26 Oct 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers October 11, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


October 11, 2015

With crowds of anglers now arriving for the most popular Fall Season
sportfishing fleets are now very busy. At this time we have no new tropical
storms threatening from the south, only one low pressure area that is
already located far off to the west, half way to Hawaii. Local weather
conditions remain warm and humid, there has been quite a lot of cloud
cover, threatening rain at times, last weekend we did receive significant
rainfall, but we did not have any rain through the week, until this next
weekend. Presently we are having wider spread thundershowers throughout the
whole area, accompanied by lightning and thunder, mostly lighter rainfall,
though in Cabo San Lucas they reported heavier rain than in San Jose del
Cabo. Sportfishing fleets continued to operate with caution. Tropical
weather patterns are persisting late into the season. So we are hoping that
the weather settles, days are now starting to cool down, as we get further
into October we regularly enjoy ideal weather. With ocean water
temperatures still ranging in the mid to upper 80s, all around conditions
can be that much more unpredictable.

Since the passing of stormy squalls last weekend we have seen very pleasant
conditions throughout this week, moderate ocean swells, no strong winds,
all around good environment for ocean fishing. Action was more spread out
in recent days, obtaining sardinas became harder, no guarantee, anglers
using squid strip were not doing as well as previous weeks. Hard to say
what the reason is for a slower week, yellowfin tuna were being seen
surfacing at times in sizable schools, but were finicky, one of the main
reasons being that there were no quantities of sardinas to freely chum
with. The majority of the yellowfin now being found on local grounds were
ranging in the 5 to 25 lb. class or in the range of 50 to 60 lb., we did
hear of unconfirmed reports of a larger grade of yellowfin hanging around
the Pacific San Jaime or Golden Gate Banks.

The later part of this past week did show improvement for the yellowfin
tuna action, later morning bite off of Punta Gorda, sardinas were the best,
fish were also hooked on strips of squid, These tuna were in the 10 to 25
lb. class, boats were accounting for anywhere from a couple of fish, to as
many as ten. With more sardinas this would be a hot bite. We hope that more
sardinas move into our range.

A group of local commercial pangeros were finding the 50 to 60 lb. tuna
biting on strips of squid underneath moving porpoise pods on the grounds
near La Laguna to Cardon, though this has been a late afternoon bite,
during normal morning, mid-day hours there has not been this porpoise
activity. Only sporadic catches, some charters finding three, four, five
fish and others not being able to find any at all. Most consistent grounds
were from the Iman to Vinorama Banks.

The action off of the Santa Maria area slowed way down, better chances were
not north of Punta Gorda, still no guarantees though. Only a few scattered
dorado being found and most all of these have been under 15 pounds. Wahoo
were even scarcer, though they are in the area and we expect any slight
cooling trend in water temperature could trigger them into being more
aggressive. Other action was for miscellaneous structure species, most
common being triggerfish or snapper, an occasional dogtooth or amberjack,
even one yellowtail.

Crazy year, with all of the dorado and wahoo, as well as striped marlin
being in the direction of Southern California. Eventually these gamefish
will migrate back in our direction. Local conditions are great though and
anything could happen on any given day. We do hope that we find a better
source of sardinas, recently these schooling baitfish have moved into the
protected zone of Cabo Pulmo National Park and bait netters were allowed to
target them from these waters

Main action locally for billfish was for sailfish, no huge numbers, but
most days these fish were being hooked into on the same inshore tuna
grounds. We did see a private boat land a 300 lb. class blue marlin. Other
anglers trolled large baits on the Gordo Banks and reported not finding any
action for the larger marlin or cow sized yellowfin tuna, lots of natural
bait in this area, so you never know, but there are likely be some large
predators nearby on these same grounds.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 128 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 13 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 260 yellowfin tuna,
28 dorado, 7 wahoo, 1 yellowtail, 44 white skipjack, 24 bonito, 7 dogtooth
snapper, 22 yellow snapper, 7 amberjack, 75 triggerfish, 16 cabrilla and 19
barred pargo.

Good fishing, Eric

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