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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Capt. George Landrum
February 25, 2002
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report

Capt. George Landrum

Fly Hooker Sportfishing

[email protected] www.flyhooker.com

CABO SAN LUCAS FISH REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 18-24, 2002

WEATHER: The week started off a bit blustery with strong winds out of the northwest. We

had another brief exposure to some gusty easterly winds on Friday afternoon and northwesterly

winds Sunday morning. Looks as if March is coming in all right! The temperatures have warmed

up quite a bit and it is no longer necessary to wear a sweater in the evening. Our daytime highs

reached into the high 80’s one day and our lows have been in the low 70’s, high 60’s. No rain

this week, a change from the experiences of the last month. (Cielo sin Nubes)

WATER: We have had a plume of warm water working its way towards us from the west, and it

looks as if it finally reached us on the 24th. The water is 72-74 degrees and very blue. It started

the week on the outside of San Jaime Banks and has spent 7 days pushing 28 miles. We hope it

means that the runs to the fish are going to get shorter soon, but that remains to be seen. That is

on the Pacific side, back on the Sea of Cortez we are looking at a pocket of cool water on top of

the Gordo banks that is in the 67-68 degree range, this water has been planted on the banks all

week. The surface conditions varied day to day, depending on the winds force and direction but

the swells have been small at 2-4 feet. (Sabor a Mi)

BAIT: No problem with bait availability, there has been plenty of Mackerel available this week.

The problem has been getting the size you need. Most of the baits I have been seeing have been

very large ones, 12-15 inches, fine for Marlin but a bit on the large size for Dorado and the

football tuna. Price has remained the same at $2 per bait, no Sardinas to report. (Viene

Clareando)

FISHING:

BILLFISH: The Marlin have been scattered this week and not many of boats have been finding

them. Striped Marlin are being found in the warm water edge as the plume approaches us but not

a lot of them have been hungry. The few caught have been on an equal mix of live bait and lures

with the average size in the 90-120 range. I would venture to guess that there was one Marlin

flag for every 12 boats returning this week, with a fortunate few flying two flags. (Barrios de San

Antonio)

YELLOWFIN TUNA: For any quantity it was a long run to get to these fish this past week. The

concentrations were with the Dolphin and they were 28-45 miles out, slowly getting closer as the

week progressed. No extremely large fish were in with the Dolphin but for the boats that made

the run and found them, the action was steady on football 8-20 pound fish. Feathers and cedar

plugs got most of the attention with a few caught on live bait. (Bajo las Sombras)

DORADO: Find the floating debris, find the Dorado! One exception this week was on Friday

when a school cruised by 20 miles to the west. A steady movement to the southeast had the boats

strung out as they covered 10 miles in 5 hours. The concentration was thick enough and other

action slow enough that there were 40 boats working the school at one time. Nice sized fish this

week with the average size around 15-20 pounds. Lures worked on the stray fish but live bait

was the ticket otherwise. (Besos Rosas)

WAHOO: A few fish were found under the floating debris but there was no concentration of

them, that’s for sure. Most anything else caught was an incidental catch. A few people have

asked me about all the Wahoo flags on some of the boats and I have to tell them that some of the

crews put up the Wahoo flags if they have been catching a lot of Sierra. (Ojos de Mar)

INSHORE: Action has been slow inshore this week with the exception of the Sierra bite. That

takes place very early in the morning and it is easy to miss the action. We thought that we were

going to have the action on Yellowtail take off when there were reports of a few being caught at

the arch on Tuesday, but they never did show up in force, we will have to keep our fingers

crossed. Other than that, the inshore catch has consisted of the scattered Bonito, small Dorado

and Skipjack. Large swells at the end of the week made it difficult to get close to shore on the

Pacific side. (Cotton Candy)

SQUID: Hey, a new category! I don’t think this one will stick around for very long but thought

I’d toss it in for at least this week. Concentrations of Giant Squid were found this week from 30

to 5 miles offshore. Want Calamari rings the size of fruitcakes? These squid were 3-5 feet long

and weighed between 40 and 80 pounds. There was not a lot of fight to them but they did

provide a steady pull, and they were very good eating! A chunk of cut bait on a hook and a pull

to set the hook and away you went! A very interesting sight to see on the surface!

