Gordo Banks Pangas
San Jose del Cabo
December 24, 2006
Officially the winter season starts this week and as icy conditions grip many areas throughout the United States tourists are traveling to Los Cabos in search of warm sunshine. Most days have been clear, with plenty of sun, intermittent cloud cover, temperatures have ranged from lows near 60 degree, to highs in the upper 70s. The week started out with minimal winds from the north, but by mid-week the breeze steadily increased, ranging briskly from 15 to 20 miles per hour. These conditions pushed in cooler water and stirred the clarity, water temperatures averaged from 74 to 78 degrees, this also limited where San Jose del Cabo fleets could comfortably fish.
There were ample supplies of sardinas being found from La Salinas to Palmilla and mackerel were available from the Can San Lucas marina. Combined daily catches included striped marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna, skipjack, sierra and a mix of bottom species.
La Playita panga fleets found the most consistent action around the Gordo Banks, through last weekend the action considerably picked up for yellowfin tuna and dorado. Catches were not huge in numbers, but quality was impressive, average sized was in the 20 to 50 pound range and the majority of the dorado taken was in the 10 to 20 pound class. Some panga anglers accounted for catches of 4 to 8 yellowfin per day, with average numbers of dorado being slightly less than were the tuna.
We expect the inshore action on sierra to improve as the water continues on a cooling trend and as more concentrations of baitfish move in along the beaches. At this time there are sierra and smaller roosterfish, but with offshore fishing still productive, not many charters have concentrated on the smaller species close in.
Bottomfishing did not produce too much consistent action, a strong current may have contributed to this, and anglers found mainly smaller snapper or triggerfish off the bottom rock piles.
Striped marlin dominated the action on the Pacific, all the way from the Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate, charters were landing multiple marlin per outing, most successful technique was drifting with live bait down deep, marlin were also found into the Sea of Cortez, but in fewer numbers.
La Playita panga fleets launched approximately 65 this week, anglers accounted for a fish count of: 136 yellowfin tuna, 134 dorado, 11 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 295 skipjack, 42 pargo, 36 triggerfish, 5 amberjack, 17 cabrilla, 16 roosterfish and 60 sierra.
Good Fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Los Cabos 1421147