15 Jan 2020 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
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January 12, 2020

We noticed a significant decline in
tourists this week, with schools now
back in session and work holidays over,
there are lighter crowds. Cooler
weather patterns continues, average
lows about 55 degrees, with highs about
76 degrees, so comparatively to
northern regions, still quite pleasant
mid-winter season. Wins from the north
continues, cycle of two or three
days, then residing, before picking
back up. On Friday winds increased to
20 plus mph, through Saturday as well,
actually closing down Cabo San Lucas
marina to vessels under 40 ft. Sunday
conditions are forecast to calm down.

Water temperature is on a cooling
trend, now in the 72 to 74 degree range
through much of the region, clarity
fluctuated, some very clean blue water
found close to shore, but other areas
being stirred up and off colored.
Transition period now for many gamefish
now, such as dorado and wahoo,
these fish prefer warmer waters and
will migrate further south, striped
marlin on the other hand prefer the
cooler waters, with peak season
normally in the winter and though

Earlier in the week there was a run of
pelagic crabs, drifting to the
surface in masses on local fishing
grounds, being scooped up in nets and
used for bait for red snapper.
Commercial fleet activity always ramps
when these red crabs appear. These
huachinango average 2 to 5 lb. and
up to about 14 lb. Very prized eating
and a valuable commercial product.

Sportfishing fleets found more
scattered action with cooler choppy
conditions through much of the week,
best action was encountered fairly
close to shore, areas from Santa Maria
to La Fortuna, dorado in the 5 to 15
lb. class being most common, also some
roosterfish and sierra, using
caballito or ballyhoo was main method.
Bait options available from the
marina were for caballito, ballyhoo and
slabs of squid. Average catches
consisted of a couple of dorado, up to
five or six. We only saw a couple of
smaller sized wahoo come in all week.
Yellowfin tuna action was very slow
on local grounds, a handful of
yellowfin were landed earlier in the
off the local grounds, these fish
ranged from 10 lb., up to about 80 lb.,
though very few numbers. The area that
is producing cow sized tuna was the
Jaime Bank outside of Cabo San Lucas,
several long range San Diego vessels
were chumming these grounds this week,
local pangeros were making the long
run to get into this action, putting in
long days but returning with fish
to 200 lb. This being more of a
commercial prospect.

There was a lack of much billfish
activity, we are hearing of more
moving in the direction off of San Jose
del Cabo, this should attract the
striped marlin, some are being seen
now, but very scattered. Also full moon
period as well, as things shift and
weather settles we are optimistic for
improved action.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 58 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 84 dorado, 16 yellowfin
tuna, 2 wahoo, 4 barred pargo, 32
sierra, 26 roosterfish, 3 cabrilla, 58
huachinango, 3 jack crevalle, 5 porgy
and 22 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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