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 Jan 27, 2014; 01:07PM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Capt. George Landrum
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Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report

Jan. 20 - 26, 2014

WEATHER: We had partly cloudy skies this week as some high cloud cover moved in early and then cleared on Wednesday, then during the later part of the week some of those clouds that you just know are going to let loose with a little rain but just end up teasing you moved in then out of our area by Saturday. The weekend was mostly sunny with some early morning cloud cover. Highs for the week were in the low 80's while the lows were a balmy 64-65 degrees with a bit of humidity.

WATER: Water conditions on the Sea of Cortez in our area were very good with swells small at 1-3 feet, the water temperature 74 degrees within 6 miles of the beach and 76 degrees outside of that. Strangely enough, the warmer water was a bit more off-color than the cooler water. Up farther on the Cortez side the wind began to punish anglers, and if you went north of Punta Gorda you had to be ready for a bumpy ride. On the Pacific side of the Cape the week started with swells at 1-3 feet and as the week progressed so did the swells. They were not closely spaced but by this morning we were seeing 4-6 foot swells causing a surf of 8-12 feet. We are thankful that the wind has remained down and there has been very little wind chop and swell on top of this ground swell. The water temperature on the Pacific side has remained in the 76 degree range all week with slightly cooler water showing to the north of the Golden Gate Banks. The water has also been a clean blue color almost everywhere, not a deep purple summer color, but nice and clean.

BAIT: Plenty of both Mackerel and Caballito were available this week at the normal $3 per bait. I did not hear of any Sardinas being available.


BILLFISH: I'm not going to blow smoke and say the fishing was outstanding for Striped Marlin this week, but it improved a bit over what we were seeing last week. Every boat that wished to get a Striped Marlin was able to get at least one release, and several boats had multiple releases, up to six per trip. It was all about being where the concentrations were and having the right bait. As was the case last week, the majority of the fish were on top of the Golden Gate Bank and toward the inside of there, and they re-grouped a bit after the strong currents we had last week. Boats that had Mackerel in good condition did well, and those that were able to catch some on the grounds and “match the hatch” so to speak, did very well. The fish at the Gate were feeding on a mix of Mackerel and very large Sardinas. Slow trolling live bait was the best method and deep dropping bait while drifting came in second place as a producer of fish. There were also Striped Marlin found in other areas, namely on the ridge between the Golden Gate high spot and the high spots on the San Jaime Bank, the west side of the canyon. The fish were much more scattered, but finding the tailing fish very often resulted in a hookup when the bait was presented properly. Elsewhere the Marlin were even more scattered, but when found could often be enticed into striking a trolled lure or a live bait dropped back.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: The excitement continued this week as the Yellowfin Tuna that showed up have continued to make their presence known by way of filling the fish boxes! The majority of these fish actually weighed between 10 and 15 pounds, but there were a few schools that held 20-25 pound Tuna. There were also a couple found that had fish to 60-80 pounds on them, but these were few and far between. The larger fish were often fooled into biting by using a kite to get the lures and bait far from the boat and the prop noise. If you happened to be the first on the school, setting two lines out at 250 yards (that's way back there folks, at a half spool or more, and many crews won't do it) and making a pass on the front of the school also resulted in some of these larger fish as the lures did not get there until well after the boat had gone. For the footballs, cedar plugs and small feathers to three inches worked great, and a few fly-fishermen had a fantastic time blind casting while the crew chummed up some fish with chopped up bait. It was not hard to limit out on these fish this week, and as usual, many boats seemed to forget that there is a legal limit on how many fish you are allowed to keep (five Tuna per angler).

DORADO: We continue to see Dorado come in every day and I am surprised that the fishing has remained as good as it has. I expect to still be catching a few this time of year, but we have been seeing a few limits coming in this week on Dorado (legal limit is two per angler). Most of the fish have been found on the Pacific side from the shoreline out to about three miles, but there have also been fish on the Cortez side out to about two miles. Most of these fish have been in the 10 pound class but an occasional fish to 18 pounds has been in the mix as well.

WAHOO: I must have missed some wonderful Wahoo action the week before last as I saw several reports that the bite on these fish had been hot. On last weeks report I said that there had been a few scattered small fish but no large ones, then I was contacted by several fishermen who had been reading other reports and they informed me that there had been quite a few large Wahoo caught. All I can say is that I won't write about it unless I see the fish or trust who is telling me about their fish, so apparently I missed that action. This past week there were some smaller Wahoo found once again and the action was inshore off of the high spots and points on the Pacific side. A few boats that left early and made passes at Gray Rock at gray light also racked up a few of these speedsters, but nothing I heard of was over 30 pounds.

INSHORE: Still the inshore fish of the week, Sierra were the primary target of the Pangas that fished inshore this week. Finding a school was not too difficult, and once you found it getting the fish to bite was fairly easy. It really helps the enjoyment of catching these little guys to match the size of the gear to the size of the fish. Most of the Pangas carry lighter gear, and we have several that carry fly rods as well, so if the numbers are not as important as the action, check to see what equipment your boat has before going for these guys. Reeling in a couple of 4 pound Sierra on #50 gear is not a lot of fun, but at least you get fish in the boat and have something to take home. Right? Hmm.... oh, there are also Snapper and Grouper to be found inshore. The snapper will be right in the rocks, and you are likely to loose a few rigs trying to get them, but they are great eating and it is fun to work them out of the rock piles! The Grouper have been caught by dropping a live bait to within 5 feet of the bottom in 60 to 150 feet of water. Make sure your drag is down as heavy as the gear can take for both the Snapper and Grouper, you need to keep them out of the rocks! Along with these fish, there are a few small Yellowtail showing up, hopefully soon we will be seeing a stronger showing of these gear busting brutes, and a slightly larger class of fish. Many of the Pangas caught a few Sierra for their anglers and then went out for the Yellowfin Tuna and did very well, often getting in a Striped Marlin as well.

