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 May 12, 2019; 04:57PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

May 5, 2019



This week with the start of the new
month we saw increased numbers of
anglers showing up in town, along with
hundreds of off road racing
enthusiasts, here to celebrate the
finish of the annual Norra Mexican 1000
five day rally. Weather conditions were
excellent, nearly perfect climate now,
hardly a chill early morning, with
daytime highs reaching the mid-80s.
Swells were slight, winds minimal,
ocean temperatures ranged from 70 to 75
degrees through most of the region,
with warmest currents found outside of
San Jose del Cabo and towards the Gordo
Banks.



Main baitfish being found have been the
sardinas, a bit more spotty from day to
day, the netters have been finding
these schooling baitfish from near the
marina jetty and off of Palmilla,
though not in the quantity as in past
weeks.



This week we felt a warming trend with
different currents pushing in towards
the Gordo Banks zone and this helped
wake up the action some. Large whale
sharks were also sighted on these
grounds, slowly cruising around, not
spooked of the any boat traffic, being
larger than most boats themselves. No
huge numbers of any particular gamefish
species were being landed, though a
variety of fish were being seen,
including yellowtail to 30 lb. Early in
the week some boats had as many as
three yellowtail, since it has slowed,
though these yellows are still in the
area, downrigger proved to show best
results, though not all bats use this
method. Free swimming wahoo were
spotted, but not on the bite, some tuna
were seen working the surface, but they
proved difficult, these was an
occasional hook up reported. Jigging
off the bottom produced some bonito and
snapper.



A handful of yellowfin tuna were also
found on the grounds from Iman, San
Luis and Vinorama, a couple of tuna
between 80 and 100 lb. were accounted
for, most of these caught by local
pangeros specifically targeting these
fish for commercial value.



Closer to shore there was a variety of
shallow water structure species found,
drift fishing with sardinas worked well
for this action. Species included
sierra, yellow snapper, African
pompano, triggerfish and a handful of
amberjack.



Offshore there were reports of striped
marlin activity from around the 1150
spot, this is just starting to develop
and we expect to see this bit come on
strong though the entire month, this is
always the main season for stripers on
these local ground off of San Jose del
Cabo.



We expect to see schools of mullet to
show in abundance later this month,
which in turn will attract more inshore
gamefish, such as dogtooth snapper,
amberjack, jack crevalle and
roosterfish. At this time main inshore
action was for sierra mostly smaller
sized roosterfish.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 64
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
4 striped marlin, 6 yellowfin tuna, 11
yellowtail, 11 leopard grouper, 210
bonito, 22 red snapper, 12 mohara, 18
yellow snapper, 8 African pompano, 15
amberjack, 85 sierra, 10 glasseye
pargo, 12 roosterfish 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
 May 12, 2019; 04:56PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

April 28, 2019



For the entire month we have noticed
far less tourists arriving than we
would normally see, we believe that
part of the reason for this has been
the U.S. government threatening to shut
down the border with Mexico and people
are worried that they will become
stranded or lose out on deposits paid,
etc, many people have mentioned this
and are waiting for the situation to
stabilize before committing to their
travel plans or simply just going
elsewhere. We never thought the border
would actually be closed, think it just
was a scare tactic, anyway, this has
hurt local businesses.



Weather patterns were typical spring
time, actually still a little chilly
early in the morning, down to 60
degrees, though skies are mostly clear
and sunny with daytime highs reaching
85 degrees, ideal climate, only if it
could stay like this year round. Winds
were very moderate, ocean conditions
comfortable, though water was still
cooler, averaging 68 to 71 degrees
through much of the inshore zone, we
now see warmer water on the outside, up
to 74/75 degrees, should move closer to
shore soon, pushing in cleaner blue
water and bring in more of the pelagic
gamefish.



There continue to be schooling sardinas
found around the jetty area of Puerto
Los Cabos Marina, nice sized sardinas
as well, this has been the main
baitfish being used now, also some
smaller sized mullet in the mix. New
marina rules are not allowing bait
netters to work inside the marina as
they had in the past, this has limited
opportunities for caballito, it is
about time that authorities do try to
control this marina and they could also
work on wake speed enforcement.



Most consistent action being found now
was for sierra and bonito, sierra
mainly on the live sardinas, being
found along many of the inshore
stretches. Bonito were hitting the same
baits and also readily on the yo-yo
jigs, hanging over the various rock
piles.



Areas north of Punta Gorda, Cardon, La
Fortuna and Iman Bank, were being
targeted as well, catches included
yellow snapper, amberjack, cabrilla,
bonito and triggerfish. Later in the
week a couple of yellowtail were
reported from off the Outer Gordo Bank,
so maybe something will happen on this,
it has been another slow season for
yellowtail, but still a chance they
will become active in the coming weeks.
There has been a noticeable increase in
sea lion activity on these same fishing
grounds, this can always put a damper
on things in a hurry.



