29 Dec 2014 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 28, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

December 28, 2014

Winter season has officially started and this past week we witnessed a
change in weather patterns, cooler air blowing in from the north, ocean
water temperatures dropping to an average of 77 degrees, off colored
currents contributed to some scratchy fishing action, even though schooling
yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado and striped marlin were seen on local
grounds, getting them to bite was another story. Fish became more finicky
as water conditions turned over, though this is not such a drastic change
that we anticipate not having the action rebound as this latest weather
front pass through.

Many families are now visiting for the Holiday Season, though not as many
serious anglers at this time, most of them have already visited during the
more favorable fall season. Though ocean water temperatures are now on a
cooling trend, currents are still warmer than normal for this time frame
and we are optimistic that anglers will enjoy great winter time action. At
this time there are a wide variety of species in the area, though no
particular type of fish are dominating the bite from day to day.

Bait suppliers are netting sardinas now from Red Hill and south towards
Chileno, a bit more scattered than they had been, though with patience
there have been sufficient supplies. Offshore of San Jose there were now
schooling baitfish such as sardineta and a few mackerel moving onto the
normal winter grounds. This attracted good numbers of striped marlin,
though off colored conditions have scattered this action in recent days.

Yellowfin tuna and various skipjack, as well as some dorado and wahoo are
rounding out the action for the majority of charters, no great numbers, but
there are some quality catches being accounted for. Most consistent grounds
have been from Punta Gorda and towards Vinorama. Though north winds have
become a factor on these northern grounds. When the tuna did decide to come
up and feed, anglers were able to hook into a handful of these yellowfin,
average sizes were in the 10 to 20 lb. class. Same for the dorado and
wahoo, most of these fish were less than 25 lb., though we did see one
impressive 80 lb. wahoo accounted for, taken on a dead bait of Punta Gorda.

Inshore there were quite a few sierra found, though not many people have
been targeting these fish, as there were chances of catching larger more
sought after species without having to travel more than a few miles from
shore. Bottom action is just starting to show signs of coming to life, one
day last week some red crabs were found on the surface, these made great
baits for red snapper, but have not been seen again, though some of these
fish are striking on yo-yo jigs and other baitfish. Also some amberjack,
cabrilla, triggerfish, bonito and pargo in the mix. We expect more of these
rocky structure species to move into shallower waters, though to really be
able to concentrate on this style of fishing you need the weather to
cooperate and for the north winds to settle down.
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Sea lions continue to be a pesky problem, waiting to ambush anglers hooked
fish before they can be brought to gaff. Whales are slow to show in masses
so far, we expect to see the larger concentrations of these mammals to
appear in the coming weeks.

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: 13 striped marlin, 48 dorado, 18 wahoo, 14 white
skipjack, 124 yellowfin tuna, 22 bonito,​
64 sierra, 10 roosterfish, 35 misc. pargo/snapper species, 1 island jack,
180 black skipjack, 17 amberjack and 25 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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