable 103 (lots of margaritas lass ninth, don’t-cha-know!).
                        http://www.billfish.org/new/NewsArti...p?ArticleID=60
                        Until next week, Tight lines!

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                        • #13
                          Summer Has Arrived!

                          REPORT #1072 “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
                          Endless Season Update July 21, 2007

                          Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico
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                          You know that season has arrived when you get a late night phone call reporting that some bruiser tuna in the 100 lb. class have been found just outside Boca de Soledad. The conversation went something like this:

                          “Amigo, the commercial panga guys found some really *** tuna outside--- so *** they couldn’t catch them on their handlines. We are going out tomorrow (Thursday) and we will let you know what happens.”

                          That’s it! Nothing more. Either they are still hooked up, are still cleaning their catch or it was bum dope. Stay tuned…I will let you know! Just before I posted this report I received the following “yellowfin tuna WFO thirty miles outside Boca de Soledad”.

                          Meanwhile more and more dorado are being seen each week near the shark buoys west of the Entrada. Yellowtail fishing continues to provide the best surface action at the entrada. On the bottom there are enough grouper to keep it interesting.

                          At Lopez Mateos, Mag Bay Outfitters finally received the kayaks they had ordered a while back. The Captains and crew couldn’t wait for clients to show up to try them out, so they loaded them on Mar Gato and headed up to the Esteros for their trial run. Judging by the photos the kayaks are a welcome addition!

                          Water temperature 64 - 76
                          Air temperature 69 -88
                          Humidity 94 %
                          Wind: WNW 9 – 13 knots
                          Conditions: Partly Cloudy
                          Visibility 2 miles
                          Sunrise 6:49 a.m. MDT
                          Sunset 8:17 p.m. MDT

                          East Cape

                          Spring is gone and summer action is beginning to seriously kick in. Offshore, striped marlin and a few sails provided the best action this week with only a few blues reported so far. There are plenty of stripey’s around; they just don’t seem ready to get serious just yet.

                          Football sized yellowfin tuna dominated the offshore action this week. Distances ranged from a few miles offshore to more than thirty. As usual the boats arriving early to the spots got limits while the late ones watched.

                          Dorado action continues to be disappointing for most. There have been a few quality fish caught (up to fifty pounds) but they are few and far between.

                          Early in the week, a floating carcass produced the best concentrated action of the season, including limits of smaller dorado and YFT’s

                          Inshore the cooler water stubbornly remains close to shore and seems to have caused the sardina to evaporate, leaving us with only with a few larger live baits and dead ballyhoo. It has also slowed the rooster bite to a trickle compared to a few weeks ago. Still the tenacious angler prowling the beach has been rewarded with a few fish here and there.

                          Water temperature 75-87
                          Air temperature 67-93
                          Humidity 92%
                          Wind: ENE 5 - 6 knots
                          Conditions: Partly Sunny
                          Visibility 8 miles
                          Sunrise 6:43 a.m. MDT
                          Sunset 8:07 p.m. MDT

                          Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

                          We had a lot of rain for a couple of days this last week. On Wednesday, I recorded 12 inches of rain between 5:00 in the afternoon to 7:00 the next morning. This pushed a lot of weeds, trees, and debris out of the rivers, and it also pushed the blue water out to at least the 20 mile mark.

                          Most of the captains are reporting averaging between 1 and 2 sailfish a day per boat. And all of them are complaining that the weed lines are in such abundance, it is making trolling difficult. A trolled bait, with three feet of weeds trailing behind it, will not catch any fish.

                          However, a lot of the captains are also reporting several schools of peanut sized dorado among the weeds. Hopefully these fast growing fish will stick around for a while.

                          The inshore fishing was great early in the week. Santiago, on the panga, Gitana, did get 7 roosters, up to 40 pounds, in one day for his clients. And Adolpho, on the panga, Dos Hermanos, spent several days with an ESPN2 TV crew in Puerto Vicente Gro. They got a bunch of roosters and plenty of footage for their show.

