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 Apr 20, 2015; 07:53PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo April 19, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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San Jose del Cabo
April 19, 2015



Crowds of tourists are lighter now that spring break has wound down, the
visitors that are arriving to Los Cabos are enjoying great all around
weather conditions, ideal climate now, scattered cloud cover, though plenty
of sunshine, high temperatures around 85 degrees. With the exception of
last weekend, when on Sunday the wind blew heavily out of the north, since
then days have been much calmer, still unpredictable from day to day this
time of year.



Ocean water temperatures fluctuated from 72 to 76 degrees throughout most
of the region, swells were moderate and supplies of sardinas were
sufficient, being netted by the commercial fleet near San Luis. Anglers
found the most consistent action from areas near Vinorama, San Luis and
Iman Bank. Last Saturday there was a wide open bite reported from the Tule
area, just north of Vinorama, this is a longer than normal run for local
charter fleets, though the action was centered very close to shore.
Yellowfin tuna in the 30 pound class was the mainstay of daily catches,
though there were dorado and wahoo mixed in. Drift fishing with sardinas
for bait was the most productive technique. The very next day, on Sunday,
high winds made conditions extremely difficult and also stirred up the sea,
slowing the bite for a couple of days. Then the action improved by
mid-week, before tapering off once again later in the week. Definitely an
up and down deal, though conditions remain favorable and anything could
happen on any given day.



More striped marlin are being seen around the Iman Bank and other nearby
grounds, as well as a handful of larger dorado, wahoo action was elusive,
though these speedsters are holding on local fishing grounds and with
warming weather could go on a big bite at any time. Not much consistent
bottom action being found, not many anglers were even trying the Gordo
Banks, where yellowtail had previously found schooling down deep, this
action was sporadic and most anglers opted to travel further north in
search of better opportunities for tuna, wahoo and dorado.



Inshore there were sierra, roosterfish and jack crevalle, no big numbers,
as spring progresses we expect to see improved inshore action soon as
spring progresses.

Have not heard of any great reports coming from the East Cape or outside of
Cabo San Lucas, best bite appears to be out of the San Jose del Cabo area,
which can be normal for this time frame.



Rebuilding efforts of the panga dock area out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina
continue to progress, though more priority seems to be put towards fancying
up the fillet station areas and perimeter of the parking areas, not towards
actually rebuilding loading ramps, connecting docks, bathroom facility,
lighting and fresh water wash down options for all of the moored pangas.
Street work in the La Playita village area surrounding the docks continue
at a snail’s pace, with no detour signs in place and this makes work
conveniences limited. We do all hope that this project is someday
completed, as the new tropical storm season is just around the corner.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 77 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 85 yellowfin tuna, 9 striped marlin, 11 wahoo,
58 dorado, 17 sierra, 32 Eastern Pacific bonito, 16 cabrilla, 8 pompano, 14
roosterfish, 5 amberjack, 16 jack crevalle, 22 pargo,

22 yellow snapper and 105 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
 Apr 19, 2015; 07:51PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo April 14, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo
April 14, 2015



Spring break vacation period is now coming to a close, this has been a busy
time in Los Cabos, with everyone enjoying the pristine conditions, perfect
85 degree temperatures now, felling a bit tropical, light winds, perfect
conditions for all of the available outdoor activities.



Anglers found ideal ocean conditions, light swells, moderate variable
afternoon breezes, with water temperatures ranging from 74 to 77 degrees,
occasional swift currents, blue water being found within a couple miles of
shore and a variety of gamefish now in local waters. Most consistent
fishing grounds were from the Gordo Banks and north towards Vinorama.
Recent catches have included striped marlin, dorado, wahoo, yellowfin tuna,
bonito, roosterfish, skipjack, pargo, cabrilla and jack crevalle. Sardinas
have once again been found schooling near San Luis, commercial bait netters
worked hard for limited supplies, other bait option were caballito, chihuil
and ballyhoo. Many species now in the area, though the action varied from
day to day and the fish needed to be worked for. Best action proved to be
encountered while using various baits.



