18 Aug 2014 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo August 16, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

August 16, 2014


Light crowds of visitors this past week, as many families are now busy
preparing for the start of fall school semesters. Another factor for the
limited crowds of anglers is that Southern California is now enjoying an
epic El Nino season, where they are catching yellowfin and bluefin tuna,
dorado and yellowtail, all in local waters. Weather patterns in Southern
Baja continues to be unpredictable, forecasts have called for scattered
thundershowers for much of the past two weeks, most of this activity has
been over the mountain regions in the afternoon and not on the coastline,
though there were isolated heavy showers over the coastal stretches as
well. Ocean conditions have varied from day to day, swirling seas with
increased swells, breezes from the north, east and south, then the next day
would be calm. Charter fleets were able to launch every day, though on
certain days it was wise to stay in closer proximately in case the weather
turned unfavorable. There is a newly formed Tropical Storm Karina, now
heading westward and far away from having any impact on land.

Ocean temperatures ranged from 82 to 88 degrees through most of the area,
clean blue water was found within one mile of shore, lots of schooling
skipjack now on the fishing grounds, sardinas are now being netted from the
Puerto Los Cabos Marina Jetty area, very small in size. This has been the
bait of choice for enticing the schooling football sized yellowfin tuna off
of Palmilla Point, the tuna are also now found schooling off of Punta Gorda
and La Fortuna, the key is obtaining the sardinas, this is a limited
resource that really needs to see Government restrictions enforced in order
to maintain a sustainable fishery.

This week local San Jose del Cabo fleets found action close by, with
Palmilla Point being one of the more productive spots, anglers were fly
lining live sardinas for yellowfin tuna in the 6 to 14 lb. class., some
days there were quite a few skipjack to deal with, other times smaller
sized schools of dorado would appear and to keep things interesting there
were chances at hooking into a wahoo, striped marlin of sailfish. Hard to
predict the exact time of day that this inshore action would be best, one
morning it would be very early when the fish were most active, then the
very next day they would not get going until 11 a.m., who’s to figure why?,
current, tides, barometer, full moon, a lot of factors involved.

The Gordo Banks is starting to come alive, with cow sized yellowfin tuna
making an appearance, but not in the biting mood yet, another grade of tuna
in the 40 to 60 lb. range was also holding on these grounds and several of
these were landed, early in the day striking on chunked skipjack or
sardinas for bait. A handful of wahoo strikes off of these banks as well
and at times the dogtooth snapper were in the mix. These grounds are coming
alive, anything could happen on any given day. A black marlin estimated to
be in the 450 lb. range was battled for two hours from a local panga, only
to have the hook pull free as the fish was near the boat.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 69 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of:

2 striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 320 yellowfin tuna, 5 cabrilla, 8 jack
crevalle, 66 dorado, 7 wahoo, 12 dogtooth snapper, 18 red snapper, 150
skipjack and 6 roosterfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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