29 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 22, 2019

Anglers –

Everyone is now busy getting ready for
Christmas, more tourists arriving,
though there are not as many anglers as
we would expect. The typically
weather pattern of north winds
continues, particularly early in the
though there was decent fishing action
close to shore in more protected
areas. The Pacific side was calm for
the most part. Ocean water temperature
was averaging 77 degrees throughout the
local region. There were scattered
clouds and climate was a bit cooler
than previous week, though on most days
highs were at least up to 75 degrees,
no rainfall reported.

Bait vendors were finding decent
supplies of caballito, also were
ballyhoo and slabs of squid, no
sardinas found near San Jose del Cabo.
of the panga charters were able to find
some chihuil baitfish, but this was
not a guarantee, needed to put in the
extra effort and time for this. Most
of the local charters are working the
fishing grounds from Red Hill, Gordo
Banks, La Fortuna and off of Punta
Gorda. Most common species found were
dorado, but also still decent chances
at yellowfin tuna and wahoo.

Off of La Fortuna there were yellowfin
tuna of various sizes found, some
nicer quality fish. The problem was
that there was an abundance of large
aggressive sharks on these same grounds
and they were ready to grab any
tuna that was hooked into, a ratio of
at least 80 % of hooks ups being
lost, so not many charters were even
fishing there anymore. There were
yellowfin found on the Inner Gordo
Banks, though numbers were very
a handful of tuna over 100 lb. were
accounted for this week, though this
took a lot of persistence and large
amounts of squid, so that you could
continue to drift, while chumming and
patiently waiting for a chance at a
hook up.

Wahoo were also now found on the Gordo
Banks, though they have been
finicky, best bet was to slow troll
baitfish, either caballito or chihuil.
Not many were striking on lures, some
of these fish were also found further
north and off of Punta Gorda. With the
warmer water still hanging around we
expect to have chances at wahoo into
the New Year.

Dorado were providing the most success
for anglers, most of these also on
various baits, ranging in sizes up to
20 lb. Many anglers were able to
catch their two fish limit and release
others. Areas closer to shore, such
as Punta Gorda and Cardon were best for
the dorado, a few tuna were also
found on the same grounds, if sardinas
were available the chances of
getting into the tuna action would be
much greater, who knows when we will
have sardinas locally. These baitfish
do also migrate along the shorelines.

Not much going off the bottom, though
we did see more red snapper this
week, majority were smaller sized, but
a few nicer fish in the mix. Good
numbers of roosterfish were found along
the beach stretches, within a mile
or less of Puerto Los Cabos Marina.
There fish readily hit on trolled
caballito, most of them were under 15
lb., a few much larger jack crevalle
were mixed in. Also a handful of
sierra, but with no sardinas, hard to
a wide open bite for these fish. Also
still early in the season for these
colder water species. Billfish was very
scattered off of San Jose del Cabo,
surprisingly there were more sailfish
seen than striped marlin, strange for
this time of year.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 56 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 4 sailfish, 2 striped
marlin, 88 dorado, 15 yellowfin tuna,
16 wahoo, 4 yellow snapper, 2 barred
pargo, 1 amberjack, 4 bonito, 8 sierra,
22 roosterfish, 24 huachinango, 4
jack crevalle and 45 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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