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 May 12, 2019; 04:07PM - 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 –

December 10, 2017



With the big rush of the fall season
now over, we normally expect to see
less tourists arriving and that is the
case now, though actually there were
quite a few anglers still showing up,
apparently to take advantage of the
lighter crowds, warmer than normal
ocean temperatures and all around great
climate. Water temperatures are now
ranging 78 to 80 degrees, it looks like
this coming week the weather patterns
will be cooler, so we will most likely
see ocean temperatures drop. Air
temperatures were reaching up to 85
degrees early in the week, but as north
winds increased through the week, highs
by the weekend were in the mid 70’s.



Bait supplies have remained sufficient,
with sardinas being the bait of choice,
they are now being netted along the
beach stretches from Palmilla to Cabo
Real. Some anglers are also still using
slabs of squid, locating and catching
the chihuil has been another option. We
anticipate that new resources for
mackerel and sardineta should start to
appear as water cools off some. The
most consistent fishing action is now
being encountered from Santa Maria,
Palmilla, Punta Gorda, La Fortuna and
Iman Bank.



Anglers were finding that yellowfin
tuna were the most common gamefish now
being accounted for, the majority of
these fish were striking on sardinas,
some on strips of squid or chihuil.
Most yellowfin landed were in the 10 to
20 lb. range, though a handful of tuna
up in the 30 to 70 lb. class were also
accounted for. Often the tuna could be
seen on the surface feeding freely, but
they were spooky and not eager to bite
on baits with hooks in them, but they
would strike in flurries, sometimes
earlier in the day and then at other
times not until later, a bit
unpredictable, but there are definitely
still a lot of yellowfin tuna on the
local fishing grounds. Average daily
catches would range from 3, 4 or 5
tuna, up to ten or more per charter.



Wahoo action went wide open for a
couple of days early in the week,
especially off of Punta Gorda, within
one mile of shore, the key was having
the chihuil baitfish, which were never
any guarantee, only a few wahoo were
taken on trolled lures, such as Rapalas
or while casting yo-yo jigs. A few
charters landed as many as 4 to 8 wahoo
per morning trip, with sizes ranging up
to over 60 lb. The word spread of the
hot wahoo bite, and that area close to
shore off of the point is a relatively
small area and susceptible to pressure,
the wahoo become finicky in a hurry. We
do expect this wahoo activity to be on
and off throughout this month, until
water temperature become too cool for
their liking.



Dorado continued to be scarcer than
tuna or wahoo, though on some days we
are seeing some of these fish from the
same fishing grounds, with an
occasional fish weighing over ten
pounds. No billfish to speak of out of
San Jose del Cabo and even the good
bite on the Pacific slacked up over the
recent full moon.



Action off the bottom produced better
action than previous period, though
later in the week the wind but this
action on hold. A handful of quality
leopard grouper, yellow snapper,
amberjack and monster sized triggerfish
were accounted for. Also everyday a few
sierra are being brought in. Mixed in
with the yellowfin tuna have been white
and black skipjacks, some days in
higher percentages than the yellowfin.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 83 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 44 wahoo, 22 sierra, 365
yellowfin tuna, 37 dorado, 8 amberjack,
18 yellow snapper, 5 island jack, 12
barred pargo, 12 Eastern Pacific
bonito, 125 white skipjack, 1 African
Pompano, 4 barred pargo, 15 cabrilla
and 105 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; 04:04PM - 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 –

December 3, 2017



The fall season is finally now starting
to wind down, as fewer tourists were
seen this past week, as Thanksgiving is
now past and people now have other
priorities preparing for the Christmas
and New Year’s Holidays coming up.
Weather is now ideal, north winds have
not been over powering as they can be
this time of year, clear skies with
high temperatures of about 85 degrees.
Ocean temperature now holding in the 78
to 81 degree range, very favorable for
fishing prospects throughout the month
of December. Great time to visit now,
with lighter crowds, perfect weather
conditions and a variety of gamefish
opportunities now being found on local
fishing grounds.



