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 Jan 7, 2013; 10:40AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Capt. George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report

Dec 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013

WEATHER: After I had posted the report last week, on Sunday, we had some rain come down, actually it was more like a little bit of Seattle sunshine (those of you from there know what I mean). After that it started to clear up and from early in the week until now we have had clear skies and great temperatures. The daytime highs have been in the high 70's to low 80's while the nighttime lows have been in the low 60's.

WATER: Let's see, if you draw a line from just to the east of the Gordo Banks southward to just to the east of the 1150 then everything to the east of that line was in the 71-72 degrees range and green. To the west of there the water warmed up a bit. In a east-west line from 5 miles off of Cabo San Lucas everything to the north appeared to be in the 74 degree range while everything to the south of it appeared to be in the 76 degree range. It was also much cleaner water west of the 1250 and the Gordo Banks. Northerly winds made the afternoons bumpy out there but most of the mornings were just fine with swells on the Pacific side at the usual 2-5 feet and on the Cortez side at 1-3 feet.

BAIT: Caballito, Mackerel and frozen Ballyhoo could be had for $3 each this week, and there were very few Sardinas available.

FISHING:
BILLFISH:
I never did get any confirmation of Black Marlin being caught last week off of San Jose, so who knows? The Striped Marlin action however has been great on the Pacific side and just out in front of Cabo. Our clients have been catching several every trip and hooking up many more, with 98% of the fish released. Perhaps we were just lucky but out Marlin catch ratio this week was 100%, every boat that went out caught at least one Marlin, and for many of the anglers this was their first attempt at saltwater sportfishing. Now that they are hooked, I hope they don't expect action like this every trip! Most of the fish were caught on live bait dropped back to fish appearing in the pattern (45%), some were caught by tossing a live bait in front of them as they were tailing on the surface (30%) and the rest were caught on trolled lures (25%). The action occurred close to home for most of the boats as there were decent concentrations of fish from the Arch to up the coast on the Pacific side as far as Migraino Beach, out to 5 miles. There were other fish scattered out across the area with small concentrations found on all the banks as well as the current lines.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Tuna were an on-off fish for most of this week. We had one group fishing that managed to get into some decent fish averaging 35 pounds while working a Porpoise pod about 25 miles to the southwest early in the week and several other groups that caught one or two fish per trip, but they were mostly blind strikes close to the beach. I still hear of an occasional nice sized fish caught at the Gordo Banks, but not enough of them to make it worth a trip up there for me. It looks like this bite may be done for the time being. On a short lived positive note, one of the local boats (thanks Mike!) spotted a very slow moving large vessel about 25 miles to the northwest of the lighthouse on Saturday and went over to check it out. It was a converted Shrimp boat towing a tuna pen at about 1 knot toward the southwest. Mike fished around it and said that he had to go at least a half mile away from the pen before he could set all his line for another pass, the fish were so thick near the pen that the lures were getting hit before he could get them all set. Plenty of Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo as well as Striped Marlin were trailing the pen as it was being towed. The Captain of the boat told Mike that there were two other pens being towed this was as well, but not how far away they were or how close they would pass to us. This was great for Mikes clients, they had a blast, and there will probably be at least half the fleet looking for the Tuna pen today.

DORADO: Fish of the week as far as numbers go, there were plenty of Dorado everywhere you went. 100% of our clients caught Dorado this week and most of them limited out at 2 per angler. These fish were nice as well with the average in the 12-15 pound range. Anywhere on the Pacific side held Dorado but most of the boats were working near the shore out to 5 miles since that also gave them a good chance at a Marlin as well. There were also Dorado scattered all along the Cortez side of the Cape, but they did not seem to be there in the numbers that were found on the Pacific side. The best method this week as leaving the first fish hooked up in the water behind the boat and dropping back either live bait or strips of fresh bait and waiting for the school to show up. This week it seemed as if the fish were starting to school a little, not just traveling in twos and threes, so waiting about five minutes before giving up was the key. Oh, and all the fish around the Tuna pen on Saturday was a bonus, I just hope plenty of boats get into that action today!

WAHOO: This may be the last hurrah's for our Wahoo this season as the water continues to cool down. We have just come through a l moon and the bite showed it as there were plenty of Wahoo out there if you wanted to target them, it's just that so many boats were focused on Striped Marlin and Dorado that the pressure was light. The fish ranged from We-hoos of 5-7 pounds to small fish of 8-15 pounds with an occasional 20-30 pound fish in the mix. Near shore drop-offs and ridges held the fish and trolling the usual arsenal of Rapallas and Marauders on wire leader was the best bet. There were plenty of fish caught on live bait as well, but many more of them were lost due to getting the mono-filament leader bit through than were caught. Mike caught six decent Wahoo off the Tuna pen.

INSHORE: There were still some small Roosterfish along the beach this week but I expect this action to shut down as the water cools off. Most pangas were working within five miles of the beach for Dorado and Marlin, but those that went inshore for Sierra found a wide-open bite on fish from 3 to 4 pounds off the beach at Migraino. Small hootchies and rapallas trolled with a short wire trace racked up the fish. There were a few Yellowtail reported this week, but no numbers of them, just an occasional fish or two, and no large sizes.

FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this months recipe!

NOTES: Our winter season is approaching and as the water cools down we can expect the Striped Marlin bite to pick up as well as more Tuna start to show offshore. Inshore action should improve as well for Sierra and Yellowtail and I expect next month that Snapper fishing in the rocks during the full moon should be good. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the action continues on into our new year! This weeks report was written to the music of Richard Thompson on the 3 CD set “The History of Robert Thompson”, released in 1993 by RYKODISC. Dark, moody music from one of the co-founders of Fairport Convention. Until next week, tight lines!

And as always, George writes this report

and posts it on Sunday morning. So if you

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page! You will know whenever something new is posted!

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GORDO BANKS PANGAS

San Jose del Cabo



January 6, 2013

Anglers –



As the annual Holiday Season now winds down, there are many groups of
families in Los Cabos enjoying their final days in the warm sunshine of
Southern Baja before returning home to their normal daily routines. As the
winter season has now officially started, local weather has been
unbeatable, sunny days with high temperatures averaging 75 degrees. As is
the normal pattern for this time of year, there have been persistent
northerly winds developing; this contributes to a rapid cooling trend of
ocean waters. Currents sweeping in from the north are now averaging in the
72/73 degree range from Los Frailes to Chileno, while offshore of San Jose
del Cabo and south towards Cabo San Lucas, on the fishing grounds of the 95
and 1150 areas, there is warmer 75/76 degree waters found.



Conditions are changing now, cooler waters moving in, unpredictable
baitfish migrations, currents and winds also running strong. This is the
normal pattern during winter time, lasts through March and then slowly
begins the spring time warming trend, another transition period. Every year
there are unpredictable trends which constantly change what exactly
happens. So far this year seems to be following on a normal track.



While yellowfin tuna have become harder to find for the past few weeks,
some tuna are being found further offshore with porpoise, though choppy
seas made this hit or miss, still an odd yellowfin being landed off the
Gordo Banks, but we have seen this bite fade out now for the past month. In
the mean time there have been good numbers of striped marlin, a few late
season sailfish, dorado and wahoo keeping anglers occupied. Inshore there
are now more sierra appearing, these fast fish are readily striking
sardinas, hoochies and rapalas. Some juvenile sized roosterfish scattered
along the beach stretches, along with some jack crevalle.



There had been great marlin action off of San Jose del Cabo, this was prior
to the most recent full moon, when there had been concentrations of
schooling mackerel and sardinetas holding a few miles from shore. This
action has faded for the time being and now the better billfish action has
been found off of the Pacific grounds and around the 95 and 1150 spots,
when weather conditions allowed. Stripers were striking best on cast or
dropped back baits, with most marlin weighing in the 80 to 120 pound class,
surprisingly a few sailfish also hanging around in the cooling waters.



Dorado are still being found in respectable numbers, most of these fish
weighed 5 to 15 lb., a few larger bulls mixed in, these gamefish were found
throughout the region, from close to shoe to the offshore marlin grounds.
>From Punta Gorda, Cardon and La Fortuna, this was perhaps the most
productive area in recent days, protected from the northern winds, dorado
were found while trolling both lures and bait. Wahoo made a strong showing
on these same grounds, most of these fish were relatively small sized, 8 to
15 lb., but there were a handful of respectable 30 to 40 lb. wahoo mixed in
with the same juvenile schools. The ‘hoo hit on a wide variety of lures and
baitfish, including cast and retrieving jigs, slow trolling with small
sardina baits, as well as on rapalas and ballyhoo. With the rapid cooling
trend of northern currents, this could be the final bite for these pelagic,
which do prefer currents closer to 80 degrees, not 70.



We do expect that there will be more bottom action taking place, as well as
increased inshore surface action for the coming months. Striped marlin is
always the main offshore target species, now through April. Global weather
is increasingly more unpredictable, who knows, maybe another el Nino
current could develop at any time. Be it offshore, inshore of off the
bottom, there is always a variety of action to be found during the winter
months for anglers wishing to get out of the snow and feel some warm
sunshine.



