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 Dec 29, 2019; 04:47PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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December 22, 2019

Anglers –

Everyone is now busy getting ready for
Christmas, more tourists arriving,
though there are not as many anglers as
we would expect. The typically
weather pattern of north winds
continues, particularly early in the
though there was decent fishing action
close to shore in more protected
areas. The Pacific side was calm for
the most part. Ocean water temperature
was averaging 77 degrees throughout the
local region. There were scattered
clouds and climate was a bit cooler
than previous week, though on most days
highs were at least up to 75 degrees,
no rainfall reported.

Bait vendors were finding decent
supplies of caballito, also were
ballyhoo and slabs of squid, no
sardinas found near San Jose del Cabo.
of the panga charters were able to find
some chihuil baitfish, but this was
not a guarantee, needed to put in the
extra effort and time for this. Most
of the local charters are working the
fishing grounds from Red Hill, Gordo
Banks, La Fortuna and off of Punta
Gorda. Most common species found were
dorado, but also still decent chances
at yellowfin tuna and wahoo.

Off of La Fortuna there were yellowfin
tuna of various sizes found, some
nicer quality fish. The problem was
that there was an abundance of large
aggressive sharks on these same grounds
and they were ready to grab any
tuna that was hooked into, a ratio of
at least 80 % of hooks ups being
lost, so not many charters were even
fishing there anymore. There were
yellowfin found on the Inner Gordo
Banks, though numbers were very
a handful of tuna over 100 lb. were
accounted for this week, though this
took a lot of persistence and large
amounts of squid, so that you could
continue to drift, while chumming and
patiently waiting for a chance at a
hook up.

Wahoo were also now found on the Gordo
Banks, though they have been
finicky, best bet was to slow troll
baitfish, either caballito or chihuil.
Not many were striking on lures, some
of these fish were also found further
north and off of Punta Gorda. With the
warmer water still hanging around we
expect to have chances at wahoo into
the New Year.

Dorado were providing the most success
for anglers, most of these also on
various baits, ranging in sizes up to
20 lb. Many anglers were able to
catch their two fish limit and release
others. Areas closer to shore, such
as Punta Gorda and Cardon were best for
the dorado, a few tuna were also
found on the same grounds, if sardinas
were available the chances of
getting into the tuna action would be
much greater, who knows when we will
have sardinas locally. These baitfish
do also migrate along the shorelines.

Not much going off the bottom, though
we did see more red snapper this
week, majority were smaller sized, but
a few nicer fish in the mix. Good
numbers of roosterfish were found along
the beach stretches, within a mile
or less of Puerto Los Cabos Marina.
There fish readily hit on trolled
caballito, most of them were under 15
lb., a few much larger jack crevalle
were mixed in. Also a handful of
sierra, but with no sardinas, hard to
a wide open bite for these fish. Also
still early in the season for these
colder water species. Billfish was very
scattered off of San Jose del Cabo,
surprisingly there were more sailfish
seen than striped marlin, strange for
this time of year.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 56 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 4 sailfish, 2 striped
marlin, 88 dorado, 15 yellowfin tuna,
16 wahoo, 4 yellow snapper, 2 barred
pargo, 1 amberjack, 4 bonito, 8 sierra,
22 roosterfish, 24 huachinango, 4
jack crevalle and 45 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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

 Dec 16, 2019; 01:14PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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December 15, 2019

Anglers –

Limited number of tourists now
arriving, as Christmas time and New
nears we do usually see greater numbers
of people arriving, especially
family groups. Now is the perfect time
to visit, ideal weather, despite
dipping down to 55 degrees early
morning, daytime highs have averaged in
the upper 70s, plenty of warm sunshine.
Early in the week there was more
wind from the north, but by the weekend
we saw much calmer ocean
conditions. Average water temperature
was about 77 degrees, with some
isolated areas up to 80 degrees, surf
was minimal, though tides were
extreme with passing of recent full
moon, the last one of this decade.

Bait vendors are finding caballito in
the marina area, also offering
ballyhoo and slabs of squid. Off of the
San Jose del Cabo Hotel Zone the
schools of baitfish, mackerel and
sardineta, are moving in and this will
become an option for the next month or
two. The overall fishing action was
more scattered this week, perhaps the
moon was affecting feeding habits,
also there was a noticeably stronger
current sweeping through local
grounds, as well as winds being a
factor at times. The majority of local
charters were working the grounds from
the Gordo Banks, to La Fortuna,
Cardon and close off of Punta Gorda.

