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 Sep 20, 2015; 03:35PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – September 13, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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This week started off with the passing of Hurricane Linda within several
hundred miles from the Los Cabos area, this system gained category three
status as it followed a path parallel with the Peninsula, before turning
further west and then weakening. The main impact felt in our region was
first off the closure of all port activities for both Tuesday and
Wednesday, as ocean swells became stormy and dangerous, with seas reaching
15 ft., winds were never too strong, some gusts up to 40 mph. There was
some much needed rainfall recorded, scattered, hard squalls at times in
isolated areas, on and off, as the outer bands of Hurricane Linda were
holding quite a bit of moisture, some areas reported up to 3 inches of
rain. Local Ports reopened on Thursday morning and each day since has
become calmer, though there has been a strong current running, which
contributed to greener water conditions. With weather now settled down, we
expect conditions to rebound quickly. Of course we are now in the midst of
the stretch in peak tropical storm season where things can change rapidly
over night, at this time no new named storms are to the south, there is one
area of low pressure that we will be monitoring closely for further
development. With local water temperatures now averaging from 84 to 88
degrees, conditions are still ripe for rapid storm formation if
environmental conditions dictate.



This is always the most tropical and humid time frame of the season, though
with a couple days of cloud cover and some rainfall, this was a welcome
relief from so much direct sun which had been prevailing, we can actually
start to feel the first signs of Fall Season in the air. The busy season
will be starting within a matter of weeks, time to prepare for the crowds
of anglers that are scheduled to arrive.



Charter fleets recently have been concentrating on the grounds from Santa
Maria, Red Hill, Gordo Banks, La Fortuna and Iman Bank. Although inshore
baitfish are now not as abundant as pre-storm, commercial pangeros were
able to net sardinas around the marina jetty area and just offshore they
were jigging up caballito as another bait source option. On the fishing
grounds themselves there were bolito, skipjack and chihuil schooling, these
were being used for whole and cut baits. Yet another option was to purchase
slabs of giant squid for use as additional chum and chunk, always a good
deal when specifically targeting the giamt yellowfin tuna. Red Hill had
been a hot spot for the schooling tuna, lots of fish up to 20 pounds,
though this action then shifted south towards Santa Maria. Before the storm
the water had been clean and the wahoo action was good, especially to the
north of Punta Gorda, many wahoo to 30 pounds were landed as anglers
trolled lures and baitfish. Now we wait for clean water to return and we do
ecpect that action will pick back up.



The larger grade of yellowfin tuna are still holding around the Gordo
Banks, first day out after the storm there was a 145 lb. and 294 lb. tuna
brought in to La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos. Also a blue marlin was landed
from a 23 ft. panga based out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina that was estimated
to weigh over 700 lb., it was taken on a large live bait on the Iman Bank.
There was also a 300 lb. class black marlin landed, as well as a number of
sailfish and striped marlin, so definitely some variety available.



Strong currents made it tough to fish the bottom structure, though a
handful of snapper, pargo species were landed, both on baits and yo-yo
jigs, as currents slack these fish should become more active. Dorado were
once again few and far between, after a flurry of action the past couple of
weeks, as water cleans back up, we should see more of these dorado in the
fish counts.



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: 1 black marlin, 2 blue marlin, 9 sailfish, 4
striped marlin, 22 wahoo, 17 dorado, 310 yellowfin tuna, 25 white skipjack,
10 bonito, 18 rainbow runner, 5 dogtooth snapper, 10 yellow snapper, 7
cabrilla and 8 barred pargo.



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
 Sep 20, 2015; 03:31PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – September 6, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo



Anglers –

September 6, 2015



The Eastern Pacific has remained calm near the Southern Baja Peninsula,
while the recent hurricanes have been forming further to the west and
heading in the direction of the Hawaiian Islands. Presently there is
Tropical Storm Kevin, it is far off the Baja Coast and appears that this
system will stay offshore, before downgrading rapidly to a Depression. With
the one year anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Odile nearing, we all
anxiously following all weather forecast with close interest.



We are now in the final month of summer, conditions are now very tropical
and humid, there has been little rainfall felt along the coastal stretches,
though mountainous regions have received more scattered afternoon
thundershowers and the desert landscape has turned a brilliant lush green.



Crowds of visitors remain light, families are preparing for new school
semesters and Southern Californian anglers are taking advantage of epic
pelagic gamefish action in their local waters due to the affects of the el
Niño current. Ocean conditions have been great, mostly calm, with breezes
picking up later in the day. Light to moderate swells, fluctuating currents
and clean blue water now found very close to shore. Water temperature has
ranged from 86 degrees on the Pacific to 89 degrees in the direction of the
Sea of Cortez.