FISH RECIPE: This week I used left-over grilled Dorado and just made fish sandwiches instead of ham sandwiches. Same idea, just a different protein, but it helps if you use something besides plain white bread. I like using the large croissants from Costco.

NOTES: Plenty of fish to catch, Whales and Dolphin to see, great water conditions and light crowds! We need to enjoy this while we can because Spring Break is coming soon and things are going to get hectic! This weeks report was written to the music of Brian Flynn and his band. In this case it consisted of Mauricio on the Keyboards, Base and Drums and Brian's old partner Lulu Small on the guitar and vocals. Got to see them live on Tuesday at Tanga-Tanga, Puerto Parisio Marina side and at the Cabo Lounge. They used to play together 15 years ago, it sure was fine to hear them now! Until next week, tight lines!

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 Jan 25, 2014; 12:44AM - Terrace BC Canada Fishing Report For January 24, 2014
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
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Weekend Fishing Forecast:

Weather forecast sunny all weekend with
warmer temperatures. The rivers have
been dropping all week and are in
excellent shape. Kalum River is in good
shape a little high from all the rain
but Steelhead fishing is still good. The
rising water may have brought up more
Steelhead to the top end. Skeena River
is dropping fishing fair for Steelhead
and Trout. Zymoetz (Copper) River in
good shape and I have a report of some
excellent Steelheading in the lower end,
that is still open to fishing. Lakelse
River has been high and fishing has been
slow but now that the water is dropping
things may pick up. Theory: when the
water is high most of the fish move into
the lake. Caution: please be careful
walking the edge of these rivers as ice
has formed. Ocean fishing: for Salmon
and Bottom Fish out of Kitimat and
Prince Rupert is good; so is Crabbing
and Prawning. Please Contact me anytime
if you would like to book a fishing
guide for 2014. Good luck this weekend.
Good luck this weekend.

Taking bookings now for: Gitnadoix,
Kwinamass (April & May), Ishkeenickh,
Kincolith, Zymoetz (Copper) class 1 and
class 2 sections, Kalum and Skeena 2
plus all the unclassified rivers on the
Skeena, Nass and coastal. Ocean out of
Kitimat and Prince Rupert. If you are
interested for a guided fishing trip
please contact me anytime.

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Best regards,
Noel Gyger

“You meet the nicest people on the river
 Jan 21, 2014; 01:18AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo January 19, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo

January 19, 2014
Anglers –

Visitors to Los Cabos are finding the weather to be warm and very
pleasant, while much of the U.S. has been freezing over, locally we
have seen high temperatures in the 80s. Crowds of tourists are
moderate now, this is common after the holiday season, we should see
more snow birds from the north starting to arrive, seeking out warmer
surroundings. Winds have been gusting persistently from the north and
this has slowed down fishing action in that direction. The warmer and
clearer ocean conditions have been found in the direction of Cabo San
Lucas, water temperatures are now ranging from 70/74 degrees.

Baitifsh remain scattered, limited supplies of mackerel on the Pacific
and out of San Jose del Cabo the fleets are relying on caballito and
ballyhoo, early in the week there were minimal supplies of sardinas
obtained, but with persistent north winds this option was shut down.
Large concentrations of skipjack, mixed with some bonito were found on
the Gordo Banks and other offshore grounds.

There has not been any consistent action being found bottom fishing,
most charters are targeting what available action can be found
relatively close to the shore, mainly on the surface, while trolling a
variety of lures and available bait. Scattered numbers of dorado are
being encountered, most of these in small schools, with average sizes
of 5 to 15 pounds. No big numbers, with one to three fish per boat
being the average. Same areas are holding an occasional wahoo, most of
these taken on trolled rapala type lures, these ‘hoo were in the 15 to
25 pound class, about time these fish head south and seek out more
temperate zones.

Striped marlin were still concentrated on the Pacific side of Cabo San
Lucas, most of these fish were striking on bait down deep off of the
Old Light House, though this action has tapered down to an average of
about one marlin per boat, some marlin are also being found scattered
on the surface, but this was hit or miss, no concentration of baitfish
now to create any feeding frenzy. The billfish action has been behind
schedule this season, as has about everything else. With the lack of
sardinas this has hurt options close to shore for sierra and
roosterfish, as well as shallow structure species. Hard to say what
has happened to the normal migration of sardinas this year,
combination of factors has them off course, though heavy commercial
pressure is surely partially responsible.

There are a few reports of yellowfin tuna, some of these have been 20
to 40 offshore traveling with porpoise, other schooling yellowfin were
hooked on yo-yo jigs off of San Luis and Iman Banks, but just a couple
of fish here or there, though if weather and bait supplies of sardinas
improved we could still some late season tuna action. Most of the tuna
we have seen in recent days were in the 10 to 15 lb. class. There have
been aggressive and very hungry sea lions hanging around all of the
normal fishing grounds, apparently having trouble catching their own
food and readily attacking any hooked fish they can easily grab off of
an angler’s line. This situation compounded with lack of sardinas and
gusting winds has made for tough angling all around. This is the time
of year, when conditions can determine where you can comfortably fish
and bait supplies can limit options as well. Though comparatively the
local weather is great for winter time and there is a variety of
species being accounted for.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los
Cabos Marina sent out approximately 68 charters for this past week,
with anglers accounting for a fish count of:
3 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 23 yellowfin tuna, 105 bonito, 28 sierra,
14 roosterfish, 76 dorado, 2 mako shark, 3 hammerhead,13 pargo and 22

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Jan 20, 2014; 01:51PM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Capt. George Landrum
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Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report

Jan. 13 - 19, 2014

WEATHER: A repeat of last weeks weather was in store for those of us who live here as well as for our visitors. A very cool, for us at least, early morning low in the mid 50's greeted all anglers when they arrived at the marina. Coats, or at least a nice sweatshirt was worn by those with thin blood but I did see a couple of crazy people walking around in tee shirts and shorts. Must have been freezing where they came from! Our afternoons were a very comfortable mid-80's experience every day, and the skies remained sunny until this weekend. High clouds moved in and while the temperatures did not change much, I kept thinking we were going to get rain. Of course we had no rain, the wrong kind of clouds for that, but the hope was there.