Supplies of sardinas continue to be
sufficient for anglers, these small
baitfish are now schooling off the
rocky beach stretches from Palmilla to
Cabo Real. Other bait options include
slabs of squid or trying to find and
catch your own chihuil, as well as
using chunks of skipjack. Sardinas
proved to be the most productive all
around bait.



Most common catches were for yellowfin
tuna in the 10 to 30 lb. range, we only
saw a handful of tuna up in the 50 to
70 lb. range this past week. Even the
smaller grade tuna were finicky much of
the time, anglers could see the
yellowfin jumping out of the water and
feeding freely on the chummed sardinas,
but they often would not readily take
the baits with hooks in them. Very
clear water, boat pressure, coming full
moon, all can be factors for this.
Though with patience, most charters
were able to accountant for tuna
catches averaging 4 to 8 fish per boat.
The Palmilla Point, Santa Maria, Los
Arcos, Iman Bank all produced fish, the
larger grade of tuna were coming off of
the Iman and San Luis Banks.



Wahoo slowed way down compared to the
previous week when Vinorama was
producing some wide open action. This
week the wahoo were being found closer,
such as off of Gordo Banks, Punta
Gorda, Palmilla and Iman Bank, though
not in any significant numbers, anglers
were fortunate to land one of them,
sizes ranged to 45 lb. With water
temperatures still warm, we do
anticipate having more wahoo activity
throughout the month. Dorado were found
scattered on the same grounds as were
the tuna and wahoo, though numbers were
very limited, and most of these fish
were under 10 lb., with a rare larger
specimen in the mix.



Reports from the Pacific for good
action on striped marlin, with multiple
fish per charter being the rule. In the
direction of San Jose del Cabo, the
billfish action was limited, a few
single stripers and black marlin
hanging around.



Ae water temperatures are slowly
cooling, we are see some more sierra
show up closer to shore, a few nicer
fish to over 5 lb. Also some of the
more elusive island jacks were found.
Off the bottom structure we saw a
little more production of amberjack,
barred pargo, triggerfish, leopard
grouper (cabrilla) and at least one
nice 28 lb. yellowtail was landed.
Quite a few white skipjack were mixed
in with the schools of yellowfin tuna
and a few of the Eastern Pacific
bonito.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 91 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 1 black marlin, 1 striped
marlin, 26 wahoo, 36 sierra, 440
yellowfin tuna, 46 dorado, 15
amberjack, 13 yellow snapper, 12
huachinango, 26 island jack, 12 barred
pargo, 14 Eastern Pacific bonito, 110
white skipjack, 1 yellowtail, 16
cabrilla and 145 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; 04:02PM - 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 –

November 26, 2017



Still very busy with visiting tourists
now in Los Cabos, many of them here
enjoying their Thanksgiving holidays
and everyone seems to be enjoying
themselves, as the weather is pristine,
clear sunny skies with temperatures
averaging 85 degrees. Following this
week we normally see a bit of slack
time as far as numbers of tourists
arriving, as people get back to work
and school, then start preparing for
the Christmas Holiday Season.



Early in the week there was persistent
north wind creating rough conditions on
the grounds to the north of Punta
Gorda, but late in the week they
resided and ocean conditions were
great. Water temperature is now right
around 80 degrees, this keeps prospects
very favorable for the coming weeks.
Bait supplies remained fairly steady
for sardinas, now schooling near
Palmilla beaches and further south,
though on a few days they did become a
bit more limited due to the extra heavy
pressure during this holiday week.
Other bait options continued to be
slabs of squid, ballyhoo and the more
elusive chihuil, which was the candy
bait being used for targeting the
highly sought after wahoo. Water was
very clean and blue now, almost too
clean on offshore high spots, as fish
can also become more finicky at times
when there is an abundance of natural
food source and the water is crystal
clear.



