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 Feb 11, 2016; 01:22AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – January 31, 2016
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Anglers –

January 31, 2016



We are seeing fewer visiting anglers arriving during the past couple of
weeks, this is not unusual, as this is never peak season for any particular
gamefish species on our local grounds. Weather patterns remain much the
same, mostly sunny days, some marine layer cloud cover, winds still
predominately from the north, varying up to 20 mph or stronger on some
days, high daytime temperatures have been reaching into the lower 80s.
These winds can limit on where fleets can fish comfortably. Ocean
temperatures are averaging 76 degrees and clean blue water is being found
within one mile of shore. Anglers have been using a mix of caballito,
striped squid and ballyhoo for bait, no reports of any sardinas being
located within local range, nor has any consistent offshore baitfish source
been happening. There were reports of large concentrations of flying fish
being seen, with fish spotted chasing these flyers, acquiring a taste for
them and not too aggressive for other offerings.



Local sportfishing fleets were scouting out fishing grounds in all of the
normal directions, most productive grounds recently were from Santa Maria,
Palmilla, Punta Gorda, La Fortuna and Iman Bank. Yellowfin action was
reported on the more distant Pacific Banks for a larger grade of yellowfin.
The Iman Bank was producing tuna to over 30 lb., though with the northern
winds and sea lion presence, this was a tough bite for the past five days
or so, need calmer conditions to effectively drift fish these grounds.



Wahoo have been playing elusive hide and seek games as usual, though actual
these fish have become more active in recent days, found close to shore,
trolling lures and baits, best bet early in the morning, but there were
chances at all hours of the day, you have to just be in the right place at
the precise time when these finicky feeders decide to strike. The wahoo now
being landed have been in the 15 to 40 lb. range. Anglers reported wahoo
action off of Santa Maria, Palmilla, Punta Gorda and Iman Bank. With water
temperature still temperate, we expect these ‘hoo to stay in the area into
February. Remember last season, some of our best wahoo action was found
mid-February.



Striped marlin action improved this past week, decent number of stripers
were found straight outside the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, anywhere from one
to four miles from shore, most strikes were on caballito, soaking down
deep, slow trolling baits on the surface, or occasional gun and run to
feeding fish.



Not much going on for sierra or roosterfish, sporadic action found, though
some dorado were encountered very close to shore, attracted by available
baitfish, more dorado this week than last, sizes ranged up to 20 lb.
Anglers were fortunate to find one or two, no big numbers of any particular
species now.



Bottom action was tough, mainly due to the windy days, hard to reach the
more productive areas to the north, closer inshore, where it was more
protected from gusty winds, most common catches were for triggerfish, a
handful of snapper, bonito and cabrilla.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 61 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 22 striped marlin, 19 wahoo, 38 yellowfin tuna,
19 dorado, 8 rainbow runner, 9 cabrilla (leopard grouper), 8 huachinango,
14 yellow snapper,10 bonito, 2 sierra and 80 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric









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Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
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 Feb 11, 2016; 01:19AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – January 24, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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Anglers –

January 24, 2016



We are seeing increased crowds of visitors, though not that high of
percentage of these visitors are serious salt water anglers. Many people
are escaping the winter chill and heading south, we expect this will
continue, as the eastern section of United States are in the midst of a
serious blizzard now, many flights are being canceled, though expect people
will be ready to get out of town when they are able to. Local weather has
been cooler in the early morning, down around the 50 degree mark, though
days have been clear and sunny, with high temperatures reaching up to 85
degrees. Winds continue to blow predominately from the north, 10 to 20 mph,
switching to the south on some days. Ocean temperatures are avenging 76
degrees throughout Southern Baja region, swells have been moderate,
fluctuating currents, quite swift at times.



The local bait situation remains much the same, slabs of squid, ballyhoo,
caballito and just in recent days some charters found schooling sardinetas
offshore. With ocean temperatures now being about 4 degrees higher than
normal, hard to predict what might happen with fish migrations this winter
season. Plenty of whales now in the area, also more than enough hungry sea
lions, creating even more competition for anglers.



