1 Dec 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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December 1, 2019

Anglers –

The crazy month of November has now
ended, this is time when the big crowds
of anglers diminish, as less people
travel between holidays. After dealing
with TS Raymond last week, this week we
had yet another low pressure system
develop and sweep through Southern Baja
from the west, which brought more
heavy rainfall, as well as some wind
gusts that might have even reached 50
mph in areas, rainfall of anywhere from
4 to 8 inches, depending where you
were. The local Ports were completely
closed on Wednesday, reopening about
8 a.m. on Thursday. This has been a
strange season, very unpredictable
weather patterns, though the water
table definitely has been filled up and
the landscape will be staying green
longer than normal. Be aware of the
mosquitoes as well.

Ocean temperatures dropped a bit, now
averaging about 77 degrees, this
latest storm turned over water
conditions, from all of the run off,
water for much of the inshore zone,
though now with each passing day we are
seeing clarity improve and the all-
around fishing action quickly rebound.
Baitfish were more scattered, schooling
sardinas now closer to Cabo San
Lucas, local fleets ere using mainly
slabs of squid, ballyhoo and what
other baitfish could be found on the
fishing grounds, caballito vanished,
it will be any week now that school of
mackerel and sardineta appear on the
ground off of San Jose del Cabo.

The better billfish action was on the
Pacific, but in recent days we have
seen more striped marlin showing in the
direction of San Jose, which is
usually the trend during this time
frame. Dorado action improved, as more
numbers of these popular gamefish are
showing throughout the region,
majority of these fish are in the 10 to
15 lb. class, some larger. Wahoo
became a bit more elusive in the dirty
conditions, as did most species, but
as water began to clean up we did see a
few more ‘hoo starting to show, the
action early week had been near
Vinorama, but by weekend the best areas
were closer off of Cardon, La Fortuna
and then on Saturday the wahoo bite
broke open close off of Punta Gorda. If
you get chihuil for bait, that was
the hot ticket, some hit on ballyhoo as
well. Wahoo up to 50 pounds were
weighed in.

Yellowfin tuna action stalled out
during the dirty conditions, but now we
are seeing more tuna in the mix, some
from Iman, San Luis, Gordo Banks and
others further offshore associated with
porpoise. Earlier in the week local
pangeros brought in a cow yellowfin of
about 350 lb., not returning to the
docks until 9 p.m. Though most of the
tuna we did see were from football
size, up to 70 lb. Though the cows are
lurking on the Gordo Banks, just you
need to put in some serious time to
have a real chance.

Off of the bottom we saw various
snapper, pargo, bonito, a few cabrilla
of course more triggerfish than
anything else. Along the shoreline
were roosterfish and some early season
sierra, but with limited bait this
was not a guaranteed option.

Still only sporadic sightings of
whales, but these mammals are now
from their northern feeding grounds on
their annual southern migration and
will be in taking up residence in local
waters through the winter months.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 76 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 3 blue marlin, 6 striped
marlin, 3 sailfish, 108 dorado, 68
yellowfin tuna, 35 wahoo, 4 yellow
snapper, 5 cabrilla, 4 amberjack, 22
bonito, 9 sierra, 10 roosterfish, 4
rainbow runner, 4 golden eyed tilefish,
14 glass eyed snapper and 40

Good Fishing, Eric

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