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 Nov 24, 2019; 11:20AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
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November 17, 2019

Anglers –

Large crowds of anglers continue to
arrive, as the peak fall season will be
winding down in a couple of weeks.
Weather patterns have been abnormally
unpredictable, with winds out of the
north increasing, creating choppy
seas. Presently we are following
development and forecast for Tropical
Storm Raymond, which is expected to
bring significant rainfall to Southern
Baja, strong winds and has forced Port
Closure for at least Sunday, most
likely Monday as well. Also the annual
local Wahoo tournament was canceled
and rescheduled for Dec. 15. Looks as
though by Monday mid-day this rare
late season topical system will pass to
the north and dissipate rapidly.
Water temperature averaging 80 degree
through much of the region.

Sportfishing fleets are covering all
directions, most local fleets are now
working the grounds from the Gordo
Banks to Vinorama. Bait vendors are
selling caballito, limited sardinas,
ballyhoo and slabs of squid, on the
Pacific there are schools of mackerel,
the next month is when these
baitfish start to move towards the sea
of Cortez. Most common target
species now have been yellowfin tuna,
wahoo, dorado and billfish, more
marlin action now towards Cabo San
Lucas.

The yellowfin tuna action had vanished
off of the areas north of Gordo,
especially near San Luis Bank. This
week there were once again a quality
grade of tuna to over 100 lb, was found
on local grounds, including one 240
lb. cow Friday afternoon, no big
numbers, but everyday a handful are
being
brought in, with many others being
lost. Bite was sporadic, some fish
hooked early, then dead action for
hours, but maybe later they go on
another bite. Most all of these
yellowfin were striking on strips of
squid,
lots of chum needed to keep making
continued drifts. Some charters had as
many as three or four tuna, most felt
lucky to have one. Also some smaller
football sized tuna found with sardinas
or hoochies, scattered bite though.

This week we saw more dorado than
previously, though more dorado were
being
found towards Cabo San Lucas and the
Pacific, where we heard of some bulls
to 30 lb., the dorado off of San Jose
del Cabo have been mainly under ten
pounds. Wahoo action continued to be
more consistent near Vinorama, though
this bite slowed during passing of
recent full moon, fish still being
seen,
but more finicky, best chances have
been on slow trolled baits, such as
caballito, skipjack or chihuil. A few
fish also striking on Rapalas, but
not as many lure strikes as we
traditionally would expect. In recent
days
charters were doing well to land a
wahoo or two, the fish brought in were
weighing up to 45 lb. An occasional
striped marlin or sailfish were hooked
on these same grounds as where the
wahoo, tuna, dorado were encountered.

With the windier conditions and
combined currents, not a whole lot of
bottom action going on, mainly
triggerfish, we did see more of the
bonito
showing, a few red snapper and an odd
leopard grouper or barred pargo.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 134 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 1 blue marlin, 4 striped
marlin, 28 dorado, 44 yellowfin tuna,
45 wahoo, 10 yellow snapper, 5 barred
pargo, 4 leopard grouper, 3 amberjack,
48 Mexican bonito, 8 yellow snapper,
6 sierra, 12 roosterfish, 2 surgeon
fish, 8 golden eyed tilefish and 35
triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric







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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 Nov 6, 2019; 07:54PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
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November 3, 2019

Anglers –

*Fall season is now at its peak, as
scores of anglers are arriving daily,
many of them now preparing for
tournaments, including the WON Tuna
Jackpot
scheduled for this coming week. This
Sunday is the Los Cabos Iron Man
event, which means many streets and
Hwy. closures, adding to already
congested logistics or trying to get
anywhere. Fall weather patterns
started off calm this week, before the
north winds picked back up mid-week,
even had one day where there was light
scattered rainfall. Ocean water
temperature ranged 80 to 84 degrees
with moderate swells and at times swift
currents.*

*Always heavy pressure this time of
year on local bait resources, we are
now seeing a combination of sardinas,
slabs of squid, caballito, ballyhoo
and some skippers able to find chihuil.
Surprisingly supplies are holding
up better than we would imagine, will
be interesting to see how supplies
hold through this month.*