Sportfishing fleets were spread out in all directions, we heard reports of
larger cow sized yellowfin tuna being encountered traveling with porpoise
on the outside of the Pacific Banks, marlin were scattered, some days
charters could find one or two striped marlin, while on others days there
were none to be found, as more concentrations of baitfish move in we do
expect to see more billfish activity. Some stripers were even striking on
the stripped squid that anglers used for targeting tuna on the grounds from
Punta Gorda to Iman Bank. This action was on and off, wind was a problem on
the grounds further to the north, sizes of the yellowfin averaged in the 15
to 50 lb. range, for the most part there were np significant numbers,
anglers did well accounting for two or three tuna in their combined morning
catch.



Dorado action dropped way off on the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo, we
did hear of more do-dos being found on the Pacific, these pelagic fish are
just now returning from Southern California, where they had followed the
warm El Nino current this past summer and fall. So we do expect to see more
dorado appearing in the next month, especially if this warm water situation
continues. Wahoo did become more active in the past week, especially early
in the week, there was good early morning action found close off of Punta
Gorda by anglers trolling both lures and trap hooked larger batfish, sizes
ranged up to 40 lb. This bite became more sporadic as the week progressed,
though these elusive gamefish are definitely still holding in the temperate
conditions and we expect continued action for these fish until water
temperatures become too cool for their liking.



More bottom activity being found now, rock piles north of Punta Gorda were
producing leopard grouper (cabrilla), yellow and red snapper, rainbow
runner, bonito, amberjack and triggerfish. No really big numbers, but more
than we have seen so far this season, anglers had success on yo-yo jigs, as
well as on whole or strip baits.



Not much reported along the shore, no sierra to speak of, a few roosterfish
north of the marina jetty, the majority being smaller sized fish which
should always be released with care.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 57 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 6 striped marlin, 18 wahoo, 94 yellowfin tuna, 6
dorado, 21 rainbow runner, 22 cabrilla, 35 huachinango, 16 yellow snapper,
4 amberjack, 14 bonito, 2 roosterfish and 110 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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Feb 11, 2016; 01:17AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – January 17, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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Anglers –

January 17, 2016



Quiet week in Los Cabos, as light numbers of tourists were arriving, as we
are now in the normal lull period immediately following the New Year’s
Holiday. Winter time conditions are even being felt locally, as low
temperatures dipped to 50 degrees and though days were mostly sunny, high
temperatures were hovering around 75 degrees. Actually very pleasant
climate for the midst of winter time, be hard to convince the locals
though, as they are bundling up like there is no tomorrow.



The week started off with gusty northerly winds, settling down later, nice
ocean conditions for anglers, besides the early morning chill. Ocean
Temperatures averaging 75 degrees, warmer currents are being found on the
Pacific Banks. Anglers continue to rely on the available bait sources of
caballito, cocinero, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. No reports of anyone
finding schooling sardinas within local range. Local San Jose del Cabo
fleets continue to concentrate their efforts on the Grounds from Cerro
Colorado/Red Hill to the Gordo Banks and north to La Fortuna and Iman
Banks.



Really there has been no particular hot spot recently, everyday certain
areas produced a mix of species in limited numbers. Very few dorado or
wahoo reported, though free swimming wahoo were sighted on several
occasions, not many were actually hooked and landed, same with dorado, they
seemed to be taking the week off. Yellowfin tuna were holding around the
twenty five spot off of La Fortuna, but with often rapid sweeping drifts
created by winds, this spot was not always easy to fish. There was an
ongoing problem with nuisance sea lions, waiting for their chance at an
easy meal. Most of the yellowfin accounted for were under 20 lb. and were
elusively hooked while using strips of squid for bait. The Gordo Banks were
also attracting a larger grade of yellowfin tuna, but only a handful of
these fish were actually landed, this fishery was a late afternoon deal,
done pretty much elusively by local commercial pangeros, fishing the late
twilight hours, reported that the yellowfin to over 100 pounds would start
feeding as the sun was just about setting, makes for a late day, fighting
fish into the darkness and then arriving back to the dock area in the pitch
black of the moon less evening.



Billfish action was also very scattered, most common catch being smaller
sized striped marlin, no larger concentrations of offshore baitfish to
attract any major feeding frenzies. With all of the normal fish migration
patterns being abnormal this year, we are expecting later than usual
arrival of sardineta and mackerel this season, hard to predict when this
will happen, it is time now, these are mostly unprecedented events that are
now occurring.



