GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
September 24, 2017
Last week we were preoccupied following Tropical Storm Norma, local Ports
were shut down for three days, Saturday thru Monday, due to higher storm
swells, though the storm stalled and veered further off to the west and
never did impact land. Hardly any rainfall at all was reported in Los Cabos
and we felt 30 mph wind gusts, but basically we dodged a bullet this time.
We have now officially started the fall season, though with the high
humidity it still feels more like summer. Light crowds the past couple of
weeks, with people being more nervous about traveling during possibility of
storms moving through the area.
Fishing action has been mainly centered on the Gordo Banks and north to
Iman Bank. Early in the week water clarity was greenish near Iman and the
better action was found on the Gordo Banks, most common catches were for
yellowfin tuna in the 50 to 100 lb. class, drift fishing with strips of
sardinas, no big numbers of tuna being landed, though at times lots of
yellowfin could be seen breezing the surface, just very finicky in striking
the baits that had hooks in them. Anglers were doing well to land one or
two of these quality tuna. Later in the week bait suppliers found some
sardinas off the beach stretches further to the north and with the water
cleaning up on the Iman Bank the medium sized tuna in the 5 lb. to 30 lb.
range bit well there. Also some dorado in the mix, but most all under ten
pounds and not nearly as numerous as before the most recent storm system
Some days the yellowfin tuna were more active early in the day, especially
on the Gordo Banks, but then things switched around and more action on
these grounds was found later in the day. Tuna of 170 lb., 238 lb. and
another close to 300 lb. were accounted for by groups of local anglers,
specifically targeting these larger tuna, putting in long extra hours and
bringing ample supplies of slabs of squid to continue chumming throughout
Anglers using yo-yo style jigs had mixed success on various red snapper,
pargo and amberjack, no big numbers, but a few nice fish accounted for, a
handful of nice yellowfin were also hooked into on these jigs.
Not much billfish action reported, though this week most anglers were
targeting the tuna or dorado action. There was a lack of skipjack and other
baitfish on the grounds early in the week, but as the week progressed and
water conditions stabilized, there was more bait schools being reported.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 46 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 wahoo, 44 dorado, 1 blue marlin, 3 rainbow
runner, 9 amberjack, 144 yellowfin tuna, 4 yellow snapper, 25 huachinango
and 85 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147