Though for most anglers they did report
good success, most common species being
the yellowfin tuna, there continued to
be good action for the smaller sized
tuna off of Palmilla Point, hitting
mainly on the sardinas and ranging in
sizes of 10 to 20 plus lb. The action
for the larger grade yellowfin that had
been happening on San Luis and Iman
Banks, slowed way down this week, as
more of the smaller tuna to 20 lb. also
moved in on these grounds. Most likely
the larger fish are still hanging
around, but just have not wanted to
compete with all of these smaller tuna.
Dorado were scattered, not being being
found in any particular area, best
chances were on the same grounds where
the tuna were schooling, we did see a
few dorado up to 20 lb., which is nicer
sized than we had been seeing, reports
of more dorado were coming from the
Pacific.



The wahoo action on closer by spots was
very limited, just an occasional fish,
though near Vinorama there has been an
excellent bite on these speedsters. The
deal was to first go and catch the bait
of choice, chihuil, either on the Inner
Gordo Banks or at times on Iman. Not
all charters are even prepared to do
this, this is more of a panga deal than
cruiser, they are spooky mackerel sized
baits that are chummed up and caught
one at a time on very light leader.
Some boats were landing over five nice
wahoo and loosing many other strikes,
sizes increased throughout the week, as
several specimens over 50 lb. and one
of 64 lb. were weighed in. We are
looking forward when these fish move
within closer range, as they should do
soon as the heavy boat pressure
lightens up.



Not much in the way of local billfish
action out of San Jose del Cabo, though
on the Pacific they were reported more
striped marlin, though many were
smaller sized juvenile fish. Still a
chance of hooking into a black or blue
marlin, with the warmer water and all
of the skipjack and yellowfin tuna to
keep them interested.



Not much bottom action reported, though
we saw a few more exotics this week,
besides the prevalent triggerfish,
there were a few amberjack, island
jack, cabrilla and various pargo. Every
day we are seeing a handful of sierra
in the mix, look for this inshore
action to take off soon as the water
temperature cools off.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 142 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 1 black marlin, 1 blue
marlin, 107 wahoo, 24 sierra, 925
yellowfin tuna, 55 dorado, 13
amberjack, 11 yellow snapper, 18
huachinango, 8 island jack, 4 barred
pargo, 18 Eastern Pacific bonito, 90
white skipjack, 8 cabrilla 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; 04:00PM - 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 –

November 19, 2017



The crazy busy fall season is going to
start lightening up in the next week,
though this past week was very busy.
Visiting anglers were enjoying clear
sunny skies, with high temperatures in
the upper 80s, still warmer than usual
for this late in the fall. Winds were
picking up from the north, though more
so later in the morning, most fishing
action now was concentrated from the
Gordo Banks to San Luis Banks and the
spots in between. Ocean water
temperatures were still holding in the
83 to 84 degree range, several degrees
warmer than usual, so we are
anticipating having good action
throughout the month of December as
well.



Despite continued heavy pressure the
supplies of sardinas have been holding
up, being netted along the beach
stretches from Palmilla and further
south, this meant a bit of back
tracking or waiting near the marina
entrance, but at least this preferred
bait was obtainable, anglers also
continue to use slabs of squid as well.
Most consistent action this week was
for the yellowfin tuna on the Iman and
San Luis Banks, wide open action on
tuna in the 10 to 20 lb. class, also
other areas where a handful of
yellowfin in the 70 to 100 lb. range
were being landed. The Gordo Banks
slowed down, but was still the place to
look for the possible largest of tuna,
though this week we only heard of a
couple of fish in the 150 lb. range,
none over 200 or 300 lb. that we found
out about. A few black marlin still
hanging around in the warmer currents
as well, with all of the tuna around,
plenty of food source for the marlin.
Lots of natural food on the banks as
well, this can make the larger tuna
more finicky. Most days charters were
returning early, plugged with tuna, the
majority the smaller grade, but still
nice fish.