                          Ed Kunze
                          Water temperature 80 - 84
                          Air temperature 71-93
                          Humidity 92%
                          Wind: Calm
                          Conditions: Mostly Clear
                          Visibility 5 miles
                          Sunrise 7:21 a.m. CDT
                          Sunset 8:24 p.m. CDT
                          "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

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                          • #14
                            “Grande” Rooster Thrills…Disappoints

                            REPORT #1062 “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
                            Endless Season Update May 12, 2007

                            East Cape

                            While the roosters were not exactly numerous close to the beach there were a few quality shots and patience on the hunt finally paid off Friday when a true "Grande" roosterfish came in from the deep water. After chasing a fly in classic fashion, the rooster with its comb fully extended, tracked the fly for a short distance and then devoured it. A brand new fly on a razor sharp hook wasn't enough to keep the fish hooked up and the fish came unbuttoned after a short fight. Those *** ones are really tough to get a good hook set into. After all the hard work, it was brutally tough to see a "Grande" swim away. But that's roosterfishing...the high's are high and the lows are low. Next time!
                            At least the jack crevalle were kind enough to eat flies with some frequency and take some of the sting out of *** rooster loss. Early in the week, Lance battled with one of his best jacks ever. When those fish get over 20lb they are a force to be reckoned with.
                            The panga fleet had some great days on roosters to 10lb's just off the beach. Lance, fishing with Brad Ellis on his panga, “Macaira”, had some great action teasing roosterfish with live bait. In just a couple of hours they had lots of chances and Brad hooked 3 nice Pez Gallo on the new fly.
                            Dorado action was great for the few lucky ones who stumbled on the right school. For others, it was a single here and there. Yellowfin action disappeared when the Mexican seiners, led by a helicopter overhead, wiped out the school. However, by the end of the week the Seiners had been run off by the government and the YFT action picked back up.
                            While there are plenty of billfish to look at, getting them to bite is the tough part.
                            Water temperature 65-74
                            Air temperature 75-87
                            Humidity 77%
                            Wind: ENE 2-3 knots
                            Conditions: Partly Cloudy
                            Visibility 5 miles
                            Sunrise 7:15 a.m. MDT
                            Sunset 8:19 p.m. MDT

                            Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico


                            The weather and Estero fishing both improved late in the week. The spotted bay bass, halibut and grouper finally decided to bite along with a few corvina. Out at the entrada the small yellows, along with schools of bonito, continued to put on a show, chasing bait on the surface. Down lower in the water column a few decent sized grouper were also willing to bite a slow-retrieved chartreuse Baja Deepdiver.

                            Out at the Entrada, the *** swells, pushed by the wind, made it difficult to get under the bird schools feeding on the sardines that were chased to the surface by firecracker yellows and small bonito.

                            Offshore, strong winds and *** swells prevented many boats from getting outside the Entrada.

                            Water temperature 65 - 72
                            Air temperature 67 -89
                            Humidity 61 %
                            Wind: NW 12 - 20 knots
                            Conditions: Sunny
                            Visibility 13 miles
                            Sunrise 6:44 a.m. MDT
                            Sunset 8:02 p.m. MDT


                            Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
                            After this last week's short down-turn from the effect of the full moon, the fishing for all species has been turning on again. Last week's 114 boat annual sailfish tournament (the 40th) also hurt the fishing early in the week. There were just too many boats out there pounding the water. But, sailfish averages are again close to 6 to 8 strikes a day, one boat in three is getting a shot at a blue marlin, a few dorado are being taken, and the yellowfin tuna are at the thirty mile mark.

                            Plus, the roosterfish are starting to show on the beaches. In fact, this last Wednesday they really put on a great show down at Puerto Vicente Gro. Fly fishing client, Jim (Doc) Coulthurst of Portland, OR, fished with Cali and me in one of the three pangas set up for sport fishing in the Port (meaning it has a shade cover).
                            Doc is an experienced guide in the Northwest states, but this was his first time for roosters.

                            By 11:00, we had raised 20 roosters on a hookless popper, giving Doc five legitimate shots with the fly. He hooked two, but was only able to get one to the boat for photos. The roosters were all on the small side, averaging between 12 and 25 pounds. The *** boys should follow in a couple of weeks.