Bottom action was showing encouraging signs the past couple of weeks, more
red snapper, amberjack and cabrilla started to appear, then we saw stronger
currents slowing down this action, we expect to see steady improvement for
this structure activity as weather conditions stabilize. Winds have been
more consistent than normal through this past fall and now into our winter
season, should be time that we start having the calmer days and this will
help open up more bottom opportunities.



Very little inshore action, spotty action on smaller sized roosterfish, no
sierra to speak of without the preferred sardina bait source.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 56 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 7 striped marlin, 10 wahoo, 88 yellowfin tuna,
11 dorado, 1 island jack, 10 rainbow runner, 14 cabrilla, 26 huachinango,
22 yellow snapper, 8 amberjack, 2 sierra, 12 bonito, 4 roosterfish and 85
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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Feb 11, 2016; 01:14AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – January 10, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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Anglers –

January 10, 2016



With the holiday season now coming to a close we are seeing lighter crowds
of visitors arriving, we do expect as winter sets in across the United
States, more people will be looking to travel south in search of some warm
sunshine. We have seen scattered cloud cover, early morning lows in the
50s, with daytime highs reaching into the upper 70s. North winds have been
variable, not as strong as during previous weeks, so anglers have been
enjoying favorable conditions on the water. The annual migration of whales
is now in full swing, after being a little late arriving in such numbers,
these mammals can now be seen on a regular basis every day.



The bait situation continues much the same, no new resource for sardinas,
nor have we seen any mackerel or sardinetas, we have been relying on slabs
of squid, caballito and ballyhoo. Hard to say when we might see sardinas
move back within our range. Anglers are finding better action using the
available bait, versus trolling artificial lures. San Jose del Cabo fleets
are concentrating on the fishing grounds from Red Hill, Gordo Banks and
north to Iman Bank. One of the more productive areas in recent days has
been La Fortuna, or the 25 spot. This is where yellowfin tuna in the 15 to
30 pound class have been striking on strips of squid. Action has been a bit
sporadic from day to day, some days the fish bite early and some days
later, the key is to be in the right place at the correct time. This same
area is also producing decent catches off the bottom for huachinango (red
snapper), some amberjack, cabrilla and bonito.



The action off of Punta Gorda had been good for tuna, but then switched
north to La Fortuna, huachinango have been hitting on these grounds early
in the morning, and anglers were using strips of squid for these quality
snapper, which ranged up to 12 pounds. Dorado were scattered, best chance
for these gamefish seemed to be closer to shore, more baitfish close in now
to attract these fish, dorado were hitting best on rigged ballyhoo, more
often later in the morning, finding circling frigate birds has been the
best way to find the dorado. Most of the dorado we have seen were ranging
in the 10 to 20 lb. class.



Not much going on with wahoo now, though they are still in the area, some
are being seen very close to shore, which is fairly common for this time of
year. Actually more anglers were targeting the tuna action, chances are if
you did specially target the wahoo with larger trap rigged baits is that
you could find one or two of these fish and we do expect to see these
elusive fish become more active as we enter the coming favorable moon
phase. Ocean water temperatures are now averaging 75 degrees.



There has been inshore opportunities for roosterfish, though the majority
of the roosterfish this time of year are smaller sized, not easy to hook
with larger baits, these juvenile fish can be fragile to safely catch and
release. Sierra action has been slim with the lack of sardinas, though surf
anglers have been catching fair numbers of these feisty fish at first light
off of the local beaches.



The marlin action off of San Jose del Cabo dissipated, food source must
have moved on, now some striped marlin are being found scattered offshore,
no particular hot spot and in limited numbers, best bet was to troll lures
and look for signs of fish, then try and drop a bait back. With cooling
water temperatures we have not heard of any more black marlin hook ups
around the Gordo Banks.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 74 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 5 striped marlin, 11 wahoo, 225 yellowfin tuna,
32 dorado, 13 cabrilla, 132 huachinango, 30 yellow snapper, 19 amberjack, 4
sierra, 23 bonito, 16 roosterfish and 65 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric







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Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jan 4, 2016; 11:52PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – January 3, 2016
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Anglers –

January 3, 2016



Holiday crowds were greeted by weather conditions which were cooler than
most people were hoping for, as much of this past week was overcast,
cloudy, with only occasional sunshine, persistent northern winds and high
daytime temperatures were barely reaching into the lower 70s. It is now
winter season and considering that this is about as cool as the Southern
Baja California region can be, we should feel fortunate to enjoy such a
moderate climate during these normally chiller times.