WATER: Water temperatures on the Pacific side of the Cape were in the 74-75 degree range between the San Jaime/Golden Gate Banks and the shoreline while the water on top of the banks and to the west of them was cooler by a degree. In the Sea of Cortez we had water temperatures a slight bit higher, averaging just one degree more, The water on the Pacific side appeared cleaner as well, most of the area showing a clean blue color while on the Cortez side it was just barely tinged with green. The biggest change we saw this week was to the immediate south of the Cape. The currents were strong enough this week that a 2 degree temperature break formed about 30 to 40 miles to the south and southwest of the arch. The cool water on the inside of this break (this cool water formed a “V” at first, with warmer water on both sides) was 74 degrees and the warmer water at both edges was 76 degrees.

BAIT: Plenty of both Mackerel and Caballito were available this week at the normal $3 per bait.


BILLFISH: Everyone saw a drop in the Marlin bite this week as the currents ran stronger and the baitfish scattered a bit. Combine that with the full moon and we were not too surprised at this. It made every Marlin caught all the more desirable though, and a few boats were lucky enough to release several per trip. With the strong current and scattered bait, trolling while looking for tailing fish to throw bait at was a better method than soaking a live bait deep on the high spots. The better areas to fish for Marlin were still on the Pacific side and to the northern edge of our daily fishing area. Specificly, around and to the inside of the Golden Gate Bank offered more opportunities to hook a billfish than other areas. Marlin sizes were ranging from 90 pounds to 180 pounds with an average of 110 pounds.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: We were all excited the week before last when suddenly the catches of Yellowfin Tuna increased from almost nil to almost limits. Combined with the fact that the fish were not too far away and we were almost partying on the docks. Well, things changed a bit and the fish moved away. Not out of reach, but you needed to dedicate an entire day to fishing for them as it took a while to get out 30 to 40 miles and then find the porpoise pods the Yellowfin were associated with. Boats that made the trip reported excellent fishing for Yellowfin between 12 and 25 pounds with a few larger fish to 45 pounds in the mix. The only problem with going out there was that you needed to be early on the fish, boats that appeared later did not have as good of luck as the early arrivals. And, from all the reports I received, there were no other species found on the way out there or on the way back except for an occasional Striped Marlin. As you may have guessed, this was around the edges of that temperature break I mentioned earlier.

DORADO: Dorado continued to be caught by boats working near the shoreline, but there were fewer of them this week and the average size was around 12 pounds, down a pound or two from last weeks average. We had one client out this week who managed to catch two Dorado on the fly rod, chumming to get them close enough to cast to, and this was on the Cortez side of the Cape, around the Cabo Del Sol area. So it appears that there are some fish around in the warmer Cortez water as well now. With the water cleaning up a bit in this area, there may be a bit more effort put in by the local fleet to work the waters around the 1150 and the Seamount.

WAHOO: I did hear of a few boats that did well on Wahoo this week, and I am not too surprised since we had a full moon. However, having said that, these were boats that focused on the Wahoo. For the large majority of boats, Wahoo were an incidental catch, if they had a strike at all. The Wahoo that were caught were found in their usual haunts, along the edge of drop-offs and on the top of underwater pinnacles.

INSHORE: Sierra, Sierra and more Sierra. If you wanted to catch Sierra there was almost a guarantee offered by the Panga Captains! Of course you had to put in a bit more effort than last week as the currents moved the Sardinas around and the Sierra moved with them. The bait broke up into smaller schools and the Sierra followed suit, becoming scattered up and down the coast and not heavily concentrated in one area like they were last week. Trolling hootchies and watching for fish breaking the surface was the key, and once you found where there were fish, chumming and fishing with strip baits resulted in fish that were slightly larger than those caught on the hootchies. A few Roosterfish as well as Grouper and Snapper were found, and plenty of Skipjack bit on the hootchies as well.

FISH RECIPE: Keep it simple! A dorado fillet with salt and pepper on an oiled grill cooked perfectly, and then a sauce I made with peach marmalade, white wine and crushed hot peppers drizzled on top. Serve that up with some garlic mashed potatoes and a glass of white wine made you think you were in a five star restaurant!

NOTES: I have yet to receive a reply from the CONAPESCA San Diego office concering the price increase on fishing licenses, so basicly “it is what it is” and they are $181 pesos for a daily license at the dock. Lots of whales are being seen on the fishing trips, we are in the middle of whale season with plenty of Gray Whales and Humpback Whales spouting and breaching all over the place. This weeks report was written to the music of Hayes Carll on his CD “Little Rock”. Until next week, tight lines!
Often copied, never duplicated, no plagiarism, all original, and on line for the past 13 years, I hope you enjoy my weekly reports!
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can't wait, click the 'FOLLOW' on the top of the blog

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 Jan 13, 2014; 01:35PM - Cabo Bite Report Jan. 6 - 12, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Capt. George Landrum
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Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report

Jan. 6 - 12, 2014

WEATHER: We had wonderful weather this week with our lows in the high 50's and the highs in the mid 80's. The skies remained mostly sunny except for a bit of overcast on Saturday and while the wind did blow a bit in the evenings it was pretty nice and mellow during the daytime. No rain of course!