The combined panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent
out approximately 98 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a
fish count of:

5 sailfish, 11 striped marlin, 116 wahoo, 6 yellowtail, 374 dorado, 13
yellowfin tuna, 115 sierra, 32 roosterfish, 18 bonito, 18 jack crevalle



Good Fishing, Eric







GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Dec 26, 2012; 02:21PM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
www.flyhooker.com
http://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
Dec 16-23, 2012

WEATHER: It has been a strange week for us on the weather front as we started the week with a bit of high cloud cover then went into a period of sunny skies for a few days. After enjoying the sun it appeared that we had just been teased as the clouds moved in on Thursday morning. The rain began and it was on and off all day and night with an eventual dump of about 1 inch total. We expected the clouds to move away then but upon looking at the animated shots could see that this may last at least through the weekend, and perhaps even longer. I don't know if I should call this a “pineapple express” or not as it is coming at us from at least 800 miles south of Hawaii. There is a frontal system to the north of us that is preventing this system from going further north, if it lets up perhaps our skies will clear. Looking over my reports for the past 10 years we normally get this type of weather at the beginning of the year, and it is short lived giving us a little rain every week for about three weeks. One thing this has done for us is wash off all the trees and plants, giving back that green look, and of course it will help everything continue to grow. I just hope that since the weather is cooler with our lows in the high 60's that the mosquitoes and flies will not be as prevalent. Our daytime highs have been in the mid 80's.
WATER: Once again due to the cloud cover there were no good shots of the surface temperature, but from what we could see and what was reported by the boats it appears as if the water temperature across the area has dropped another degree or two. On both the Cortez and on the Pacific side of the cape we had inshore water at 75 to 76 degrees while just offshore on the Cortez side it warmed to 79 degrees and on the Pacific side to 78 degrees. With the rain came murky inshore water and the off-color conditions extended out for about ˝ mile around all areas where arroyos entered the ocean. The cloud cover was moving in from the southwest but the surface winds were from the north, and with the north wind came choppy sea conditions on the Pacific side. Swells from the southwest collided with the wind from the north and it was a bit uncomfortable, at least on Thursday and Friday. By Saturday the winds had died off and the water settled down. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water was very nice with small swells at 1-3 feet, and if you were within 10 miles of shore the wind had little effect on you.
BAIT: There were bigger live baits such as Caballito (goggle-eye scad), some Mackerel (pacific greenback mackerel), Lisa (yellowtail mullet) and a few mixed baits available at the usual $3 each. Frozen horse-ballyhoo were available as well at $3 each and if you went north in the morning with plans to fish in the Punta Gorda area there were some Sardina available as well if you were there early, at the usual $25 a scoop.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Not surprisingly there are fewer and fewer Blue and Black Marlin reported as the water cools off, but I know of at least one boat that caught and released a Blue Marlin they estimated at #250, and this was reported by experienced anglers. The fish was found inside the 95 spot to 1150 line, an area this boat fished heavily for several days. The Striped Marlin bite continued to pick up, and we do expect the action on these guys to improve on a steady basis. Drifting the high spots along the shore on the Pacific side with live bait dropped deep is still the most constant producer, but more and more fish are being found on the surface. As the cool water continues to wrap around the Cape from the Pacific side the Striped Marlin are following, and the fishing is improving on a daily basis on the Cortez side of the Cape. This was nice to have happen this week as conditions on the Pacific side were a bit bumpy. I think that perhaps 75% of the boats that went out this week were able to hook into a Striped Marlin. Unfortunately there are still many of these fish being killed by the crews, even though the anglers want to release the fish. I keep seeing the buckets going up the docks with a Marlin folded into it and no longer wonder why so many boats refuse to use circle hooks, I know that the crews want to keep the fish, sigh.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Perhaps we will not see good Tuna action in our area until the beginning of the year, but there are still some cows being caught on the Gorda Banks every day. The fish have been under some heavy pressure but they are there, it is just a matter of spending the time, waiting them out, waiting for the bite to happen. Most of the action has been on chunk baits with hooks tied directly to the main line, and the fish are running between 150 and 250 pounds. Elsewhere the porpoise pods continue to be a hit-or-miss experience, with the first boats that find pods holding fish managing to get two or three in the 25 to 75 pound class and boats showing up a bit later just getting practice at trolling lures or soaking bait. I heard from a couple of private boats that there is an on-off bite on fish averaging 25 pound on the high points off of Punta Gordo, but they are getting there before sunrise to get into the bite, shortly after sunrise the local fleet pangas out of San Jose show up and the bite quickly drops off. Porpoise have been found from 5 miles due south to all along the 1,000 fathom line, so you never know when or where they may appear, you just have to keep your fingers crossed that the ones you come across hold tuna. The larger fish have been caught on live bait while lures, especially cedar plugs and dark colored feathers have been the best producers on the medium and smaller fish mixed with porpoise.



DORADO: Dorado action continued, but at a reduced pace as the water continues to cool. Most of the action has been found within 5 miles of the beach on the Pacific side, and while there are fewer numbers, the size continues to improve. Many of the fish being found are in the 20-25 pound class, and most of these fish are being found under feeding Frigate birds, and caught on live bait tossed out directly under the birds. You have to be careful though, because these birds are also a good indicator of feeding Striped Marlin, and it has not been uncommon for a couple of baits tossed out to be inhaled by a pair of Marlin! My guess is that about 75% of the boats are coming in with Dorado these days, but only 20% of them are coming in with limits, compared with 60% coming in with limits two weeks ago. The Cortez side is now producing more Dorado as the warmer water is now in this area and the Pacific side is cooling off, so look for the bite to slowly move from the Pacific side to the Cortez side over the next few week.
WAHOO: As always, a hit or miss fishery is the best way to describe the Wahoo bite. Mostly this week it has been a miss, but there are a few boats that are having fairly regular action of fish ranging from 20 to 35 pounds, as well as a few fish that are only as big as Sierra. Trolling lipped plugs like Rapallas, or swimming plugs like Marauders has been the best method of getting a Wahoo bite, but boats that are chunking or live baiting are getting bit as well, it's just that most of these bites are cutting the leader!
INSHORE: The inshore bite has not changed from last weeks report with the exception of the fact that at the end of the week the areas around the arroyos have had dirty water due to the rain run-off. More and more Sierra are beginning to show up locally and while small at 3-5 pounds they have been biting when the schools have been found. Add in a few early Yellowtail to 20 pounds, a few red Snapper to 15 pounds and a few grouper to 20 pounds and the traditional inshore fishery is beginning to shape up nicely. Still, most of the Pangas are fishing slightly farther off the beach, taking advantage of the continued Dorado bite and the close proximity of Striped Marlin.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this months recipe!
NOTES: We are seeing more and more whales showing up, both Humpbacks offshore and Gray Whales along the beach. Christmas is usually the start of the season for these guys (actually girls) to show up and they are not disappointing us this year. Just before the holidays is normally a slow time for tourism as family are staying home in celebration, but as soon as Christmas is over we expect to be very busy again, and hopefully the fishing continues to improve! My music choice for this week was the CD “Underground Whispers” by violinist Alex DePue and guitarist Miguel De Hoyas. I listened to this one again as Miguel was playing in Las Riberras this weekend and we wanted to go listen, but all the hotels and motels were sold out due to an off-road race taking place. I had to listen to the CD instead, sigh. Until next week, tight lines!

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GORDO BANKS PANGAS

San Jose del Cabo



December 23, 2012

Anglers –



While much of the United States is now feeling the freezing chill of harsh
winter weather, just 1,000 miles south of the border, in the Los Cabos
area, holiday vacationers were being greeted with sunny skies and high
temperatures of 80 degrees. The previous week had seen cooler days and
persistent north winds, this contributed to dropping ocean water
temperatures into the 75/76 degree range, strong currents swept in off
colored water and the Fall to Winter ocean transition period was developing.



Baitfish options included mackerel, sardineta, sardina, moonfish, bolito
and skipjack. Some anglers were also using pieces of giant squid, which
were imported from La Paz or purchased at local super markets. Schools of
mackerel are now shifting onto the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo, this
always attracts pursuing gamefish, such as striped marlin, dorado and
wahoo. While anglers battled with rough seas on the offshore areas like
Gordo Banks, on the inside off of Punta Gorda, Cardon and La Fortuna they
found comfortable conditions and despite the off colored and not so
favorable water, the fish seemed to bite just fine.



Most common species were dorado, hooked on trolled lures and various
baitfish, sizes ranged from 5 to 40 pounds and many anglers were easily
landing their two fish limits, while releasing additional fish. Wahoo also
went on the bite in recent days, hot spot was off of Punta Gorda and live
bait, especially mackerel, were taking aggressive strikes, sizes were
averaging in the 15 to 30 pound class, many charters were accounting for
3,4,5 or more wahoo, this is the best it has been for a while. Depending on
water conditions and the persistence of northern winds, will dictate on how
long we might expect for this type of action to continue.



Yellowfin tuna action dropped way down, though at times, anglers who
happened to be at the right place, did get into some quality action, areas
closer to shore produced sporadic counts for yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 20
pound class, while on the Gordo Banks there were several larger sized tuna
accounted for this past week, the largest that we heard of was a 226 lb.
cow, taken once again by skipper Chame Pino on the super panga “Killer II”.
This fish hit on fresh squid that had been brought down from La Paz, where
the giant squid have been plentiful. There was problem drift fishing, very
swift current due to windy choppy seas. Forecasts call for a few warmer
days, this could be enough to produce a few more big tuna in the coming
days.





Only a scattering of bottomfish action, a few pargo and cabrilla being the
main catch, also some of the good eating bonito now showing, these are a
completely different species than are the bonito found off of So. Cal.,
these toothy fighters prefer cooler waters, as do sierra, which are now
being found in good numbers close to shore, where their favored food source
of sardinas are schooling.





The combined panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent
out approximately 95 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a
fish count of:

9 striped marlin, 2 yellowtail, 505 dorado, 52 yellowfin tuna, 62 wahoo, 68
sierra, 16 roosterfish, 24 bonito, 28 misc. pargo species and 50 skipjack .



