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 May 12, 2019; 04:37PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

January 6, 2019



The New Year started out with more of
the same persistent north winds. Lots
of families were in town as the holiday
vacation were coming to an end. Cooler
days, more cloud cover, some days we
barely reached 86 degrees for the high.
Ocean conditions were actually
improving some, despite the wind, water
clarity improved and was not so
greenish, water temperatures ranged
from 71 to 74 degrees.



Still no sign at all of sardinas,
caballito in the marina area were also
becoming more scattered, ballyhoo were
available, also slabs of squid, though
with the tuna action now at a
standstill the squid is not really
being used much. More reports of
sardineta and mackerel schools moving
in on the bait grounds off of San Jose
del Cabo. It is the time of year we see
this bait activity, should be around
into February, unless the shrimp
trawlers start working these same
areas.



The striped marlin action is still
going strong on the Pacific grounds,
though mid-week there was a flurry of
stripers found off of San Jose del
Cabo, but this faded out as quickly as
it had developed, we should start
seeing more of the billfish moving in
the direction of the Sea of Cortez, as
soon as more of the bait schools shift
in this direction.



The yellowfin tuna bite completely
faded out at the start of the week, the
Eastern Pacific bonito were hitting
rapalas, hoochies and yo-yo’s on the
Gordo Banks, but these were small fish
in the 2 to 8 lb. class.



As the water clarity improved we saw
more dorado and even the wahoo made a
decent showing. Punta Gorda was one of
the areas where some wahoo were
accounted for, striking mainly on
various baits, ranging in sizes up to
35 lb. As long as water does not become
too much cooler and turns over to green
again, we should still have chances at
wahoo through the month. Dorado were
spread out striking best on rigged
ballyhoo, no huge numbers, though some
charters did land as many as four fish
and we even saw a couple of dorado that
were actually heavier than 20 lb.
Though most of these fish were
averaging 10 lb.



Not too many sierra or roosterfish
found close to shore, most of the
sierra we saw were of smaller than
normal size. Bottom fish action was
limited to mainly triggerfish and
various red snapper and pargo species.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 64
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
12 striped marlin, 37 dorado, 6
yellowfin tuna, 16 wahoo, 110 bonito, 5
glass eye snapper, 34 red snapper, 4
cabrilla (leopard grouper), 14 baqueta,
14 yellow snapper, 12 tijareta, 8 flag
cabrilla, 45 amberjack, 26 sierra and
90 triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric



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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:34PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

December 30, 2018



Last week of the year, we are seeing
fair number of families visiting for
the holiday vacation, though with
continued north winds the fishing has
been subpar on the local grounds out of
San Jose del Cabo and this has hurt the
numbers of charters. Winds have been
relentless since November, conditions
have turned over, greenish, swift
currents, water temperatures near 73 to
74 degrees.



Anglers are using a combination of
caballito, slabs of squid and some
ballyhoo for bait. There are now
reports of mackerel showing up on bait
grounds off of San Jose del Cabo, if
conditions settle some, this could open
up some new options and bring in
gamefish species such as striped
marlin.



The majority of local charters are
fishing the grounds from Red Hill,
Gordo Banks to Iman Banks. At times
limited where boats could comfortably
fish due to weather conditions. Air
temperatures have been moderate, lows
down to 55 degrees early morning, with
mid-day highs near 85 degrees. Mainly
sunny skies, morning cloud cover
burning off as sun rises.



Yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo action
were all very scarce. Best chances were
for possibly a tuna or two near the
Iman Bank, but only a handful of
yellowfin tuna are being landed, lucky
to catch one at this time. Most of the
tuna landed were in the 15 to 20 lb.
range, striking on strips of squid.
Only an occasional dorado being seen,
even less talk of any wahoo.



The more productive action now was for
a variety of structure species, the
most common being the Eastern Pacific
bonito, ranging up to ten pounds,
striking various lures as well as on
bait. Also red snapper (huachinango),
glass eye snapper, baqueta,
triggerfish, ocean whitefish, yellow
snapper, flag cabrilla and tijareta.



More billfish action now being found on
the Pacific, but some striped marlin
were also encountered on the 95 and
1150 spots and now with the reports of
schooling mackerel appearing off San
Jose del Cabo, tis should mean that
more numbers of striped marlin will be
not too far behind.