Schooling sardinas have been remaining in the same place to the north of
the marina jetty, caballito have also been another bait option. Offshore
fishing grounds are attracting bolito, skipjack, small yellowfin tuna and
flying fish.



Red Hill and Palmilla Point was the spot early in the week where charter
fleets found good action on the smaller grade of yellowfin tuna, up to
15/20 lb. This bite fading out later in the week. Other tuna action was
found on the Gordo Banks and Iman Banks, on these grounds the action varied
from day to day for the larger sized yellowfin tuna.



Dorado and wahoo were now in the daily reports, most of the dorado
encountered were small to medium sized. The wahoo were the highlight in
recent days, often very elusive, these prized gamefish went on a great bite
on the known grounds from Cardon, La Fortuna to Iman Banks, most wahoo
weighed in the 20 to 40 lb. class. Some charters have had five or more fish
in the box, with many other strikes lost. Trolling with Rapalas and skirted
lead heads in order to find the fish, then anglers were having many strikes
while slow trolling rigged baits, such as caballito, chihuil, ballyhoo or
bolito.



These same grounds were producing a mix of bottom species, no significant
numbers, though a handful of quality fish were being accounted for,
dogtooth to 50 lb., amberjack, yellow snapper, rainbow runners, cabrilla,
etc…


The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 45 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 7 sailfish, 12 bonito, 16
rainbow runners, 38 dorado, 49 wahoo, 320 yellowfin tuna, 4 dogtooth
snapper, 5 amberjack, 11 cabrilla, 16 yellow snapper and 14 barred pargo.



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
 Aug 30, 2015; 12:21PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo August 29, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Now into the final month of the summer season and weather patterns have
remained calm off of the Southern Baja Peninsula, at this time there is
Hurricane Jimena now gaining strength, positioned over 1000 miles to the
west of Cabo San Lucas, this system is nearing major hurricane status and
we are all fortunate that it is heading in a direction far from land.
Crowds of tourists remained light, though vacationers are enjoying the
clear and calm conditions, though it is very tropical, warm and humid now,
need to remember to stay hydrated. We are seeing some afternoon
thundershowers over the mountains to the north, though not as concentrated
as in past weeks. We will be following weather forecasts very closely for
the next month, this is historically when storm systems can develop rapidly.



Water temperatures have ranged from 84 degrees on the Pacific, to an
average of 87 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Swells have
been light for this time of year, strong currents on occasions and calm
seas early in the day, with breezes picking up in the afternoon, but no
heavy winds to report. Overall the ocean water conditions have steadily
improved throughout the week, no more greenish water to report, clarity is
clean and blue to within a mile of shore. With these improving conditions
we have seen more numbers of dorado, wahoo and even bottom species biting.
Most fleets have been finding the most consistent action from the Gordo to
the Iman Banks.



Bait supplies near the marina consisted of sardinas and caballito, sardinas
were plentiful, but often were not able to be netted until about 7 a.m.
when schools moved close to shore. On the fishing offshore grounds there
have been chihuil, bolito, skipjack and small sized yellowfin tuna, all of
which can be used for bait targeting larger gamefish. Strips of giant squid
also remained an option, found in some of the local super markets.
Yellowfin tuna have been found in a wide range of sizes, from 5 lb. to over
300 lb. Best chances for the largest yellowfin tuna has been mainly around
the Gordo Banks, no big numbers, but this is the best it has been so far
this summer, while Iman Bank has produced greater numbers of fish in the
football to 60 pound size. This is also where dorado action has come alive
in recent days, most do-do’s weighed under 15 lb. Wahoo action has really
come to life with the cleaner inshore ocean conditions, hot spot just to
the north of Punta Gorda. Several anglers reported having up to a half
dozen solid wahoo strikes while trolling Rapalas and other favored lures,
sizes were in the 20 to 40 lb. class, bite was not only early in the
morning, some days best action was encountered late morning.



Anglers found mixed success off of the bottom structure, there were
dogtooth up to 55 lb. landed, amberjack to 50 lb., a few yellowtail to 35
lb., grouper to 40 lb., barred pargo to 15 lb., quality yellow snapper as
well, surgeonfish and rainbow runner. Great variety for quality species, no
significant numbers, but great to have this option, all in the same area as
where the other highly sought after surface fish were being found.



Billfish are hanging around large concentrations of baitfish, chances at a
offshore grand slam now, with sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin all
being hooked into on any given day, something you do have to target and put
some time into, but the opportunities are definitely there.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 50 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 6 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 3 black
marlin, 9 sailfish, 17 wahoo, 58 dorado, 530 yellowfin tuna, 7 dogtooth
snapper, 6 amberjack, 3 yellowtail, 9 cabrilla, 2 broomtail grouper, 15
bonito, 18 rainbow runners, 13 yellow snapper, 16 barred pargo and 2
surgeonfish.



