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 Feb 18, 2021; 11:30PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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December 13, 2020

There were only minimal numbers of tourists visiting at this time, many
people now preparing for the Holiday Season, as well as dealing with the
ongoing Covid pandemic situation. Weather was now turning more towards
winter like patterns, we saw scattered cloud cover and low temperatures as
chilly as 55 degrees, though most days were warming up near 80 degrees.
Wind was predominately out of the north, much of the week limiting where
anglers were able to comfortably concentrate their efforts, through the
weekend the wind did slack and ocean conditions were again more favorable.
Water temperatures now averaging in the 75 to 77 degree range, clearer blue
water found on our normal fishing grounds, with the off colored currents
now near Vinorama and towards Los Frailes.

Anglers were using mainly sardinas and caballito for bait, any week now we
should see mackerel and sardineta move on to local bait grounds, as this is
always the time of year this happens. Most charters are now fishing the
areas from Chileno, Red Hill, Punta Gorda, Cardon and Iman. We saw lots of
sierra closer to shore, most of these in the 2 to 5 lb. range, striking
smaller sized lures and on the sardinas. This week we saw more dorado and
they were larger in size, we even saw a handful of bulls over 20 lb. With
the ocean still warm for this time of year, we expect this dorado action to
continue through the month. Also there were good numbers of wahoo accounted
for, striking on trolled Rapalas, various baits and yo-yo jigs. Sizes
ranged from small juvenile fish and to over 40 lb., with the majority of
the wahoo being smaller in size.

Tuna action has been spotty now for the past several weeks, though in
recent days we did see more of the yellowfin being hooked into from near
the Iman Bank, drift fishing with sardinas was the best bet for this
action, sizes ranged to over 40 lb., with some boats accounting for two,
three of four of these fish.

Not much bottom action being done, with few numbers of anglers in town,
often choppy ocean conditions making this harder and with the fact that
surface action was the most productive action now happening. We did see
more striped marlin moving in to local waters, it will not be long now
until these billfish make their main migration towards the Sea of Cortez,
following their favored food source.

More and more whales are now being sighted as well, as we are now nearing
peak season for these migrated mammals.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:29PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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December 6, 2020

New month of December saw light crowds of visitors arriving, this is the
normal pattern, as after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, there are not
that many people vacationing, this year with the global pandemic still
peaking, travelers are being extra cautious. North winds continued
throughout the week, ocean temperature dropped into the 75 degree range and
currents were off colored on grounds to the north. Still mostly clear sunny
skies, highs averaging near 75 degrees and we saw low temperatures of 54
degrees, so it is the time of year you need to dress appropriately for
early morning outdoor activities.

Anglers were able to find plentiful supplies of sardinas, with caballito,
ballyhoo, slabs of squid bring other options. More of the super panga
charters are now trying to chum up chihuil baitfish on the Inner Gordo
Bank, though this has not been all that easy or guaranteed with choppy
conditions, though these baitfish were now the best bet for enticing the
elusive wahoo. Early in the week we saw more numbers of wahoo being brought
in, sizes ranged from small 5 lb. juveniles, up to 50 lb. trophy sized
specimens. Areas from Cardon, La Fortuna to Vinorama produced strikes while
trolling baits or rapalas. Though this same area is now seeing greenish
cooler currents push in.

The week also started off with a pair of super cow sized 300 lb. yellowfin
tuna being landed from off the Gordo Banks by local pangeros specifically
targeting these cows. Lot of patience needed when targeting these fish,
they used live skipjack for bait. The rest of the week we only saw a
handful of other tuna accounted for, several were near 100 lb. Though
overall the action for these yellowfin was very slow and north winds made
the whole deal that much more difficult. Everyone is waiting for calmer
conditions and it looks as though the coming week will at least start out

Dorado were even scarcer this past week, only a handful of these gamefish
were even found, no large schools at all and mainly smaller sized. The past
few seasons the month of December was very productive for nicer sized
dorado, so we are hoping this year things are just starting out slow, still
early in the month. Billfish action was almost nonexistent off of San Jose
del Cabo, more chance now for striped marlin on the Pacific grounds, it
will not be long though that the migration of mackerel and sardineta will
shift in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.

Inshore the main action found was for sierra, most of these fish ranging in
the 2 to 5 lb. range, striking on hoochies, Rapalas and sardinas. Also a
few roosterfish accounted for, not the normal season for them, but they can
hang around in minimal numbers.

With the windier conditions anglers were not able to try much bottom
action, those who did found more bonito and triggerfish than anything else,
we did see a few amberjack and at least a couple of dogtooth snapper
brought in.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:27PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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November 29, 2020

Moderate crowds of tourists visited this Thanksgiving week, enjoying the
fall conditions and multitude of outdoor activities. We felt persistent
north winds through the week, finally tapering off some over the weekend.
These conditions made for rougher seas, especially on the grounds to the
north of Punta Gorda. Scattered morning cloud cover, giving way to plenty
of warm sunshine, as daytime highs were in the low to mid 80s and ocean
temperature was also averaging about 80 degrees. Still good amounts of
sardinas found schooling around marina jetty, also caballito, ballyhoo and
slabs of squid being offered.