Main target species continue to be
yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo, also
some billfish and limited bottom action
to round out the options. Yellowfin
tuna varying in sizes up to 75 lb., the
larger fish were found on the Gordo
Banks and other mixed grade of
yellowfin off of La Fortuna. Though
was a major issue with sharks attacking
hooked fish and they got more than
their share, these were not little
sharks either, we saw quality sized
bitten completely in half or swallowed
whole, they were even attacking
wahoo or dorado if they had the chance.
It has been a while since so many
aggressive sharks were found on these
same fishing grounds, hard to say how
long they will be around, they now know
that they are able to find some
easy tasty meals. Hopefully when the
water temperature cools off the sharks
will move on.

Wahoo were more finicky this week,
though they have not gone anywhere,
were more wary about striking. Some hit
on strips of squid while anglers
targeted tuna, other on trolled baits,
a smaller percentage were striking
on lures. The largest we weighed in
recently was a 48 lb. specimen. Sunday
is the local wahoo tournament, which
was original set for Nov. 17, but had
to be rescheduled due to Tropical Storm
Raymond. Will be interesting to see
how many teams enter, since it is now
during a not so busy tourist time

Numbers of dorado were down compared to
last week, though these fish are
still scattered through the area in
smaller sized schools, the larger sized
dorado were now found on the Pacific,
though off of San Jose del Cabo we
did see some fish up to 20 lb.

Billfish action now seems to be
transitioning from the Pacific to the
direction of San Jose, these fish
follow their food source. Though the
is spotty, has not been wide open yet,
there are striped marlin being found
within several miles of shore, the
majority were in the 70 to 120 lb.
range. Also saw at least one sailfish
in recent days.

Not much going off the bottom, an
occasional leopard or baqueta grouper,
various pargo, bonito and triggerfish.
More whales definitely now showing
up, peak season will be here now any
week, as these mammals are now
arriving for their winter’s stay.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 70 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 1 sailfish, 9 striped
marlin, 38 dorado, 78 yellowfin tuna,
14 wahoo, 5 yellow snapper, 3
pompano, 4 golden eye tile fish, 6
barred pargo, 9 cabrilla, 2 amberjack,
bonito, 5 sierra, 5 roosterfish, 6
baqueta, 2 surgeonfish and 45

Good Fishing, Eric

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

 Dec 16, 2019; 01:12PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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December 8, 2019

Anglers –

Noticeable lighter crowds of visitors
arriving, after Thanksgiving we do
normally see a decline of anglers, as
people now are beginning to prepare
for the Christmas Holidays, now just
around the corner. Weather patterns
did finally stabilize and this week we
saw much calmer ocean conditions, no
crazy rain fall, mostly clear sunny
skies, temperatures into the low 80s,
really an ideal climate for this time
of year.

Ocean actually warmed back up a couple
of degrees, averaging about 80
degrees now. Bait situation is that
sardinas are scarce out of San Jose del
Cabo, now being found schooling near
Cabo San Lucas, makes it tough to have
to back track so far. So local fleets
are mainly relying on caballito,
ballyhoo, slabs of squid and if
fortunate enough to find some chihuil,
proved the best for wahoo. Some
mackerel started to appear now off of
Hotel Zone, still not consistent from
day to day, as water temps cool some
more, we expect more of these mackerel
and sardineta will move in.

Over all anglers found the bite to be
tougher to start the week, mainly due
to north wind, though later in the week
the wind laid down, water cleared
up and bite was good for yellowfin
tuna, wahoo and dorado. Most of the
action was from Gordo Banks, Cardon, La
Fortuna and off of Punta Gorda.
Best action was on bait, some having to
be worked for, especially the
chihuil, they proved to be the candy
for wahoo. The Gordo Banks produced
yellowfin tuna up over 200 lb., larger
fish lost, though numbers were not
great, but with patience and persistent
effort there were some quality
fish. Strips of squid, small skipjack,
chihuil and caballito all produced.

Wahoo action picked up, trolling live
baits was best, fish up to over 45
lb., though some were taken on Repalas.
Dorado were mixed in on the same
grounds, but scattered, up close to 20
lb. Unusual to find some roosterfish
action further offshore while trolling
for dorado and wahoo, nice sized
fish to 30 lb. Also a couple of
yellowtail, one was an impressive 38
and there was a 70 lb. amberjack, they
were taken while chunk fishing for
tuna on the Gordo Banks. If weather
holds it looks like very promising
opportunities for the rest of the
month. So things are improving after
recent rain squalls, landscape is a
lush green, plenty of warm sunshine and
great fishing.