Dorado were not numerous, though some larger sized fish are now being
accoutered for, some bulls to 30 pounds were brought in. Some of these
dorado were found very close to shore. Most of the roosterfish now being
found were along the stretch from Puerto Los Cabos Marina towards Punta
Gorda and weighed less than fifteen pounds. Schools of large sized jack
crevalle found close to shore as well, some up to 30 pounds. Not many
sierra now being located. The Eastern Pacific bonito were one of the more
prevalent species now present on the various high spots, these fish ranged
up to ten pounds.



The highlight of the week was that with sardinas once again obtainable, the
yellowfin tuna action rebounded near Vinorama, even though this preferred
bait was not overly abundant, anglers were accounting for decent catches on
yellowfin weighing in the 25 lb. to 35 lb. class. The tuna were striking on
both dead and live sardinas, while drift fishing with lighter weight
leaders of 30/40 lb. Charters fishing this spot were accounting for
anywhere from one to eight tuna, all quality sized fish. This spot is very
close to shore and aggressive triggerfish are biting here as well. Wahoo
have been hanging around these same grounds, some days more active than
others, striking best on sardinas while targeting tuna, or on rigged
ballyhoo and a handful on Rapalas. Many of the wahoo caught were smaller
sized 15 to 25 lb. fish, though there was one wahoo this past week that was
in the 80 lb. class and another one close to fifty pounds.



The few yellowtail that have been in the area have been coming from the
Outer Gordo Banks, these fish all ranged in the 20 to 35 lb. class,
striking most readily on live chihuil, a few hit on dead bait, though this
was a hit or miss bite and there was not much else in the meantime being
found on these grounds, besides some skipjack and bonito, though striped
marlin were found near these grounds.



Humpback whales are still in the area, though in fewer numbers, they were
seen feeding aggressive on some unidentified food source on the Gordo
Banks, apparently filling up before starting their journey to their
northern summer feeding grounds.



Not much bottom action this past week, some snapper, pargo, bonito,
amberjack, but no consistent bite and most anglers opted to try for the
tuna or wahoo.



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:

280 yellowfin tuna, 15 striped marlin, 38 wahoo, 28 dorado, 9 sierra, 90
Eastern Pacific bonito, 23 cabrilla, 16 roosterfish, 10 amberjack, 21
yellowtail, 12 jack crevalle, 28 misc. pargo and 55 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
 Apr 7, 2015; 02:24AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo April 5, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo



Anglers –

April 5, 2015



Easter Week is officially here, very busy time for the local residents and
visitors alike. This is traditionally the time when family and friends
gather, pack up provisions and flock to all of the available beaches to
enjoy themselves during this holiday period. Weather conditions are
absolutely ideal, clear sunny skies, with high temperatures nearing the 90
degree mark, winds and swells very moderate, very comfortable conditions
for anglers.



With many fishing crew members now on extended camping excursions, also
just not that many sport anglers now arriving in town, fleets have had
light schedules this week. Later this month, warming weather patterns will
offer sportfishing charters more opportunities and crowds of anglers will
increase.



The larger swell that pushed through the region last week, has resided now,
though this surge was strong enough to scatter the schools of sardinas
which had been congregating near Vinorama, these preferred baitfish have
now moved away from this beach stretch and we will wait patiently for the
schools to return as conditions settle. In the meantime charters have been
using the available caballito, chihuil, skipjack or ballyhoo for baitfish
options. Ocean temperatures have ranging from 73 to 76 degrees and this is
a warming trend which expect will continue. There were reports of schooling
bolito on the offshore fishing grounds, this is also a great sign, as this
food source will surely attract more gamefish.



Transition periods can create inconsistent and unpredictable fishing
action. We had seen great action during previous weeks, unusual fall type
action during the winter season. There was good action for yellowfin tuna
in the 20 to 30 lb. class, then the dorado and wahoo also moved in and got
in on the action, then the quality sized yellowtail started to take up the
slack on the Gordo Banks, now things have changed more to bottom structure
species as the surface bite has faded out for the time being. With the
exception of striped marlin, which are being found straight outside of San
Jose del Cabo and on the grounds to the north, not much else being found
offshore now.