WATER: Water temperatures on the Sea of Cortez side were 73-74 degrees except for some warm water around the 1150 and Seamount area where it warmed up a bit to 74-75 degrees. The water was a bit off-color in the 73-74 degree area. Surface conditions on the side were very good with swells small at 1-3 feet and no wind chop until either the late afternoon or if you went up past Punta Gorda to the north. On the Pacific side of the peninsula the water was 73-74 degree almost anywhere you went, and the water was a lot cleaner than the Sea of Cortez side. Surface conditions were great as well with swells at 2-4 feet but spaced far apart. Around mid-afternoon during the later part of the week the wind picked up a bit and made for some choppy conditions, but there was no issue with the fishing being affected.

BAIT: There are more Mackerel available than there were last week and this trend should continue as the water becomes cooler every week. A mix of Mackerel and Caballito were the normal bait purchase this week. The price continued to be steady at $3 U.S. Per bait, and if the boat you were on was buying from the same bait boat all the time, often a bag or chunk of ice was included in the purchase.


BILLFISH: The concentration of Striped Marlin that we had at the lighthouse ledge on the Pacific side has either been thinned out due to the fishing pressure or has moved off to follow the bait! While there are still some Striped Marlin being caught there, the boats have been finding more and more fish on the Golden Gate and off of the point at El Arco. Remember last weeks report when I said that there were good numbers being found at the Golden Gate? Well, now it is beginning to look like the lighthouse did last week with up to 50 boats working it by drifting live baits, some deep and some on the surface, or by slow trolling live bait and rigged ballyhoo or by trolling lures. I listed those techniques in order of effectiveness. The same methods were being used at El Arco as well, with good results. If Marlin is your target, the Gate is the place to concentrate on right now. Some of the Striped Marlin being caught are quite large, we had one client release one fish he said was around 200 pounds and another that was around 110 pounds. This is the typical size range, with outliers being fish over 180 pounds and under 80 pounds. I will soapbox once again though about using circle hooks for fishing live bait deep for Marlin. Please practice “catch and release” on our Striped Marlin, not “catch and fillet”. While there seem to be large numbers of these fish out there, there are not infinite numbers of them. Using a “J” hook with deep dropped live bait is almost 100% certain to gut hook the fish, and these fish have a very low survival rate post release. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that if a Striped Marlin is bleeding when it is released there is 97% mortality. With a circle hook, the hook will not catch on the fish until it is pulled to the corner of the jaw, where its shape is designed to dig in via a cam-like action. There is no need to “set” the hook with violent swings on the rod, this type of hook-setting will instead jerk the circle hook out of the fish. The best method is to slowly apply increasing pressure until the hook is brought to the corner of the jaw, where it will then lodge. This is perfect for those deep drops where you never know a fish has hooked up until well after it has eaten the bait. Make sure you stop by one for the local tackle supply stores and buy a dozen on these circle hooks to take on your boat, and if the crew decides to use the deep drop or “bottom fishing” technique, insist they use the circle hooks you have brought. Thank you very much!

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Yay! I guess our crossed fingers and prayers have been answered, at least for this week. We had some great Tuna action as the fish were finally found, some 20 miles to the south and some near the San Jaime Banks, even a few inside the Banks areas. Most of the fish were 12-18 pounds with a few pushing 30 pounds. I even heard of a few boats catching fish in the 50-80 pound class. It doesn't really matter to me, I am just glad they finally showed up! Boats that got into the Yellowfin were often getting limits for their anglers (5 fish per angler), and if there was just one angler on board, having all five lines go off at once resulted in a circus act! Feathered lures, hootchies and cedar plugs worked great on the football sized fish as well as fish to 30 pounds, but most of the larger fish were caught on live bait dropped well ahead of an approaching school. Almost all of these fish were associated with porpoise, so seeing the porpoise splash in the distance was a great way to find the fish, as was seeing small concentrations of birds working one area.

DORADO: While Dorado continue to be caught by boats fishing the Pacific side of the Cape, the fish have spread out and the bite seems to be tapering off a bit. Instead of limiting out almost every trip (2 fish limit per angler), many of the boats are returning with just 1 or 2 Dorado in total. The water withing a mile of the beach on the Pacific side is still the most productive area to work, and the better catches are by boats that are willing to do something a bit different, slow trolling live bait on a down-rigger. The problem with this method of course, is that you have to find the fish first. Trolling at a slightly higher speed than normal is one way, moving through the water at 9 knots instead of 7 knots covers a bit more area, but seeing another boat fighting or boating a Dorado is just as good (except they are the one getting that first fish).

WAHOO: There were a few small Wahoo caught this week by boats working near shore for Dorado on the Pacific side. The few fish I heard of were caught up past the Migraino area in 200 feet of water.

INSHORE: Sierra were still the inshore fish of the week as boats fishing for them were certain to catch at least a few. The schools that we had seen the week before up off of Migraino have split up, and now there are scattered small schools found all up and down the coastline. Fishing from just outside the surf break to 200 feet of water and watching for bait (sardinas for the most part) popping on the surface put you in the zone. Once the schools were found a few passes with hootchies determined the next step. If the fish would bite the hootchies it was great, if not, then you tried strip baits drifted through the same area. This method generally resulted in slightly larger fish. Of, by the way, the larger Sierra sometimes have parasites in the meat, so check them carefully when they have been filleted. Often the cleaning station guys will let you know if parasites are present. There have been very few Roosterfish found, and those that have been caught have been small. A few Yellowtail have been caught, but not in numbers large enough to have them as a targeted species. Toss in a few Snapper to 10 pounds and Grouper to 20 pounds and you have our inshore fishing report!

