4 Jan 2016 - Gordo Banks Panga Report December 19, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: December 19, 2015

Holiday crowds have started to arrive in greater numbers this past week and
it appears that it will be busy during this yearís festive times. Weather
has been a been a bit crazy, relentless winds from the north much of the
week, before laying down for the weekend and actually feeling once again
almost like late summer, instead of winter. Whales are also being sighted
more frequently now, as this is just the start of the annual migration for
these mammals.

Ocean swells have been minimal, water temperatures have ranged from 76
degrees in the direction of Los Frailes and 79 degrees off of Cabo San
Lucas. Anglers have been relying on caballito or squid slabs for baits,
still no reports of anyone finding any schooling sardinas, hard to say what
will happen with this, we do believe that when water does eventually cool
off, that we will see these preferred baitfish return within our range.

The week started off with the most consistent action being found off the
areas of the Cabo San Lucas Arches to Sol Mar, within one mile or less of
shore, this is where there was a good bite going on for yellowfin tuna
while drift fishing with strips of squid. These ranged from 8 to 15 lb.,
some of these fish also hit on caballito. The bite was sporadic, but many
charters did account for their limits, there was a good chance at losing a
percentage of your hook ups to hungry sea lions that were patrolling this
same area. Lots of pressure on these grounds, since this was around the
only productive spot through most of the week, as north winds made it
almost impossible to fish on the grounds to the north. But over the weekend
as conditions changed from nearly gale conditions to flat calm, this had
charters heading north again and they did have encouraging reports,
especially considering all the wind, water clarity was surprisingly good.
Yellowfin tuna starting biting again on the Iman Bank, nicer sized fish to
30 lb.

Not much going on for dorado and wahoo, only an occasional fish being
landed, other strikes lost, but just no significant numbers of either of
these species. Nothing much going on around the Gordo Banks, but maybe the
calmer conditions will get this area back on track, as lots of skipjack and
other baitfish activity was reported. Also at least one 200 lb. class black
marlin was landed, another black, estimated to weigh close to 500 lb. was
hooked on a trolled caballito, only to be lost near the boat as the fish
got its head down, gaining momentum and heading deep and breaking the
lighter 130 lb. leader which had been intended for a cow yellowfin tuna,
not a late season el Nino black marlin.

Inshore there was some good action for smaller sized roosterfish off of the
San Jose del Cabo Hotel area, particularly near Holiday Inn and the
Estuary. Very little bottom fishing was going on now, more triggerfish than
anything else, we expect to start seeing more variety start to move in off
of the structure. Marlin action was scattered as well, a few striped marlin
and then the chance at a larger marlin around the Gordo Banks, no big
numbers though of any of these billfish. Will be interesting to see if
there is a good run or mackerel and in turn striped marlin his season, this
is the month when this normally occurs, starting on the Pacific Banks,
before shifting in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 74 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 8 striped marlin, 285 yellowfin
tuna, 16 dorado, 5 wahoo, 4 cabrilla, 22 pargo, 8 bonito, 35 roosterfish
and 18 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147