Local fleets have been fishing the areas from Palmilla, to the Gordo Banks
and north to La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama. Action has been
spread out, using available bait and a mix of yo-yo type jigs, anglers
found species such as skipjack, bonito, pargo, snapper, amberjack and
triggerfish. Most common catches were bonito, skipjack and small red
snapper. The area of San Luis has held a nicer grade of red snapper, though
the sea lions have been a major nuisance, as they have been relentless in
stealing and majority of all fish that were being hooked up. No very little
yellowtail action to speak of, a few more amberjack started to appear, up
to 35 lb. No larger grouper to report, but there are some nice leopard
grouper up to 15 lb., including one golden phase specimen that was taken on
Thursday off of the Gordo Banks. There was also a lot of conversation about
a 500 lb. mako shark that was patrolling these same banks, going from boat
to boat, daring anglers to try and throw a bait its direction, no one opted
to try and battle this monster.



Inshore there have been hog sized jack crevalle, as well as roosterfish,
mostly smaller fish, a few pargo Colorado close to shore, sierra have been
around, but not in numbers you would normally find a this time.



Still quite a few whales being seen daily, these mammals must be about
ready to head north soon.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 53 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

14 striped marlin, 5 wahoo, 9 dorado, 25 sierra, 98 Eastern Pacific bonito,
16 cabrilla, 1 golden leopard grouper (cabrilla), 185 huachinango (red
snapper), 18 roosterfish, 15 amberjack, 5 yellowtail, 26 jack crevalle, 18
barred pargo, 44 triggerfish and 16 yellow snapper.



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
 Mar 31, 2015; 03:03AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 29, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

March 29, 2015



The spring season is a great time of year to enjoy all that the Los Cabos
Area has to offer. The climate is now ideal, lots of sunshine, low
temperatures in the 60s and highs in the upper 80s. Winds can still be a
bit unpredictable, though the persistent northerly winds are not nearly as
relentless as during the winter months. Ocean conditions were improved,
after going through a cooling trend and having clarity fluctuate. Now
anglers are reporting very clean water and temperatures averaging 74 to 75
degrees. Still heavy concentrations of whales being seen, though with the
progressively warming days, we expect that these whales will be migrating
back north soon.



Fishing action has been changing from week to week, not an overabundance of
billfish being found offshore now, no large concentrations of baitfish for
these fish to feed on. Only a scattering of striped marlin, these fish had
been found mainly 20 some miles offshore, but this past week we have seen
marlin moving much closer to shore, traveling in the warmer clean currents,
searching for a food source. Except around the certain high spots where
skipjack have dominated the food chain. Bait sellers have been working hard
to net sardinas in the surf zone near Vinorama, most days they were able to
find sufficient supplies, though there were a few days where the
combination of higher swells and early morning low tides made for dangerous
navigation and resulted in limited bait resources.



It truly has been an unusual new season, changing rapidly, going from wide
open yellowfin tuna action, then a complete dead drop off, then the
yellowtail broke loose on

the Gordo Banks, then this fell off and the action once again was on the
San Luis Bank for yellowfin tuna and this week surprisingly good action for
wahoo, who would figure that during the month of March we would be seeing
more wahoo than sierra, which is the species of mackerel that we regularly
find during this time. This year we have seen mixed up migrations for
various bait and gamefish species, much better action for yellowfin tuna
that we normally find during February and March, now with wahoo being
another bonus catch. The yellowfin tuna are striking on sardinas near San
Luis, ranging in size from 20 to 35 lb. Also a few dorado in the mix, we
did see one bull of over 30 lb. brought in, that was an exception though,
the majority of the dorado were smaller in size.