FISH RECIPE: This week it's about shrimp! We are lucky to have some of the best shrimp in Mexico available to us, its caught up in Mag Bay and we can get it fresh. I like to take the shell-on tails and saute them for about two minutes in butter, then splash in some white wine, cook while agitating the pan for another minute, then adding a splash of tequila and some red pepper flakes, cooking for another 30 seconds. Remove them from the pan and serve them with white rice that you have drizzled the remaining saute fluids on. Peel and enjoy!

NOTES: I posted an interim report this week about the increase in fishing license prices. If you did not read it, then be aware, at the dock the agents of CONAPESCA are now charging $181 pesos for a one day license. If you pay in dollars it is $18 U.S. Last week I paid $179 pesos, and it was printed on the license. The week before it was $175 pesos, and was printed on the license. I have sent a letter (actually an e-mail) to the CONAPESCA office in San Diego asking them what the licenses are supposed to cost as many people have informed me that they are able to buy one day licenses from them for only $9.25 U.S. I have not had a reply yet, but will have news by next weeks report. On a lighter note, if you are fishing you are seeing whales and porpoise as well, but if you are out whale watching you are not fishing. So, if you want to do some whale watching, why not charter a fishing boat and do both? This weeks report was written to the music of Jack Johnson and Friends on the 2012 album “Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival” on Brushfire Records. If you have never heard this, you deserve a treat! Until next week, Tight Lines!

Often copied, never duplicated, no plagiarism, all original, and on line for the past 13 years, I hope you enjoy my weekly reports!

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and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can't wait, click the 'FOLLOW' on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!
 Jan 12, 2014; 09:55PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo January 12, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo

January 12, 2014
Anglers –

The Holiday Season has come to an end, school’s are back in session,
work schedules are set and it is now time to start the New Year. Also
a great time to start thinking about planning another adventure south
of the border, where there is plenty of warm sunshine and activities
to enjoy. While there was an Arctic freeze that swept through much of
the United States this past week, Southern Baja was basking in balmy
winter weather conditions, sunny days with highs of 75 to 80 degrees.
Winds were blowing predominately out of the north, but not overly
strong and anglers enjoyed comfortable ocean conditions most days.
Water temperatures ranged from 72 to 75 degrees, warmest areas located
30 to 40 miles offshore, in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.

Sportfishing fleets found action for striped marlin on the Pacific,
close to shore near the Old Light House, where concentrations of
baitfish schooled. On the outside of Cabo San Lucas, 30 miles of more
offshore, charters were finding action for yellowfin tuna which were
associated with moving porpoise, many of these yellowfin were of the
football sized, several days there were tuna close to the 100 pound
class being accounted for while trolling lures in the area where
porpoise were working. Still no source for sardinas, which would help
start up a consistent bite for schooling tuna. Though one local
pangero that acquired sardinas from a boat that netted them near
Vinorama on Friday, landed a 80 lb. yellowfin tuna on a dead sardina
while drift fishing the San Luis Bank. There good numbers of tuna on
these grounds, though you need the correct baitfish to entice them, we
are hoping the sardina situation becomes a more reliable consistent
source. There have been caballito and ballyhoo available most days,
skipjack and bolito have also been found on the fishing grounds, a
good option for cut baits.

Inshore action was just starting to pick up on the Pacific side of
Cabo San Lucas, lots of good sized sierra were being hooked into while
trolling with hoochies. Though we have now heard of reported
commercial gill net activity on these same stretches of beaches, these
nets are set in the evening and hauled out early in the day in hopes
of being more discrete, though the damage is blatantly evident, these
pirate coop operations never seem to get much bad publicity until
whales or porpoise become entangled, this form of fishing is
absolutely indiscriminate, trapping any species that happens to swim
through the particular set zone, including fish, turtles and mammals.
New sanctions are definitely in order to help protect this fragile
inshore ecosystem from complete collapse, this unique diverse fishery
is such a valuable natural resource and can be sustained for future
generations if managed properly.

San Jose del Cabo fleets are now working areas from Santa Maria to the
Gordo Banks and north to San Luis, ocean conditions were greenish as a
result of the cooler north winds, though a few dorado and an
occasional wahoo are still being encountered while trolling surface
lures or rigged baits, though no significant numbers for these fish,
these pelagic species are migrating south now, following their
preferred temperate currents and food sources. Anglers have been
finding good action on bonito while jigging yo-yo’s or trolling
smaller sized rapalas, these fish averaged from 4 to 8 pounds. There
were a handful of smaller sized yellowfin tuna being hooked into on
the yo-yo jigs where the concentrations of bonito are. A few cabrilla,
pargo and triggerfish were also in the mix.

Scattered billfish action off of the San Jose del Cabo, quite a few
mako sharks in this region now, some even struck on high speed lures
and many were hooked into on various baits, most resulting in cut
lines. These sharks always seem prefer these cooling currents, usually
a sign that mackerel schools are not far away.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los
Cabos Marina sent out approximately 85 charters for this past week,
with anglers accounting for a fish count of:
5 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 16 yellowfin tuna, 315 bonito, 14 sierra,
10 roosterfish, 88 dorado, 8 mako shark, 2 grouper, 18 pargo and 40

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Jan 6, 2014; 11:43AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Capt. George Landrum
 Author E-mail:
Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report

Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014

WEATHER: Unlike those of you living in the north, our weather remained very comfortable this week. Our daily highs were in the mid to high 80's and the nighttime lows averaged 67 degrees with a low in town of 62 degrees. The wind shifted during the week, coming from the north at the start of the week and then shifting and coming from the northeast mid-week and then back from the north again at the end of the week. We had partly cloudy skies with a high overcast on Saturday, but the rest of the week was mostly sunny.