Dorado continued to be harder to come
by, only a sporadic fish or two being
found, most all under 15 lb., an
occasional exception close to 20 lb.
The wahoo action has not really broken
open yet, though we have had ta aste of
some decent action, and some boats were
fortunate to get lucky and land as many
as four in one morning, though other
boats were searching hard and felt
lucky if they landed one. Best chances
for the wahoo seemed to be on the
ground from the Iman Bank and to
Vinorama. The wahoo were striking on
various rapalas, lures and baits. We
are hoping that as crowds lighten up
some, the wahoo will become more
active, with the warmer water hanging
around the prospects remain high for
the next few weeks.



Not really the time frame now when
there is a lot of bottom action going
on, though there were a few amberjack,
pargo, bonito, cabrilla being accounted
for, more triggerfish than anything
else. A few more sierra starting to
appear, even though the water is still
warm, in the next month we should see
some better inshore action happening,
perhaps more off the bottom as well.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 210 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 3 black marlin, 1 yellowtail
corvina, 78 wahoo, 28 sierra, 1650
yellowfin tuna, 78 dorado, 9 amberjack,
12 yellow snapper, 28 huachinango, 25
Eastern Pacific bonito, 82 white
skipjack, 10 cabrilla 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; 03:54PM - 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 –

November 12, 2017



Peak season now for the panga fleets
out of San Jose del Cabo, this Sunday
is the annual Wahoo Tournament, which
also coincides with the sanctioned Iron
Man event in Los Cabos, many roads will
be closed off and patience will be
needed to navigate in any direction. It
can always be a challenge this time of
year, as everyone seems to want to
visit and go fishing all on the same
dates. Another couple of weeks and
things will settle back down to more
ordinary schedules.



Ocean temperatures are now in the 81 to
84 degrees range, still a few degrees
higher than normal for this time frame.
Early in the week we felt the season’s
first real consistent wind patterns
from the north develop, this made for
much tougher fishing conditions in the
direction of the Gordo Banks, Iman and
San Luis Banks. Many charters opted to
fish in the direction of Cabo San
Lucas, in calmer waters, catching good
number of fish, though the grade of
yellowfin tuna were smaller, off of
Palmilla Point there was a hot bite for
football sized tuna, with a few dorado
and wahoo mixed in. Bait netters were
still finding sardinas, despite the
heavy pressure, the bait schools were
now mainly concentrated around Palmilla
beaches. Other bait options included
some caballito, ballyhoo, slabs of
squid and chihuil.



Last weekend the Los Cabos WON Tuna
Jackpot was held and local La Playita
team “Estrella del Norte” with team
captain James Rosenwald and mate/angler
Adrian Miranda who caught the winning
338 lb. yellowfin tuna, taking home a
cool quarter of a million dollars for
their efforts, congratulations to them.
In tune up for the event last week, on
Tuesday, a 323 lb. yellowfin tuna was
caught from the panga Killer II with
skipper Chame Pino, in last week’s
report we mistaken did not mention the
angler who actually landed that fish,
this was local Los Cabos resident Jack
Dudenhoeffer. This week we had several
other cow sized tuna landed, including
Michael Aviani’s 220 lb., Miguel
Angeles with a 234 lb. tuna and Walter
Korbler with a 221 lb fish, all of
these taken off of the Gordo Banks.



Targeting the larger sized tuna
required lots of patience and
stockpiling larger quantities of bait,
sardinas, squid and chunks of skipjack
were all used, the majority of the
largest tuna were hooked on either
chunk of skipjack or strips of squid.
There were also nice sized tuna to over
100 lb. landed while fishing the San
Luis Bank, though that was tough
through much of the week due to north
winds, no big numbers of these larger
fish, but some anglers did account for
one, two and even three in one morning.
Most common sized tuna being caught
were more in the 7 to 15 lb. class,
these hit mostly of the sardinas, with
Iman Bank and Palmilla Point being hot
spot on particular days.



Dorado were much more scattered than
the tuna, limited numbers of these fish
were accounted for, more juvenile
sized, an occasional fish to 15 lb.
This is traditionally the peak time for
targeting wahoo, so far the action has
been random, not consistent day to day,
but for anglers specifically targeting
these gamefish, they were having
multiple chances and landed as many as
four per boat, though most felt
fortunate having one wahoo in the fish
box. They were hitting on both trolled
lures, such as Rapalas and also on trap
hooked baits, caballito and chihuil.
With the water temperature still
holding warm, we expect to have wahoo
in the area through next month as well.
Heavy pressure recently and wahoo can
prove to be one species that becomes
more elusive when large congregations
of boats are zooming around there
preferred feeding grounds.