Good Fishing, Eric









--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Dec 17, 2012; 10:34AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
www.flyhooker.com
http://captgeo.wordpress.com/
Cabo Fish Report
Dec 10 - 16, 2012

WEATHER: It has been a strange week for us on the weather front as we started the week with a bit of high cloud cover then went into a period of sunny skies for a few days. After enjoying the sun it appeared that we had just been teased as the clouds moved in on Thursday morning. The rain began and it was on and off all day and night with an eventual dump of about 1 inch total. We expected the clouds to move away then but upon looking at the animated shots could see that this may last at least through the weekend, and perhaps even longer. I don't know if I should call this a “pineapple express” or not as it is coming at us from at least 800 miles south of Hawaii. There is a frontal system to the north of us that is preventing this system from going further north, if it lets up perhaps our skies will clear. Looking over my reports for the past 10 years we normally get this type of weather at the beginning of the year, and it is short lived giving us a little rain every week for about three weeks. One thing this has done for us is wash off all the trees and plants, giving back that green look, and of course it will help everything continue to grow. I just hope that since the weather is cooler with our lows in the high 60's that the mosquitoes and flies will not be as prevalent. Our daytime highs have been in the mid 80's.
WATER: Once again due to the cloud cover there were no good shots of the surface temperature, but from what we could see and what was reported by the boats it appears as if the water temperature across the area has dropped another degree or two. On both the Cortez and on the Pacific side of the cape we had inshore water at 75 to 76 degrees while just offshore on the Cortez side it warmed to 79 degrees and on the Pacific side to 78 degrees. With the rain came murky inshore water and the off-color conditions extended out for about ˝ mile around all areas where arroyos entered the ocean. The cloud cover was moving in from the southwest but the surface winds were from the north, and with the north wind came choppy sea conditions on the Pacific side. Swells from the southwest collided with the wind from the north and it was a bit uncomfortable, at least on Thursday and Friday. By Saturday the winds had died off and the water settled down. On the Cortez side of the Cape the water was very nice with small swells at 1-3 feet, and if you were within 10 miles of shore the wind had little effect on you.
BAIT: There were bigger live baits such as Caballito (goggle-eye scad), some Mackerel (pacific greenback mackerel), Lisa (yellowtail mullet) and a few mixed baits available at the usual $3 each. Frozen horse-ballyhoo were available as well at $3 each and if you went north in the morning with plans to fish in the Punta Gorda area there were some Sardina available as well if you were there early, at the usual $25 a scoop.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Not surprisingly there are fewer and fewer Blue and Black Marlin reported as the water cools off, but I know of at least one boat that caught and released a Blue Marlin they estimated at #250, and this was reported by experienced anglers. The fish was found inside the 95 spot to 1150 line, an area this boat fished heavily for several days. The Striped Marlin bite continued to pick up, and we do expect the action on these guys to improve on a steady basis. Drifting the high spots along the shore on the Pacific side with live bait dropped deep is still the most constant producer, but more and more fish are being found on the surface. As the cool water continues to wrap around the Cape from the Pacific side the Striped Marlin are following, and the fishing is improving on a daily basis on the Cortez side of the Cape. This was nice to have happen this week as conditions on the Pacific side were a bit bumpy. I think that perhaps 75% of the boats that went out this week were able to hook into a Striped Marlin. Unfortunately there are still many of these fish being killed by the crews, even though the anglers want to release the fish. I keep seeing the buckets going up the docks with a Marlin folded into it and no longer wonder why so many boats refuse to use circle hooks, I know that the crews want to keep the fish, sigh.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Perhaps we will not see good Tuna action in our area until the beginning of the year, but there are still some cows being caught on the Gorda Banks every day. The fish have been under some heavy pressure but they are there, it is just a matter of spending the time, waiting them out, waiting for the bite to happen. Most of the action has been on chunk baits with hooks tied directly to the main line, and the fish are running between 150 and 250 pounds. Elsewhere the porpoise pods continue to be a hit-or-miss experience, with the first boats that find pods holding fish managing to get two or three in the 25 to 75 pound class and boats showing up a bit later just getting practice at trolling lures or soaking bait. I heard from a couple of private boats that there is an on-off bite on fish averaging 25 pound on the high points off of Punta Gordo, but they are getting there before sunrise to get into the bite, shortly after sunrise the local fleet pangas out of San Jose show up and the bite quickly drops off. Porpoise have been found from 5 miles due south to all along the 1,000 fathom line, so you never know when or where they may appear, you just have to keep your fingers crossed that the ones you come across hold tuna. The larger fish have been caught on live bait while lures, especially cedar plugs and dark colored feathers have been the best producers on the medium and smaller fish mixed with porpoise.



DORADO: Dorado action continued, but at a reduced pace as the water continues to cool. Most of the action has been found within 5 miles of the beach on the Pacific side, and while there are fewer numbers, the size continues to improve. Many of the fish being found are in the 20-25 pound class, and most of these fish are being found under feeding Frigate birds, and caught on live bait tossed out directly under the birds. You have to be careful though, because these birds are also a good indicator of feeding Striped Marlin, and it has not been uncommon for a couple of baits tossed out to be inhaled by a pair of Marlin! My guess is that about 75% of the boats are coming in with Dorado these days, but only 20% of them are coming in with limits, compared with 60% coming in with limits two weeks ago. The Cortez side is now producing more Dorado as the warmer water is now in this area and the Pacific side is cooling off, so look for the bite to slowly move from the Pacific side to the Cortez side over the next few week.
WAHOO: As always, a hit or miss fishery is the best way to describe the Wahoo bite. Mostly this week it has been a miss, but there are a few boats that are having fairly regular action of fish ranging from 20 to 35 pounds, as well as a few fish that are only as big as Sierra. Trolling lipped plugs like Rapallas, or swimming plugs like Marauders has been the best method of getting a Wahoo bite, but boats that are chunking or live baiting are getting bit as well, it's just that most of these bites are cutting the leader!
INSHORE: The inshore bite has not changed from last weeks report with the exception of the fact that at the end of the week the areas around the arroyos have had dirty water due to the rain run-off. More and more Sierra are beginning to show up locally and while small at 3-5 pounds they have been biting when the schools have been found. Add in a few early Yellowtail to 20 pounds, a few red Snapper to 15 pounds and a few grouper to 20 pounds and the traditional inshore fishery is beginning to shape up nicely. Still, most of the Pangas are fishing slightly farther off the beach, taking advantage of the continued Dorado bite and the close proximity of Striped Marlin.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this months recipe!
NOTES: We are seeing more and more whales showing up, both Humpbacks offshore and Gray Whales along the beach. Christmas is usually the start of the season for these guys (actually girls) to show up and they are not disappointing us this year. Just before the holidays is normally a slow time for tourism as family are staying home in celebration, but as soon as Christmas is over we expect to be very busy again, and hopefully the fishing continues to improve! My music choice for this week was the CD “Underground Whispers” by violinist Alex DePue and guitarist Miguel De Hoyas. I listened to this one again as Miguel was playing in Las Riberras this weekend and we wanted to go listen, but all the hotels and motels were sold out due to an off-road race taking place. I had to listen to the CD instead, sigh. Until next week, tight lines!

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 Dec 10, 2012; 11:00AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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Cabo Fish Report
Dec 3-9, 2012

WEATHER: The air continues to get cooler every week, but I still don't think we are going to have a white Christmas in Cabo! This week on the way to the Golf Course I read a chilly 65 degrees, but it did warm up later on to 81 degrees. Our average early morning has been right around 71 degrees, down a bit from last week. The week started out with sunny skies and slowly the clouds moved in, and with the clouds came some wind. The wind really picked up on the Pacific side on Friday, building up some nice whitecaps and rollers making it very uncomfortable to fish, but that was the introduction to the cloud deck that hovered over us on Saturday. On Saturday the clouds settled in and the wind died down.
WATER: Due to the cloud cover there were no good shots of the surface temperature, but from what we could see and what was reported by the boats it appears as if the water temperature across the area has dropped a degree or two. On both the Cortez and on the Pacific side of the cape we had inshore water at 77 to 78 degrees while just offshore on the Cortez side it warmed to 81 degrees and on the Pacific side to 80 degrees. On the Pacific side the water became a bit off-colored, not as clear as we had been getting the past several months. Due to the wind at the end of the week we did have several days when the Pacific side became very choppy, on the Cortez side the swells were small and the wind just created a small chop. Farther up the coast on the Cortez side, up past Punta Gordo the water conditions again became a bit rough due to the wind.
BAIT: No change in the bait availability this week from last week. There was plenty of Caballito, a few Mackerel and a very limited supply of Sardina. The bigger baits were the usual $3 each while the Sardinas, if you could find a boat with some to sell, were going for $25 a scoop.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: As the water cools down the number of Striped Marlin that are being seen and are being caught continues to increase, and the number of Blue and Black Marlin caught decreases. As a matter of fact, I only heard of one Blue Marlin being caught this week, a small fish of about 200 pounds caught on the Cortez side out around the 1150 area. The Striped Marlin are another story though. It appeared that if you really wanted to catch a Striped Marlin all you had to do was wait. The fish were stacked up on the Lighthouse ledge, San Cristobal point and a few were on the Golden Gate bank again this week. Along with dropping bait down and drifting for them in these areas, boats were seeing more and more tailing fish on the surface, and getting more fish coming into the pattern when trolling lures. Over all though, the best method continued to be dropping live bait down 100 to 200 feet and waiting for a bite. As I mentioned last week, this is not my favorite method, but it sure does work. Trolling rigged Ballyhoo was also a great producer as long as there were fish in the area you were working. There are still a few Sailfish around to go with the Marlin, but not in any great numbers. The Striped Marlin have been ranging in size from 50 pound little guys to 180 pound fish with the average right around 110 pounds.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: There is still a lack of schooling Tuna in our area, even though once in a while a boat will find porpoise with Tuna on them. One of our clients this week was trying to get a Marlin on his Fly Rod and while looking for the right fish they found a pod of Porpoise that held tuna. When getting one to strike the fly proved unsuccessful they put out a live bait and brought in a nice 70 pound fish. Other boats soon arrived and for a little while there was some action. This has been the situation this week, at least to the south and the west. For boats going up to the Cortez side and working the Gordo Banks, there are still some nice big cows being caught, but as always, you really have to put in the time and effort to get one of them. Chunking with Bonito and Skipjack while chumming with Sardinas has been the preferred method for these freight train tuna. Farther up the coast there is still some action happening on the high spots as long as the wind is not blowing. There were a couple of really good days this week according to boats that made the run from here, but the earlier you arrived the better, and boats fishing out of San Jose did much better than boats out of Cabo as it is at least an hour closer for them.