Average ocean temperature locally is now 76 degrees, we are seeing this
cooling trend, though this is still several degrees warmer than seasonal
normal. Along with the unusual weather patterns of this past year, we
continue to see abnormal fish migrations as well, even the annual migration
of whales has been late to arrive to its peak. This is the time of year
when we normally would find schools of sardinas congregating along the
shoreline and mackerel mixed with sardineta on the offshore grounds, so far
we are not seeing any of this baitfish and are relying on bait sources of
caballito, cocinero, slabs of squid and some ballyhoo.



Fishing action has been more scattered than we would normally expect,
options are limited without the mainstay of sardinas. The most productive
grounds this past week was found two to four miles straight out front of
Puerto Los Cabos Marina, this is where practically the entire fleets from
both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas were congregating. Striped marlin
with a few dorado in the mix were striking on slow trolled baits, or while
drifting baits down deeper, occasional feeders on the surface. No huge
numbers of fish, heavy pressure. But still the best bet to find action.
Most of the stripers were in the 60 to 90 lb. class, with a few reaching
120 lb. There must be some food source now holding in this area, porpoise
are being seen cruising through this zone as well. Commercial shrimp
trawlers are moving in our area now, and these are the same grounds where
they regularly work, often contributing to scatter any action that does
start to develop.



Ocean currents pushed in cooler, greenish water from the north and combined
with persistent northerly winds, this made it tough to find any action
around the Gordo Banks and further north. Some yellowfin tuna were
accounted for, one tuna of 143 lb. was weighed in early in the week, others
in the 15 to 80 lb. range were taken, but numbers were not significant at
all and until conditions stabilize, this will most likely be the same
situation. Tuna at times could be seen coming into chum lines or just
breezing the surface, but proved to be very skittish. Late in the week
anglers found sporadic action for yellowfin closer to shore off of Punta
Gorda while drift fishing with strips of squid, these fish weighed up to 20
lb. and some charters landed as many as five tuna. Though this bite would
slack off as quickly as it had started and be over just like that. Unusual
to not see any of the larger sized needlefish that are typically present
this time of year.



Only a handful of wahoo were reported, ranging 20 to 40 lb., though as
conditions settle, we expect these fish to become more active. This coming
week is forecast to be warmer and less windy, so this combined with a
favorable moon phase could trigger improved action, of course these
particular fish are very unpredictable. The bottom continues to show signs
of more life, as more numbers of snapper and cabrilla were appearing, a
couple of amberjack, yellowtail, ever present triggerfish and bonito. Need
calmer conditions though to have better chances at these species.



Inshore there are now good numbers of smaller sized roosterfish, not always
easy to hook on the larger baits which are being used, though still this
has been an option for variety, please remember that these fish should
always be caught and then released with care, so that they can mature and
help maintain the future fishery of these prized gamefish, which are known
for their fighting qualities and not as good table fare.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 80 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 48 striped marlin, 26 yellowfin tuna, 56 dorado,
4 wahoo, 2 yellowtail, 16 cabrilla, 11 huachinango, 20 yellow snapper, 2
amberjack, 8 rainbow runner, 1 dogtooth snapper, 4 white skipjack, 22
bonito, 44 roosterfish and 26 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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jan 4, 2016; 11:48PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 27, 2015
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Anglers –

December 27, 2015



Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to everyone



Many tourists have been arriving in Los Cabos this holiday season, compared
to last year, when the majority of local resorts were still closed and in
the process of rebuilding from the devastation caused by Hurricane Odile.
The relentless north winds finally resided mid-week and conditions were
feeling more like fall than winter. Warm sunny days, with calm seas, ideal
time for anglers to take advantage of the opportunities at billfish,
yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish and other available species.