Last week it was the yellowtail that saved the day, now we are hooking the
elusive wahoo, many on sardinas while using straight monofilament being
targeted for the tuna, hard to entice a strike if usual the more visible
wire leader material. Some wahoo were also hooked into while trolling with
chihuil, caballito, ballyhoo or Rapalas. The average sized wahoo were in
the 10 to 20 lb. a few smaller and a handful of larger fish, these fish are
definitely a bonus, while other species were hard to find, the wahoo is a
popular fish and can be hard to find even when they are in season, now they
are biting, even though this is not the normal time of year when we would
expect to find them.



Bottom fish action has not been dependable, though anglers targeting this
action did find mixed success for snapper, bonito, pargo, cabrilla and
yellowtail.



Inshore there has not been any consistent bite, not many sierra,
considering this is now peak season for them, only small schools of
roosterfish being found, most of these smaller sized, found along the
stretch just south of Punta Gorda and towards the marina jetties.



Will be interesting to see what happens this coming week, nothing would
surprise us at this stage, we have seen a lot of unusual patterns this
year.











The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 62 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

5 striped marlin, 64 wahoo, 31 dorado, 55 yellowfin tuna, 18 sierra, 74
Eastern Pacific bonito, 17 cabrilla, 22 huachinango, 9 roosterfish, 18
yellowtail, 9 barred pargo and 14 yellow snapper.



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
 Mar 22, 2015; 07:55PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 22, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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March 22, 2015



We are now officially starting the spring season and progressively warming
conditions are feeling actually a bit tropical. Crazy unpredictable
patterns this past week, over the last weekend we saw thunderstorms develop
and on Sunday there was a couple of inches of rainfall measured that fell
in a matter of an hour, accompanied by heavy thunder and lightning. There
was also hail storms that were associated with these thunderstorms and ice
accumulated on the ground, giving people a rare chance to create ice balls.
Strange to have hail falling one moment, then tropical conditions later on
the same day, there were also water spouts reportedly seen offshore on the
fishing grounds at the start of the week.



Last weekend the great bite for yellowfin tuna and dorado became very tough
and scattered, with only a few fish being accounted for, charters were
lucky to catch a few fish in combination during a morning trip. This dire
situation included inshore, bottom and offshore action, things had gone
from very good to slim pickings just like that. Hard to say for what
reason, though the rapidly changing weather patterns and scarcity of
sardinas were certainly a contributing factors. The commercial fleet were
having to fight higher surf conditions along the rocky shoreline near
Vinorama where the schools of sardinas were holding and on some days were
not able to get any. Other bait options for anglers were caballito,
ballyhoo, skipjack and chihuil. Bait situation can become tough at times,
availability had been steady, now things are a bit more scattered, day to
day as to what might be available..



With the weather settling back down and fleets scouting out any new
opportunities, on Friday the season’s first big bite on yellowtail
developed, this was on the Outer Gordo Bank, where anglers were hooking
into a quality grade of yellowtail while using various from of whole and
cut baits, even chunks of ballyhoo were working. These powerful jacks were
all running in the 25 to 35 lb. range and testing angler’s strength, many
hook ups were lost to cut lines, as these fish are known for heading
directly for the rocks as soon as they feel pressure of being hooked. Some
boats ended up catching as many as 5,6,7 or even more yellows.



The main species off the bottom rock piles has been the bonito, a few
snapper, cabrilla, amberjack and triggerfish. Though for a few days there,
the bonito did not even want to bite. There were reports of red crabs being
abundant near Cerralvo Island, this created a feeding frenzy for red
snapper, when these pelagic red crabs drift with the currents to the
surface action can be wide open, but this can also create a situation where
the gamefish only want to gorge on these red crabs and nothing else and if
they do not happen to come to the surface there is no way to gather them
for use as snapper bait. New season now, anything can happen from day to
day, week to week, the persistent gusty northern winds seem to be tapering
way down and with spring feeling now in the air we should start to see
calmer and more consistent weather patterns.



Lots of whales still in the area, but with this warming trend we will
probably see these mammals start to migrate back towards there northern
summer feeding grounds.