*Charters are scouting out all
directions, most local sportfishing
fleets
are fishing grounds from the Gordo
Banks, Iman, San Luis and as far north
as Vinorama. Action has been spread
out and changing from day to day, as
to where the bite is best. Early week
the best action proved to be for
wahoo near Vinorama, finding the
chihuil baitfish was the secret to
success, not always easy to obtain
these candy baits, more of a super
panga
deal, on certain high spots with
specialized rigs. Not many wahoo were
striking the trolled lures at this
time, best chances were on slow trolled
trap hooked baits and early morning
before too many boats congregated. The
wahoo were averaged in the 25 to 35 lb.
class. High boats brought in five,
other one, two or three, of course many
other were lost for the normal
wahoo reasons.*

*Dorado remained scarce and scattered,
only seeing one or two fish for all
groups of charter’s per day, we heard
of more numbers on the Pacific, but
even there the dorado were not nearly
as numerous as previous months. More
marlin appeared, even in the direction
off of San Jose del, though the
billfish were much more active towards
Cabo San Lucas and on the Pacific.
We even had some sailfish and at least
one 180 lb. class blue marlin was
accounted for. With the warmer water
there are still chances at the larger
sized black and blue marlin.*

*Yellowfin tuna were elusive, being
targeted on San Luis Banks, as wells as
Gordo Banks, though very few were
actually landed this week, most of the
tuna we did see were in the 60 to 90
lb. range, a few smaller 10 to 20 lb.
These yellowfin hit a wide variety pf
baits, not on lures, Drift fishing
with squid or using chihuil and live
skipjack produced strikes. Heavy
pressure, combined with lots of nature
food source, swift currents, now
have these fish skittish and finicky,
of course on any given day they could
become more aggressive, they are
definitely still yellowfin through the
area.*

*Not much off the bottom, triggerfish,
bonito, smaller sized snapper and
cabrilla were the most common, swift
currents have not helped that action
at all.*

*Along the shoreline there were good
numbers of juvenile roosterfish, which
should always be released, also some
early season sierra and jack crevalle
in the mix.*

*The combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 140 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 1 blue marlin, 2 sailfish,
14 striped marlin, 18 yellowfin tuna,
11 dorado, 52 wahoo, 4 barred pargo,
10 leopard grouper, 38 Mexican bonito,
8 yellow snapper, 2 dogtooth
snapper, 8 sierra, 6 Pacific golden
eyed tilefish, 4 rainbow runner, 4 jack
crevalle, 24 roosterfish and 25
triggerfish.*



*Good Fishing, Eric*






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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 Oct 27, 2019; 08:42AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
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October 27, 2019

Anglers –

*Busy times now in Los Cabos, peak fall
tourist season, attracting hundreds
of anglers from around the world, many
of them participating in some of the
world’s richest fishing tournaments,
where pay outs can be in the millions
of dollars. Weather settled down,
perfect all around conditions, clear
sunny skies, slightly brisk now early
mornings, though days are still quite
warm. Ocean swells minimal, with
moderate variable breezes, shifting to
the
typical fall pattern, off the land,
from the west early, then switching
later out of the northeast, Ocean water
temperature ranged 82 to 85 degrees
from the Pacific and up past Los
Frailes, or in the direction of the Sea
of
Cortez.*

*Sportfishing fleets and tournament
participants are scouting out all
directions, searching all possible
options. Majority of local charters are
now concentrating on the grounds from
the Gordo Banks to Iman, San Luis and
some venturing as far as Vinorama.
Heavy pressure always means various
bait
options can become limited due to
unavailable resource. Though this week
with patience there seemed to be
sufficient supplies of sardinas, slabs
of
squid and caballito. Sardinas were
scarcer near the marina jetty’s and are
now seen schooling off of Chileno,
which means long back track for local
bait vendors, as well as later start
for anglers, if they want this bait
option. Other anglers are going early,
directly with squid and then some
are catching chihuil on certain high
spots, which proved to be probably the
best chance now at hooking into a
wahoo. Sardinas and the squid were best
choice for finding any yellowfin tuna
action. Dorado became very scattered,
saw very few this week, not many
billfish from the standard charters,
more
sailfish than others, a higher
percentage of anglers were preferring
to
target wahoo or tuna.*

*Yellowfin tuna were found in recent
days on the San Luis Bank, drift
fishing with various baits, mainly
sardinas and strips of squid. Yellowfin
tuna to over 100 lb. were caught, the
majority of the tuna hooked into
were in the 60 to 90 lb. class, no big
numbers, but later in the week this
bite did improve, some anglers later a
couple of quality tuna. Only a
handful of football sized yellowfin
most were quality grade, of course lots
of black skipjack and bonito to fight
with.*

*Not many wahoo seemed to want the
trolled lures, this week live bait
proved best, particularly off of
Vinorama, finding the live chihuil
baitfish was not always an east
guarantee. AS is the normal case, many
more
wahoo strikes were lost compared to
actual fish landed. With the water
temperature now still so warm, we
expect wahoo action to be even better
through next couple of months.*

*The a whole lot of bottom action even
being attempted now, on and off
currents and really nothing big
happening, more triggerfish, bonito and
smaller sized snapper.*

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 110 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 4 sailfish, 5 striped
marlin, 88 yellowfin tuna, 9 dorado, 68
wahoo, 12 leopard grouper, 35
Mexican bonito, 19 yellow snapper, 3
dogtooth snapper, 4 pompano, 8 sierra,
6 spotted rose snapper, 12 rainbow
runner, 8 Pacific golden eyed tilefish
and 80 triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 Oct 27, 2019; 08:41AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
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October 20, 2019

Anglers –

*The annual high stake billfish
tournaments are now on going, with the
granddaddy event of them all, the
Bisbee Black & Blue, scheduled for this
next week. So needless to say there are
large numbers of visiting anglers
now arriving. Last weekend’s scattered
rain squalls, turned into more like
isolated monsoons, very heavy rain on
and off, which did cause major
flooding in low lying locations. Now
conditions are clear, drying out, high
humidity just now starting to relent.
Over the full moon period the winds
became more unpredictable in recent
days, coming from the north and at the
same time swirling from the south.
Ocean water temperature has ranged 80
to
85 degrees, warmer currents in the
direction of the Sea of Cortez. With
recent squalls, winds and currents, we
saw varying ocean clarity. Most
sportfishing charters locally were
concentrating efforts on the grounds
from the Gordo Banks to Iman and
Vinorama. Bait supplies consisted of
sardinas, being netted in the surf zone
north of the marina at first light,
also caballito, slabs of squid,
ballyhoo, chihuil and skipjack being
used.*

*Local Ports was closed partially
Sunday and totally on Monday due to
thunderstorms, fleets were back in
operation Tuesday morning. Charters
began scouting out to see where the
best action could be found. Overall the
bite proved to be more scattered than
they were pre-storm. Combined factors
of being full moon, baitfish a bit
scarcer, added pressure, etc…More
success proved to be found while using
various baits, versus trolling
lures. *

*The Gordo Banks produced a handful of
yellowfin tuna up in the 100 lb.
range, though numbers of yellowfin tuna
found were higher near Iman Bank,
still very spotty through the week,
with anglers fortunate to land one or
two tuna, with the majority ranging in
the 20 to 70 lb. class. Dorado were
scattered on these same grounds, found
in smaller sized schools, while
trolling lures, rigged ballyhoo,
sardinas and chihuil. Most of the
dorado
we saw were in the 5 to 20 lb. range,
heard of some larger bulls found on
the Pacific.*

*Wahoo action being very good the
previous week, slowed down over recent
rainy and full moon period. Anglers who
did best were the few that were
able to find chihuil for use as bait
for slow trolling. A handful also hit
of Rapalas and rigged ballyhoo, we
expect wahoo to become more active as
conditions return to their liking.*

*A few sailfish and striped marlin
being caught on the grounds off San
Jose
del Cabo, we heard of more billfish
action on the Pacific and during the
tournament they have weighed in
impressive black and blue marlin.*

*Minimal bottom fishing being done now,
no numbers of anything but
triggerfish, a few amberjack, cabrilla,
pargo, snapper and bonito.*

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 90 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 3 sailfish, 7 striped
marlin, 72 yellowfin tuna, 76 dorado,
28 wahoo, 8 leopard grouper, 22
Mexican bonito, 1 broomtail grouper, 12
yellow snapper, 2 dogtooth snapper,
4 pompano, 1 mullet snapper, 5 surgeon
fish, 12 sierra, 8 amberjack, 6
rainbow runner and 125 triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 Oct 14, 2019; 08:26AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com