Inshore action there were small sized
roosterfish and some sierra, this
provided some back up action on the
days that proved too rough offshore.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 66
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
6 striped marlin, 8 dorado, 29
yellowfin tuna, 145 bonito, 12 glass
eye snapper, 16 red snapper, 8 cabrilla
(leopard grouper), 14 baqueta, 6 ocean
whitefish, 12 yellow snapper, 25
tijareta, 12 flag cabrilla, 22 sierra,
16 roosterfish and 80 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric



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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:31PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Merry Christmas!

Anglers –

December 23, 2018



We have seen lighter than normal crowds
arriving for this Christmas Holiday
week. Though it is feeling more like
winter time now, cooler days, low
temperatures of 55 degrees, highs in
the mid-70s. Some scattered cloud
cover, with mostly sunny skies. North
winds continued to blow all week,
finally letting up Saturday. This has
contributing to pushing in greener
ocean currents, of 73 to 74 degrees off
of San Jose del Cabo, while off of Cabo
San Lucas they reported 78 degree
water.



All around fishing action was slower on
the grounds from the Gordo Banks to
Vinorama. Bait supplies consisted of
caballito, slabs of squid and some
ballyhoo, still no sign of sardinas
showing up along local beach stretches.
Wind has been more relentless this
season, last year at this time we had
good action for wahoo, dorado and tuna,
this year is a different story, as
green water and cooling currents has
turned over conditions.



Very few yellowfin tuna were striking
this week, most of the tuna found were
between Iman and Vinorama, drift
fishing with strips of squid, sizes
averaged 15 to 20 lb., on Friday there
was an 80 lb. yellowfin landed off of
the Gordo Banks. Also we saw one nice
30 lb. yellowtail brought in, as well
as a few deeper water grouper in the 25
to 30 lb. class. Of course triggerfish
continue to dominate all bottom fishing
done closer to shore, a few snapper,
amberjack and pargo species in the mix.



Billfish action was very good through
the first part of the week on the
Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, off San
Jose del Cabo there has been only a
scattering of striped marlin seen, one
late season black marlin was hooked
into off of the Gordo Banks, but this
fish eventually broke off.



Dorado and wahoo activity was almost
nonexistent, just an occasional fish
being found. Early in the week several
wahoo were hooked into north near
Vinorama, on Friday a 45 lb. wahoo was
brought to the tables. We are hoping
for nicer calm weather conditions,
which would give the water a chance to
clear up some, then wahoo and dorado
action could rebound, before water
becomes too cold and sends these
gamefish migrating to warmer southern
waters.



Along the shore, especially off of the
San Jose del Cabo Hotel zone, there was
good action for roosterfish ranging in
sizes up to 20 lb. Slow trolling with
live caballito was the best technique,
some jack crevalle and sierra also in
the same inshore area.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 51 charters for
the week. Anglers reported a fish count
of: 4 striped marlin, 8 dorado, 2
wahoo, 35 yellowfin tuna, 9 bonito, 7
white skipjack, 10 red snapper, 12
yellow snapper, 2 amberjack, 1 fortune
jack, 1 yellowtail, 6 cabrilla (leopard
grouper), 6 baqueta grouper, ocean
whitefish, 9 flag cabrilla, 11 sierra,
42 roosterfish, 5 jack crevalle and 110
triggerfish.





Good fishing, Eric













--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:30PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

December 2, 2018



Well the main busy fall season has now
come to an end, as crowds of tourists
and visiting anglers have lightened
considerably, this is the normal
pattern after the Thanksgiving Holiday,
as people have other priorities and are
now gearing up for Christmas Holiday
coming up in several weeks. This is now
actually a great time to visit, with
the crowds down, this gives the bait
supply a chance to replenish, also
means less boat pressure on the fishing
grounds, typically through the month of
December we are still targeting the
same gamefish species, such as
yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, as well
as striped marlin.



Through much of this week we again felt
the north winds, not as bad as the
previous week, but still gusting and
making for rougher conditions. Ocean
temperature has been in the 77 to 79
degree range though most of the region.
Main live bait being offered is
caballito, also ballyhoo and slabs of
squid available. Local fleets were
mainly fishing the grounds from Red
Hill to Gordo Banks, Iman, San Luis and
as far north as Vinorama. Overall the
action was more sporadic and spread
out, really no particular hot spot from
day to day, numbers of fish caught were
less, but still there were some nice
catches accounted for. On these grounds
the main species being found are
yellowfin tuna, dorado or wahoo. Not
much going on off the bottom besides
triggerfish and a few early morning
snapper and cabrilla.