Not much going off the bottom now, or
close to shore, that usually picks up
as water temperatures drop some. A few
sierra were caught this past week, also
miscellaneous pargo, snapper, but more
triggerfish than anything else.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 270 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 2 black marlin, 58 wahoo, 14
sierra, 920 yellowfin tuna, 72 dorado,
3 amberjack, 1 yellowtail, 14 yellow
snapper, 18 huachinango, 22 Eastern
Pacific bonito, 65 white skipjack, 13
cabrilla, 3 barred pargo and 140
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; 03:52PM - 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 –

November 5, 2017



Large crowds of vising tourists are
being greeted with pristine fall
conditions. Winds have been somewhat
unpredictable, at times from the north
and then from the south, but as this
week progressed conditions seemed to
improve, colder mornings that had
dipped into the 60s are now back into
the 70s and daytime highs are still
reaching into the upper 80s. Plenty of
warm sunshine for all. The season’s
final big tournament this week, the WON
Tuna Jackpot, attracted some 146 teams,
battling for high stakes, searching for
the largest yellowfin tuna, with other
jackpots for dorado and wahoo. Check
the WON web site for overall results.



Surprisingly there still have been
supplies of sardinas available, anglers
are also using slabs of squid, some
caballito, ballyhoo and chihuil as
well. Fleets have been searching in all
directions, as is common for this time
of year, local charters from San Jose
del Cabo have mainly been concentrating
on the fishing grounds from the Gordo
Banks to San Luis. Ocean water
temperature are now in the 81 to 85
degree range.



Most common species has been the
yellowfin tuna, sizes ranged from small
footballs up to 90 lb. plus, including
fish to over 300 lb. Tuning up for the
WON tournament local panga skipper
Chame Pino landed a 322 lb. yellowfin
on Tuesday off of the Gordo Banks,
while drift fishing with chunk bait
from skipjack. Iman Bank has held the
most numbers of schooling tuna, though
of the smaller sizes. San Luis has
produced tuna in the 70 to 90 lb.
class, while the Gordo Banks are the
grounds that have proved to the best
bet of hooking into a cow, though again
these big fish are not numerous, lots
of patience and chumming is involved.
Very heavy pressure now, as well as
once again we are into the full moon
phase, which can often cause the fish
to be even more sporadic and finicky.



Early in the week the wahoo bite showed
improvement, best spot being near Iman
Bank, slow trolling with chihuil was
the best technique, though these
baitfish are not easy to come by, the
wahoo also hit on rapalas at times,
though not like on the live bait. Wahoo
up to 45 lb. were brought in, some
boats landing as many as four, though
as the week progressed and the pressure
was increased the wahoo action also
tapered off. The water temperature is
just starting to drop some and as it
drops a few more degrees conditions
will be ideal for peak activity for
these prized gamefish.



Dorado are being found in limited
numbers, the largest we saw were in the
15 lb. range, striking on lures and
baits, no particular spot to
specifically target them. Billfish was
spotty as well, though some charters
did report better action later in the
week outside of Gordo Banks, where a
few blue and striped marlin were found.
Not much bottom action even being
targeted now, more triggerfish, bonito
and misc. pargo than anything else.
Water still warm for much inshore
action to start up, though it is a good
sign that schools of sardinas are still
in the area, despite the heavy
pressure.