DORADO: The Dorado action dropped off quite a bit this week, probably due to the cooler water as the fish move and follow the warmer temperatures. Not that there were no fish, there just were not the numbers or concentrations we were seeing several weeks ago. As an example, boats fishing short trips close to home had a difficult time getting limits this week. It took a concentrated effort and a full day working the shoreline between Cabo and Todo Santos for one of our clients to come in with 9 very nice fish. Hard work as he said and the fish were scattered. It was steady action all day long with the largest fish going 35 pounds, several in the 25 pound range and the rest between 12 and 18 pounds. Slow trolling Ballyhoo in an area where a fish had been hooked up sometimes produced another fish, but the fish were not concentrated. The normal method of keeping a fish in the water as a decoy to bring in other fish in the school did not work well this week. Fishing Frigate birds was a good method, as always, of getting hooked up to a Dorado, but as the water cools the chances are just as good that the birds are working Striped Marlin as they are of the fish being a Dorado.
WAHOO: The Wahoo bite slowed down quite a bit this week as we are going into the new moon phase, but there were still a few fish caught and more lost. The action as always was just off the rocky points and drop-offs of fish that ranged from wee-hoo's to 40 pound fish.
INSHORE: More and more Sierra are beginning to show up locally and while small at 3-5 pounds they have been biting when the schools have been found. Add in a few early Yellowtail to 20 pounds, a few red Snapper to 15 pounds and a few grouper to 20 pounds and the traditional inshore fishery is begining to shape up nicely. Still, most of the Pangas are fishing slightly farther off the beach, taking advantage of the continued Dorado bite and the close proximity of Striped Marlin.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this months recipe!
NOTES: Whale season in on its way, traditionally between Christmas and Easter, but there are a few showing up now. We finally got our Christmas tree up and have been watching specials on TV, getting into the spirit of Christmas. It's sometimes hard to do when the weather doesn't change! If you are thinking about coming to Cabo for a vacation and want to fish, check us out on our website, all we do is fishing, no tee-shirts sales, bait or gear, we concentrate on fishing!

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 Dec 6, 2012; 08:48PM - Northern BC Canada Fishing Report December 6, 2012
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Fishing Report from Noel Gyger http:// www.noelgyger.ca for Wednesday December 5, 2012 Terrace, BC

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Commentary: Winter is here! Snow on the trails and ice forming in the rivers and lakes. Steelhead are the main target fish now on a few very special rivers. Trout (Cutthroat and Rainbow) and Dolly Varden Char are always available in the rivers, streams and lakes

Skeena River: River is in good shape. Most of the Steelhead have gone through but there is still a chance to catch some. Trout and Dolly Varden Char fishing is very good and is available year round. Reg: all wild Steelhead everywhere in British Columbia are catch and release. The Steelhead run is very strong.

Kalum River: Both lower and upper sections are fishing well for Steelhead. This river seems to have all three runs of Steelhead, spring, summer and fall. The fall run, from my experience, is the largest. So if you are coming to the Kalum to fish for Steelhead I would suggest the fall, starting mid September to end of October. The fishing guides can guide from April to November 1. If you are interested to book a trip contact me anytime. Guides and rod-days are very limited on this river so book soon. Warning: Jet boater be very cautious as a few new channels on the lower end have formed and logs are nearly across the river.

Zymoetz (Copper) River: The water is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fabulous. I've had reports of some great catches. I have also heard it is very crowded Monday through Thursday but not so on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is probably due to new regulations put in this year.
 Dec 3, 2012; 12:01PM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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Cabo Fish Report
November 26 – Dec 2, 2012

WEATHER: Once again the lowest I saw the temperature this week was 72 degrees, low enough that I felt a slight chill (yes, I have lived where it has been warm on purpose and maybe my blood is a bit thin, lol!). With daytime highs in the high 80's it was a great week. We had mostly sunny skies and a bit of wind from the north on most days, once in a while shifting and coming at us from the northeast or east for a few hours, then switching back. It's not time for sweaters in the evening yet, and I am a bit surprised since looking back over the past 13 years worth of my reports it is normally five degrees cooler during this week.
WATER: The water across the region was 81-83 degrees this week and once again we had no major temperature breaks. The only anomaly we had was an 85 degree hot-spot appearing across the 1150 and 95 spot on the 25th. The water on the Pacific side developed just a tinge of green late in the week while on the Cortez side it remained clean and blue. The surface conditions on the Pacific side were a bit on the bouncy side early in the week as we did have a fairly steady breeze at 12 knots from the north, at least until the middle of the week, and combined with 3-5 foot swells (long period though, no real steep stuff) it was uncomfortable for some people. The winds died off later in the week and it was much more comfortable by the weekend. On the Cortez side it was comfortable as usual with small swells at 1-3 feet and little wind until you got 25 miles out or up past Punta Gorda a ways, then the effects of the northerly breeze began to be seen.
BAIT: There was plenty of Caballito, a few Mackerel and a very limited supply of Sardina this week. The bigger baits were the usual $3 each while the Sardinas, if you could find a boat with some to sell, were going for $25 a scoop.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: Our water has remained warm enough for there to still be some Blue and Black Marlin around, and anglers have lucked into a few of them this past week. I know of one Blue Marlin that was brought in and weighed that was 425 pounds, caught due south of us at 15 miles, there was also a Black Marlin estimated at 400 pounds caught up on the Gordo Bank. Smaller Blue Marlin were reported as well, no great numbers but enough of them that the possibility of catching one was better than most years at this time. The Striped Marlin action has picked up, and I expect it to continue to improve as the water keeps cooling down. Many boats are releasing two to four fish per day using several methods to hook the fish. Sight casting to Marlin seen tailing down swell has always been a favorite here, and done by an experienced crew can be a really beautiful thing to watch. Fortunately the fish were feeding in the feeding mood this week, a surprise since we are just coming off a full moon. The most common method used this week is one of my least favorites, but very productive in certain situations. Using live bait bridled to the hook with 12 feet of leader, the leader is attached to the main line and a 3 to 5 ounce torpedo sinker is attached to the main line just above the swivel. The rig is lowered to just off the bottom and drifted until a fish bites. This works very well when the fish are concentrated in a certain area and won't come to the surface, or only come up in small flurries. The downside, and the reasons I don't really care for it is that it is boring, with no action happening for a long time, and the fact that there is so much line out, and so many boats using “J” hooks that too many fish are gut hooked and killed. The use of circle hooks while fishing this way should be mandatory, in my opinion, but of course there would be no way to enforce it. It is effective though, and was used a lot this week at the ledge off the Pacific lighthouse, the point off of San Cristobal and on the Golden Gate Bank.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The lack of consistent action on Yellowfin Tuna continues to amaze me, but as I look over the past years reports I noticed that the situation has been about the same every year, I am just getting antsy for the good action to happen! On a very positive note, there are still large Yellowfin Tuna being caught at the Gordo Banks, with several fish each day weighing over 100 pounds and an occasional fish over 200 pounds. The pressure on them has dropped off and I think that with enough time spent fishing for them there is a good possibility of hooking one of these larger Tuna. How much time would be needed is a gamble though, it could be an hour or it could be several days! Elsewhere, there have been football fish to 12 pounds caught all along the coastline on the Cortez side with most of the action concentrated on the northern inshore banks past Punta Gordo, but consistent (not red-hot) action has been found off of Palmilla, Chileno and Cabo Del Sol as well. The smaller fish have responded to chumming with Sardina (if you can get them) while the larger fish at the Gordo Banks have been biting on slow trolled live baits and drifted chunks. Offshore action on Yellowfin has been very spotty this week with only a few pods of porpoise holding fish. My records show that for the past 6 years this has been true, and the few offshore fish that have been caught have been found outside the 1,000 fathom line on the Cortez side or north of the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side.



DORADO: OK, Dorado have returned to the top of the list and regained their title of “Fish Of The Week”. While I would not say it is “red-hot” it is as good as I have seen in a long time, and as it is fairly late in the season most of the fish are good sized, averaging in the 12-15 pound class with quite a few fish pushing the 25-30 pound range. Many boats have been able to limit out on these nice eating fish fairly quickly in the morning, leaving them plenty of time to try for Marlin or Wahoo the rest of the trip. Of course as with all fishing, the fish are where you find them , and getting in the right area was a necessity for a good catch. Trolling lures at 8 to 9 knots until hooking up, then slow trolling live bait in that area was one way, and worked very well. Leaving the first fish hooked up in the water until more fish appeared is an old tried-and-true method that continues to produce great catches. The only downside of course is that your fish may come off while using it as a decoy! Great action can occur when frigate fishing. Trolling as normal while scanning the sky for working Frigate birds, then running over to where they are working and tossing out live bait is exciting and very productive. These birds are not out there for sport, and they have much better eyes than we do so using them as spotters makes all kind of sense. We had several clients who limited out on Dorado early in the day this week using this method. Remember, the limit on Dorado is two fish per day, per person. If the Captain and crew have licenses they can count in your catch as well!
WAHOO: This full moon phase has been great for Wahoo, not the day of the full moon but the days prior to and just after gave us steady action on Wahoo the ranged from 5 pounds (wee-hoo) to fish in the 40-50 pound class. Almost all the action occurred close to shore along the ledges, areas ranged from Vinorama on the Cortez side to Todo Santos on the Pacific side. Almost any point and any steep drop could hold these speedy fish. Fishing with Rapallas, Marauders, steel leader bullet head lures and rigged ballyhoo worked well. More fish were lost than caught since their razor-like teeth cut through mono leader easier than a hot knife through butter, but a lot of them were hooked in the corner of the jaw, that allowed anglers to get them to the boat. Not every boat caught these fish, but there were enough of them around that you had a decent chance.
INSHORE: As the water cools down we have had a slight improvement in the inshore fishery, but most of the Pangas are still targeting the Dorado and Striped Marlin just off the beach. Those that are working the beach areas are finding decent numbers of small Roosterfish (to 15 pounds), and occasional early Yellowtail and and few early Sierra. These Yellowtail and Sierra are small ones, and I am going to get out this coming week and try to catch a dozen of the small Sierra to freeze up for rigged Marlin bait for next year! There have been decent catches of Snapper and Grouper on the bottom and plenty of Needlefish and Bonito on the surface.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this months recipe!
NOTES: With Thanksgiving vacation over and Christmas yet to come, we are in a traditional slow time of year when it comes to the numbers of visitors we see. What this means for you is less pressure on the fish stocks and a better chance of hooking up! The weather is great, the fish are here, the whales are starting to appear and the golf courses are in great shape. Ready for a vacation? This weeks report was written to the music of Ernest Ranglin, if you like guitar, you have to listen to his version of “Stop That Train” from his album “Memories of Barber Mack”, a very infectious, toe tapping jazzy Jamaican instrumental! Until next week, tight lines!