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
 Aug 30, 2015; 12:17PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – August 23, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

August 23, 2015





Tropical Storm activity remains calm in the Eastern Pacific, last week
there was a substantial southern swell, this has now weakened and ocean
conditions have been calm in recent days. We are seeing typical summer time
tropical weather patterns, practically every afternoon there have been
local thundershowers developing over the mountainous area to the north of
San Jose del Cabo, rarely do these squalls ever reach the coastline. Always
a bit unpredictable this time of year, we need to monitor all weather
forecasts closely. With no new storms presently seen on the horizon it
appears that this coming week should be favorable.



With reports coming out of Cabo San Lucas and the East Cape region,
apparently the most consistent fishing action has been centered on the
grounds from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank. With the ocean swell residing,
the commercial fleet was able to find better supplies of sardinas, these
have been the preferred baitfish available for targeting the yellowfin tuna
action, the tuna have dominated all of the activity recently. On the Gordo
Banks is where the largest sized yellowfin have been lurking, though this
action has been hit or miss, with only a few of these tuna actually being
landed. The area where greater numbers of the yellowfin are being accounted
for, is on the Iman Bank, situated north of the Gordo Banks and within
several miles of shore. Water temperatures have been in the 86/88 degree
range and clarity has improved since the passing of the swells. Currents
remain strong at times. Anglers had good success while drift fishing with
sardinas, strips of squid and on cut bolito or skipjack. Most of the tuna
on the Iman Bank were in the 8 to 15 lb. class, but there have been some
40, 50 and to over 70 pound fish mixed in. Also some Eastern Pacific
Bonito, also referred to as white tuna and are normally a cold water
species reaching to over 15 pounds.



Dorado action remained at a standstill, but actually for the past couple of
days now we have finally seen a few numbers of medium sized fish accounted
for, these fish were accounted for on the same grounds as were the tuna.
Billfish action is scattered now, you could have multiple chances per day
or not even have a hook up, depending on which grounds being targeted on a
given day. It is the time of year that sailfish, striped, blue and black
marlin are all found on the same traditional grounds. Wahoo were being
found sporadically on trolled lures, more often closer to shore, from La
Laguna to La Fortuna not many were landed, more often missed strikes,
damaging skirted lures, not many anglers actually targeting wahoo now,
these fish are known to become less active in very warm currents, they are
also one of the more unpredictable fish, so you can never tell when they
might become aggressively active.



Off the bottom structure, there have not been any big numbers of a
particular species, though there have been some quality catches accounted
for, even a couple of yellowtail off of the Gordo Banks, as well as
amberjack, cabrilla, grouper, dogtooth snapper, bonito, yellow snapper and
red snapper (huachinango).



Light crowds of tourists and visiting anglers this summer, as long as the
weather holds, it is the perfect time to try to land a personal best super
cow yellowfin tuna.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 54 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 7 sailfish, 8 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin, 1
black marlin, 11 dorado, 385 yellowfin tuna, 5 dogtooth snapper, 3
amberjack, 4 wahoo, 2 yellowtail, 11 cabrilla, 1 broomtail grouper, 34
bonito, 22 rainbow runners, 14 yellow snapper, 6 barred pargo and 18
huachinango.



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
 Aug 30, 2015; 12:15PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – August 16, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

August 16, 2015





With summer progressing the weather has remained calm for the Los Cabos
region, recent storm development has seen tropical systems following tracks
heading far off to the west. Presently there is a low pressure area off of
mainland Mexico that appears favorable for further tropical formation, with
forecasts having this system follow a path paralleling the Baja Peninsula,
several hundred miles from any impact on land. The next six weeks are
historically the period when the highest numbers of hurricanes have
impacted the Southern Baja area, so we will be following weather updates
closely.



With Southern California now experienced epic, almost unprecedented action
for tuna, yellowtail, dorado, striped marlin and other gamefish, local
sportfishing fleets are seeing lighter crowds than during previous summers.
The main species now being targeting locally has been the yellowfin tuna,
supplies of sardinas are now becoming more scarce and with surf conditions
now increasing and coinciding with early morning low tides, we expect this
bait resource will become even more scattered in the coming weeks. Many
anglers are searching out other bait options, local super markets have been
selling slabs of giant squid and this has been one of the more productive
options available for drift fishing the tuna. The consistent tuna bite on
the Iman Bank has continued, in recent days the action turned on best later
in the morning, most of the yellowfin caught off of these grounds were
ranging in the 6 lb. to 50 lb. class. The spot where a handful of very very
large yellowfin tuna have been lurking is on the Gordo Banks, with three
more tuna of 300 lb. or more landed this past week. Not any significant
numbers yet for these larger cows and the bite for the smaller grade tuna
also becoming a little less productive, this area has had heavy pressure
now for three weeks, also water clarity has been greenish due to Pacific
currents pushing this direction and this seems to have slowed the action.
Ocean temperatures remains in the 86/87 degree range, chances are that it
will stay in the upper 80’s until the early fall season.