This year we have seen more fluctuating
water conditions, has started to warm
up, then just like that would turn over
and cool back off, becoming greenish,
has been on and off like this for
weeks. With some more consistent warmer
weather, less wind, we should see some
stabilization and improved action
before long. This can be the time where
things can change quickly, increasing
activity for the striped marlin, tuna,
wahoo and dorado. We will hope this
happens sooner than later.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 58
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
5 yellowfin tuna, 2 yellowtail, 15
leopard grouper, 125 bonito, 24 red
snapper, 14 mohara, 14 yellow snapper,
22 amberjack, 165 sierra, 4 glasseye
pargo, 7 roosterfish 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
 May 12, 2019; 04:54PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

April 21, 2019



This is a busy week locally, Easter
vacation time, many businesses shut
down for the extended weekend holiday
to be with family along the various
beaches. We have not seen that many
tourists arriving, who knows why, but
seems to be much lighter than we would
normally expect. Weather is back on a
warming trend, highs of about 85
degrees, we felt unpredictable winds
early in the week, coming from various
directions, ocean water temperatures
cooled down to 68 degrees, also
greenish current pushed in. That time
of year ocean conditions can vary
greatly from week to week. Should
settle down in coming weeks as warm
calmer weather prevails.



Some quality sized sardinas showed up
in the local marina channel area,
nicest we have seen in a long time,
also some moonfish and caballito. Best
action was found from Palmilla Point
north to La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis
Banks. Mainly working the bottom
structure with yo-yo jigs and various
baits. Good numbers of the Eastern
Pacific Bonito, some red snapper,
cabrilla, pargo and amberjack rounding
out catches. Catches of course varied
day to day as to where the better
action was found and at times wind was
a factor as well.



Early week we did see a few yellowfin
tuna in the 30 to 50 lb. range brought
in, but since we have not seen any
more, neither did we see dorado, wahoo
or marlin. As conditions rebound these
species should start to appear more
regularly in the daily fish counts.



We also saw more numbers of sierra in
recent days, the sardinas were the
reason for this, sizes were also
impressive, many fish over 5 lb. were
accounted for. The Palmilla, Red Hill
area was one of the better locations to
find the schooling sierra. With the
cooler water it was hard to find any
roosterfish, this should change in the
coming weeks.



Late in the season now, but whales were
still being seen daily, maybe the
colder water is keeping them around
longer, because the majority of these
mammals are now well on their way
north, migrating to their summer
feeding grounds off of Alaska.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 62
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
3 yellowfin tuna, 16 leopard grouper, 3
broomtail grouper, 155 bonito, 46 red
snapper, 2 barred pargo, 4 African
pompano, 12 yellow snapper, 8
amberjack, 72 sierra and 80
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
 May 12, 2019; 04:52PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

February 17, 2019



Still just moderate crowds of anglers
arriving, kind of normal for this time
of year. The weather patterns seem to
on a warming trend, actually feeling
like spring already, mostly clear sunny
skies, with highs of 80 degrees. This
next week the forecast looks to be
slightly cooler, hard to predict now,
transition periods from winter to
spring, on and off changes. The water
clarity improved closer to shore this
week, water temperature seemed to warm
slightly, now in the 71 to 75 degree
range, offshore area the warmest.
Though much of the more consistent
fishing

action has been closer to shore.



There was a couple of days where
limited supplies of sardinas were
located, this was inside the marina
channel, of course the word traveled
and now we see none again, at least it
was a sign that these schooling
baitfish are moving back into the
region, needs to be some kind of
control, more preserve zones are
required as well. There re mackerel in
the area, but a little more hit or miss
from day to day, also slabs of squid,
as well as ballyhoo and chihuil are
rounding out bait options;



Highlight for the week were a handful
of yellowfin tuna that were taken off
of the Gordo Banks, drift fishing with
squid and sardinas, these tuna were in
the 80 lb. class. Also a few wahoo
biting on the grounds from Punta Gorda
to the Iman Bank, including one of
about 70 lb. on Friday. Not normally
the time of year for wahoo, but with
the conditions how they are, there are
some wahoo in the area. Not many dorado
being accounted for, but every now and
then a boat will come in with one or
two, more of these found closer to
shore, sizes up to 15 lb.



Most numerous fish were the various
bottom species, different pargo,
snapper, grouper, amberjack and even a
few smaller yellowtail in the mix. Red
snapper on pieces of squid was a good
bet in recent days, more of these under
five pounds.



Marlin bite was more spread out, but
charters are finding striped marlin off
of San Jose del Cabo grounds, as well
as the 950, 1150 spots. It appears that
many of the stripers that were on the
Pacific are now moving in the direction
of the Sea of Cortez, it is all about
following their food supply.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 69
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
11 striped marlin, 22 dorado, 15
yellowfin tuna, 13 wahoo, 32 bonito,
245 red snapper, 14 bagueta, 2
sheepshead, 4 pompano, 12 leopard
grouper, 10 roosterfish, 4 yellowtail,
5 amberjack, 14 sierra and 110
triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric



--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:50PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

February 10, 2019



We saw more north winds through most of
the week, calming down for the weekend,
ideal climate now, moderate crowds,
making this a great time to visit the
Los Cabos area. Ocean temperatures
dropped into the 70 to 72 degree range
though most of the region, transition
period for migrating pelagic gamefish,
warmer water species head south during
this colder period.