Every day we hear of one or two larger
sized tuna being hooked into, most of
these were taken off of the Gordo
Banks, in recent days we weighed
yellowfin of 145 lb., 220 lb. and a
super cow 334 lb. landed late afternoon
Friday aboard the center console
“Jaqueline”, several other big fish
lost after long battles. Slow trolling
larger baits or drift fishing with
strips of squid produced hook ups. Tuna
were found from Iman to Vinorama as
well, most of these in the 10 to 70 lb.
class, but numbers were few and far
between.



Dorado action was very good early in
the week, especially off of Red Hill
area, but then this action became more
spread out, trolling ballyhoo or
caballito seemed to be the best bet for
finding these schooling dorado. The
fish being encountered have ranged up
to 20 lb. There are a lot of wahoo in
the area, but getting them to bite has
been the hard part. Many wahoo are
striking while anglers are drifting
with squid for tuna, these fish have
not been striking trolled lures as well
as they do at times. Best chances seem
to come now on slow trolled baits, such
as caballito or chihuil. Lots of spear
fishing pressure now, this is the
season the divers come out in force,
the deal is that there are now far
greater numbers of spear fishermen that
are congregating on the same grounds
that the rod and reel anglers are and
we do notice that this does make the
fish that much more spooky and elusive.
Inshore areas are fragile and cannot
sustain such pressure.



Along the shoreline there have been
some roosterfish, jack crevalle, most
roosters being smaller fish, but we
heard of an occasional much larger
specimen caught and released, not the
normal deal for this time of year.
Billfish bite has mainly been on the
Pacific now, good number of striped
marlin, though a handful of stripers
are being seen around the Iman Banks
and the Gordo Banks



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 104 charters for
the week. Anglers reported a fish count
of: 7 striped marlin, 135 dorado, 36
wahoo, 85 yellowfin tuna, 34 bonito, 14
white skipjack, 8 red snapper, 11
yellow snapper, 4 cabrilla, 5 sierra,
18 roosterfish, 4 jack crevalle and 90
triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric







GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:27PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

December 16, 2018



There continues to be a noticeable lack
of visiting tourists now, as families
prepare for Christmas and are not doing
much raveling now. We do anticipate
more people arriving over the upcoming
school vacation period. Weather was
cooler this week, persistent north
winds continued as well, so far to date
we have seen more wind than we normally
do, just one of those years. Scattered
cloud cover, high temperatures of 75 to
80 degrees. Ocean water temperatures
has been ranging from 75 to 78 degrees,
we expect to see more of a cooler trend
with the northerly winds pushing in
cooler currents.



Still no signs of a new resource for
sardinas, caballito continue to be
netted in the marina channel, other
bait options for anglers have included
strips of squid and ballyhoo. Local
sportfishing fleets are searching out
the fishing grounds from Chileno to
Vinorama, most consistent action has
been found from Iman to Vinorama, the
problem is that this is where the wind
has been blowing the grounds out of
shape and making it more difficult to
drift fish for the yellowfin tuna.
Anglers were doing well to land two or
three tuna, these yellowfin ranged in
sizes from 10 to 80 lb., most being in
the 10 to 20 lb. class. The highlight
catch for the week definitely was the
super cow sized tuna that was brought
in by a team of local anglers on
Monday, this yellowfin tuna was weighed
in at 313 lb. and was hooked into on
the Gordo Banks on a piece of squid,
quite an impressive tuna for this late
in the season, it took the team close
to an hour and a half to bring the
monster to gaff.



Besides the sporadic bite for the tuna,
dorado and wahoo proved to be even more
elusive. Only a scattering of these
gamefish were encountered. Hard to say
what the coming weeks will bring,
cooler, off colored greenish ocean
conditions now, seasonal transition
time. Should start to see schools of
mackerel and sardineta move in, this
migration brings in more fish.



Off the shoreline charters were doing
well for roosterfish, not normally the
known season for these fish, but they
are around at this time, particularly
in front of the San Jose del Cabo hotel
zone. Most of these roosterfish are
smaller sized juveniles, under ten
pounds, with an occasional larger
specimen in the mix. Please remember to
always release these prized fighting
gamefish, they are known more for
trophy fish, take a photo and release,
not known for their eating quality.



Not much bottom action being done,
swift currents and dominance of
triggerfish the main deal. We did have
one nice Californian sheepshead, island
jack, some pargo and a couple of
amberjack and bonito.



Billfish is mainly going on the Pacific
now, very little marlin action off of
San Jose del Cabo now, when there food
source moves this direction the marlin
will follow.