                            Doc finished up the day catching several black skipjack tuna. At times there were so many tuna breaking the water, it sounded like a rainstorm. With acres of fish on the surface, it was almost a fish a cast.

                            Even Cali got into the action. With his first time ever at casting a fly rod, he managed to land several skipjack from the bow. He even talked about it with the other captains at the municipal pier in Zihuatanejo. He is hooked!

                            Ed Kunze
                            Water temperature 80 - 84
                            Air temperature 78-99
                            Humidity 77%
                            Wind: Calm
                            Conditions: Mostly Sunny
                            Visibility 5 miles
                            Sunrise 7:15 a.m. CDT
                            Sunset 8:10 p.m. CDT
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                            • #15
                              Summer Has Arrived!

                              REPORT #1072 “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
                              Endless Season Update July 21, 2007

                              Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico


                              You know that season has arrived when you get a late night phone call reporting that some bruiser tuna in the 100 lb. class have been found just outside Boca de Soledad. The conversation went something like this:

                              “Amigo, the commercial panga guys found some really *** tuna outside--- so *** they couldn’t catch them on their handlines. We are going out tomorrow (Thursday) and we will let you know what happens.”

                              That’s it! Nothing more. Either they are still hooked up, are still cleaning their catch or it was bum dope. Stay tuned…I will let you know! Just before I posted this report I received the following “yellowfin tuna WFO thirty miles outside Boca de Soledad”.

                              Meanwhile more and more dorado are being seen each week near the shark buoys west of the Entrada. Yellowtail fishing continues to provide the best surface action at the entrada. On the bottom there are enough grouper to keep it interesting.

                              At Lopez Mateos, Mag Bay Outfitters finally received the kayaks they had ordered a while back. The Captains and crew couldn’t wait for clients to show up to try them out, so they loaded them on Mar Gato and headed up to the Esteros for their trial run. Judging by the photos the kayaks are a welcome addition!

                              Water temperature 64 - 76
                              Air temperature 69 -88
                              Humidity 94 %
                              Wind: WNW 9 – 13 knots
                              Conditions: Partly Cloudy
                              Visibility 2 miles
                              Sunrise 6:49 a.m. MDT
                              Sunset 8:17 p.m. MDT

                              East Cape


                              Spring is gone and summer action is beginning to seriously kick in. Offshore, striped marlin and a few sails provided the best action this week with only a few blues reported so far. There are plenty of stripey’s around; they just don’t seem ready to get serious just yet.

                              Football sized yellowfin tuna dominated the offshore action this week. Distances ranged from a few miles offshore to more than thirty. As usual the boats arriving early to the spots got limits while the late ones watched.

                              Dorado action continues to be disappointing for most. There have been a few quality fish caught (up to fifty pounds) but they are few and far between.

                              Early in the week, a floating carcass produced the best concentrated action of the season, including limits of smaller dorado and YFT’s

                              Inshore the cooler water stubbornly remains close to shore and seems to have caused the sardina to evaporate, leaving us with only with a few larger live baits and dead ballyhoo. It has also slowed the rooster bite to a trickle compared to a few weeks ago. Still the tenacious angler prowling the beach has been rewarded with a few fish here and there.

                              Water temperature 75-87
                              Air temperature 67-93
                              Humidity 92%
                              Wind: ENE 5 - 6 knots
                              Conditions: Partly Sunny
                              Visibility 8 miles
                              Sunrise 6:43 a.m. MDT
                              Sunset 8:07 p.m. MDT

                              Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

                              We had a lot of rain for a couple of days this last week. On Wednesday, I recorded 12 inches of rain between 5:00 in the afternoon to 7:00 the next morning. This pushed a lot of weeds, trees, and debris out of the rivers, and it also pushed the blue water out to at least the 20 mile mark.

                              Most of the captains are reporting averaging between 1 and 2 sailfish a day per boat. And all of them are complaining that the weed lines are in such abundance, it is making trolling difficult. A trolled bait, with three feet of weeds trailing behind it, will not catch any fish.

