GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
July 16 2017
Light crowds of tourists were feeling the real heat of the summer season
now, as weather patterns have stabilized, feeling more tropical, higher
humidity and lighter winds. Surf conditions were larger, as a result of two
distant hurricanes, Eugene and Fernanda, which formed off Southern Mexico
and headed off on northwesterly tracks. No impact on land was felt, except
for larger ocean swells and high humidity. Ocean temperatures have warmed
up into the 82 degree range on the Sea of Cortez side, the Pacific is still
slightly cooler. Water clarity has continued to improve, green water
inshore is showing improvement each day.
Live bait options consisted of caballito and mullet, some chihuil and
bolito were being found and used for trolling on the offshore grounds.
Inshore fishing action slowed with higher surf conditions, a scattering of
roosterfish and jack crevalle. Most fleets are working the grounds from
Iman to the San Luis Banks, this is where the most productive all around
action was encountered.
With the warming currents, the fast action for huachinango has slowed down,
though there were still some to be caught, all on yo-yo jigs, off of Iman
and San Luis Banks, also a mix of Eastern Pacific bonito, up to 10 lb.
These were the same grounds that quality sized yellowfin tuna were
schooling, not in huge numbers, but tuna in the 30 to 80 lb. range were
being hooked into on a daily basis. These yellowfin were also striking the
yo-yo jigs well this past week, not something they commonly do, usually
they prefer various whole or cut baits. Besides striking on yo-yo jigs,
these tuna also would hit while drift fishing or slow trolling baits. Most
charters were having chances at least for one or two tuna, other landed as
many as three of four. Many fish were lost as well, because these yellowfin
were a bit line shy, most anglers were using 40 to 50 lb. leaders in order
to have better chances at hooking up, resulting in a greater percentage of
lost fish as well.
As the ocean water temperature has warmed back up and as the present surf
swell resides, this could be the opportunity for dogtooth snapper to
finally go on the bite, so far this season we have seen very limited
activity from these larger of all pargo species. We did see a couple of
nice sized amberjack recently, this is the time of year when we see the
largest of these ambers of the season, not uncommon to see fish up to 80
lb. or more this month.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 61 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 16 dorado, 7 amberjack, 32
bonito, 11 yellow snapper, 3 barred pargo, 89 yellowfin tuna, 13 leopard
grouper, 165 huachinango, 12 jack crevalle, 24 roosterfish and 26
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147