Ocean temperatures have ranged from 75 degrees from Iman Bank to Los
Frailes to as warm as 79 degrees straight outside of Cabo San Lucas. Ideal
conditions now, if the winds stay moderate we do expect to enjoy excellent
fishing action into the coming new year. With the lack of sardinas
available, anglers have been relying on caballito, slabs of squid and
various artificial lures to entice the variety of gamefish now in the area.



San Jose del Cabo fleets were having to travel all the way to the Cabo
arches to find sporadic action for yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 15 pound
class, some boats catching six or seven fish, other none, lots of pressure
by the whole fleet, as well as hungry seas lions on this spot. Chance at a
single dorado or wahoo off of the Chileno, Santa Maria and Red Hill areas.
Though this action was very hit or miss. So we are glad that the wind has
diminished for the time being and this has opened up our normal fishing
grounds from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank. Crazy that black marlin and
larger grade of yellowfin tuna have been holding around the Gordo Banks, in
recent days the tuna action on these ground was very dead in the morning
hours, but would come alive in the afternoon, so some locals have been
packing 20 or more pounds of squid slabs and heading out for this late
afternoon action, tuna to 140 lb. were landed, many other even larger
yellowfin were lost, sea lions were a pesky problem on these grounds as
well. This action should last in to January, any day these yellowfin could
bite earlier in the day, full moon phase has feeding patterns mixed up as
well.



Iman Bank was holding tuna in the 20 to 40 lb. range, though without
sufficient chum and dealing with swifter cooler currents put this bite off
later in the week. Dorado continue to be scattered, but actually in recent
days we are seeing more of these fish than during the past week or two.
Same for wahoo, not many being landed, but they are in the area, with
conditions being as favorable as they are, anything could happen, these
elusive and highly sought after gamefish are definitely still around and we
expect them to become more active in the coming weeks.



This is the time when striped marlin appear on the grounds off of San Jose
del Cabo and this has been the case this week, straight outside of the
Puerto Los Cabos Marina, anywhere from two to four miles offshore, this is
where fleets are now concentrated, chasing feeding marlin and drift fishing
with baits down deep has produced good action on the striped marlin,
averaging 80 to 120 lb., with some sailfish are still hanging late into the
season.



Good numbers of smaller to medium sized roosterfish are now being
encountered closer to shore, anglers have been using live caballito to slow
troll for this action, not many sierra yet, the lack of sardinas will make
this a tough season for the sierra. Bottom action has showed improvement
recently, deeper water species around the Gordo Banks and other high spots.

Various snappers, cabrilla, grouper, triggerfish, rainbow runner and bonito.



Whales are now appearing in greater numbers every day and will soon be
peaking for their annual winter migration to Southern Baja California.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 84 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 5 sailfish,
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2 black marlin, 38 striped marlin, 115 yellowfin tuna, 22 dorado, 11 wahoo,
14 cabrilla,
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14 huachinango, 22 yellow snapper, 18 bulleye snapper, 3 amberjack, 12
rainbow runner,
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24 bonito, 8 white skipjack, 55 roosterfish and 30 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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jan 4, 2016; 11:44PM - Gordo Banks Panga Report December 19, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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Holiday crowds have started to arrive in greater numbers this past week and
it appears that it will be busy during this year’s festive times. Weather
has been a been a bit crazy, relentless winds from the north much of the
week, before laying down for the weekend and actually feeling once again
almost like late summer, instead of winter. Whales are also being sighted
more frequently now, as this is just the start of the annual migration for
these mammals.



Ocean swells have been minimal, water temperatures have ranged from 76
degrees in the direction of Los Frailes and 79 degrees off of Cabo San
Lucas. Anglers have been relying on caballito or squid slabs for baits,
still no reports of anyone finding any schooling sardinas, hard to say what
will happen with this, we do believe that when water does eventually cool
off, that we will see these preferred baitfish return within our range.



The week started off with the most consistent action being found off the
areas of the Cabo San Lucas Arches to Sol Mar, within one mile or less of
shore, this is where there was a good bite going on for yellowfin tuna
while drift fishing with strips of squid. These ranged from 8 to 15 lb.,
some of these fish also hit on caballito. The bite was sporadic, but many
charters did account for their limits, there was a good chance at losing a
percentage of your hook ups to hungry sea lions that were patrolling this
same area. Lots of pressure on these grounds, since this was around the
only productive spot through most of the week, as north winds made it
almost impossible to fish on the grounds to the north. But over the weekend
as conditions changed from nearly gale conditions to flat calm, this had
charters heading north again and they did have encouraging reports,
especially considering all the wind, water clarity was surprisingly good.
Yellowfin tuna starting biting again on the Iman Bank, nicer sized fish to
30 lb.