                              However, a lot of the captains are also reporting several schools of peanut sized dorado among the weeds. Hopefully these fast growing fish will stick around for a while.

                              The inshore fishing was great early in the week. Santiago, on the panga, Gitana, did get 7 roosters, up to 40 pounds, in one day for his clients. And Adolpho, on the panga, Dos Hermanos, spent several days with an ESPN2 TV crew in Puerto Vicente Gro. They got a bunch of roosters and plenty of footage for their show.

                              Ed Kunze
                              Water temperature 80 - 84
                              Air temperature 71-93
                              Humidity 92%
                              Wind: Calm
                              Conditions: Mostly Clear
                              Visibility 5 miles
                              Sunrise 7:21 a.m. CDT
                              Sunset 8:24 p.m. CDT
                              "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

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                              • #16
                                Delila Fades…Tournament Looms

                                REPORT #1073 “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
                                Endless Season Update July 28, 2007

                                East Cape


                                This week brought the first Tropical Storm of the season; Delila popped up out of nowhere and things went from flat calm to grumpy in the space of an afternoon. Fortunately, sea conditions were only messed up for a few days and then it was back to normal.

                                Delila departed just in time for the “East Cape Bisbee” which begins next week (Aug. 1-3). This year’s purse is expected to be around $300k so it’s no surprise that everyone has become tight-lipped about the current billfish action. Striper action continues to improve and rumors of a few blues are flying. The rumors claim that several have been caught weighing over 300 lb. and one purportedly in the high 4’s, which is all the encouragement needed to justify lots of pre-fishing.

                                Good news for the fly fisher’s; there were more and more instances of multiple fish showing up behind the teasers.

                                Tuna action slowed for weather related reasons. However a 145 lb. gorilla-class yellowfin made it to the scales… the largest of the 2007 season so far…stay tuned. For the football sized tuna we are having great success with our Baja Wasabi fly.

                                Dorado action continued to be less than wonderful, partly because of the weather; we are just not seeing the schools that provide the best action for the fly rod.
                                Lance Peterson reported; “Plenty of small jacks up to 5 lbs. to take shots at, along with breezing schools of small pompano that can be sucker-punched with small Clousers or even smaller ‘Crazy Charlies’. Roosterfish have been hit or miss. Most fish are seen in pairs or daisy chains of up to 6 fish. Mostly very tough to move them but I had some good reactions from them several days ago and landed one in the 30's. The weather has changed. Lots of clouds, some rain, very warm SE wind.”
                                On the bait front, live sardina are tough to come by unless you are willing to make the thirty mile run up to Bahia de Los Suenos. The good news is that there were some live mackerel being offered by the bait guys locally.

                                Water temperature 68-85
                                Air temperature 75-96
                                Humidity 73%
                                Wind: S 4 knots
                                Conditions: Partly Sunny
                                Visibility 4 miles
                                Sunrise 6:47 a.m. MDT
                                Sunset 8:04 p.m. MDT

                                Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

                                Tropical Storm Delila also dumped some rain here along with stronger winds. Tuna action resumed as soon as the seas settled down. Most of the action has been inside of thirty miles from Boca de Soledad. Closer to shore, inside of ten miles the dorado action broke wide open according to Bob Hoyt, Mag Bay Outfitters. It was so good that they were headed out today with a couple of kayaks loaded on Mar Gato. Hopefully he will have photos to share next week.

                                Because of the unsettled weather no one made the twenty mile run out to the Entrada this week. Up at Devil’s Curve, grouper and pargo provided the best action. Still a decent bite on the surface for corvina up to ten lbs.

                                Water temperature 64 - 76
                                Air temperature 70 -84
                                Humidity 73 %
                                Wind: WNW 9 – 13 knots
                                Conditions: Fog in morning
                                Visibility 3 miles
                                Sunrise 6:52 a.m. MDT
                                Sunset 8:14 p.m. MDT

                                Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

                                Conditions have improved this week, with the inshore action for roosters being phenomenal. The boats are each averaging between 7 and 8 roosters a day! Plus, that does not count an almost equal number of the hard fighting jack crevalle. The jacks are averaging between 12 and 16 pounds, with the roosters averaging a whopping 30 to 40 pounds.