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GORDO BANKS PANGAS

San Jose del Cabo



December 2, 2012

Anglers –



Normally after Thanksgiving the crowds of tourists visiting Los Cabos drop
off, as interests gear towards the upcoming Christmas Holiday. This past
week the super bustling tourist activity settled and schedules were
lighter. The great news for people arriving is that weather conditions were
ideal, high temperatures averaged 85 degrees and winds have been moderate,
predominately from the north. Ocean water temperature is holding warmer
than usual at 80 to 83 degrees and clarity remain excellent, deep blue
water is found close to shore.



The recent full moon phase might have slowed down the all around fishing
action some, but most anglers were finding the action be okay. Everyday
there have been some impressive fish accounted for, no big numbers, but
there has been a chance at big fish and a variety of species, most of them
all pelagic gamefish, found near the surface. Most common daily catches
included yellowfin tuna, skipjack, sierra and dorado, more elusive were
wahoo, sailfish, yellowtail and pargo. Striped marlin were more numerous on
the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, while yellowfin tuna were easier to
find in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.



The one area that has produced the larger grade of yellowfin tuna has been
the Gordo Banks, this action is not as productive as it was a few weeks
back, but each day there have been impressive catches of tuna from 80 to
270 pounds accounted for. On Thursday we knew of at least 8 tuna of 100
lbs. or more weighed in. These larger tuna were striking on trolled
skipjack, chihuil and bolito, but more of them have been hooked into while
drift fishing, chumming cut skipjack, chihuil, squid, sardina and using
strips or chunks for bait, most anglers used 80 pound main line with 80 to
130 leader material. Not very many charters have been concentrating on the
larger tuna, because this action was more hit or miss than was the smaller
sized tuna and dorado action found closer to shore. There seemed to be many
novice anglers in town now and big tuna are not easy to subdue for even the
veteran anglers.



Baitfish schools were scattered, long runs were often required to obtain
sardinas, these were the bait of choice for the yellowfin tuna schooling
around the Iman Bank, most of these fish were in the 12 to 20 pound class.
There were better numbers of dorado found the past few days, the majority
of these were taken on bait and weighed from 10 to 20 pounds. Dorado were
found throughout the region, close to shore, over the high spots and in the
open blue water. They were schooling most often in small groups, found at
times underneath the circling frigate birds. Wahoo were spread out along
the inshore drop off, over structure, feeding on natural food supply. We
have seen more wahoo now appearing off of Punta Gorda, and north past La
Fortuna and on Iman Bank, sizes varied from 5 pound fish, up to 30,40,50
pounds. Wahoo are elusive fish and there has not been any real consistent
action found as of yet this season, but anglers that specifically targeted
these fish did have their opportunities.



Not much bottom action now going on, a few yellowtail were taken of the
Gordo Banks, a mix of sierra and small roosterfish close to shore. Other
action included some sailfish on the same yellowfin tuna grounds and one
black marlin that was battled into the night from a 22 ft. panga out of La
Playita, they did not return to the docks until midnight, estimated weight
was 400 pounds.



The combined panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent
out approximately 144 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a
fish count of:

1 black marlin, 8 striped marlin, 9 sailfish, 5 yellowtail, 218 dorado, 290
yellowfin tuna, 28 wahoo, 15 cabrilla, 45 sierra, 4 dogtooth snapper, 34
various pargo, 12 rainbow runners and 260 skipjack .



Good Fishing, Eric








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Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
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 Nov 26, 2012; 11:44AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
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Cabo Fish Report
November 19 - 25, 2012

WEATHER: I almost put on a heavy long-sleeved shirt yesterday morning as it was 68 degrees outside! That is the coldest I have seen it so far this season and it felt great. As the day went on it warmed to 88 degrees and if that's not great weather, I don't know what is! We had a few clouds over us early in the week but then it cleared and we have had blue skies from Tuesday on through the weekend. The winds have been variable with a few gusty days starting the week, but things leveled out into the normal days flow with calm mornings and breezy conditions starting about noon. Most of the wind has been from northerly directions.
WATER: There were no temperature breaks out there again, the water was a pretty even 81-84 degrees from up on the Pacific all the way to the East Cape, and it was clean, blue water as well. On the Pacific side the surface conditions were great in the mornings once we went past Tuesday, earlier in the week than that and it was a bit bumpy in the mornings due to the winds. The swells were coming in at 2-5 feet and spaced well apart, making it a smooth ride. On the Cortez side the winds were lighter and had little effect on the fishing between here and San Jose, I heard that the wind had more effect the farther up the coastline you went. The swells on this side of the Cape were small and insignificant at 1-3 feet.
BAIT: The water has cooled a few degrees, down from the 86 degree water we were seeing a month ago and as a result there are a few Mackerel showing up as bait. Buying Mackerel or Caballito from the bait boats sets you back about $3 per bait and there have been very few Sardines this week here, but there have been a limited availability if you travel north to San Jose.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: With the water still warm enough there are still Blue and Black Marlin around, but no large ones that I heard of, and no great numbers either. The best results I know of in the past week on these larger fish came from the Pacific side as one of our clients had a double hook-up on small Blue Marlin. He was fishing solo and one fish came off right away, the other was released at the side of the boat after about an hour of fighting time, with plenty of pictures as it was held in the water. The fish looked to be about 225 to 250 pounds. Other boats reported hooking one now and then with almost all of them released or lost, I only heard of one that was brought in. As far as the Striped Marlin go, things are starting to pick up. This is nice to hear since things have been a bit slow. The cooler water bringing in the Mackerel has the Striped Marlin following them, and as most of the bait has been deep, the best results on Striped Marlin have been had by boats that are hooking up live bait and dropping it down to where the bait is. The usual areas such as the ledge off of the lighthouse, the point at Los Arcos and the mouth of Migraino Canyon, areas where the bait tends to stack up, have played host to many of the local fleet boats giving this method a try. Some boats have been working on the Golden Gate Bank as this is often the first area within easy reach for the fleet that these fish stack up on. A few more boats have been traveling as far as 50 miles up the coastline to the Finger Banks in the hope of getting into these fish early, before the pressure intensifies. Many of these fish have been small, between 50 and 90 pounds, but there have been a few large ones of over 200 pounds caught as well. While the fishing is picking up, it is still not a wide open bite, perhaps that will happen withing the next several months as the water cools even more and the Mackerel appear in force. We are really hoping to see large numbers of big Sardines as well, that was the major feed when we had the great fishing several years ago. Folks, if you are going to be Marlin fishing, remember that catch and release will ensure we have these fish for our children to catch!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The fantastic action that happened several weeks at the Gordo Banks continues to slow down. There were a few fish reported every day the week before last, this past week it was even slower with only a few large Tuna taken. Other than that, there were only a few reports of any Yellowfin being caught. One boat with our clients found a stump with the roots in the air about 25 miles out and caught a large number of football size tuna off of it, but the porpoise pods that have been found have been empty of fish life. Once in a while a Yellowfin has been caught by boats chumming heavily along the coast in front of the Cabo Del Sol area, but most of the fish coming in to these chum lines have been big Bonito.



DORADO: I wasn't sure if I should call Dorado “fish of the week” again or not, since the bite dropped off, but they are still the most common catch. Again, most of the action has been on the Pacific side of the Cape and finding feeding Frigate Birds, being the first one there and slow trolling live bait has been the key to consistent catches. It's either that, or trolling lures until you hook a fish then keeping him in the water as a decoy, dropping back live bait or cut strip baits to any fish that come in to follow him. Both methods worked well for boats that only wanted Dorado. Quite a few fish were caught by boats dropping bait for Striped Marlin, a nice break when the bite on the big fish was slow, and putting something in the boat that was good to eat.
WAHOO: As we approach the full moon the bite on Wahoo has improved a bit. I have heard reports from boats traveling to the Punta Gordo area and past there that they have been getting bit on a regular basis. Once that happened almost every one of them put out a trolling plug on wire leader and worked the area where they got bit. About half of them managed to get a fish in the boat. On the Pacific side the same thing has happened up the coastline toward Cerritos beach. There have been no big numbers of fish, there never are any great catches except by a few people who specialize in these speedsters, but the bite has improved, and hopefully they will remain around for the next month or so.
INSHORE: Inshore fishing remains slow with most boats working outside the beach area for Dorado. Those we have had out, mostly fly fishing, have reported occasional Dorado, small Roosterfish, plenty of Needle fish and green Jacks and loads of Bonito. Working the bottom has produced a few nice snapper and a couple of grouper as well.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this months recipe!
NOTES: Thanksgiving is over and we had a really great time with 30 people attending, lots of food and drink. The only downside was no football! Our TV system (at home)has been having problems for several months and we thought it was finally fixed as the TELMEX tech. Came Thanksgiving at noon, did a quick check and said he would be back in an hour after doing some switch work downtown to improve our service. 30 minutes later, no TV, no Phone Line, no Internet, nada. He finally returned the next day and we still have no TV, sigh. Everyone had a great time anyway, so all is good. Until next week, tight lines!

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GORDO BANKS PANGAS

San Jose del Cabo



November 26, 2012

Anglers –



Crowds of visitors tapered off this past week, compared to earlier in the
month, the majority of United States residents stay on home ground for the
Thanksgiving holiday. There were many adventurous family groups that headed
south in search of warm sunshine. While much of the U.S. is now feeling the
chill factor of winter settling in, the Southern Baja Peninsula has felt
very pleasant warm sunny conditions, with high temperatures reaching the
mid 80s. Variable winds are becoming more persistent from the north,
ranging from 10 to 15 mph, this is the normal pattern throughout the fall
and winter months. From Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes ocean currents have
been ranging 82/83 degrees, not much in the way of temperature breaks.
Water has been exceptionally clear, sport divers reportedly were able to
see the bottom structure of the Gordo Banks sea mount, where the pinnacle
rises to within 110 feet of the surface.