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: 2 striped marlin, 4 wahoo, 24 dorado, 18
yellowfin tuna, 26 sierra, 185 Eastern Pacific bonito, 7 amberjack, 16
cabrilla, 23 huachinango, 11 roosterfish, 66 yellowtail, 15 barred pargo,
16 yellow snapper and 55 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
 Mar 15, 2015; 02:39AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose Del Cabo March 14, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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San Jose Del Cabo

March 14, 2015





The month of March is when transition time begins, seasonal changes are
very unpredictable, some years we can see warmer conditions arrive early,
that could be occurring now, as weather patterns could not be more
favorable at the present time, clear sunny skies, highs in the low 80’s and
light winds. The first wave of Spring Break vacationers are now arriving in
the Los Cabos area, this coincides with the annual San Jose del Cabo
traditional fiestas which start this week, popular events such as the
government sponsored fishing tournament out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina and
the Off Road Races at the Luis Sandoval track will both be held on Sunday.
Efforts on rebuilding the panga basin of the marina have been intense for
the past month and things are certainly looking much improved and
completion seems to be within sight. Then the chief engineers can draw
plans for even a larger project, which is reconstructing the north jetty so
that a repeat of 2014 will not happen again.



Anglers reported a complete turnaround in the fishing action, as last week
conditions had been cool and the action slowed to nearly a standstill. Now,
with this warming trend the yellowfin tuna and dorado bite has really
improved. Local fleets have been finding great action near the San Luis
Bank, with live sardinas being readily available from the commercial
pangeros, who are finding these baitfish schooling inshore near Vinorama. Drift
fishing over the bottom structure in about 150 feet of water with fly lined
baits has producing good numbers of yellowfin tuna in the 20 to 30 pound
range. Dorado have been roaming around on the same grounds, most of these
fish are running in the 10 to 15 lb. class. Even a few wahoo in the mix,
with some 15 to 25 lb. wahoo landed while using straight mono leaders
targeted for the tuna and dorado. Other wahoo also were taken on trolled
lures, as well as on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas.



Sierra action seemed to have slowed some, maybe the warmer 74 degree
current is a factor. Bottom drops over rocky structure have produced
sporadic action for bonito, a variety of pargo species, cabrilla and
triggerfish. Not much going on in the way of yellowtail, though reports
from Southern California of epic yellowtail action on large sized fish has
been almost unprecedented, possibly another el Nino in the works.



Striped marlin have continued to be spread out, though the Pacific produced
more catches than in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, unpredictable as
to what is going to happen this season, bait migrations are shifting
according to ocean temperatures as well.



The annual migration of whales is now in full swing, scores of humpback and
gray sightings. We were all reminded this week of the power that these
mammals have, earlier in the week tragedy struck on a tour boat out of Cabo
San Lucas, when they accidently collided with a whale and one passenger was
killed in the event, a Canadian woman. These magnetic animals are wild and
must be given space. Our condolences go out to everyone involved in this
accident.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 66 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

1 striped marlin, 8 wahoo, 88 dorado, 215 yellowfin tuna, 18 sierra, 95
Eastern Pacific bonito, 8 amberjack, 22 cabrilla, 16 huachinango, 8
roosterfish, 18 barred pargo, 24 yellow snapper 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
 Mar 10, 2015; 12:57PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 8, 2015
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March 8, 2015



We are seeing fairly good sized crowds of tourists visiting the Los Cabos
area now, though not a great percentage of these people were interested in
sportfishing. So fleets were not all that busy, though with the new month
arriving, we all know that spring break is just around the corner and even
greater numbers of visitors will be arriving. This time frame is a time of
transition, when we start to have warmer days, up into 80s, scattered cloud
cover at times, fluctuating winds, often picking up stronger later in the
day. Can feel like late spring one day and then be a bit cooler the next,
even feeling a bit wintry early in the morning.



