GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
Aug. 6, 2017
Light summer time crowds of anglers enjoyed calmer weather patterns this
past week, with no new tropical storms presently forming to the south, it
appears conditions will be favorable at least through the later part of
next week. It is hard to predict tropical weather forecast too far in
advance this time of year. Humidity has increased, August is always a muggy
month, there is more could cover, though heat is intense, with the combined
heat index nearing 110 degrees. Ocean water temperatures are warming daily,
up to an average of 87 degrees now, ocean swells are moderate, as no storms
are near at this time.
The main target species which has been cooperating is the yellowfin tuna,
with action now being found from the Gordo Banks, Cardon, Iman, San Luis to
Vinorama. Sizes for the tuna has ranged from 10 lb. to 80 lb. Most all of
this action has been found while drift fishing with various baits, from
live and dead sardinas, caballito, chunks of skipjack and strips of squid.
It is always beneficial to have as many bait options as possible for this
style of fishing. Some days these fish were hitting early, other days late,
so you also need to know how to ration your bait supplies accordingly. Just
in recent days the yellowfin have been more active on the Gordo Banks, this
will be a welcome relief for local fleets, which have had to travel as far
as Vinorama to find action and then compete with all of the East Cape
fleets that were traveling south to the same grounds. Numbers of tuna were
not huge, but many charters were accounting for up to five fish, with many
of these in the 40 to 70 lb. class, nice quality fish. A bit line shy as
well, so using 30 to 50 lb. tackle has produced more action, though also
many bigger fish have been broke off.
Wahoo and dorado were very sporadic, a scattering of mostly smaller sized
dorado and wahoo which had bit well last week, tapered way off this week,
as they often do become more sluggish when the water temperatures reaches
into the upper 80s. Billfish bite was slow as well, who knows what is up
with that. Plenty of sharks in the area, as many of the hooked up tuna were
being bit into as they neared the boats, from the size of the bite marks,
these were not small sharks.
Bottom action was not consistent, but produced a mix of huachinango,
amberjack, pompano, bonito and various cabrilla species. Highlight were a
few amberjack in the 40 to 50 lb. range. These fish were striking more
often on yo-yo style jigs, some on whole and cut baits.
Not much inshore fishing action being dome now, some anglers did scout this
option out, but did not have much to report, a few roosterfish, jack
crevalle and at least one dogtooth snapper.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 76 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 22 dorado, 6
wahoo, 7 amberjack, 3 pompano, 1 dogtooth snapper, 8 bonito, 12 yellow
snapper, 202 yellowfin tuna, 14 leopard grouper, 4 spotted cabrilla, 55
huachinango, 11 jack crevalle, 6 roosterfish and 72 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147