The week began with stiffer winds from the north, before settling down mid
week. On certain days this limited where charters were able to comfortably
fish, when offshore grounds were too rough, there were opportunities in
calmer areas closer to shore that were producing catches of yellowfin tuna,
dorado, wahoo, sailfish and even a few striped marlin. Finding sufficient
supplies of live bait was more time consuming and require long travel
distances at times for minimal supplies, it is the period when schooling
sardinas begin to migrate further into the Sea of the Cortez. These
migratory patterns are now more unpredictable perhaps with the warmer than
usual ocean temperatures. Still plenty of skipjack on the fishing grounds,
no squid being reportedly encountered in the area.



The yellowfin tuna action on the Gordo Banks slowed way down, though a few
of the larger sized tuna were accounted for, there was not much other
action reported from thee banks, nor were the fish seen surfacing. There
has been no drastic change of conditions and there is plenty of baitfish on
these grounds, so we expect the yellowfin are still lurking in the
vicinity. The tuna schooling on Iman Bank recently have averaged in the 10
to 20 pound class, mixed with aggressive skipjack, have have become very
finicky, yellowfin were seen feeding on the surface, but were very shy
towards striking baits with hooks, light leaders proved beneficial in
hooking up, catches would vary from one or two fish per boat, to as many as
a dozen. Dorado were spread out, most of the time single fish were coming
into the chum line, mixed sizes, a handful of nice size bulls were
accounted for. There continue to be reports of larger quantities of dorado
being found on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, same areas that are also
producing some good numbers for striped marlin.



Wahoo became more active this week, anglers trolling chihuil and ballyhoo
baits reported strikes, rapalas produced strikes as well, a larger grade of
wahoo were appearing, not as many as the small juveniles, one 70 pound
class wahoo was accounted for and many others in the 20 to 45 pounds range,
still no big numbers, but anglers were reporting multiple opportunities per
trip. The area of La Fortuna to Iman Banks was where the majority of the
wahoo strikes were taken. Things are shaping up for a good late season bite
for these elusive wahoo, boat pressure, water temperature, food source and
clarity are all key factors as to when these fish really become the most
active, we are anticipating wahoo action through the month of December.



Sierras are being found along the beach stretches now, most of these fish
have been smaller sized, just the beginning of the season for this cooler
water species. Not much consistent action was found off the bottom, though
a few impressive specimens of dogtooth snapper, amberjack, yellowtail and
cabrilla were taken.



The combined panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent
out approximately 182 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a
fish count of:

3 striped marlin, 36 wahoo, 12 sailfish, 2 yellowtail, 96 dorado, 375
yellowfin tuna,

14 amberjack, 10 cabrilla, 70 sierra, 5 dogtooth snapper, 24 misc. pargo,
16 rainbow runners and 400 skipjack .



Good Fishing, Eric

GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Nov 19, 2012; 10:51AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
www.flyhooker.com
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Cabo Fish Report
November 12 - 18, 2012

WEATHER: The birds are chirping outside this morning as they are very happy with this 73 degree weather, and so am I! We have been experiencing lows in the low 70's all week long and highs in the high 80's. Great weather, and everyone is commenting on it. We have had mostly clear skies this week with a few offshore and mountain area clouds, along the coastline it has been sunny. The wind has been light to non-existent with an occasional breezy hour or so in the late afternoon.
WATER: On the Pacific side of the Cape the water has been blue and the swells have been small at 3-5 feet early in the week and tapering down to 2-3 feet by weeks end. On the Cortez side the water has been a bit greener, but not really enough to be readily noticeable, and the swells have been 1-3 feet. Water on both sides of the Cape have been 82-84 degrees all week long with no apparent temperature breaks anywhere. With the light winds the water on the Cortez side yesterday looked like a mirror until noon, when a few breezes kicked in. On the Pacific side it was almost as smooth and flat.
BAIT: Our normal $3 each for Caballito and a few Mullet with some Sardines at $25 a bucket if you travel toward San Jose to get them. I know it's expensive, but trying for an hour to make your own bait really takes a chunk out of the fishing time, but it's always your choice. Frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: There were Blue Marlin this week as yesterday we had one client who had a double strike on them. Since he was fishing alone one was lost quickly but he managed to get the other one, estimated at between #200-#250 to the boat for pictures and a release. A couple who we had on another boat had a hook-up on another Blue estimated to be in the same size range but lost it after a short fight. Other boats reported strikes as well and these fish were within 3 miles of the beach on the Pacific side, caught while working the area for Dorado. In my report last week I said I had not heard of any Blues or Blacks being caught that week and I was notified via e-mail by a good friend that his Captain, who has caught Black Marlin as large as 742 pounds, had hooked one he estimated at 900 pounds on Thursday of last week. The boat was 15 miles to the south and they fought the fish for 6 hours, bringing it to leader 8 times before the line finally broke. You just never know what you are going to hook into out there! There were some scattered Striped Marlin along the coast line as well, but few of them were willing to eat a live bait, they were more interested in checking out the lures than anything else. Still, there were fish caught and as was the case last week, I thing the sucess rate was about 20%.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The current changed direction according to Captains who have been working the Gorda Banks looking for more of the big Tuna that were there for the Tuna Tournament. The shift in the direction has resulted in a shift in the fish as well and the methods that were taking fish are no longer working, the fish have to be there to catch them! Along the coast line on the Sea of Cortez there has been scattered concentrations of football to #25 Yellowfin, and chumming with Sardines has worked to bring them up where they can be caught. The only problem is weeding through the white Skipjack, but even these white Skipjack are good to eat and fight hard. Unless you are a die-hard big tuna guy, these fish offer lots of action and good table fare as well. Elsewhere the action has been spotty as there have been few Porpoise pods that have been holding tuna. Once in a while one is found and the first boat there has fantastic action on fish to 40 pounds, but for the most part these fish have been absent this week.



DORADO: Dorado have regained their title of “fish of the week”. We went through a three day dry spell as many of our anglers can attest, but that may have been due to the new moon on the 13th. By the 16th the action resumed on the Pacific side close to the beach. Being in the right place at the right time was key to a good catch close to home as the bite was early, and getting a fish hooked quickly resulted in others following it in. In the area from the Arch to Migraino Beach the fish were scattered in small groups. For boats willing to make a run of 1 ˝ hours to outside Todo Santos at the end of the week, the action was wide open. A few boat charged a fuel surcharge to go there as that is quite a fuel consuming trip, but if you just chugged your way up there after running for ˝ hour you missed the wide open bite, you still caught fish, but not as many. And these fish were decent sized, most of them in the #20 class or better. Boats working the inshore area on the Sea of Cortez caught Dorado while working for Yellowfin, but not in quantity and the fish were not as large. Remember, the limit is two Dorado per angler!
WAHOO: The only Wahoo action I heard of this week was at the end of the week in the Todo Santos area by boats that went there for the Dorado. One boat reported landing 5 Wahoo in one trip, but the fish were smaller sized, in the 12-20 pound class.
INSHORE: I don't think there was any change in the inshore fishing with the exception of a few decent Grouper being caught. Scattered small Roosterfish, not many of them but a few that averaged 10 pounds, a few Sierra on the Pacific side and a few early Yellowtail, not large but in the 10 pound range were pretty much the basis of the catch reported by the few Pangas that actually fish the conventional inshore fishery. Most of the Pangas were going for Dorado and Tuna, good action and more fun.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe! A really good one for Dorado!
NOTES: Thanksgiving is coming up and as we do every year, we are having 30 or so people over to the house for dinner. A 25 pound turkey in the oven, a prime rib on the grill, everyone bringing side dishes and drinks. I forgot what hard work it is to get the house presentable and everything set up. Boy, are we going to be busy this week. I think we will once again have a great time, last year we had 36 people and everyone enjoyed it. I hope your Holiday is a good one as well! Until next week, tight lines!

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GORDO BANKS PANGAS

San Jose del Cabo



November 18, 2012

Anglers –



Ideal weather patterns continue to attract crowds of anglers in the
direction of Southern Baja California. Warm sunny skies with temperatures
reaching into the 80s, variable winds, more predominate from out of the
north. Ocean swells were minimal, tidal swings are high now and water
temperatures are ranging from 80 to 84 degrees. Currents are appearing
favorable for an extended fall season, possible into the new year.



Last week WON held their annual Tuna Jackpot Tournament, this event is the
highest stake tuna tournament in the world and definitely lived up to its
billing once again. The majority of the 121 teams concentrated their
efforts on the Gordo Banks, as these fishing grounds had been the only
place where larger yellowfin had been consistently found for the past
month. Local knowledge would definitely be imperative, knowing exactly how
to fish these particular grounds is an art passed down through the
generations. In a story book ending, the local La Playita team aboard the
custom sportfisher “Estrella del Norte” pulled off first place honors with
an incredible super cow that weighed in at 372 pounds, walking away with a
check for $223 thousand dollars. Great achievement for these local anglers,
big congratulations goes out to team members James Rosenwald, Donald
Luhita, Carlos and Eduardo Beltran.



There is only one drawback to this tournament being held during the busy
fall season, as this puts tremendous pressure on the inshore bait source,
namely sardinas, as scores of these teams spend days gathering as many
freshly brined sardinas as possible in order to have the steady chum to
give them the possible edge needed to hook that winning fish. We have
noticed for the past several seasons that immediately following this event
there has been a significant shortage of baitfish available to supply the
busy charter fleets, commercial netters are scrambling to find sufficient
sources. There is a combined factor that these same baitfish follow
migratory patterns, but there is the issue of relentless pressure on the
available source that should be addressed and there should be set limits of
how much of a certain bait source a team can acquire.