Every season can be a little different, it does feel like the worst of the
north winds are now over, we have seen signs of marine cloud layer
developing, cooler ocean currents meeting with warmer land masses can cause
this. Throughout most of the region ocean temperatures are averaging 74
degrees, up to 76 degrees outside of Cabo San Lucas, near the Jaime Bank.
This is still several degrees warmer than what we normally might expect to
have at this time. Baitfish migration, as well as striped marlin action
seems to be affected. No mackerel or sardinetas now being found, these are
one of the main food sources for the striped marlin. No concentrations of
squid either, so if there is not the sustainable food source, the fish will
scattered and be on the move, searching. Water clarity had been good for
the most part.



Sardinas continue to be found schooling close to shore near Vinorama, a
long run for the bait suppliers, not worth their while unless a certain
numbers of charters are going to need this resource, on other days the low
tides and increased swell activity made it a tough go for netting any of
these baitfish, which were in close proximity to the rocky outcroppings.
The majority of days though the sardinas were available, other option were
caballito.



The all-around fishing action was less consistent this past week constantly
changing conditions have things a bit unsettled, we are optimistic
conditions will begin to stabilize soon and this should help put things
back on the right track. Most local charters are fishing areas from the
Gordo Banks, to Cardon, La Fortuna and as far as Vinorama.



Inshore sierra action became more hit of miss, this had been a sure bet
bite in previous weeks. A few smaller sized roosterfish were found close to
shore as well, particularly near Punta Gorda and the La Laguna area. These
jacks were striking best on slow trolled bait, same for the sierra. Bottom
action had been showing some promising signs, with more red snapper, yellow
snapper, cabrilla and even some nice amberjack and yellowtail. But, then as
weather changed the bite all dropped off, best bet now is either close to
shore or over the various rock piles. No surface action now for yellowfin
tuna or dorado, only a handful of small dorado being encountered. The
Eastern Pacific bonito had been a mainstay recently, providing the most
consistent action, with some bonito to over 10 pounds being accoutered for.
This bite dropped off to a standstill and all we can do is wait for things
to improve.



Off of Cerralvo Island towards the East Cape. We had heard of reports of
out of season wahoo activity, the same things happened for one super panga
out of La Playita earlier in the week, one boat landed six wahoo up to 25
pounds from an area just north of Vinorama, this was an isolated incident,
as no one else reported getting into the action, which was kind of a fluke
and also out of normal range for local charter fleets. Of course the next
day these wahoo did not decided to bite. It just proves that anything can
possibly happen on any given day.



Still many whales in the area, as these mammals have been entertaining
people that are based on land and ones boats.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 67 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

3 striped marlin, 6 yellowtail, 6 wahoo, 21 dorado, 34 sierra, 120 Eastern
Pacific bonito, 11 amberjack, 14 cabrilla, 15 huachinango, 24 roosterfish,
22 yellow snapper, 1 thrasher shark and 45 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
 Mar 3, 2015; 02:17PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 1, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

March 1, 2015



As the month of February comes to an end we have seen unpredictable crazy
weather patterns continue. This week has been more like we would expect at
this time, cooler currents, off colored ocean conditions, variable winds,
predominately from the north. Though the climate has been very comfortable,
lows in the mid-50s and high temperatures about 80 degrees, with plenty of
sunshine. Whale watching is now at its peak, as scores of whale sightings
are being spotting on any given day throughout the region.



Anglers encountered changing conditions and this meant tough times when
looking for yellowfin tuna or dorado, those species have scattered and now
we are finding more of the cooler water species as we would expect during
the winter season. Catches have included bonito, sierra, roosterfish,
pargo, red snapper, cabrilla, grouper, yellowtail, skipjack, triggerfish
and others. The Eastern Pacific bonito has been one of the more abundant
fish, striking off the high spots north of Punta Gorda on both sardinas and
yo-yo jigs, average size is about 5 lb, some going as large as 12 lb. Good
fighting fish and excellent eating, similar to tuna or even albacore.
Supplies of sardinas were a bit harder to find, mainly because of the early
low tides and the rocky areas where the schools of baitfish are now
concentrated. They are finding some live sardinas, but supplies are not
what they have been as in previous weeks.



