2 Sep 2014 - *GORDO BANKS PANGAS* San jose del cabo August 31, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San jose del cabo

August 31, 2014

Anglers –

The week started off with weather changes on Sunday, the arrival of high
swells created by Hurricane Marie, this forced closure of all water
activities for three days. Swells generated by this powerful category five
hurricane reached its peak on Sunday evening and through Monday, nearing 20
ft. high, causing some erosion problems, but overall everyone felt
fortunate that this storm system stayed several hundred miles off to the
west and did not cause much damage. Isolated thundershowers were recorded,
heavy downpours at times, lightening strikes, with some power outages.
Schools were all closed on Monday as a precaution

Skies are now clear and sportfishing fleets are back in operation. Just
before the swell arrived, on Saturday, the fishing action had improved and
the season’s first super cow sized yellowfin tuna was weighed in late that
same day, just before the Port was closed the following morning. The tuna
was caught by a group of three La Playita pangeros, they were trolling a
larger sized live skipjack for bait on the Outer Gordo Bank and after a two
hour battle landed the monster, which officially weighed in at 335 lb. So
the cows have returned and since the reopening of the port there have been
several more landed, mainly by the hard core La Playita pangeros, several
very large fish were lost after extended battles. Sardinas were found
schooling again around the Puerto Los Cabos Marina Jetty and these baitfish
were the bait of choice for the better chances of all around action.

Fleets reported finding mixed sizes of yellowfin tuna off of Santa Maria,
Red Hill, Gordo Banks and Iman. The Iman was producing football sized
yellowfin and another grade of tuna in the 40 to 70 pound class, a bit
finicky, hitting best on lighter tackle, then the problem is fighting
heavier fish that are hooked on too light of tackle. The chance at the cows
has been on the Gordo Banks, with fish reportedly holding on both the Inner
and Outer Gordo Banks. Heavy dive boat pressure has been a negative factor
on the Gordo Banks.

The majority of the dorado that are now being encountered are smaller
juvenile sized fish, most of them females, which should actually be
released and given a chance to mature and spawn in order to help maintain a
quality fishery. A major problem is getting the people interested in
thinking about the future, instead of the mentality of what they can get
for today. Officials would be smart to enforce a temporary closure of all
dorado fishing until a later date in the Fall.

An occasional wahoo being reported, but there was more activity from these
fish before the recent storm passed through. Billfish action has been
spread out as well. Best bet has been to target the yellowfin of varying
sizes. Not much reported off the bottom, an occasional dogtooth snapper or
cabrilla. No inshore action to speak of, as is normal for late summer.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 47 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of:

1 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 170 yellowfin tuna, 20 bonito, 8 cabrilla, 76
dorado, 2 wahoo and 4 dogtooth snapper.

Good fishing, Eric

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