Charter fleets have been fishing in areas where they have been able secure
baitfish, some days near Santa Maria and once again they are finding
batfish inshore near Vinorama, either spot has been a long run for boats
departing out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina. Punta Gorda and Iman Bank has
been producing action on yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 18 pound range, mixed
with skipjack and at times the fish are just coming to the surface in brief
periods of flurries. Some charters scratched to get three or four tuna and
others had their limits per angler. The larger sized yellowfin remain on
the Gordo Bank, but have become more elusive, heavy yacht pressure on the
Outer Banks does not make it easy for the normal day charter boats to be
able to drift fish how they normally prefer to do. Every day we are still
seeing a few fish in the 100 to 200 pound class being accounted for, but
this is for quite few boats, not a lot of hook ups considering how many
lines are in the water. We expect these yellowfin tuna to continue to hold
around the Gordo Banks as long as these conditions remain to their liking.



Wahoo have seemed to have had lockjaw this past week, there were scattered
reports of lines being cut off and baits sliced in half, but very few wahoo
have actually been brought in to the docks and this is the time of year
when we expect to see more activity for these prized gamefish. Perhaps we
will benefit from late season action, since water temperatures are still
holding a bit higher than normal.



The combined panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent
out approximately 215 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a
fish count of:

4 striped marlin, 12 wahoo, 9 sailfish, 3 yellowtail, 105 dorado, 955
yellowfin tuna,

8 amberjack, 16 cabrilla, 45 sierra, 16 pargo, 22 rainbow runners and 850
skipjack .



Good Fishing, Eric





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Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
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 Nov 12, 2012; 12:22PM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
gmlandrum@hotmail.com
www.flyhooker.com
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Cabo Fish Report
November 5 - 11, 2012

WEATHER: I love this time of the year in Cabo. We get the nice cool evenings when the temperature is right around 80 degrees, mornings with a slight chill with low 70's and daytime where you can warm up a bit in the low 90's. No sweaters needed at night, but no air conditioning either! This week we had mostly sunny days with light clouds for most of the week. The winds were light except on Saturday when they freshened up a bit, but they never got strong.
WATER: On the Cortez side of the Cape this week we were seeing water from the beach out to the 1,000 fathom line showing 82.4 to 84.4 degrees while just past this area the water warmed up to the mid 85 degree range and did touch 86 degrees in a few areas. The water was mostly clean and blue with a few of the area in cooler water showing a touch of green, but nothing easy to notice. Add in the flat water with little wind and no swells to speak of and it was like being on a pool table. On the Pacific side it was 81 to 83 degrees all along the coast line from the beach out past the banks. The water was clean and blue with small swells and almost no wind most days. It did blow a bit on Saturday but not hard enough or long enough to get the swells up, just a bit of chop. UPDATE 11/11/12: The wind yesterday continued to blow the rest of the day and increased over the night. We went to the Pacific side this morning and only made it half way past the lighthouse to the Los Arcos area before turning back. Swells had picked up to 4-6 feet with the wind at 15-20 knots. Boats running the beach made it farther up, avoiding the wind chop and current lines, but I can't imagine that the water conditions off the beach were much better. Wind is supposed to lay down to 8-10 knots tomorrow, and like today from the NNW.
BAIT: Same as last week, Caballito and Mullet could be had at $3 each. Once the water cools a few more degrees there should be a few Mackerel showing up as well. There were Sardinas at $25 a bucket and plenty of them as boats were supplying enough for the Tuna Tournament. You could get frozen horse Bally-hoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: I heard of no reports I could verify of any Blue or Black Marlin this week, and I spent two days with a friend looking for only those fish while the W.O.N. Tuna tournament was going on. There were some Striped Marlin caught, but almost all were on the Pacific side, close to the beach. A few boats were dropping live bait down halfway to the bottom or all the way to the bottom and getting a few hook-ups, and there were a few fish spotted tailing that were willing to eat a live bait. Just as last week, I estimate that about 20% or fewer of the boats were able to catch a Striped Marlin this week. There were also few Sailfish, though a couple were caught, and they were found on the Cortez side in the warmer water.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Fish of the week! The only reason they have edged out the Dorado is the number of boats that were targeting them this week. Thursday and Friday were the two fishing days for the Yamaha/Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament and with 121 teams entered the pressure to find a big fish was heavy. Since practically the only area that has been producing any Yellowfin fish of quality has been the Gordo Banks, my friend Mike of”Renegade Mike” told me it was almost a parking lot with over 70 boats positioned on and around the area on the first day. The pressure was too much for some of the boats on the second day so they left and targeted Dorado and Wahoo instead. The results were impressive with the largest fish caught being 372 pounds! Mike caught the largest Tuna of day one with a #266 and ended up taking second overall along with a fish that would have been fourth place if the money had paid out that far. There were a dozen fish over 200 pounds caught during the tournament, and all but one came from the Gordo area. The tournament has no idea of the numbers of smaller fish but there were plenty of them! Most of these fish were taken by boats that were chunking bonito or chumming with Sardinas, and you were not getting bit if you did not have flouro-carbon leader, the fish were very shy. The only other area that produced Yellowfin was a school on the second day approximately 12 miles to the north of the Golden Gate Bank. I only saw 6 boats working this school, four of them flying kites, but one of the 200+ pound fish was caught from this school.



DORADO: I think the results of the Tuna tournament speak of the Dorado fishing as far as size goes as there were no Dorado weighed over 30 pounds, even with $78,000 U.S. on the line the second day. But there were lot's of them out there! Almost all the action was on the Pacific side between the Los Arcos area all the way to Todo Santos. Fishing within two miles of the beach using drifted or slow trolled live bait, or fishing a spread of lures, every boat that tried was able to limit out on fish that ran from 10 to 20 pounds with a few to 25 pounds. As usual, getting the first one hooked up and leaving it in the water behind the boat resulted in more fish coming in and better catches. With most of the boats on the first day concentrating on Yellowfin the pressure on the Dorado was light, but on the second day of the tournament it picked up a bit. Now that the tournament is over you can expect the pressure on the Dorado to return as they are the base of the charter operations this time of year.
WAHOO: Once again Wahoo action was sporadic with quite a few small fish caught and no really large ones. The action was spread out all over the place with fish being caught around the Punta Gordo area and up off of Todo Santos. Looking for them along the 50 fathom line or closer in resulted in fish that were in the 20 pound class. The largest one weighed in during the Tuna tournament was only #30.4 and ended up taking the $78,000 prize in the Wahoo/Dorado category. My math makes that fish worth $2,565.78 a pound!
INSHORE: There was no change in the inshore fishing report for this week . You can almost consider the Yellowfin, Skipjack and Dorado bite as inshore fishing since the main concentration was in less than 300 feet of water, and since it has been so good, few of the Pangas did any fishing right on the beach. Those that did found a few smaller sized Roosterfish, plenty of Needle-fish, a scattering of Jack Crevalle but not a lot of anything else. I did hear of a few Sierra being caught, but not any large numbers.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe! A really good one for Dorado!
NOTES: The tournaments are now over and it is time to settle in for the season. It appears as if both the Tuna and Dorado may be here for a little while longer, at least for the next month or so. Hopefully the Striped Marlin bite will turn on soon. When we start to see more Mackerel in the bait supplies there should be more Striped Marlin showing. Remember, all I do is fishing (with a bit of golf thrown in) so you get a no non-sense, factual report on our conditions every week, and most of the time I have been on the water a day or two myself. I have had a few questions about how I get my information, and after 13 years here I have an amazing number of phone numbers that I work every week, besides by own experience. Combine the calls I make to Captains, I talk to great numbers of anglers, both clients and non-clients to find out how they did and where they went. This weeks report was written to the music of Brian Flynn once again as I am looking forward to his bands concert this Sunday at the outdoor amphitheater in the new cultural center. (Brian has played with Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Loverboy, Ralph Dinosaur, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchett, Southern Rock Allstars and Guess Who). Looking forward to it! Until next week, tight lines!

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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo

November 11, 2012
Anglers


This
time period always is one of the busiest of the year for the Los Cabos area, no
exception this season, as anglers from across the globe are arriving by the
plane load, with high expectations of fun times to be had by all. The weather
has been ideal, sunny skies, with highs in the lower 80s. Some moderate winds
blowing out of the north, but for the most part anglers enjoyed comfortable
ocean conditions. The last event of this season’s high stake fishing
tournaments is being held at this time, this is the WON Tuna Jackpot, with some
120 teams participating this year, surely there will be some monster fish
stories developing.

Ocean
currents are remaining a bit warmer than usual for this time period,
temperatures have ranged 82/84 degrees throughout most of the region. Clean
blue water is now moving right in close to the shoreline. Supplies of sardinas
also become scarcer during these high pressure times, just too many charters to
supply live bait to, the resource can be limited and these baitfish also have
their migratory patterns. Waiting for bait was worth the time if you were after
the fast action for the 10 to 20 pound yellowfin tuna, which were found within a
mile of shore, several spots were
holding schooling tuna, area off of Punta Gorda was one of the most productive,
also the Iman Bank had good numbers.

The
majority of charters out of San Jose del Cabo were concentrating on the inshore
grounds, where the yellowfin tuna dominated the action, lots of skipjack were
mixed in and there were scattered small schools of dorado. Wahoo were showing
more signs of activity, The Iman Bank early in the morning was one of the reefs
where these fish are now being encountered, many juvenile sized wahoo in the
area, a few wahoo in the 40 to 50 pound class were landed. Slow trolling trap
rigged larger sized baitfish or higher speed troll with Rapalas, purple once
again has been the hot pattern.

The
only place where anyone has heard about seeing or catching larger sized
yellowfin tuna in the Sothern Baja region has been on the Gordo Banks, this
action has been going on for the last month, tuna to over 300 pounds have been
taken, with scores of fish in the 150 to 250 pound class accounted for. Heavy
pressure on these yellowfin makes them even more finicky. All of these tuna are
striking on various baits, chunk, strip, whole baits, dead and live, active chumming
necessary to entice the fish to feed. The panga fleets did account for several
fish over 200 pounds this past week, the way the conditions seem now, this bite
could last through the next month.

