6 Nov 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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November 3, 2019

Anglers –

*Fall season is now at its peak, as
scores of anglers are arriving daily,
many of them now preparing for
tournaments, including the WON Tuna
Jackpot
scheduled for this coming week. This
Sunday is the Los Cabos Iron Man
event, which means many streets and
Hwy. closures, adding to already
congested logistics or trying to get
anywhere. Fall weather patterns
started off calm this week, before the
north winds picked back up mid-week,
even had one day where there was light
scattered rainfall. Ocean water
temperature ranged 80 to 84 degrees
with moderate swells and at times swift
currents.*

*Always heavy pressure this time of
year on local bait resources, we are
now seeing a combination of sardinas,
slabs of squid, caballito, ballyhoo
and some skippers able to find chihuil.
Surprisingly supplies are holding
up better than we would imagine, will
be interesting to see how supplies
hold through this month.*

*Charters are scouting out all
directions, most local sportfishing
fleets
are fishing grounds from the Gordo
Banks, Iman, San Luis and as far north
as Vinorama. Action has been spread
out and changing from day to day, as
to where the bite is best. Early week
the best action proved to be for
wahoo near Vinorama, finding the
chihuil baitfish was the secret to
success, not always easy to obtain
these candy baits, more of a super
panga
deal, on certain high spots with
specialized rigs. Not many wahoo were
striking the trolled lures at this
time, best chances were on slow trolled
trap hooked baits and early morning
before too many boats congregated. The
wahoo were averaged in the 25 to 35 lb.
class. High boats brought in five,
other one, two or three, of course many
other were lost for the normal
wahoo reasons.*

*Dorado remained scarce and scattered,
only seeing one or two fish for all
groups of charter’s per day, we heard
of more numbers on the Pacific, but
even there the dorado were not nearly
as numerous as previous months. More
marlin appeared, even in the direction
off of San Jose del, though the
billfish were much more active towards
Cabo San Lucas and on the Pacific.
We even had some sailfish and at least
one 180 lb. class blue marlin was
accounted for. With the warmer water
there are still chances at the larger
sized black and blue marlin.*

*Yellowfin tuna were elusive, being
targeted on San Luis Banks, as wells as
Gordo Banks, though very few were
actually landed this week, most of the
tuna we did see were in the 60 to 90
lb. range, a few smaller 10 to 20 lb.
These yellowfin hit a wide variety pf
baits, not on lures, Drift fishing
with squid or using chihuil and live
skipjack produced strikes. Heavy
pressure, combined with lots of nature
food source, swift currents, now
have these fish skittish and finicky,
of course on any given day they could
become more aggressive, they are
definitely still yellowfin through the
area.*

*Not much off the bottom, triggerfish,
bonito, smaller sized snapper and
cabrilla were the most common, swift
currents have not helped that action
at all.*

*Along the shoreline there were good
numbers of juvenile roosterfish, which
should always be released, also some
early season sierra and jack crevalle
in the mix.*

*The combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 140 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 1 blue marlin, 2 sailfish,
14 striped marlin, 18 yellowfin tuna,
11 dorado, 52 wahoo, 4 barred pargo,
10 leopard grouper, 38 Mexican bonito,
8 yellow snapper, 2 dogtooth
snapper, 8 sierra, 6 Pacific golden
eyed tilefish, 4 rainbow runner, 4 jack
crevalle, 24 roosterfish and 25
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