WATER: The water on the Sea of Cortez side was cooler than that on the Pacific side, and off-color in comparison as well. Temperatures ranged from 71 degrees up by Punta Gorda to 73 degrees off of Gray Rock while on the Pacific side it was 74 degrees between the San Jaime / Golden Gate Banks line-up and the shoreline, and 75 degrees on the banks and to the west. The offshore water on the Pacific side was cleaner as well. Surface conditions to the northern side of our fishing range on the Pacific were rough and choppy for the later part of the week, but very calm and smooth on the Cortez side. In between these extremes we had slightly choppy conditions in the afternoons when the winds picked up, but calm conditions in the mornings.

BAIT: No change in bait availability again, with Caballito and a few Mackerel making up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each. There were also frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each.


BILLFISH: There are still a few Blue Marlin around, or maybe Black Marlin, as the fish was not identified except for the fact that it was a Marlin. Last Sunday one of the local charter boats tossed a live bait in front of a Marlin only to have it engulfed by a different fish entirely, and they proceeded to fight this big Marlin for the next 6 ½ hours before the line broke. This occurred only 5 miles off the entrance to San Lucas Bay! For the rest of the boats the Striped Marlin action was very consistent, with almost every boat that wanted to catch one able to do so, and some boats had multiple fish released. The favorite location was on the ledge off the lighthouse on the Pacific side, and the preferred method was “bottom fishing”. This involves tying on a lead weight of between 5 and 15 ounces and dropping a live bait down toward the bottom. The water depth is between 200 and 300 feet and several lines are set at staggered depth. The boat then drifts over the ledge, or along the current break until a bite occurs or the drift takes them off the ledge. The local boats love this as it is very effective and really saves on the cost of fuel. The only issue I have is that for me at least, it is very boring, and most of the boat use “j” hooks when fishing this way. Since the bait is so far down, and there is a large bend in the line caused by both the current and the boat moving, the first bite is very had to discern. This means the fish has plenty of time to swallow the bait, and often the first sign that one is hooked up is seeing it jumping in the distance. If you use a circle hook, the hook will slide to the corner of the jaw as the fish moves away and will not gut hook and injure the Marlin like a “j” hook will. If you are looking for Marlin, please ask your crew to use circle hooks if they are planning to “bottom fish” for Marlin, and it helps if you bring some along. All the tackle store here sell them, and they are not very expensive. Thank you! Striped Marlin have also been concentrating on the Golden Gate Bank, and there has been less boat pressure there due to it being 23 miles away instead of just 6 miles away like the lighthouse ledge. The water there has been choppier as well, but the fact that there are fewer boats makes it easier to stay on top of the high spot.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: While still slow, the pick has slowly improved this week with a few boats able to find porpoise pods with Yellowfin associated with the pod. Action was found at 35 miles to the southwest, just inside the Jaime Banks and just offshore of the Migraino area in small pods of porpoise. These fish are footballs at 6-12 pounds, but hopefully a signal of action to come. Hootchies in dark colors that were jigged while trolling worked the best on these footballs with cedar plugs coming in as the second best lure.

DORADO: Continuing to show up in the catch has been Dorado, averaging 10 pounds with occasional specimens to 20 pounds. On the Pacific side of the Cape from the Arch to Todo Santos, the better concentrations have been toward the northern section of this fishing area, but there have been hot-spots everywhere this week as the water remains a bit warmer here and the fish follow the bait. It may seem as if I am repeating myself, but dropping back a live bait or strip bait behind a hooked fish remains the best way to get multiple hook-ups on Dorado. Don't remove the first fish from the water until you have tried to attract a second one!

WAHOO: Once again I heard of a few Wahoo being caught, but no big numbers and no big fish. There was an occasional strike in the early morning hours at the lighthouse ledge and along the drop-off outside Diamante.

INSHORE: Continuing their status as fish of the week, the diminutive but tasty Sierra maintained a strong presence along the shoreline on the Pacific side of the Cape. The largest concentrations of these sharp-toothed critters was in 30-120 feet of water from the Los Arcos area to Migraino beach, but there were scattered fish all along the shoreline. These concentrations were working schools of Sardines, and you could spot the feeding action by closely watching the water for the small boils and splashes. The majority of Sierra were small at 3-4 pounds, but there were larger fish found, a few to 9 pounds. If you matched the tackle to the fish, the fight was great, if the gear was too heavy you were just winching them in. For those of you who like to fly fish and have not done any saltwater fly-fishing before, these are the perfect species to try your luck on, just remember that a wire bite tippet is needed, and bring plenty of flies!

FISH RECIPE: Last week I posted up my method for making fish fingers and mentioned that I like them with tarter sauce. A lot of you asked how I make mine, so that is my recipe for this week. Once again, I go with the idea that simple is best! Take some Mayonnaise (about a cup) some Mustard (a good squirt of the yellow stuff, maybe a tablespoon or so) some pickle relish (the kind you use on hotdogs, I like the sweet relish myself, about double the amount of mustard you used), a sprinkling of garlic powder or salt (I prefer the garlic salt, maybe a ½ teaspoon) and a few dashes of Worcestershire (sp) sauce (about a tablespoon) and mix it all up. Add a bit more of whatever you think it needs and you are good to go!