The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 144 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 2 blue marlin, 4 striped
marlin, 36 wahoo, 580 yellowfin tuna,
66 dorado, 8 yellow snapper, 22
huachinango, 24 Eastern Pacific bonito,
9 cabrilla, 5 barred pargo and 84
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; 03:50PM - 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 –

October 29, 2017

Large crowds of anglers and visitors
alike are arriving in Los Cabos, as we
are now in the midst of the peak fall
season. This past week the huge story
was the Bisbee Black and Blue
Tournament, which is the highest paying
fishing tournament in the world, with
this year’s event attracting 120 teams
from across the globe, with over 800
participants. For final results you can
check on Bisbee’s web site. Swirling
winds from the north finally resided
late in the week, with prevailing clear
sunny skies and warmer than normal high
temperatures, this all made for ideal
conditions, actually still feeling
almost like summer.

Heavy pressure now on bait resources,
but so far supplies have held up,
though if wishing to obtain sardinas,
that meant traveling towards Chileno
and waiting each morning as netters
worked overtime to find enough bait to
go around. Other options were caballito
and slabs of squid. Some panga guides
are starting to scout out chihuil
options, as well as smaller sized
skipjack.

Sportfishing fleets, as well as
tournament teams, have been scouting
fishing grounds in all directions. For
fleets out of San Jose del Cabo,
thought much of the week they were
heading south towards Cabo San Lucas,
in order to find calmer waters, since
north winds had their normal grounds
from Gordo Banks to Vinorama all
stirred up and very choppy. Also with
the sardinas now being located close to
Cabo San Lucas, that is a long back
tack, to travel that far south to wait
around for sardinas and then motor back
to grounds such as Iman or San Luis
Banks, not a normal plan, this takes
way too much time, not to mention how
much extra fuel is needed. Charters
were fishing areas from the Hyatt,
Cabeza Ballena, Los Arcos and to el
Faro around the corner on the Pacific.
Main target species being the yellowfin
tuna. Drift fishing with sardinas was
the most productive technique, the tuna
were seen in flurries, at times proved
to be very finicky, catches ranged from
zero up to ten fish per boat, depending
where you happened to be at a given
time, lots of black skipjack were mixed
in with the yellowfin tuna. Average
size of the tuna were 5 to 10 lb.
though other larger fish were mixed in.
The biggest yellowfin tuna for the week
was taken Friday off of the Outer Gordo
Banks, angler Bob Deeter hooked into
the cow tuna while trolling a live
chihuil, after a crazy surface battle,
the fish actually expired and was
subdued in relatively easier than
normal manner. Back at the docks the
yellowfin weighed in at 304 lb.

Dorado were very scarce early in the
week off of San Jose del Cabo grounds,
better chances were found trolling in
Pacific waters, though later in the
week we saw more dorado showing up,
still not in significant numbers, but
at least somewhat encouraging. Sizes
ranged up to 15 lb. Wahoo action
finally showed much more activity later
in the week, as ocean conditions calmed
down and charters were able to
comfortably work areas such as the Iman
Bank. With a slight change in climate
as well, this seemed to trigger the
wahoo. Many boats reported having six
or more chances of wahoo strikes, most
on baitfish such as chihuil or
caballito. Other reported strikes on
skirted lead heads and Rapalas. Of
course as is usual with wahoo fishing,
a higher percentage of strikes were
lost, as compared with actually wahoo
being landed. Several charters had two
or three wahoo in the box, at least one
had four. Sizes were not huge, but
average of about 20 to 25 lb..

Bottom action was limited, one 60 lb.
amberjack was accounted for, but only
sporadic catches of snapper, cabrilla
and triggerfish were reported. This is
not the normal season for that type of
fishing, with more surface action going
on, nor has much at all been reported
close along the beach stretches.

Billfish was spread out, but the
tournaments have found a respectable
number of qualifying black and blue
marlin that have passed the 300 lb.
minimal weight limits, Not many striped
marlin now, water too warm for them,
with temperatures now averaging 84 to
85 degrees.

The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 162 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 3 blue marlin, 1 black
marlin, 28 wahoo, 4 amberjack, 215
yellowfin tuna, 75 dorado, 11 yellow
snapper, 34 huachinango, 2 pompano, 18
Eastern Pacific bonito, 13 cabrilla
(leopard grouper), 6 barred pargo and
96 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric







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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
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 May 12, 2019; 03:48PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com