Only
limited action being found off the bottom now, with a handful of amberjack,
snapper and cabrilla being the most common species, most of these fish were in
the 5 to 15 pound class. A few early season sierra are starting to patrol
inshore waters.

The combined panga fleets out of La Playita,
Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent out approximately 245 charters for the week, with
anglers accounting for a fish count of:
16 wahoo, 7 sailfish, 405 dorado, 1580
yellowfin tuna, 13 amberjack, 5 dogtooth snapper, 22 cabrilla, 22 sierra, 8
roosterfish, 20 pargo and 1250 skipjack .

Good Fishing, Eric



GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson
Owner/Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos 011 52 624 142-1147
ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
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 Nov 5, 2012; 11:23AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
 Author E-mail:  gmlandrum@hotmail.com
Report Description: FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
Captain George Landrum
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Cabo Fish Report
October 29-November 4, 2012

WEATHER: It was a pleasure this week to be out and about in Cabo as our daytime highs never seemed to top the mid 90's. That was the middle of the day and even then there was so little humidity it did not feel hot. At night we got into the mid 70's, not cool enough for a sweater but perfect for walking around. As a matter of fact, this week was perfect for hanging at the beach, getting out on the golf course or spending time on the water. With clear skies all week long plenty of visitors were able to work on their tans as well.
WATER: The Pacific side of the Cape had swells at 2-5 feet all week long, and with light breezes from the northwest most of the week there was some slight chop late in the day, but never anything uncomfortable. The water between San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks averaged 82 degrees while the water right along the beach was several degrees warmer. On the Cortez side the water was several degrees warmer at 85 degrees at the beginning of the week and dropping an average of ˝ to 1 degree at the end of the week. With swells at small to non-existent the water was almost like glass with light wind riffles until Saturday. On Saturday the wind changed direction and started coming from the East. This gave a bit of chop to the water but with the small swells it was nothing to worry about. As the week went on the currents pushed the warmer water from the Cortez side across the tip of the Cape and it's influence was starting to be felt directly off of the Cape, which had been a continuation of the Pacific side early in the week.
BAIT: Caballito and Mullet could be had at $3 each, but the number of Mullet seem to be dropping off. Once the water cools a few more degrees there should be a few Mackerel showing up as well. There were Sardinas at $25 a bucket and you could get frozen horse Bally-hoo at $3 each.
FISHING:
BILLFISH: The number of Striped Marlin caught this week was not impressive, my guess is that about 20% of the boats managed to get a billfish. A few boats managed to get their anglers into two fish, but they were the exception. Most of the action seemed to happen on the Pacific side right in the transition zone between the warm and slightly cooler water off of the beach, but there were also fish found on the Cortez side at the 95 Spot and the 1150, though those fish were more likely to just look at a lure or bait than eat. There are still a few Sailfish around as well, but once again they are not in the numbers we were seeing a month ago. I did not hear of any large Blue or Black Marlin being caught this week, but there were several small ones reported released, and I did see several small Blues brought into the main dock area.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: There has been a very good bite on football sized Yellowfin tuna from 8 to 15 pounds near shore between Grey Rock and Palmilla this week. These Yellowfin are mixed in with “White” Skipjack in the same size range and have offered anglers great action all morning long as long as the Sardinas chum lasts. With these Skipjack being good eating, unlike the “Black” Skipjack (with the three black spots at the base of the pectoral fin) there has been plenty of good eating fish available. For larger Yellowfin almost the only other option was working the grounds at the Gorda Banks. There were not a large number of fish caught every day, but there were quality fish. Putting in the time while drifting live baits or slow trolling a down-rigger or chunking cut bait and Sardinas sometimes resulted in a cow Yellowfin over 200 pounds. Offshore the action was extremely slow as the pods of porpoise that were found tended not to have any fish associated with them. There were a few exceptions, but the fish were not large ones, mainly in the 20-30 pound class. I guess you can figure out where most of the boats in this weeks Tuna tournament are going to be fishing, huh?



DORADO: Good one week and not the next, then good again, what can we say? The Dorado action this week was very good with almost everyone wanting them coming in with limits. There was a lot of consistent, but scattered action along the Pacific coastline as boats worked their way from the arch all the way to Todo Santos. One fish here, two fish there, and so on until a limit was had. A few boats were able to find floating debris offshore and filled limits working one spot, but most boats on the Pacific had to cover ground. On the Cortez side, boats that were working the Yellowfin and Skipjack just off the beach also had some good Dorado action as the chumming attracted these fish as well. It seems that the fish found on the Pacific side were slightly larger averaging 15 pounds while the fish with the tuna were averaging 10 pounds.
WAHOO: Wahoo action was sporadic this week, unlike the action last week. A few fish were caught, and the heavy chumming by boats fishing tuna brought Wahoo as well as the Dorado into the area. There were a few baits cut off that the anglers never knew had been touched as the razor toothed fish swiftly sliced through the light mono leader, but still a few were landed. Boats trolling Rapallas and Marauders did fair as they worked the drop-offs along the beach and pulled them over the high spots, but a lot of time was spent for just a few fish overall.
INSHORE: You can almost consider the Yellowfin, Skipjack and Dorado bite as inshore fishing since the main concentration was in less than 300 feet of water, and since it has been so good, few of the Pangas did any fishing right on the beach. Those that did found a few smaller sized Roosterfish, plenty of Needle-fish, a scattering of Jack Crevalle but not a lot of anything else. I did hear of a few Sierra being caught, but not any large numbers.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: The big news this week is the Yamaha/Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament. It is only $800 to enter so it is affordable to everyone, which has made it known as the Blue-Collar or Working Mans tournament. There are jackpots, drawings, prizes and parties galore. Registration is on Wednesday with the fishing taking place on Thursday and Friday with the awards ceremony on Saturday. You can get more information at the official website, www.loscabostunajackpot.com. It makes for a hectic week, and it's lots of fun. I have know teams to put together enough money to enter and never fish or plan to fish, they just want a chance to win the prizes and attend the parties! I will give the results in next weeks report if you want to check it out. This weeks report was written to the music of violinist Alex Dupue and guitarist Miguel De Hoyos on their album “Underground Whispers in A”. Google these guys and check out the music! Until next week, tight lines!

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November 4, 2012

Anglers –



The Los Cabos area is now bustling with anglers, visitors are enjoying
pristine weather conditions and with no new threatening storms forming at
this time, it appears this same favorable pattern will continue. Mornings
are cooler, light sweatshirt are recommended, skies have been clear,
pleasantly warm, reaching the low 80’s. Trade winds at daybreak were from
offshore and then the breeze would shift from out of the north/northeast.
At times the seas were choppy in the direction of Iman and the East Cape.
Ocean water temperatures were averaging 81/84 degrees and clean blue water
is now found within a mile shore.



Anglers found comfortable seas, particularly closer to shore, where some of
the most consistent fishing action for the past few weeks has been. The
grounds off of Santa Maria to Cerro Colorado have produced a quality mix of
yellowfin tuna, skipjack, dorado and wahoo. No significant numbers of wahoo
yet, but everyday some are being hooked into on trolled lures, Rapala XRaps
in purple have been taking a good share of strikes. The majority of the
wahoo strikes reportedly were taken earlier in the day, then the action on
the yellowfin tuna skipjack and dorado dominated the bite. Yellowfin tuna
in the 10 to 16 lb. class were schooling with what the locals refer to as
“white skipjack”, very feisty aggressive fish which are fair eating as
well, unlike the black skipjack



The recent full moon was exceptionally bright and seemed to slow the action
down a notch or two. Heavy boat pressure now as well, Los Cabos is no
longer the small fishing town it was, hard to keep a hot spot secret, the
word is out that the cow sized yellowfin tuna are schooling on the Gordo
Banks. Everyday tuna of 200 pounds are being landed, no great numbers, but
there are a handful of impressive sized tuna being landed daily. Some days
more than others, at times the yellowfin would show breezing the surface or
be seen feeding in the chunk bait slick, these fish are present in force,
but are finicky to bite, all of these larger grade of tuna are striking on
various baits, live, dead, chunk or combinations. Anglers are now mainly
drift fishing baits while chumming, normally a recipe of sardinas mixed
with chunks of skipjack. It is wise to use heavier 80 pound tackle,
fluorocarbon 80 to 120 lb. has been most common leader, as these tuna
became progressively more line shy through the past week. Largest yellowfin
tuna brought in this week for the local panga fleet was landed by Michael
Brady of Pasadena and weighed in at 280 pounds. Brady was fishing aboard
the 23 ft. “Katie” with skipper Jesus Pino on the Gordo Banks, fish
apparently hit on a couple of dead sardinas mixed with a piece of skipjack
chunk bait. Other specimens up to 260 lb. were brought to the docks and of
course many big fish were lost after long battles due to broken lines or
pulled hooks.



During the full moon period baitfish are often harder to find, they seem to
scatter into deeper waters. Despite having to search harder, bait netters
were able to find sufficient supplies of sardinas and these have definitely
been the choice of bait necessary for the inshore football tuna, skipjack
and dorado action. Larger concentrations of schooling sardinas were found
from Palmilla, towards Santa Maria, on some days pangeros were able to find
the baitfish in close proximity of the PLC jetty entrance. Depending on
where charters were able to obtain bait dictated on which fishing grounds
were in practical range. For this reason not that many numbers of charters
did fish the Iman to San Luis area this past week, those that did had mixed
reports, encountering wind chop, some anglers reported one or two fish and
others caught eight to ten. A mix of dorado, tuna and a chance at wahoo.
The yellowfin found around Iman Bank were larger than the fish off of Santa
Maria, some of these were to 20/25 pounds.



Not much bottom action these days, with tuna and other surface species now
available most charters are targeting these fish. As water temperatures
drop a few degrees we expect some better options for bottom dwellers to
open up.



The combined panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent
out approximately 182 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a
fish count of:

20 wahoo, 8 sailfish, 355 dorado, 1160 yellowfin tuna, 6 amberjack, 4
dogtooth snapper, 16 sierra, 24 pargo and 1500 skipjack .



Good Fishing, Eric





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