11 Feb 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – January 17, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

January 17, 2016

Quiet week in Los Cabos, as light numbers of tourists were arriving, as we
are now in the normal lull period immediately following the New Year’s
Holiday. Winter time conditions are even being felt locally, as low
temperatures dipped to 50 degrees and though days were mostly sunny, high
temperatures were hovering around 75 degrees. Actually very pleasant
climate for the midst of winter time, be hard to convince the locals
though, as they are bundling up like there is no tomorrow.

The week started off with gusty northerly winds, settling down later, nice
ocean conditions for anglers, besides the early morning chill. Ocean
Temperatures averaging 75 degrees, warmer currents are being found on the
Pacific Banks. Anglers continue to rely on the available bait sources of
caballito, cocinero, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. No reports of anyone
finding schooling sardinas within local range. Local San Jose del Cabo
fleets continue to concentrate their efforts on the Grounds from Cerro
Colorado/Red Hill to the Gordo Banks and north to La Fortuna and Iman

Really there has been no particular hot spot recently, everyday certain
areas produced a mix of species in limited numbers. Very few dorado or
wahoo reported, though free swimming wahoo were sighted on several
occasions, not many were actually hooked and landed, same with dorado, they
seemed to be taking the week off. Yellowfin tuna were holding around the
twenty five spot off of La Fortuna, but with often rapid sweeping drifts
created by winds, this spot was not always easy to fish. There was an
ongoing problem with nuisance sea lions, waiting for their chance at an
easy meal. Most of the yellowfin accounted for were under 20 lb. and were
elusively hooked while using strips of squid for bait. The Gordo Banks were
also attracting a larger grade of yellowfin tuna, but only a handful of
these fish were actually landed, this fishery was a late afternoon deal,
done pretty much elusively by local commercial pangeros, fishing the late
twilight hours, reported that the yellowfin to over 100 pounds would start
feeding as the sun was just about setting, makes for a late day, fighting
fish into the darkness and then arriving back to the dock area in the pitch
black of the moon less evening.

Billfish action was also very scattered, most common catch being smaller
sized striped marlin, no larger concentrations of offshore baitfish to
attract any major feeding frenzies. With all of the normal fish migration
patterns being abnormal this year, we are expecting later than usual
arrival of sardineta and mackerel this season, hard to predict when this
will happen, it is time now, these are mostly unprecedented events that are
now occurring.

Bottom action was showing encouraging signs the past couple of weeks, more
red snapper, amberjack and cabrilla started to appear, then we saw stronger
currents slowing down this action, we expect to see steady improvement for
this structure activity as weather conditions stabilize. Winds have been
more consistent than normal through this past fall and now into our winter
season, should be time that we start having the calmer days and this will
help open up more bottom opportunities.

Very little inshore action, spotty action on smaller sized roosterfish, no
sierra to speak of without the preferred sardina bait source.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 56 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 7 striped marlin, 10 wahoo, 88 yellowfin tuna,
11 dorado, 1 island jack, 10 rainbow runner, 14 cabrilla, 26 huachinango,
22 yellow snapper, 8 amberjack, 2 sierra, 12 bonito, 4 roosterfish and 85

Good fishing, Eric

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