15 Jan 2020 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: *GORDO BANKS PANGAS*

*January 5, 2020*

*Crowds of vacationers brought in the
New Year while visiting Southern
Baja’s Los Cabos destination.
Temperatures proved to be cool by local
standards, lows were in the 50s and
highs in the lower 70s, though still
very pleasant compared to most of North
America. Skies were clouds at times
early, with sunny burning through by
mid-morning. Winds were variable, the
period started with light breezes,
though through this weekend northern
winds increased, this made for rougher
ocean conditions and contributed to
pushing in cooler and off colored
currents. We are now in the season
conditions are cooling, north winds can
be predominant and patterns can be
unpredictable. Ocean temperatures were
now down in the 72 to 74 degree

*Bait supplies remained similar,
caballito being the main bait found in
marina, slabs of squid and ballyhoo
also offered. Schools of baitfish were
non consistent, very few mackerel, more
sardineta at this time. No reports
of sardinas being available. This
cooling trend normally would attract
mackerel and sardinas as well, so we
see what follows.*

*Early this week, before cool front
swept through, the all-around action
was good for a mix of dorado, wahoo and
some yellowfin tuna, as well as
roosterfish and some billfish migrating
into local waters. Things changed
significantly through the week, mainly
due to cold winds from the north
pushing in off colored colder current.
Dorado, which had been one of the
more common catches, all of a sudden
became very limited and scattered,
same for wahoo, they had been elusive,
but were showing signs of becoming
more active just before the weather
turned over. *

*Also the first part of the week saw
the yellowfin action starting to
rebound for some larger cow sized fish
in the vicinity of the Gordo Banks,
no big numbers, though a handful of
large yellowfin were brought in, the
largest was by a group of local anglers
from a small panga, fish was
brought in a night, weighing over 300
lb. Overall tuna bite had been slow
early in the week, then the north blow,
which helped shut down the wahoo
and dorado bite. But offshore of San
Jose del Cabo, anywhere from 4 to 8
miles, there were rapidly moving pods
of porpoise encountered, with the
yellowfin tuna moving among them. Tuna
ranging 10 to 30 lb. were being
landed, best techniques was drifting
under the porpoise with strips of
squid. Charters targeting this hit or
miss event were finding one of two,
up to 7 or 8 fish. Easy to talk about,
but this is a fast changing
opportunist deal, with windy conditions
making it even harder, also
increased boat pressure would put
things down and charters had to chase
these schools all morning to have
legitimate chance. *

*Inshore the roosterfish action slow
way down have dirty cooler water
pushed in. Bottom action was limited to
various, mostly smaller sized,
jacks, pargos, bonito and triggerfish.
The exception was that we saw a
couple of amberjack and cabrilla.*

*Billfish faded as the week progressed,
though a few sailfish were still
encountered in the cooler conditions,
nicer sized fish which were released.
A few striped marlin found, very
scattered. As conditions do eventually
stabilize and we see more offshore
baitfish, we anticipate the marlin bite
to break open.*

*Many more whales now being signed,
these mammals were alter to show this
season, next two months will be peak

*The combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 96 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 3 sailfish, 9 striped
marlin, 61 dorado, 56 yellowfin tuna,
14 wahoo, 8 yellow snapper, 2 barred
pargo, 4 tile fish, 5 sierra, 11
roosterfish, 28 huachinango, 3 blackfin
jack, 2 amberjack, 4 big eyed jack, 6
jack crevalle, 8 porgy and 38

*Good Fishing, Eric*

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