16 Jun 2013 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo June 16, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  eric
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San Jose del Cabo

June 16, 2013

Anglers –

We are entering the last week of the spring season, crowds of tourists have
been slightly lower than expected, as family’s are now going through school
graduation events and planning their summer schedules. We expect to see
more visitors arriving soon for summer vacation time.There was a cooling
trend of the weather this past week, we felt more Pacific air flow and
strong ocean currents pushed cooler murky colored water into the Los Cabos
area. This pattern helps to keep the climate very pleasant, most days the
high temperatures reached the upper 80s and the nights are about perfect at
70 degrees. This transition period always produces rapidly changing up and
down climate patterns, hot, cool, cloudy, windy, then ideal and very calm,
we see fluctuating ocean currents sweeping through the area, anglers find
fishing action varying daily, just like the weather. These patterns
contributed to anglers not finding consistent offshore action, though there
was excellent fishing found close to the shore and this is where the
majority of sportfishing fleets have been concentrated in recent days.

Ocean conditions are now rebounding after turning over last weekend, we are
now on a warming trend, water is still a bit off colored, ocean
temperatures ranging from 66 degrees off of Cabo San Lucas to about 80
degrees near Los Frailes, off of San Jose del Cabo it is now in the low to
mid 70s, this is an extreme variance for a 30 to 40 range.

Anglers targeting offshore action out of Los Cabos reported limited counts
of striped marlin being found, not like it had been, with multiple billfish
days being common. The East Cape area has reported much better numbers at
this time for billfish, with lots of sailfish mixed in with the striped
marlin. Not much activity being reported in the way of yellowfin tuna or
dorado at this time, as conditions do eventually stabilize offshore we
expect to see action break wide open.

In the mean time, with limited offshore action being found the majority of
charters are targeting the epic roosterfish bite that is happening along
much of coastline. This year the season for these prized gamefish began
early and it has peaked this past week, as we saw the best action we have
seen in many years for larger trophy sized fish, with big numbers of
roosterfish in the 30 to 70 pound class reported every day. The roosters
were striking on caballito and moonfish, slowly trolled along the beach
stretches, just outside the breaker zone. With practically the entire fleet
now targeting this bite, it will be interesting to see how long this
fishery can remain productive, heavy boat pressure seems to result in
negative impact.

Roosterfish are a migratory species, following their food source, they are
members of the jack family, extremely powerful fighters, unpredictably
acrobatic at times, reaching sizes up to 100 pounds and they are native to
a limited range on the west coast of Pacific waters. Anglers travel from
around the world to target these prized fighting gamefish. This is a unique
fishery, very fragile and needs protection. This year with so many of
numbers of roosterfish schooling in the area we have witnessed a over kill
of these economically valuable sport fish, these fish are not known for the
eating qualities, but rather for their powerful screaming runs and after
these fish are landed they should always be released as carefully as
possible. Local residents do really enjoy eating these dark fleshed jacks
and this has created a profitable commercial market. Combined with a lack
of other normal commercial species recently available, fleets have been
exploiting this fishery to the limits, hauling in crate after crate of
roosterfish to be shipped off to markets.

As ocean currents are warming again, we are seeing improved action over the
inshore rocky structure for a mix of other species, such as pompano,
cabrilla, amberjack, dogtooth snapper and pargo cororado, this action
tapered way off during the recent water, but the past few days we have seen
some amberjack to 65 pounds and quality snapper as well. Bait supplies have
remained steady for caballito, moonfish, some mullet, but no sardinas are
available. This available bait source is being netting in the marina

The combined panga fleet launching out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out
approximately 72 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count
of, 1 sailfish, 9 striped marlin, 8 dorado, 31 amberjack, 18 pargo
Colorado, 22 yellow snapper, 18 barred pargo, 22 dogtooth snapper, 20
cabrilla, 8 pompano, 12 sierra, 45 jack crevalle and 350 roosterfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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