A handful of nice yellowtail are just starting to show up, all of the fish
landed have been in the 25 to 30 lb. class, from the Gordo Banks to San
Luis Bank, these jacks should start showing in greater numbers. Live bait
off the bottom and yo-yo jigs have both worked. A few sharks on the same
grounds to deal with. Also the ongoing sea lion problem. The all-around
bottom action is improving, we are now seeing red snapper (huchinango),
barred pargo, yellow snapper, leopard grouper, pinta cabrilla, flag
cabrilla, bonito and triggerfish.



Sierra have continued to be the main species running close to shore, most
of these fish are averaging in the 2 to 5 pound range, though we saw one 15
lb. trophy brought in this week, also a couple of others near the ten pound
mark. A few roosterfish in the mix, mostly smaller sized juvenile fish.
Slow trolling with sardinas have proved the best bet for these fish.



Billfish action has been slow, a few scattered striped marlin, no feeding
frenzies, as offshore bait schools have been hard to find, no
concentrations, we expect the coming months will bring more consistent
offshore action. There has been a lack of mackerel this season so far.





We have seen significant progress on rebuilding efforts of the panga dock
area in Puerto Los Cabos Marina, in another month or so we are hoping
things will be much improved. Local road crews in La Playita had dug up and
closed the main access road, beginning work on the final long overdue
pavement section from the Marine Group to Hotel El Ganzo, planned to
install new drainage, water pipe work etc… Though the crew completely
abandoned all efforts of this project and have left us with an embarrassing
mess. Someone has got to step in and fix this situation. Another disaster
is the gill and drift net operations going on in local waters, reports of
netters filling pangas with thousands of pounds of so called protected
species such as juvenile roosterfish, this just does not make any sense at
all, where are the authority’s priorities, is there any thought at all
about the state of the future fishery?



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 96 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 5 yellowtail, 18 dorado, 1
yellowfin tuna, 235 sierra, 310 Eastern Pacific bonito, 9 amberjack, 55
cabrilla, 58 huachiango, 12 roosterfish, 35 yellow snapper, 12 hammerhead
shark and 80 skipjack.



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 24, 2015; 04:26PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo February 22, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

February 22, 2015



Last weekend a weather front swept in from the south, on Friday there were
scattered thunderstorms through the afternoon, though nothing really
developed from this system, after forecasts were calling for rain through
Monday, it never happened, mainly just cloud cover and winds, which created
choppy ocean conditions. Water temperatures are ranging from 72 to 75
degrees, slightly higher than what we usually see this time of year.
Fishing action slowed over the weekend, mainly due to the weather condition
factor.



The new week started off great, with increased numbers of anglers enjoying
the weather as it settled down, with clear skies and high temperatures in
the upper 80s. Calm ocean conditions and immediately the fishing action
picked back up. Anglers were finding decent supplies of live sardinas from
the commercial fleet near Vinorama. Center of the most consistent bite was
found near La Fortuna and the Iman Bank. This is where yellowfin tuna,
averaging 15 to 30 lb. were found schooling, a bit line shy and finicky,
striking best on lighter size leaders on fly lined baits. Mixed in with the
yellowfin were black skipjack, white tuna and Eastern Pacific Bonito. A
handful of larger tuna from 75 lb. to 100 lb. were also reported. This has
been an incredible bonus for anglers visiting during the month of February,
normally a tough time to find any tuna action locally.



Dorado were still more numerous on the Pacific grounds, though they have
been found closer to shore at times off of San Jose del Cabo grounds. A few
nicer sized dorado to over 20 pounds were weighed in. A few wahoo were
landed as well, blind strikes on lures, as well as on baits being targeted
for the tuna action. Strange season, anything could happen on any day.
Bottom action has been slow to pick up and become consistent, a lot has
depended on the current, some days it has been just too swift to even get
down and hold the bottom, but at times when currents did slack there were
some nice fish found, including cabrilla, grouper, snapper, pargo,
amberjack and bonito. We saw one 50 lb. amberjack, a couple of yellowtail,
but still no numbers on these jacks. Anglers were using yo-yo jigs and
various whole and cut baits for the bottom action, which has been found on
the same fishing grounds as where the yellowfin tuna action is.



