August 13, 2017
It seems that with each passing day the weather is becoming more humid,
increasing cloud cover, we have not had any rain recently, but presently we
are feeling the remnants of Tropical Storm Franklin (now renamed TS Jova) which
had passed through the Gulf or Mexico and made land fall over Southern
Mexico. Forecast are for possible thundershowers over the weekend. Winds
have been very moderate, most likely will increase as this latest tropical
system passes through and moves off to the west. Swells have been very
light, though they are predicted to increase up to five or six feet by the
start of this coming week. Ocean water temperatures have been up into the
85/87 degree range.
The main species of gamefish being found now has been yellowfin tuna, areas
from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank have been most productive, though
schooling of fish have been found spread out throughout the region as well.
Live bait has been limited to some mullet and caballito, also still a
chance at obtaining sardinas in limited quantities, this is only because
surf conditions have been so light, giving the bait netters a chance to
find some scattered schools of the sardinas, also on some days fleets are
bringing these baitfish down from areas further towards the East Cape.
Using strips of giant squid is now becoming more of an everyday deal. Some
chihuil and bolito have been jigged up at times on the offshore grounds and
are being used for slow trolling.
The yellowfin tuna are ranging in sizes from small footballs, to over 80
lb. The larger fish have been striking on strips of squid, sardinas or
trolled whole baits, on the Inner Gordo Banks and north on the Iman Bank.
Bite varied from day to day, some days fish bit early, some days later,
overall they proved to be more finicky and line shy, leaders not heavier
than 50 lb. were best. The full moon is now waning and these darkening
nights should help the bite get back on track. Average catches have ranging
from 1 or 2 tuna, up to 10, depending on size and where you happen to be on
a given day.
As it commonly occurs in August, it can be hard to find much variety,
besides the yellowfin tuna, a few scattered mostly small dorado, as well as
a handful of sailfish, an occasional wahoo sighting or missed strike,
anglerís did land one 35 lb. wahoo early in the week. Not much off the
bottom, strong current has been persistent and this made it even hard to
affectively work the bottom, a couple of dogtooth snapper, huachinango,
cabrilla, bonito, amberjack and triggerfish rounded out the structure
Not many charters fished along the shoreline now, late in the season for
this, though we did hear of a few roosterfish being caught and released.
Billfish action was limited, though one black marlin of about 360 lb. was
landed and another couple of big marlin strikes were lost, also more
sailfish moving in with the warmer currents and of course some striped
marlin stragglers still hanging in the area, while most of these cooler
water marlin have moved towards Northern Baja.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 88 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 3 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 16
dorado, 1 wahoo, 3 amberjack, 3 dogtooth snapper, 12 bonito, 8 yellow
snapper, 238 yellowfin tuna, 11 leopard grouper,2 pinto cabrilla, 18
huachinango, 9 roosterfish and 38 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147