Overall the fishing action was tougher this week, a lot of this due to the
winds beating the northern grounds. On Monday there were two impressive cow
sized yellowfin tuna brought in, one of 200 b., found outside of San Luis
Bank during normal mid-day hours, the other tuna, which was hooked into on
the Gordo Banks later in the afternoon and fought for 3 ½ hours before
finally being boated, brought back in the dark after 8 p.m., this cow was
estimated at well over 300 lb. It hit on a trolled skipjack for a team of
local La Playita anglers, headed by legend Eduardo Aripez.

The rest of the week the tuna action was scarce, there were a couple of
days when fleets found some smaller sized yellowfin associated with moving
porpoise and a handful of tuna in the 40 to 70 lb. class were hooked into
while soaking baits on the grounds from Iman to San Luis, but again most of
the entire week these areas were very choppy due to the winds.

Dorado were scattered, some days we saw more than others, though again most
of these dorado were under ten pounds. Wahoo action was encountered on the
grounds north of Punta Gorda, to Vinorama, but action was spotty, mix sizes
of fish were taken, from sierra sized 4 lb. fish, up to trophy sized
tournament contending wahoo of 60 lb. These fish hit on Rapalas, sardinas,
yo-yo and more anglers are now starting to try their luck at obtaining
chihuil and using them for trap hooked trolling baits.

Not a whole lot of bottom action being done, winds did not make this an
easy option, highlight were a handful of amberjack and dogtooth snapper,
but more triggerfish, bonito or small pargo/snapper, compared to anything
else. Closer to shore and mainly towards Cabo San Lucas we were seeing some
sierra, most of these taken on sardinas, hoochies or small rapalas, sizes
up to five pounds.

We have heard of wide open action for striped marlin being found on the
Pacific banks, though off of San Jose del Cabo we saw more sailfish, a pair
of black marlin, one blue marlin and also a few striped marlin were brought
in from pangas, no big numbers like on the Pacific.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:25PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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November 22, 2020

Weather has been great, warmer than usual fall conditions continue. There
has been some persistent wind out of the north, but close to shore anglers
were able to find fish in more protected areas. Water temperature now in
the 79 to 81 degree range, slightly warmer than we would expect during this
time frame. As the busy fall season now winds down, we are dealing with the
second wave of Covid pandemic worries, though locally we have not seen a
surge in cases and safety protocols have been strict, people are living in
fear as to what is going to happen in the coming months.

Schools of sardinas remain healthy near the marina jetties, also some
caballito being found. Other bait options included ballyhoo and slabs of
squid. The majority of charters are now heading towards the north, from the
Gordo Banks, Iman, San Luis and to Vinorama, while a few boats are working
areas from San Jose del Cabo, south towards Cabo San Lucas. Action has been
somewhat spread out, no particular hot spot. Most popular grounds this week
were Iman and San Luis, this is where the better chances at hooking into
the yellowfin tuna was.

The tuna proved increasingly finicky this past week, most days the
yellowfin were seen in good numbers coming out of the water, putting on a
show boiling on the chummed sardinas, but were extremely line shy. It did
not make sense to use leader lighter than 40 lb., because chances of
landing these fish on too light of line was minimal, the average fish that
were being landed were in the 50 to 75 lb. class, some larger and a few in
the 20 to 30 lb. range as well. Overall anglers were doing very well if
they landed one or two of these tuna, though there are definitely lots of
these fish in the area and on any given day could become more cooperative.

Through the first half of the week there was very good action for wahoo
found near Vinorama, these fish were coming up on the chummed sardinas and
hitting the small baits on straight mono, not the normal way we usually
fish these toothy gamefish, skippers were using small long shanked hooks to
help from getting cut off, the wahoo did not like the wire leaders. Many of
the wahoo were hooked up on cast yo-yo type jigs, at least as many hook ups
were lost as were brought to gaff. Of course the word on this good action
traveled fast, scores of spear fishermen also headed to this inshore spot
and the bite slowed way down just as fast as it had developed.

Dorado were scarcer this past week on the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo,
most of the fish we did see were very small, though we did hear of better
numbers towards the Pacific.

On the Gordo Banks there have been anglers targeting cow sized yellowfin, a
couple of big fish were lost after extended battles, we did not hear of any
other monster yellowfin being landed. There were at least a couple of black
marlin that were brought in, these fish were in the 300 to 600 lb. range.
We do believe that more big tuna are still on these grounds and certainly
another will be hauled in before long.

Not much being found off the bottom besides triggerfish, bonito and mostly
smaller sized snapper. Along the shoreline there have been sierra, but not
consistent from day to day, still early in the season for these cooler
water species.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Nov 16, 2020; 07:21PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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