Billfish action was slow, scattered fish being encountered anywhere from
three to twenty miles offshore, no concentrations or feeding frenzies to
speak of. There were reports of swordfish sightings off of the 1150 spot,
so these prized gladiators will be sought after for serious offshore
enthusiasts.



Great time for whale watching now, with both humpbacks and grays in the
area, there were also whale shark sightings reported.

Sierra have continue to dominate the inshore action, averaging 2 to 4
pounds, sardinas have been the bait of choice for this early morning bite.





The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 91 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

5 striped marlin, 2 yellowtail, 385 yellowfin tuna, 4 wahoo, 88 dorado, 145
sierra, 56 bonito, 18 white tuna, 19 amberjack, 26 cabrilla, 35 huachiango,
30 yellow snapper and 450 skipjack.



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 9, 2015; 12:21AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo February 8, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

February 8, 2015



Weather patterns continue to be changing daily, actually starting to warm
up and feel like spring time already, after cloudy rainy days last week, we
are now seeing clear sunny days and high temperatures to 85 degrees.
Actually nearly a perfect climate now, winds have lighted up and anglers
enjoyed more comfortable days on the ocean. Lots of whale activity, as well
as dolphins, manta rays and sea lions.



Water temperatures have continued to be a cooling trend, but have
stabilized now in the 70 to 76 degree range, still pretty warm considering
that we are in the midst of winter. Clarity fluctuated accordingly to
currents and wind cycles, especially on the inshore fishing grounds to the
north of Punta Gorda.



The yellowfin tuna action came to standstill at the start of the week, but
then started to show increased activity later in the week. Often times the
tuna were seen feeding on the surface, but just would not be interested in
striking a bait that had a hook placed in it, just a few yellowfin were
being hooked into, most of them on either sardinas or strips of squid,
average weights were in the 15 to 30 lb. range. The Gordo Banks became the
best spot for a chance at landing a tuna in recent days, the other area of
La Fortuna the fish were even more finicky. We must remember that any
yellowfin tuna action at this time of year is a bonus, this is not the
season that we would normally expect to find active yellowfin on the local
grounds.



Same can be said for dorado and wahoo, still quite a few dorado being
encountered, most of them have been juvenile sized, under 15 lb. and being
found close to shore, often near where the inshore sierra action was.
Supplies of sardinas remained steady, now being netting near Vinorama and
delivered to the Cardon or La Fortuna areas.



There was a discouraging situation being dealt with now, as more Mainland
commercial operations, which specialize in various forms of net fishing and
have equipment capable of stripping both inshore and offshore reefs of all
forms of sea life. These camps are set up in unpopulated zones where they
do not seem to receive much negative responses by the unknowing public.
This is an extremely destructive method of commercial fishing, even though
these groups do supposedly possess legal permits, none of it make any sense
at all and should be eliminated so that continued destruction of the
ecosystem does not result in a complete collapse of a fishery that was
always thought as an unlimited resource.



Bottom action has just begun to show signs of more consistency, still
dictated by what the weather allows. Shallow water structure was producing
a wide variety of fish, most of which were under ten pounds, with an
occasional larger specimen mixed in. Various pargo and snapper species,
triggerfish, mojarra grunt, bonito, skipjack, cabrilla, a few amberjack and
at least one yellowtail. These fish were striking on yo-yo jigs, sardinas
and strips of squid.



Sierra was the most common catch close to shore, best action was early in
the day on slow trolled sardinas. Also in certain area near the marina
jetties anglers found some roosterfish up to ten pounds.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

2 striped marlin, 1 yellowtail, 2 wahoo, 34 yellowfin tuna, 165 sierra, 14
roosterfish, 88 dorado, 24 bonito, 26 cabrilla, 35 pargo, 24 yellow
snapper, 18 mojarra, 6 amberjack and 32 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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