Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Capt. George Landrum
November 27, 2000
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
Cabo San Lucas Fish Report Nov 20-26
Cabo San Lucas Fish Report for November 20-26, 2000
Captain George Landrum
“Fly Hooker” Sportfishing
WEATHER: We have had wonderful weather again for the past week. Several days at the beginning were cloudy and had a few sprinkles, enough to knock the dust down and keep the greening of the desert going. As the week continued the skies clouded up and it has been only partly cloudy! The daytime temps have been in the low 80’s and nighttime time temps have been on the chilly side at mid 60’s to low 70’s. We have been wearing sweatshirts and long pants in the mornings and evenings.
WATER: I hate to overuse the “w” word, but once again, wonderful is the word that best fits, at least as far as comfort goes! Very small swells, set far apart and light to non-existent winds have made both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez a pleasure to be on. Unfortunately the presence of dirty green water has kept the catch down for the first part of the week. As of now the water has cleared quite a bit, but most of the fish have been far offshore. Temperatures have been 77-80 degrees for the most part. There has been an area of warmer water at the 95 spot, the temps there have been between 80-82 and there have been some Blue Marlin coming from the area.
BAIT: There has been no problem getting Cavallito both in the large and small sizes. Some mackerel have been available also but no steady supply yet. Prices are still $2.00 per bait. Sardines have been available in Cabo at $25 per small scoop. Most boats going to Gordo Banks have been stopping in San Jose in order to get a tank full for $20.
BILLFISH: Fishing for Striped Marlin has been steady all week with almost every boat getting a shot at one or more every day. A shot at a blue every other day is about the average also. The sailfish bite has stopped, very few have been found this past week. The Striped Marlin action has been best on lures, most likely because of the abundance of bait. The majority of fish having bait tossed them show no interest. Zukers or other pusher lures like Eat-me in the 9” range have been producing the majority of the Striped Marlin strikes. Bright colors have worked best. Blue Marlin have been striking darker colors, Black/green, Black/blue, Blue/purple in the larger 12-15” range.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Gordo Banks has been the name for the game for theses tough fighters when you talk about the larger fish in the 40lb plus range. Almost every day except Thursday produced fish for the boats chumming with and using sardines for bait. Smaller fish have been found all along the coast near the shore from the beach to one mile out. Again Sardines have been the best bait and some boats had had luck with feathers and cedar plugs while on the troll.
DORADO: The bite for the acrobats of the ocean has fallen off a bit, probably due to the cooling water. The average size has dropped also and now most of the fish have been in the 8-15 lb range. No large concentrations were found except for a few boats that discovered debris 27 miles out. Then they managed to catch quite a few nice 20-40 pound Dorado plus some nice Wahoo.
WAHOO: A few in the 20-30 lb range were found under floating debris due south 27 miles, but most of them have been found in the open water, blind strikes while trolling. A few on the banks have been caught this week and the size has been a bit larger at 30-50 lbs.
NEARSHORE: Small sierra and Roosterfish off the beach on the Pacific side have been an on and off thing. The most steady bite has been with the Yellowfin Tuna, Bonita and Skipjack. Nice fighting fish and fairly consistent. Lots of Sea Lions off the Cape though.
NOTES: One of the fleet boats came in with a 450 lb swordfish and some very happy anglers. Rumor has it that this is one of the largest swordfish reported in several years.
Until next week,
Capt. George Landrum
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