                                It really does not matter if you go North or South out of Zihuatanejo Bay, all the beaches are producing jacks and roosters. Also, with most of the fish being taken on surface poppers, it is an ideal situation for the fly caster. The same popper, with the hooks taken off, makes an excellent teaser to bring the rooster to the boat, and well within fly casting distance.

                                Ed Kunze
                                Water temperature 80 - 84
                                Air temperature 77-95
                                Humidity 73%
                                Wind: Calm
                                Conditions: Thundershowers
                                Visibility 2 miles
                                Sunrise 7:24 a.m. CDT
                                Sunset 8:22 p.m. CDT
                                "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

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                                • #17
                                  Cabo Bite Report

                                  FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
                                  Captain George Landrum
                                  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
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                                  Cabo Fish Report
                                  July 23-29, 2007

                                  WEATHER: I love it when we have daytime temps in the mid 90’s, we get to sweat and clean out our systems. When we add a light breeze in the evenings as the temperature drops to the mid and low 80’s it means that things are just about perfect here in Cabo. I know that these temperatures a too hot for a lot of people, and we did have the humidity raise up a bit this week, but it sure beats 112 degrees, and I don’t care it that is a “dry” heat or not, that is just too damn hot for me. I guess what I am trying to say is that things were just about perfect this week considering that we are in a summer weather pattern. We did have Tropical Storm Delilah pass to the southwest mid-week and she brought a scattering of rain to us on Wednesday along with some winds that decreased the temperatures but for the most part she was a “non-event”, but a warning of what might happen during the next several months.
                                  WATER: As far as the basics are concerned we had storm swells at the middle and end of the week from Tropical Storm Delilah, large enough that there were high surf warnings out at all the hotels and resorts on both sides of the Cape. The wind combined with the swells were enough to convince the Port Captains office to close the Marina to departures after 7:30 AM on Wednesday, a lot of boats returned very early due to seasick clients. The storm came up from the south and pushed warm water with it. Early in the week prior to the storms arrival we were seeing offshore temperatures in the low 70’s, on Thursday we has a steady 79 and over across the board. At the end of the week the California current re-asserted itself and we had temperatures in the mid 70’s along the Pacific coast and as far up the Sea Of Cortez as Punta Gorda, and extending up to 10 miles off the beach on the Pacific side and 3 miles on the Cortez side.
                                  BAIT: There were plenty of Mackerel and Caballito available this week as well as Mullet and Sardinas. The Mullet and Sardinas were difficult to get at the beginning for the week and of course on Wednesday there was no bait available, at least fresh caught bait, the water was just too rough for the guys to catch bat. At the end of the week there were bait balls all over the place, both up close to the beach and far offshore. Prices were the normal $2 per large baits and $25 per scoop of Sardinas.
                                  FISHING:

                                  BILLFISH: Striped Marlin action was close to the beach on the Cortez side for moat of the week with most of the action happening place in the cool water within three miles of the coast. There were groups of fish tailing on the surface, occasionally as many as 7 or 8 fish together, and there were also lots of sleepers on the surface. Farther offshore the water was warmer and there were not the numbers of fish to be found. There were a few Blue Marlin reported and this was expected as the offshore water warmed up. Hopefully we will start seeing some good numbers of these fish as the warming continues and spreads. Also, there were Sailfish reported. These are not as common in our area as they are in many parts of Mexico, but here they are also an indication of warming water and a precursor to good Dorado fishing!
                                  YELLOWFIN TUNA: I keep hoping for the Tuna fishing to improve and this week there were a few days when almost every boat that went out returned with Tuna flags flying. Unfortunately most of these fish were only footballs in the 6-12 pound class, very few larger fish were found. Most of the action occurred wither 5 miles off of Chileno beach early in the week, 12 to 18 miles south of the Cape during mid week or at the San Jaime bank at the end of the week. Sounds like they are traveling, yes? As is often the case with the football fish, the best results were had with small re hootchies or dark colored feathers, slow trolled while being “jigged” among the porpoise.
                                  DORADO: A few boats really did well on Dorado this week but most of the guys were lucky to get a fish or two. The clue was to find something floating on the surface or slow troll live bait in the area where Frigate birds were seen to be working. Most of the fish were in the 12-20 pound class with a few stretching the springs on the scales to 45 pounds. The best action was prior to the storm, early in the week, on the Cortez side of the Cape, but I believe that things will pick up really fast now that there is more warm water in the area.
                                  WAHOO: We are just coming up on the full moon on the 29th and I am surprised that I have not heard of more Wahoo being caught. There were a few fish reported, but not in any numbers or from one particular area.
                                  INSHORE: Inshore action was good for Roosterfish early in the week but the rough conditions as a result of Tropical Storm Delilah really had the inshore bite drop off. While it has been a few days since the storm passed, it nor until just now that the swells have died down enough to make the fishing comfortable close to the beach again.
                                  NOTES: I am going to be very busy the next few weeks so I will have more “hands-on” report information in the next couple of reports. I really like that, it makes for better first hand information and also allows me to do an informal check on the “b.s.” factor of information I receive. Until next week, please take a few minutes to check out the following link, especially if you like fishing here!
                                  http://www.billfish.org/new/NewsArti...p?ArticleID=60