Offshore action was limited mainly to
looking for striped marlin, action was
better early in the week and became
more scattered as the week progressed.
Schools of mackerel were found off of
the San Jose del Cabo grounds, as well
as sardineta, chihuil and inside the
marina area there were caballito. Some
unconfirmed reports of sardinas being
seen along beach stretches north of
Cabo San Lucas, so we are hoping that
maybe these baitfish will become
available.



With the cooling waters the action for
the more glamorous species such as
yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo has
all but halted. Normal deal during this
time frame, besides the on and off
striped marlin action offshore, fleets
start to search out inshore and bottom
structure for a variety of smaller
fish. We are waiting to see if a run of
yellowtail and red snapper develops.
There were red crabs found this week
drifting to the surface on the Gordo
Banks, this is normally a positive sign
for finding the red snapper. So far the
snapper action was mainly for the
smaller sized fish, the huachinango of
over ten pounds have not been plentiful
yet. More triggerfish off the rock
piles than anything else. Drift fishing
with pieces of squid seemed to produce
the more consistent action, most of
these fish smaller in size, but all of
them very fine eating. We saw a few
sheepshead and pompano in the mix.



The weather feels like we are now on a
warming trend, at least we have now
seen the frigid low temperatures as the
week before. We need these north winds
to lay down more and give a chance for
ocean conditions to rebound. Recently
there were strong currents moving in
and out, this always make it tough to
try and concentrate on bottom action.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 59
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
1 sailfish, 13 striped marlin, 11
dorado, 2 yellowfin tuna, 92 bonito,
125 red snapper, 4 bagueta, 6 yellow
snapper, 8 pompano, 10 surgeon fish, 8
barred pargo, 3 sheepshead, 8 hog fish,
13 sierra and 85 triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric



--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:48PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

February 3, 2019



We are now into the month of February,
locally known for being very
unpredictable, we are hoping that with
so much persistent north wind already
this season that maybe things will
stabilize and this month will not be as
crazy as usual. Crowds of tourists
remain light, weather has been very
pleasant for winter time, lows of 55
degrees and highs into the upper 70s.
Scattered early cloud cover, burning
off later in the day, plenty of warm
sunshine.



Striped marlin action is now heating up
off of the San Jose del Cabo area,
anywhere from 3 to five straight out
from the marina. On these grounds is
where schools of mackerel and sardineta
are congregated, attracting good
numbers of billfish. Many charters are
drift fishing baits down deeper where
the stripers are feeding, there have
been some surface going on as well.
Many boats were reporting multiple
chances for marlin, these fish are
ranging in sizes from 60 to 100 lb. A
few dorado also coming from these same
grounds. Water temperatures have been
in the 70 to 75 degree range,
fluctuating currents moving in and out.



Other bait options in the marina have
been caballito, ballyhoo and squid.
Also many of the super panga charters
are catching their own chihuil on the
Inner Gordo Bank. The Inner Gordo Bank
is where there has been quality grade
of yellowfin tuna holding, though the
bite has been sporadic, though every
day we are seeing a handful of these
tuna accounted for by the combined
fleet, these fish have been in the 60
to 100 lb. class. Anglers were having
success while drift fishing with strips
of squid, as well as on chihuil.



The action closer to shore off of Punta
Gorda had faded out, but this week this
action rebounded for both wahoo and
dorado. The key was to have the live
chihuil for bait, slow trolling within
one mile of the point, still hit or
miss, but some boats did account for
multiple wahoo as well as dorado. Wahoo
were of mixed sizes, some less than ten
pounds, to fish near 50 lb. Most of the
dorado were in the 5 to 15 lb. class, a
few pushing 20 lb. Good action
considering that we are now in the
midst of winter and these species are
not always a normal catch for this time
of year.



Bottom action remain spotty, more
triggerfish and small snapper than
anything else. Some commercial pangeros
had connections for imported red crabs
and they reported some nice hauls of
red snapper. Maybe we will start to see
these crabs on our local grounds, the
best for snapper action. This coming
month we usually start seeing some more
consistent activity for nicer sized
fish off of the bottom structure.
Hoping for improved yellowtail
migrations this season.



Inshore there were a few sierra, jack
crevalle and some juvenile roosterfish,
still early in the year for these
species, no sardinas makes it tough to
find schooling sierra.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 55
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
32 striped marlin, 58 dorado, 18
yellowfin tuna, 38 wahoo, 16 bonito, 48
red snapper, 5 cabrilla, 8 yellow
snapper, 4 barred pargo, 8 roosterfish,
7 jack crevalle, 28 sierra and 45
triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric


--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:45PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com