Not much going on for dorado and wahoo, only an occasional fish being
landed, other strikes lost, but just no significant numbers of either of
these species. Nothing much going on around the Gordo Banks, but maybe the
calmer conditions will get this area back on track, as lots of skipjack and
other baitfish activity was reported. Also at least one 200 lb. class black
marlin was landed, another black, estimated to weigh close to 500 lb. was
hooked on a trolled caballito, only to be lost near the boat as the fish
got its head down, gaining momentum and heading deep and breaking the
lighter 130 lb. leader which had been intended for a cow yellowfin tuna,
not a late season el Nino black marlin.



Inshore there was some good action for smaller sized roosterfish off of the
San Jose del Cabo Hotel area, particularly near Holiday Inn and the
Estuary. Very little bottom fishing was going on now, more triggerfish than
anything else, we expect to start seeing more variety start to move in off
of the structure. Marlin action was scattered as well, a few striped marlin
and then the chance at a larger marlin around the Gordo Banks, no big
numbers though of any of these billfish. Will be interesting to see if
there is a good run or mackerel and in turn striped marlin his season, this
is the month when this normally occurs, starting on the Pacific Banks,
before shifting in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 74 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 8 striped marlin, 285 yellowfin
tuna, 16 dorado, 5 wahoo, 4 cabrilla, 22 pargo, 8 bonito, 35 roosterfish
and 18 triggerfish.







Good fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jan 4, 2016; 11:41PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – December 13, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo



Anglers –

December 13, 2015



Another quiet week for numbers of visitors arriving in the Los Cabos area,
another ten days or so we should see more holiday travelers. Weather
patterns were more like typical late fall season patterns, cooler mornings,
predominate north winds, relentless for days, before diminishing for a
period and then repeating the cycle. Air temperatures in the mid-80s and
the strength of the sunshine has felt surprisingly intense for
mid-December. Scattered clouds most days, threatening light rain later in
the week. Lighter winds early in the week, increasing by week’s end. Ocean
temperatures are ranging from 78 to 82 degrees, warmest currents being
reported straight outside of Cabo San Lucas and towards the Pacific Banks.
Overall ocean conditions are considerably warmer than what they normally
would be for this time of year, definitely results from El Nino.



Local fishing grounds are still attracting pelagic gamefish such as
yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, skipjack, sailfish, striped and blue marlin.
We are anticipating on having summer and fall type fishing action lasting
into this winter season, this as a result of warmer than usual ocean
conditions. There are some cooler water species like sierra now appearing
along beach stretches and bonito off the structure. No reports of any new
resource for sardinas, we expect as the ocean temps eventually cool,
schools of sardinas will return, hard to predict what is going on with
these baitfish migrations, many factors involved. Whales are now arriving
on their annual migration, numerous sightings, this activity should only
increase in the next couple of months.



San Jose del Cabo fleets concentrated most of their efforts on the grounds
from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank. Action was somewhat sporadic, no great
numbers of any particular fish, though there were some quality fish being
accounted for every day, again the pressure was light due to minimal crowds
of anglers at this time. There was good dorado action found early in the
day, straight out front of Puerto Los Cabos Marina, 2 to 4 miles out, slow
trolling caballito was the best producer, though some dorado also hit on
trolled lures or ballyhoo, for anglers that were able to find any of these
rigging baits. Most dorado were weighing in the 12 to 25 lb. range, nice
sized fish, charters accounted for anywhere from one or two, up to four or
five fish per day. On these same ground there were billfish, this past week
anglers hooked into sailfish, striped and black and blue marlin. There was
a story of a black marlin hooked later in the day anglers battled this fish
until 8 p.m. before breaking it off, no moon at all and the crew did not
seem to be making any headway.