Billfish have been scattered, trolling available larger baitfish around the
Gordo Banks has been one of the best techniques for having chances at
sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin or the cow sized tuna, which are
now all hanging around these grounds, so you never know what you might hook
into on any given day. Trolling with skipjack, bolito and small yellowfin
tuna are all proven big gamefish producers, though this is the type of
fishing where a lot of patience is needed. With hook ups on these fish
being few and far between, more charters have been concentrating around the
Iman Bank, where there has been better chances at catching more numbers.
East Cape charters continue to make the long run south to these same
grounds, must mean that they do not have much going on off of their more
local fishing grounds.



No really consistent bottom action going on now, a handful of snapper/pargo
species, an occasional amberjack, dogtooth snapper, cabrilla or grouper,
strong currents has made this structure action more difficult and at times
even when the currents slacked, the fish just did not seem to be very
active.



We expect that the coming weeks will bring even more reports of monster
yellowfin tuna or larger sized marlin, as this is always known as the time
when big fish are hanging around on local grounds, attracted by the huge
concentrations of natural food sources.



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: 9 sailfish, 7 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin, 1
black marlin, 188 yellowfin tuna, 2 yellowtail, 3 dogtooth snapper, 4
amberjack, 2 wahoo, 6 cabrilla, 2 broomtail grouper, 18 bonito, 18 rainbow
runners and 27 mixed pargo species.



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
 Aug 11, 2015; 02:57PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – August 9, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

August 9, 2015



The Eastern Pacific remains calm in the vicinity of Southern Baja, though
at this time there is a powerful Hurricane Hilda brewing far off to the
west, present forecast has it passing to the north of the Hawaiian Islands.
Locally the conditions have been very tropical, with occasional
thundershowers over the mountainous regions, ocean swells have been light,
currents have been strong, greenish water had pushed in after south winds
from last week, though water clarity has showed improvement in recent days.
This week the larger high stake tournament season kicked off with the East
Cape Bisbee event, though overall crowds have been light as we move into
the warmest period of the year and everyone is anxiously following weather
reports for any development of tropical storms that might impact local
interests.



Yellowfin tuna remain the main species being encountered by anglers, using
sardinas for bait on the Iman Bank has been where the most consistent
action is being encountered. Sardinas have been found schooling near the
Puerto Los Cabos Marina Jetty’s, though these schools are not as plentiful
as during the previous weeks, showing signs of impact from heavy pressure,
since this has been the only area locally where these baitfish have been
available. Some anglers are shopping for slabs of giant squid at local
super markets as another option and this has been paying off. Average size
for the yellowfin has been in the 10 to 50 lb. range, though the recent
tournament did produce a couple of tuna in the 150 to 170 lb. class. Lots
of charter boats have been congregating on the Iman Bank, coming from as
far as the East Cape or Cabo Lucas, since this is where the best bite has
been, heavy pressure has meant that the fish have become more finicky and
anglers were finding better success while using lighter leaders, though
that can be a problem when hooking into larger fish. No huge numbers of
fish now, though most charter are catching fish and many have been
accounting for tuna in the 50 lb. class.



Still no dorado being reported, only an occasional wahoo and the billfish
bite has been scattered, with more blue marlin in the 100 to 200 lb. class
being found, a few black marlin as well, as well as some sailfish and
striped marlin. Last week a 553 lb. blue marlin was weighed in, caught on a
private boat on the Pacific Finger Bank, a bit out of range for normal day
charters.



Off the bottom there have been a mix of pargo, occasional amberjack,
triggerfish, bonito, white tuna, cabrilla, dogtooth snapper and even a
handful of larger sized roosterfish, which seem to like hanging out in the
deeper water where they are finding a variety of natural baitfish
congregating, this has been a trend in recent years. Anglers hooking into
heavy fish over the deeper structure, only to find out they have a big 40
to 60 lb. roosterfish instead of an amberjack or grouper.



Not much inshore action at this time of year, action is centered over the
offshore grounds, this is where all of the bolito, skipjack and other food
sources are congregated.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 60 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 3 blue marlin, 1 black marlin, 9 sailfish, 6
striped marlin, 6 wahoo, 205 yellowfin tuna, 5 dogtooth snapper, 6
amberjack, 14 cabrilla, 19 white skipjack tuna, 3 roosterfish and 28 mixed
pargo species.



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
 Aug 6, 2015; 01:54AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – August 2, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com