27 Oct 2019 - 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
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

*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
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
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

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