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                                  • #18
                                    Tournament Blues….

                                    REPORT #1074 “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
                                    Endless Season Update August 4, 2007

                                    East Cape

                                    Most of the activity this week revolved around the “East Cape Bisbee Tournament” which finished up yesterday with a disappointing few qualifying blues; the largest blue was caught on the Tres Hermanos out of Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. Angler Julio Cota took 1st Place Blue Marlin—418.0 lbs. An impressive 164.1 lb. tuna yielded 1st Place Angler for John Martin fishing on the boat, Wildcatter. There were enough stripers showing up in the pattern that only served as a distraction for the fleet that were targeting blues. A handful of dorado over fifty pounds were weighed in as well.

                                    The reappearance of sardinas along the beaches in limited numbers should bode well for the beach action.
                                    Most of the larger roosters seem to be cruising in pairs or in daisy chains and don’t seem to be too interested in eating. Occasionally one will light up but the shots are few and far behind.

                                    While few boats targeted them, the action down south for football sized tuna with some skipjack mixed in continued to be decent.

                                    Water temperature 68-85
                                    Air temperature 71-95
                                    Humidity 94%
                                    Wind: N 10 knots
                                    Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
                                    Visibility 6 miles
                                    Sunrise 6:50 a.m. MDT
                                    Sunset 8:00 p.m. MDT

                                    Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

                                    Grouper bite picks up
                                    Bob Hoyt, Magbay Outfitters, reported wide open action for yellowtail ten miles outside the Boca in 72 degree blue water with plenty of skipjack in the same area.
                                    Farther outside, there is a band of red tide that is keeping the dorado off the beach; however, above San Lazaro toward the Thetis bank is a solid string of dorado and outside of that line tuna can be found under the bird schools.

                                    In the Esteros, the bite has picked up with plenty of halibut along the shallows near the sandy beaches. Up against the mangroves in the deeper water there has been a consistent grouper bite, with a few in the 10 – 20 pound range, rounding out the count were two snook.


                                    Water temperature 64 - 76
                                    Air temperature 70 -84
                                    Humidity 87 %
                                    Wind: N 7 - 9 knots
                                    Conditions: Partly Sunny
                                    Visibility 5 miles
                                    Sunrise 6:55 a.m. MDT
                                    Sunset 8:10 p.m. MDT

                                    Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

                                    The outstanding inshore action is still holding up for the roosters and jack crevalle. The roosterfish are averaging between 30 and 40 pounds, with a few fish taken this week estimated to be in the 60 to 75 pound class. Some of the jacks have tipped the scales at 25 pounds, but most are averaging about 15 pounds.

                                    The full moon has the blue water fishing a bit on the slow side, but a few people were surprised by the huge blue marlin making another show this summer. Adan, on the panga Gitana II, was back at the dock with his client by 10:20 in the morning having caught and released a sailfish and an estimated 450 pound blue marlin. The client was worn out and had enough for the day.