Billfish was limited off of San Jose
deal Cabo, a scattering of striped
marlin and a couple small blues. Still
better marlin action now on the
Pacific. More whales are now being seen
with each passing day, it will be
peak season coming up for these
migrating mammals. Sea lions, manta
porpoise, turtles and of course some
sharks, which have been taking their
share of the tuna catch, have added to

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 82 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 2 blue marlin, 2 striped
marlin, 66 dorado, 98 yellowfin tuna,
56 wahoo, 4 yellow snapper, 5
cabrilla, 16 bonito, 6 sierra, 9
roosterfish, 5 baqueta, 3 surgeonfish,
yellowtail, 3 amberjack, 2 pompano and
30 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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

 Dec 1, 2019; 12:14PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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December 1, 2019

Anglers –

The crazy month of November has now
ended, this is time when the big crowds
of anglers diminish, as less people
travel between holidays. After dealing
with TS Raymond last week, this week we
had yet another low pressure system
develop and sweep through Southern Baja
from the west, which brought more
heavy rainfall, as well as some wind
gusts that might have even reached 50
mph in areas, rainfall of anywhere from
4 to 8 inches, depending where you
were. The local Ports were completely
closed on Wednesday, reopening about
8 a.m. on Thursday. This has been a
strange season, very unpredictable
weather patterns, though the water
table definitely has been filled up and
the landscape will be staying green
longer than normal. Be aware of the
mosquitoes as well.

Ocean temperatures dropped a bit, now
averaging about 77 degrees, this
latest storm turned over water
conditions, from all of the run off,
water for much of the inshore zone,
though now with each passing day we are
seeing clarity improve and the all-
around fishing action quickly rebound.
Baitfish were more scattered, schooling
sardinas now closer to Cabo San
Lucas, local fleets ere using mainly
slabs of squid, ballyhoo and what
other baitfish could be found on the
fishing grounds, caballito vanished,
it will be any week now that school of
mackerel and sardineta appear on the
ground off of San Jose del Cabo.

The better billfish action was on the
Pacific, but in recent days we have
seen more striped marlin showing in the
direction of San Jose, which is
usually the trend during this time
frame. Dorado action improved, as more
numbers of these popular gamefish are
showing throughout the region,
majority of these fish are in the 10 to
15 lb. class, some larger. Wahoo
became a bit more elusive in the dirty
conditions, as did most species, but
as water began to clean up we did see a
few more ‘hoo starting to show, the
action early week had been near
Vinorama, but by weekend the best areas
were closer off of Cardon, La Fortuna
and then on Saturday the wahoo bite
broke open close off of Punta Gorda. If
you get chihuil for bait, that was
the hot ticket, some hit on ballyhoo as
well. Wahoo up to 50 pounds were
weighed in.

Yellowfin tuna action stalled out
during the dirty conditions, but now we
are seeing more tuna in the mix, some
from Iman, San Luis, Gordo Banks and
others further offshore associated with
porpoise. Earlier in the week local
pangeros brought in a cow yellowfin of
about 350 lb., not returning to the
docks until 9 p.m. Though most of the
tuna we did see were from football
size, up to 70 lb. Though the cows are
lurking on the Gordo Banks, just you
need to put in some serious time to
have a real chance.

Off of the bottom we saw various
snapper, pargo, bonito, a few cabrilla
of course more triggerfish than
anything else. Along the shoreline
were roosterfish and some early season
sierra, but with limited bait this
was not a guaranteed option.

Still only sporadic sightings of
whales, but these mammals are now
from their northern feeding grounds on
their annual southern migration and
will be in taking up residence in local
waters through the winter months.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 76 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 3 blue marlin, 6 striped
marlin, 3 sailfish, 108 dorado, 68
yellowfin tuna, 35 wahoo, 4 yellow
snapper, 5 cabrilla, 4 amberjack, 22
bonito, 9 sierra, 10 roosterfish, 4
rainbow runner, 4 golden eyed tilefish,
14 glass eyed snapper and 40

Good Fishing, Eric

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

 Dec 1, 2019; 12:12PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric