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 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







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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
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October 13, 2019

Anglers –

Increasing numbers of anglers are
arriving each day, in the next couple
of
weeks the crowds of the fall season
crowds will be peaking. Weather is now
transitioning, noticeably cooler early
mornings, though days are still
warm, very humid, more tropical cloud
cover and over the weekend major rain
squalls, We saw wide varying ocean
conditions this week, from flat glass,
no breeze at all, to swirling winds and
choppy seas.

The fishing action was almost as
unpredictable as the wither patterns.
One
day very few fish would cooperate, next
day we had great action for the
elusive wahoo, then the yellowfin tuna
action became more active, dorado
were spotty, but some nice schools were
occasionally encountered, at times
close to shore, others further
offshore. On Friday, legendary La
Playita
local pangero Hugo Pino brought in a
yellowfin that weighed in at 264 lb.,
impressive cow, first of this class we
have heard about this season off of
the Gordo Banks, the tuna hit on a live
skipjack. On Saturday local super
panga skipper Chame Pino landed a 111
lb. tuna

Through most of the week the more
consistent all around action was near
Iman Bank, also north to San Luis and
Vinorama. Sardinas were now being
netted ear the marina jetty, already
becoming more limited as season
becomes busier, ballyhoo was a great
option for wahoo, slabs of squid were
using for drift fishing for the tuna,
caballito were another option. A few
charters were searching for chihuil,
which were ideal for wahoo, when
obtainable. Through mid-week the wahoo
went on a great bite, fish to over
40 lb., striking trolled Rapalas,
skirted lead heads and various baits.
Rigged ballyhoo proved to work
especially well. Some charters had as
many
as four wahoo, while losing other
strikes. Things can happen quickly with
these speedsters are aggressive.

Yellow tuna action was mainly centered
on Iman Ban, but this week a handful
of nicer quality tuna came off of the
Gordo Banks. Bite was spotty from day
to day, as currents and water clarity
was fluctuating, best bet for the
yellowfin seemed to be drift fishing
with sardinas, squid and also slow
trolling smaller sized skipjack. We saw
yellowfin tuna this week from
football sized, all the way up to cows
of 264 lb. most tuna we are seeing
were in the 15 to 70 lb. range.

Dorado became more scattered that they
had been, though there are some
decent schools of these fish being
found, of the fish we did see, we saw
more respectable sized 10 to 20 lb.
specimens.

We heard of more striped marlin
activity out of Cabo San Lucas, though
on
the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo
and towards the north there was some
striped marlin and a few sailfish
reported.

Off the bottom there was no consistent
bite going on, a scattering of
pargo, snapper, cabrilla, bonito and
the highlight were several dogtooth
snapper up to 45 lb., we have not seen
many of those fish this season.

*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: 1 sailfish, 6 striped
marlin, 68 yellowfin tuna, 29 dorado,
47 wahoo, 7 leopard grouper, 8
Mexican bonito, 8 yellow snapper, 3
dogtooth snapper, 2 barred pargo, 3
pompano, 6 sierra, 4 amberjack, 4
surgeon fish and 95 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 8, 2019; 11:04AM - 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 6, 2019

Anglers –

The busy fall season has already
started, we saw much larger crowds of
anglers arriving and this will continue
through November. Last week we were
all closely watching the development
and progress of Tropical Storm Norda,
we ended up being very fortunate as
this system stayed along the mainland
and never made much impact at all on
Southern Baja, just a few sprinkles
and cloud cover and of course increased
tropical humidity. Weather patterns
are changing progressively now, cooler
mornings, though high temperatures
are still around 90 degrees. Forecast
looks clear for now, which is a
relief for all of the vising anglers
and fleet operators as well,

Calm ocean now, with very slight
breezes, water temperature in the 83/84
degree range and clear blue water close
to shore. Bait has consisted of
sardinas, being netted near the marina
jetty areas, also some caballito,
ballyhoo and slabs of squid available.
Main fishing grounds being
concentrated on have been from Palmilla
Pint to Iman Bank and in between.

The action for yellowfin tuna slowed
way down, as more black skipjack were
schooling on the same tuna grounds,
early in the week a handful of
yellowfin up to 70 lb. were landed, but
after that it was more dorado and
wahoo which were dominating the action,
though over the weekend the tuna
action did seem to start back up near
the Iman bank, as several yellowfin
tuna in the 40 to 60 lb. class were
accounted for.. A new group of dorado
moved in, especially off of the
Palmilla Point, where limits were the
rule
for fish of 10 to 20 lb., they were
striking on a variety of trolling lures
as well as baits. Inspectors are now
regularly checking limits, so make
sure to not go over your two fish limit
of dorado.

Wahoo became more active as well, areas
to the north of Punta Gorda, as
well as off of Palmilla produced wahoo
to over 40 lb., trolling Rapalas
accounted for the majority of strikes,
some charters accounted for up to
three ‘hoo, which is good for this
early in the season.

We heard of some larger sized bull
dorado on the Pacific, up to 40 lb.,
though no big numbers at all. Also we
heard of a handful of cow sized
yellowfin tuna being encountered
offshore traveling with porpoise, we
expect to start seeing these large tuna
to make their way towards the Gordo
Banks soon, as they are running behind
schedule this year.

Not much going off the bottom, though
there were a few amberjack in the 50
lb. class landed, also a selection or
pargo, cabrilla, bonito, pompano and
triggerfish. Current has slacked, so
maybe that will help improve bottom
action, though most anglers now have
preferred to target the surface
species.

Billfish action out of San Jose del
Cabo was scattered, a few sailfish and
striped marlin being the main deal,
found on the same grounds such as Iman
Bank.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 102 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 3 sailfish, 5 striped
marlin, 32 yellowfin tuna, 325 dorado,
26 wahoo, 12 leopard grouper, 14
Mexican bonito, 16 yellow snapper, 12
big eye jack, 12 barred pargo, 8
pompano, 5 sierra, 9 amberjack and 75
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
 Sep 30, 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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September 29, 2019

Anglers –

Last week we were preoccupied with the
progression of Hurricane Lorena,
though the Los Cabos area ended up not
getting hit very hard at all, as
this small but the powerful system
changed direction and followed a path
towards the East Cape, where they felt
more substantial impact. Local
marinas were shut down for three days
over the weekend, reopening on Monday
morning. We are still seeing light
crowds of visitors, though within a
couple of weeks that will all change.
The weather is now transitioning,
noticeably cooler in the mornings,
though daytime highs are near 90
degrees
and it even feels warmer when you
combine the humidity heat index. Ocean
water temperature is now in the 82 to
84 degree range, still favorable for
storm activity. Weather is now very
tropical, can be unpredictable,
presently we are watching a new low
pressure area forming near Acapulco,
which has a good chance to become
Tropical Storm Narda, we will watch
what
happens with this in coming days. With
limited numbers of anglers in town,
most charters were now fishing the
grounds from Iman to Vinorama. Sardinas
were found off the beach stretches
north of Vinorama for the first part of
the week before scattering, over the
weekend the bait vendors searched for
sardinas schooling back near the marina
jetty.

The all-around action was spotty
through much of the week, as water
conditions had turned over and were off
colored, also there was a very
strong current sweeping through. As the
week progressed conditions
rebounded and reports were much better
for the weekend. Yellowfin tuna and
dorado were the most common species, an
occasional billfish or wahoo, also
a mix of bottom dwellers.

Drift fishing with sardinas, strips of
squid, chunks of skipjack or bolito
was the main method for enticing the
yellowfin, fish ranged in sizes from
15 to 75 lb. Bite was still a bit
scratchy, but some charters did account
for up to five tuna. Dorado numbers
were down from how they had been, found
in scattered schools, hard to find one
much larger than ten lb., so many of
the smaller dorado were released, as
anglers tried to fill out their two
fish limit with nicer sized specimens.

With the strong currents running that
did not help the bottom action, hard
to stay down, fish do not like battling
that either. We did see a few
smaller amberjack, leopard grouper,
yellow snapper, barred pargo, bonito
and triggerfish.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 59 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 1 black marlin, 2 blue
marlin, 3 striped marlin, 145 dorado,
10 wahoo, 74 yellowfin tuna, 11
leopard grouper, 18 Mexican bonito, 12
yellow snapper, 6 rainbow runner, 8
barred pargo, 4 pompano, 4 amberjack, 6
rainbow runner 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
 Sep 24, 2019; 07:32PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com