NOTES: I feel bad for all of you that are experiencing the aftereffects of the most recent winter storm, and now you have “record breaking” low temperatures coming your way. We will be watching the wild card games today from the comfort of an open air sports bar, sipping a cold one in 80 degree weather. If you could get a flight you could join us next Saturday for the Seahawks-Saints game. Go SEAHAWKS! Lets see, there are lots of whales to be seen, this is the best time of year to go whale watching, so there is an added incentive to get your spouse to agree its time to get away, that is, if you can get a flight! Also, please be aware that the taxes in Baja California, both Norte and Sur, have been raised from 11% to 16% in order to match those of the rest of the country. Prices have gone up a bit folks! This weeks report was written to the music of Ricky Scaggs, man, can that guy play a mandolin or what? Until next week, tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can't wait, click the 'FOLLOW' on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!
 Dec 30, 2013; 02:14PM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Capt. George Landrum
 Author E-mail:
Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report

Dec. 23 - 29, 2013

WEATHER: We had beautiful weather this week as it was sunny every day! Not what most of you had for Christmas I know, but we loved it. Our highs during the week were in the mid 80's while the lows were in the low 60's. This morning at 4:30 it was 62 degrees, the same as yesterday.

WATER: At the end of the week the water in the Sea of Cortez continued to be a bit off-color and greenish while being in the 73-73 degree range. On the Pacific side the water was a bit warmer with 77 degrees being seen about halfway between here and Todo Santos and it slowly dropping to 73 degrees off of the lighthouse, with an occasional patch of 74 degree water. This water was cleaner as well. Surface conditions were great on the Pacific with swells between 2 and 4 feet and the prevailing wind early in the week was light and from the northwest. At the end of the week it shifted and blew out of the north. This caused some rough water on the Sea of Cortez side as the winds wrapped around the peninsula and came from the east, something we don't often see. As I write this the wind is from the north at about 4 MPH, very nice conditions.

BAIT: Caballito and a few Mackerel make up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each. There were also frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each.


BILLFISH: There was no real change in the Striped Marlin situation this week as the concentration of fish appeared to be on the ledge off the Pacific lighthouse. With 50 boats working the area the fish were getting pounded but there were plenty caught. For those who focused on the area the results were between one and four fish released (and some killed unfortunately) per boat. The favored method was once again dropping a weighted line with a live bait on the end down into the water column. Most boats dropped two baits, one almost to the bottom in 250 feet of water and another at 120 feet and had a third bait on the surface, or just under it. I would like to once again stress that if you plan on releasing you're Marlin (PLEASE release them!) then let your crew know your plans ahead of time so there is no confusion about what to do with the fish when it comes boat side. Take a picture of the fish in the water (take a lot of them if you have digital) then buy a release flag and mount the picture and the flag in a frame for a trophy. There is NO NEED to KILL the Marlin if you want a replica made. All you need is an estimated length. Once again, there is NO NEED to KILL the MARLIN! Ask the crew to use circle hooks when dropping bait down deep, it helps to keep the Marlin from becoming gut hooked, and the hook-up ratio is just as good as if you were using “j” hooks.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: I'm almost out of patience. These fish have still not shown up in any numbers and usually by this time of year they make up 50% of the catch. There are a few being caught, but my guess is that only 5% of the boats are getting any, and they are having to cover a lot of water to find them.

DORADO: I am slightly amazed that these fish are still hanging around, but the water on the Pacific side has not gotten really chilly yet. I was out on Friday and we worked the area off of Pedregal for the morning and got our limit of fish between 8 and 18 pounds with the larger fish coming early and on live bait trolled off a down-rigger. Most boats were getting a few as I did see plenty of flags flying for these fish at the end of the day. Smaller Mackerel were working just fine for these fish and we had a Marlin bite as well, even though we were several miles from the concentration of those fish.

WAHOO: I heard of a couple of Wahoo being caught but not many, and don't know where they were found. It was second or third had information anyway, I did not talk to anyone who had actually caught one themselves.

INSHORE: Sierra had to be fish of the week this week as anyone who wanted could get limits on these fish, ranging in size from 2 to 8 pounds. There were fish scattered all along the Pacific coastline but the big concentrations were up off of the Marguerite area, inside the Golden Gate Banks. The fish were concentrated in the area because of big schools of Sardines. Hootchies in light colors worked well on the smaller fish, on Thursday all our smaller ones came on pink or pink/white hootchies. Once the fish got a little finicky we put out Ballyhoo rigged with a trailing hook and caught some larger fish, to 7.5 pounds. Another method that worked for us was chumming with cut bait then drifting a strip back, using a 12” section of light wire leader to avoid getting cut off. Doing this also resulted in some non-targeted species being caught (Triggerfish). There were few Roosterfish found or seen but there were some Amberjack found in 180 to 200 feet of water and a few Snapper in the rocks along the beach.

FISH RECIPE: Remember simple? It does not get simpler than this one. Take a skinless, boneless fillet of Dorado and trim it into two lengths, removing the bloodline in the center. Slice each piece into strips about 2 inches wide, on the diagonal. Dredge them in flour, then whipped egg whites, then panko crumbs and lower into hot oil. Let them cook for about4 minutes or less, then remove and let them drain on paper towels. You now have fish fingers, and they are great in tacos (especially hot out of the oil) and as snacks later on. Whip up some tarter sauce to go with them and away you go!