                                    A few other blues were hooked this week, and the sailfish are averaging about two fish per boat per day.

                                    The 60 to 80 pound yellowfin tuna are at the 35 mile mark.

                                    Ed Kunze
                                    Water temperature 80 - 84
                                    Air temperature 75-91
                                    Humidity 73%
                                    Wind: NNW 3 knots
                                    Conditions: Partly Cloudy
                                    Visibility 4 miles
                                    Sunrise 7:26 a.m. CDT
                                    Sunset 8:19 p.m. CDT
                                    "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

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                                    • #19
                                      Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

                                      REPORT #1074 “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
                                      Endless Season Update August 4, 2007

                                      East Cape

                                      Most of the activity this week revolved around the “East Cape Bisbee Tournament” which finished up yesterday with a disappointing few qualifying blues; the largest blue was caught on the Tres Hermanos out of Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. Angler Julio Cota took 1st Place Blue Marlin—418.0 lbs. An impressive 164.1 lb. tuna yielded 1st Place Angler for John Martin fishing on the boat, Wildcatter. There were enough stripers showing up in the pattern that only served as a distraction for the fleet that were targeting blues. A handful of dorado over fifty pounds were weighed in as well.

                                      The reappearance of sardinas along the beaches in limited numbers should bode well for the beach action.
                                      Most of the larger roosters seem to be cruising in pairs or in daisy chains and don’t seem to be too interested in eating. Occasionally one will light up but the shots are few and far behind.

                                      While few boats targeted them, the action down south for football sized tuna with some skipjack mixed in continued to be decent.

                                      Water temperature 68-85
                                      Air temperature 71-95
                                      Humidity 94%
                                      Wind: N 10 knots
                                      Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
                                      Visibility 6 miles
                                      Sunrise 6:50 a.m. MDT
                                      Sunset 8:00 p.m. MDT

                                      Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

                                      Grouper bite picks up
                                      Bob Hoyt, Magbay Outfitters, reported wide open action for yellowtail ten miles outside the Boca in 72 degree blue water with plenty of skipjack in the same area.
                                      Farther outside, there is a band of red tide that is keeping the dorado off the beach; however, above San Lazaro toward the Thetis bank is a solid string of dorado and outside of that line tuna can be found under the bird schools.

                                      In the Esteros, the bite has picked up with plenty of halibut along the shallows near the sandy beaches. Up against the mangroves in the deeper water there has been a consistent grouper bite, with a few in the 10 – 20 pound range, rounding out the count were two snook.


                                      Water temperature 64 - 76
                                      Air temperature 70 -84
                                      Humidity 87 %
                                      Wind: N 7 - 9 knots
                                      Conditions: Partly Sunny
                                      Visibility 5 miles
                                      Sunrise 6:55 a.m. MDT
                                      Sunset 8:10 p.m. MDT

                                      Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

                                      The outstanding inshore action is still holding up for the roosters and jack crevalle. The roosterfish are averaging between 30 and 40 pounds, with a few fish taken this week estimated to be in the 60 to 75 pound class. Some of the jacks have tipped the scales at 25 pounds, but most are averaging about 15 pounds.

                                      The full moon has the blue water fishing a bit on the slow side, but a few people were surprised by the huge blue marlin making another show this summer. Adan, on the panga Gitana II, was back at the dock with his client by 10:20 in the morning having caught and released a sailfish and an estimated 450 pound blue marlin. The client was worn out and had enough for the day.

                                      A few other blues were hooked this week, and the sailfish are averaging about two fish per boat per day.

                                      The 60 to 80 pound yellowfin tuna are at the 35 mile mark.