Concentrations covered several acres and were south and west of the cape. (Lejos de Aqui)

NOTES: Lots of whales still out there so be careful if you leave before light. The Gray Whales

are inshore and there are Humpbacks offshore. Offshore fish were a long run this week, we sure

hope the action picks up closer to home this week! Enjoy fishing wherever you are and when you

get home, see if you can find some music by “Lara and Reyes”, such as the wonderful album

“Guitarras Hermanas”, Higher Octave Music, 1995, and sit back and relax! Until next week,

Tight Lines!

"Fly Hooker" Daily Report

“FLY HOOKER” FISH REPORT FOR 18 FEBRUARY, 2002

Don Cartner and his wife Judy fished the “Fly Hooker” today and are going again on the 21st.

Don has fished with us before and was looking forward to a good trip but as we were meeting last

night the wind was howling. Ever since yesterday at around 9am it has blown without letup. We

checked out a few web sites and there is a low pressure area north-east of Hawaii that has caused

this. We hope it goes away in the next day or so. Today the water was too uncomfortable to go

far offshore so the targeted species was Sierra. Juan and Manuel ran the boat up the to Westin

and started fishing there. No bait was available (they needed Sardinas) so they were stuck with

lures. They had one strike and lost the fish and then boated a large Sierra. Don said the water

was fairly comfortable inside and they were glad to have missed the mess outside. Let’s hope the

water lays down before Thursday! Until then, Tight Lines.

“FLY HOOKER” FISH REPORT FOR 19 FEBRUARY, 2002

Dr. David Kalayjan is back in Cabo, this time with more friends and booked the “Fly Hooker”

over a month ago for today and the 25th. This morning he dropped off four of his friends, Judy,

Debbie, Joe and his wife Emily and told Mary that he was going golfing! Maybe he will get out

on the boat on Monday? Well, Joe and the girls have no experience with this type of fishing and

let Manual and Rikko (Juan is sick) know that they will need help. No problemo! The wind

finally died down last night so the boat heads south for the Tuna. 27 miles out they get into the

Dolphin and the strikes start coming. A 40# Yellowfin, one at 30#’s and 8 football sized fish

provide a lot of fillets and while the fish were being filleted a Dorado struck! Not a bad day for

the beginners! Joe felt a bit queasy but everyone else was fine and they all had a great time!

“FLY HOOKER” FISH REPORT FOR 20 FEBRUARY, 2002

Chuck, Mark and Ron are here on a guy’s vacation, escaping the cold weather at home. A

couple of days fishing sounded real good to them so they booked the “Fly Hooker” for today and

will leave a second day pending. Action is what they crave, plus a chance to take some fillets

home with them. Juan is still sick so it is Manuel and Rikko again and it is off to the same area

they fished yesterday. Nada, zilch, the fish and Dolphin had moved on. They worked their way

back to the north and at a distance of 28 miles, at noon, Manuel yelled down from the bridge that

there were Squid up ahead. Chuck, Mark and Ron thought that was a great sign since if there

were squid spotted there must be something feeding on them. Rikko ran around quickly changing

some of the rigs and chopping up some of the bait. As the guys looked forward they spotted

large shapes on the water that had to be fish feeding on the squid. Not until they got close did

they realize that what they were seeing were the squid themselves! They were 4 to 6 feet long! I

would hate to tangle with any fish large enough to eat one of these guys! In an hour they

managed to catch ten of these monsters, all between 40 and 70 pounds in size, wow, Calamari

rings the size of a fruitcake. They said that there was not much of a fight, instead it was a steady

pulling action. They would get a squid close to the boat then it would jet off again, it was just a

matter of wearing them out. Many of them were lost as the hooks pulled loose of the tentacles.

That was the action for the day, a bit of a different experience in Cabo. There were some very

good pictures taken and you should be able to check them out soon on the website.