Yellowfin tuna was a bit spottier, though in recent days this action did
show signs of improvement. The key to this action was finding sufficient
supplies of squid slabs, drift fishing while chumming was the method that
was working. Both Inner and Outer Gordo Banks were holding yellowfin of 40
to 100 pound class, most likely much larger, most of the fish being landed
from these grounds were in the 60 to 80 lb., we heard of a local pangeros
last week who caught a tuna that went 180 lb. Other heavy hook ups were
lost, included more than one big fish lost to cut lines, suspected that
some lost commercial set gear could be the problem. Anglers were lucky to
land one or two of these tuna and had to be specifically targeting these
fish. The Iman Bank produced a grade of tuna in the 15 to 35 lb. range,
also nice fish and chance at more numbers, some charters had as many as 5
to 8 of these yellowfin. These were the same grounds where wahoo have been
holding, the bite has been on and off, mainly on trolled baits, caballito,
skipjack or chihuil, not much reported on trolled lures recently, of course
more anglers are fishing the bait, compared to trolling lures.



Some sierra now mixed with mostly smaller sized roosterfish found close to
shore, inside the marina area locals are having a field day with the wide
open barracuda bite. Bottom action consisted mostly for smaller sized pargo
and triggerfish, a few bonito and cabrilla.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 56 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 11 sailfish 1 blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, 66
yellowfin tuna, 85 dorado, 18 wahoo, 4 sierra, 28 pargo, 1 pompano, 10
cabrilla, 16 white skipjack, 8 bonito, 12 rainbow runner, 14 roosterfish, 4
surgeonfish and 20 triggerfish







Good fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jan 4, 2016; 11:38PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – December 6, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

December 6, 2015





This week like clockwork the numbers of visitors were far fewer than in
previous weeks, this is normal for immediately after Thanksgiving and prior
to the Christmas Holiday season. Last week we were all caught off guard by
the latest forming major Hurricane ever recorded in the Eastern Pacific,
Hurricane Sandra reached category four strength and initially was forecast
to pass very close to Cabo San Lucas on Saturday, the system followed a
unpredictable course, it then collided with a powerful wind shear from the
north, which stirred the storm further south and caused rapid weakening.
Southern Baja was spared of any devastation, there was a fair amount of
rainfall recorded in the Los Cabos, possibly up to three inches in certain
areas. Winds never reached much more than 30 mph gusts, but storm swells
did kick up to about four meters and both local ports were closed all day
on Friday and Saturday, rainy day schedule, finally opening Sunday morning.
Since the passing of this storm front there have been persistent northerly
winds, ranging 15 to 25 mph and this created choppy conditions on the open
grounds north of Punta Gorda. The winds did slack later in the week,
helping to settle seas, air temperature are still reaching into the 80’s
and lows dipped to 60 degrees. Ocean water temperature was now ranging
79/80 degrees throughout most of the region. North winds pushed in slightly
greener current close to shore.



The week started off with the wahoo being aggressive and very active early
in the day on the Iman Bank. Best action was on slow trolled baits, either
caballito or chihuil, not much reported on trolled artificial lures. Some
charters landed up to five wahoo, with that many other strikes lost,
weights for the ‘hoo averaged 25 to 40 lb. Not as many numbers of dorado
were found from these same grounds, though the other fleets fishing on the
Pacific did find more numbers of dorado, but not many wahoo or other
species, besides billfish.



Yellowfin tuna action became hampered by persistent winds, harder to find
porpoise activity, and not favorable for drift and chum style fishing.
Other days anglers could see tuna breezing on the surface, but these fish
were just not interested in striking any offerings. A handful of yellowfin
tuna have been landed, some smaller grade football, but other quality tuna
in the 40 to 120 lb. class were accounted for. The day before the recent
storm struck there was a report from commercial pangeros based out of Los
Frailes, who landed one yellowfin tuna that weighed 378 lb. while fishing
on the San Luis Bank with squid. If weather does cooperate we do expect to
have more quality yellowfin tuna action opening up.



The bottom action showing a little more promise in recent days, but again
you need calmer conditions to really have better opportunities. A few
species of pargo, bonito, amberjack, triggerfish and cabrilla, no big
quantities, but better than what we have seen off of the bottom for the
past month, we expect to see improved bottom action, though this will
depend on how persistent north winds prove to be. Normal fall/winter wind
patterns have been harder to predict this year, winds usually blow for
several days, then we have a few nice days and cycle repeats itself, not
like these seven to eight day blows we have had this fall.