                                      Ed Kunze
                                      Water temperature 80 - 84
                                      Air temperature 75-91
                                      Humidity 73%
                                      Wind: NNW 3 knots
                                      Conditions: Partly Cloudy
                                      Visibility 4 miles
                                      Sunrise 7:26 a.m. CDT
                                      Sunset 8:19 p.m. CDT
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                                      • #20
                                        Cabo Bite Report

                                        FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
                                        Captain George Landrum
                                        gmlandrum@hotmail.com
                                        www.flyhooker.com
                                        Cabo Fish Report
                                        July 30-August 5, 2007

                                        WEATHER: Up until August 2nd we were enjoying some very non-seasonal weather here in Cabo, it was more like spring with our nighttime lows in the mid 70’s and daytime highs in the mid 80’s, along with some slight breezes. Of course it had to change and now we have the normal situation with daytime highs reaching 99 degrees and on the 4th at 6 am we had 86 degrees here at the house. The humidity has kicked in as well and this morning we have a fairly good amount of cloud cover, the result of a small storm system moving across the Sea of Cortez from the mainland and crossing the Baja north of us.
                                        WATER: The warm water we have been waiting for has finally arrived! On the Sea of Cortez we have had water in the 80-86 degree range while on the Pacific side it has been 78 degrees at the San Jaime Bank. Of course we have also had great surface conditions to go with this and it has made for some very good fishing trips! Swells have been moderate at 2-5 feet with just a light afternoon chop at the end of the week. Earlier in the week there were a couple of days when things got ugly when you returned to Cabo as the winds did pick up strong from the southwest, but it was only late in the day and did not affect many people.
                                        BAIT: There was no problem getting bait this week with plenty of Mackerel, Caballito, Mullet and Sardinas. The bigger baits were the normal $2 per bait while the Sardinas were $25 per scoop.
                                        FISHING:

                                        BILLFISH: I mentioned on the last report that I would be doing a fair amount of fishing this past week and I did get out for three days. I was amazed at the number of Striped Marlin still being caught! On Monday we released two small ones and had a few others in the pattern, Wednesday we released one nice fish out of about a dozen hook-ups (they did not want the live bait that day, just toying with it, and we are using single hook rigs on the plastic lures) and on Friday we released two Striped Marlin (a double strike, one on a lure and the other on a drop-back bait) out of 6 bites, one big Sailfish of over #100 out of three bites (all at the same time) and on the way home stopped just outside the bay when we say a free jumping Striped Marlin, trolled a few minutes and hooked, fought and released a small Blue Marlin! Now that was a good day! All this action has been within 5 miles of the coast on the Sea of Cortez between Palmilla and home, so there was no real need for a long run, all the action was within 12 miles. Of course that made it pretty crowded as well so a few of us just kicked it in gear and went farther to the north to escape the crowds and still found good fishing. It seemed that except for Wednesday when we had a run of fish that would not eat the bait, the action was evenly divided between artificial lures and live bait.
                                        YELLOWFIN TUNA: These fish are still not here in any real numbers of large sizes yet, but I hope that will change any day now. The few fish that have been found close to home are still in the “football” category but there have been reports for the last two days of some decent fish in the 20-30 pound class outside of the San Jaime. The Bisbee East Cape Tournament had no qualifying fish (over #40) in the Tuna category for the first two days but on the third day a boat fought a fish of #160 for an hour before bringing it to the scale, so there is hope!
                                        DORADO: The Dorado action continued to improve as the water warmed and the fish have been a bit larger on average as well. We caught a couple of fish this week that were over #40 and it seemed that every other boat returning to the marina had at least one yellow flag flying.
                                        WAHOO: Just a few fish were reported this week but I have no information on them, sorry about that, just the rumors.
                                        INSHORE: The reports were that the inshore action has been pretty much limited to either Roosterfish or bottom fishing. Most of the Pangas have been working on the large number of Striped Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado just off the beach.
                                        NOTES: The fishing has improved and that has everybody here happy! Now, if the Tuna just make an appearance it will be that much better. On a musical note, my friend Daniel Tuchmann has returned from 6 months in Ireland, visiting all the stone circles possible, meeting other musicians and trying to get a little Irish influence into his music. It only took him a couple of days to settle back in and now he is playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Hemmingway’s, just behind Cabo Wabo. An excellent guitarist, he plays covers with his own influence as well as some of his original work. Please check out the Billfish Foundation web-page concerning the recently passed shark fishing law in Mexico. http://www.billfish.org/new/NewsArti...p?ArticleID=60

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