NOTES: I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and be careful this coming New Years Eve! This weeks report was written to the music of “King Crimson” on the album “IN The Court of the Crimson King”, the 1969 Master Edition release. Until next week, Tight Lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts to the blog on Sunday morning. So if you

can't wait, click the 'FOLLOW' on the top of the blog

page! You will know whenever something new is posted!
 Dec 30, 2013; 12:04AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 29, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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San Jose del Cabo

December 29, 2013
Anglers –

We are all now enjoying Christmas Holiday times, with the last week of
2013 now upon us, families and friends all gathering to reminiscent of
past times and to experience new adventures. What greater place than
Los Cabos to bring in the New Year, where the winter climate has been
very mild and vacationers are soaking up warm sunshine, participating
in many outdoor activities.

We have seen ocean water temperatures now drop down into the 71/73
degree range, this is normal for the time of year, clarity has become
more greenish in areas, but still the water is not what you would call
dirty. Anglers were finding fair numbers of late season dorado spread
out throughout the region, often times found very close to shore,
where concentrations of ballyhoo and other baitfish have been
attracting them. More often they are found in smaller sized schools,
striking on lures, rigging ballyhoo and live caballito. Sizes averaged
10 to 15 lb., with some larger dorado to 20 pounds also accounted for.

Finding yellowfin tuna was much harder, with cooler currents and lack
of sardina baitfish, no tuna action was being reported. There have
been more school of Bonita moving in over the structure, these are the
good eating variety, also have sharp teeth, almost like sierra,
scrappy fighters on light tackle, readily striking on trolled rapalas
and retrieved jigs, weighed up to 10 lb. Cooling water temperatures
have brought in more sierra along the shoreline, these aggressive fish
are hitting on small rapalas and hoochies, the action is best early in
the morning, if new sources of sardinas are located that will really
help the overall inshore fishing action. There has been shortages of
caballito as well as no sardinas at all to speak of, many charters are
relying on lures and rigged ballyhoo. We are anticipating reports of
schooling mackerel moving in on the local fishing grounds, but this
has not happened yet, it seems to be the season of changing baitfish
migrations, will be interesting to see what happens during this cold
water transition period, every season can be different.

Only a handful of wahoo are being reported, these elusive gamefish
fish never really did go on a consistent bite this season, with ocean
temperatures now in the low 70s, this is typically when wahoo start to
migrate in a southern direction to follow preferred temperate
currents. Though we do expect we will see a few more wahoo in the fish
counts before they vanish for the winter, often these fish will bite
later in the day during this period of colder water, sunshine seems to
warm surface temperature up and gets them more active.

Anglers have found minimal success searching for bottom species,
finding more triggerfish, skipjack and bonita than anything else. The
month of December was windy more often than not, northern winds were
persistent, with only a few days of calmer conditions mixed in, this
stirs ocean conditions, scatters bait schools and makes it hard to
find productive bottom action.

Billfish are scattered on the offshore grounds, no concentrations,
striking lures and ballyhoo and caballito. Some striped marlin were
being hooked while drift fishing baits deeper over the areas where
they were seen occasionally free jumping of tailing on the surface. We
all know this is the season where a huge striped marlin frenzy could
develop on any given day, if any bait concentration is encountered be
prepared for action.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los
Cabos Marina sent out approximately 88 charters for this past week,
with anglers accounting for a fish count of:
6 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 85 bonito, 134 sierra, 15 roosterfish, 165
dorado, 5 hammerhead shark and 22 pargo.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Dec 24, 2013; 12:01AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 22, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:
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San Jose del Cabo

December 22, 2013

Anglers –

Crowds of tourists were light this past week, we do expect to see increased
crowds during Christmas week. The weather has settled, winds were light and
ocean conditions were great, air temperatures ranged from 60/80 degrees and
ocean currents have now varied from 74 to 77 degrees. Clarity of the ocean
fluctuated, having become greenish closer to shore, though conditions are
still favorable for this late in the year.

Anglers found improved action for dorado in recent days, the majority of
these fish have been found within a couple miles of shore, at times they
were found in larger sized schools, with fish ranging to over 20 lb.
Striking on caballito, ballyhoo and various trolled lures, many charters
were rapidly limiting out once they did find where the fish were. Sardinas
were not available at this time and caballito also became less plentiful
with the passing of the full moon.

Inshore action produced roosterfish, sierra and jack crevalle. Most of the
roosterfish are juvenile sized this time of year and should be released
with care in order to grow to maturity. Sierra bite would be wide open if
sardinas were readily available, though these scrappy fighters are striking
on rapalas and hoochies type lures, best action being early in the morning
at first light.

Billfish action was once again now centered on the Pacific side of Cabo San
Lucas, where good numbers of striped marlin are concentrated off of the old
light house and the more distant banks. We should see schools of mackerel
and sardinetas soon on local grounds, this is now the season when we start
to find these baitfish schooling and attracting more gamefish into the

Whale season is now in full swing and these mammals are being sighted
throughout the area. Increasing recreational dive tour operations have put
additional pressure on the Gordo Banks and it is getting to the point where
rod and reel anglers can hardly even have a reasonable chance on these
grounds with so many scuba divers in the water at a given time.
Additionally these boats are anchored up right near the high spot, this
makes it difficult to drift fish in the manner accustomed for productive
fishing on these banks. This is definitely a confliction of interests and
it appears that this situation will likely become worse before any changes
are made.

Many commercial drift netters have been seen in the area lately, it is a
shame these boats are even allowed to operate in touristic zones. They are
truly destructive, their main catch is dorado and marlin, both of which are
supposedly protected sport fish only species, but are blatantly being
commercially exploited as a by catch. It is time to seriously put some
thought into protecting the future fishery and set priorities straight.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 56 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 5 wahoo, 22 bonito, 11
cabrilla, 6 amberjack, 14 pargo, 23 sierra, 18 roosterfish, 175 dorado, 24
triggerfish and 16 yellowfin tuna.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
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