Bait supplies remained plentiful for live caballito, not much else was
available, no ballyhoo or sardinas to speak of. With changing ocean
conditions we hope to see sardinas move back within our range.



Surely we will see the annual migration of whales start to arrive soon,
warner than normal water might delay this, but these mammals will arrive
soon enough. Great time to visit now, ideal climate, crowds of anglers are
light and fishing is liable to break wide open on any given day.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 78 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 13 sailfish, 7 striped marlin, 34
yellowfin tuna, 39 dorado, 49 wahoo, 9 sierra, 46 misc. pargo species, 1
amberjack, 12 cabrilla, 13 bonito, 9 rainbow runner, 6 roosterfish and 25
triggerfish







Good fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jan 4, 2016; 11:35PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 29, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

November 29, 2015



This year of 2015 will be remembered for all of the rebuilding efforts
created from Hurricane Odile devastation in September of 2014. This year
there was record early forming hurricanes in May and now the Los Cabos area
has just dogged a major hit by one of the latest Hurricanes to ever form in
the Eastern Pacific. This storm named Sandra, follows Rick of last week,
which never impacted land, though Sandra strengthened to a category four
storm and appeared to be on a collision course with the Southern Baja, but
the system was pushed away by strong shear, which also caused Sandra to
weaken rapidly and pass far enough to the south to not cause any local
damage. Los Cabos ports were closed for at least Friday and part of
Saturday, by Sunday sportfishing fleets do expect to be back operating as
normal. Swells increased to 10/12 feet, though wind never amounted to much
and rainfall was not significant either.



We are now just winding down from our busy fall season, there always is a
slack period after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, family priority shift
directions. Though this past week was busy with visitors. The week started
off with persistent north winds limited options for anglers and making the
overall action more spread out, by mid-week, the conditions calmed before
the storm and we saw improved fishing action. The most common catches were
wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dorado, sailfish and striped marlin, also some
roosterfish found near shore. For the most part there were no large numbers
of any particular species, though there were some quality fish being
accounted for, many days charters would just account for two, three or four
fish in combination, though there were dorado to 25 lb., wahoo to 50 lb.
and tuna to 80 lb. all accounted for.



Dorado were harder to find compared to previous week, though wahoo became
more active around the Iman Bank, early in the morning was best and you had
to capitalize and make the best of the chances that you did have. Trolling
with caballito, chihuil and various lures all produced wahoo strikes.
Dorado were found scattered, no hot spot, though we did hear of more
numbers of dorado found on the Pacific. Ocean Temperatures were ranging 79
to 82 degrees through most of the region. Still no reports of any new
resource for sardinas, tuna action would be more consistent if this bait
was available, most tuna are still be taken on strips of squid. The Inner
Gordo Bank produced yellowfin tuna over 80 lb. and some days schooling tuna
to 100 lb. could be seen surfacing, but were very finicky to bite any
offerings. The action for tuna found under the porpoise became more
sporadic, but was still an options when anglers found themselves in the
right place at the right time.



More striped marlin appeared on local grounds, not always in the mood to
bite, as they can be near full moon. There were two black marlin reportedly
landed from private boats out of Puerto Lo Cabos Marina and there was a
blue marlin landed from a panga that was estimated to weigh close to 500
lb., this blue was hooked on a trolled caballito late in the afternoon
about five miles off of Red Hill and was not landed and brought back to the
docks until midnight. With the warm waters there are still quite a few
sailfish in the area for this late in the year, most of these in the 40 to
80 lb. class.



Not much off the bottom now besides triggerfish, small cabrilla and pargo,
also a few bonito. A few charters reports good success on roosterfish while
slow trolling caballito near Punta Gorda, surprising to see roosterfish at
this time, some of them to 20 lbs. Lots of barracuda keeping anglers busy
off the marina dock area, also a few sierra showing up.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 89 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 2 black marlin, 1 blue marlin, 15 sailfish, 19
striped marlin, 90 yellowfin tuna, 35 dorado, 39 wahoo, 13 sierra,, 35
misc. pargo species, 14 cabrilla, 22 bonito, 28 roosterfish and 44
triggerfish







Good fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
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