“FLY HOOKER” FISH REPORT FOR 21 FEBRUARY, 2002

Don Cartner is back on the boat today but his wife Judy is staying at the resort. Instead, his

fishing partner is Alex, a friend of ours and whom Don met a few nights ago. With the weather so

much better than it was on Monday, Don has his hopes up for better fishing to go with it. The

boat is being operated by Manuel and Juan today and they head out to the west where a warm

water plume seems to be promising. They end up going out 35 miles to find fish but they discover

them eventually. Don is the angler with the largest fish of the day. A Striped Marlin came up into

the lure pattern and swatted at one of them. Juan tossed out a live bait and the hungry fish ate it

right away. The fight was fairly short at 20 minutes and when the fish came to the boat Juan saw

that it was bleeding and the decision was made to take the fish. It weighed approximately 90

pounds. Alex had the action on the Dorado, with one Bull and one Cow, about 25 and 15 pounds

and one of the two guys ended up reeling in a Bonito that must have gone all of 20 pounds. Ah, a

trip where they caught fish, thanks guys, we are glad you had a good time!

“FLY HOOKER” FISH REPORT FOR 22 FEBRUARY, 2002

It is Friday and Chuck, Mark and Roy have invited me to go with them for a day of fishing. I

don’t often get the chance to go myself so it is a real treat. Out west towards the south side of

the San Jaime Bank is the target for us and on the way out we pass a few boats fishing for the

giant squid. Not for us today, the guys had enough of those creatures on Wednesday! On we

continue and while still about 10 miles from our destination Manuel receives a call from one of his

buddies. * miles ahead they have found some Dolphin with Yellowfin Tuna and so far there are

only three boats there, we better hurry if we want to get into the action! The call was received on

a channel almost everyone listens to and by the time we got there (still cruising out) there were

over 20 boats on the scene. From a distance it appeared as if there were two schools of fish since

the boats were separated into two groups. One group kept getting smaller as the boats migrated

to the other section. What we found out later was the number of boats had put the Dolphin off

their feed and the Tuna had gone down. At about the same time one of the boats had spotted a

free swimming school of Dorado, fish not associated with anything floating, and everyone moved

over to concentrate on them. We arrived on the edge of the fray and were quickly into a nice

15-20 pound Dorado. Mark was the lucky angler there and the fish was in the boat pretty

quickly. The rest of our live baits were pretty large, Mackerel in the 12-15 inch range and while

they would get chased and banged up, most of the Dorado had a hard time eating them. Cut

pieces were tried but the fish were moving and focused on live bait only. After I counted 40 boats

in the immediate area it was decided to leave and work our way to the northwest and the banks to

see if the Dolphin had come back up and the Tuna bite had recovered. We had no luck and at

noon were headed back to the Dorado concentration. Most of the boats had left already and we

thought that our chances might improve but it was for naught. we trolled back in, hoping to come

across a Marlin tailing but again, no luck. At about the time we started to return the wind

switched to an easterly direction and the water chopped up a lot. It was a slow return to the

Marina but at least we had not been skunked. Thanks for the invite guys!

“FLY HOOKER” FISH REPORT FOR 23 FEBRUARY, 2001

Ray and Gerald are fishing with us today. Ray fished with us last August 18th, Gerald

somehow managed to miss the boat that day (Tequilaitis). Check out the #450 Black Marlin Ray

caught on that trip in the Photo section on the website! This Cabo trip was short notice and they

realize that the fishing is an on-off thing right now. Gerald actually managed to get up before Ray

and they were both at the boat on time. Manuel and Juan remembered Ray and they decided that

they should try the area to the south of the Jaime Banks again, that is where the fish had been

showing up. 30 miles out they got into the Dolphin and managed to get a little Tuna action going.

Nothing big was caught but the 8 or 10 fish they did catch were all between 10-15 pounds. They

also caught a few big Bonito. With fish in the box they worked the area outside the schools with

Marlin lures and also tried slow trolling live baits. There was a chance for either a large Yellowfin

or a Marlin but they had no strikes. The water was nice and the trip was a good one, plenty of

Tuna fillets to take back with them. Ray said that the next scheduled trip will focus on Blue and

Black Marlin but these short notice trips are a blast also. Thanks guys, we look forward to seeing

you again!

Until then Tight Lines from George, Mary, Juan and Manuel, the “Fly Hooker” Crew

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