Whale migration is now moving in the
direction of peak season, more of these
mammals are being seen daily.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 71 charters for
the week. Anglers reported a fish count
of: 1 sailfish, 3 striped marlin, 12
dorado, 4 wahoo, 105 yellowfin tuna, 10
bonito, 5 white skipjack, 14 red
snapper, 10 yellow snapper, 2
amberjack, 1 sheepshead, 6 cabrilla, 4
mohara, 1 island jack, 12 sierra, 48
roosterfish and 55 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric













--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:24PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

November 25, 2018



Lots of tourists now visiting the Los
Cabos region for this Thanksgiving
Holiday week. We felt more wind this
week, blowing out of the north, as well
as from the south, this contributed to
rougher ocean conditions for anglers,
at times limiting options and
opportunities. Water temperatures were
in the 78 to 81 degree range. Crowds of
anglers were slightly less than
previous weeks, due to tougher
conditions and it being the time we see
a decline in anglers, as there usually
is between holiday periods.



Overall the fishing was more scattered,
off on the Pacific banks there was
incredible wide open action for striped
marlin, not seen like this for many
years. All the way from Mag Bay, to
Finger and Golden Gate Banks, more than
20 marlin per charter was reported.
Fleets from Puerto Los Cabos Marina
were mainly fishing the grounds from
the Gordo Banks, to Iman and San Luis,
as far north as Vinorama. These areas
were producing yellowfin tuna, dorado
and wahoo.



The tuna action was less productive
this most recent period, north winds
made drift fishing even more
challenging, being swept off the spot
so fast and then having to reset. Full
moon period also never seems to help
the yellowfin tuna action, though tuna
were still being caught every day, but
more like a one, two or three per boat
average. Sizes ranging from small
footballs, to 40 to 80 lb. and there
were also two yellowfin tuna over 200
pounds landed this week, one a 208 lb.
and the other 247 lb.



Wahoo were striking on the grounds from
Iman to Vinorama, the best odds for
enticing strikes was on slow trolled
baits, such as caballito and chihuil,
some ‘hoo were also taken on higher
speed trolling lures, sizes ranged from
10 to 40 lb. No huge numbers, but some
more fortunate anglers landed as many
as four or five wahoo, other anglers
lost that many strikes without landing
one, that is how wahoo fishing can go.
We look for this bite to improve in
coming weeks, as crowds and heavy boat
pressure lighten, should be a great
December.



Early in the week we saw more dorado
action, particular later in the morning
just south of Punta Gorda, this is
where bait schools were attracting
hungry schools of dorado, boats
arriving on this scene were quickly
able to limit out on nice quality fish
as large as 20 lb.



Surprisingly roosterfish were still
roaming the shoreline, most of these
were smaller juvenile fish, fun sport
on light tackle and please remember to
always catch and carefully release
these game fish. We heard of at least
one snook being landed off of the beach
in front of Marriott Resort.



Very little bottom action done this
week, winds and currents made this
tough, there were plenty of triggerfish
on the Iman Banks, made it tough to
battle through these in order to have a
chance at the finicky tuna.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 162 charters for
the week. Anglers reported a fish count
of: 3 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 115
dorado, 84 wahoo, 125 yellowfin tuna,
18 bonito, 22 white skipjack, 15 red
snapper, 8 yellow snapper, 11 cabrilla,
6 sierra, 16 roosterfish and 140
triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric













--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
 May 12, 2019; 04:23PM - 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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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

May 27, 2018



Last week we had noticed an increase in
visiting anglers, though this week was
a different story, as crowds of
tourists were lighter. Perhaps families
are more pre-occupied with school
graduations and final exams, etc. we
should more people arriving in the
coming weeks.



Weather patterns are progressively
warming as we near the summer season,
though the climate is very pleasant
still, lows of about 65 degrees and
highs hovering around 85 degrees.

Winds were a factor from the north
early in the week, while out of Cabo
San Lucas they were dealing with
stiffer winds from a southerly
direction. Later in the week ocean
conditions were much calmer. The water
temperature around the corner on the
Pacific is cooler, in the upper 60’s,
while in the direction of San Jose del
Cabo and to Los Frailes, the ocean
currents were averaging 78 to 80
degrees. Still unpredictable currents
pushing in off colored murky water into
areas north of Punta Gorda where water
temperatures are warm and clarity has
fluctuated.



Large schools of mullet moved in along
the shoreline, particularly in the
Puerto Los Cabos Marina area and along
both sides of the jetties. Sardinas are
being found just north of the jetties,
though they are starting to be a bit
more scattered and limited, as larger
surf conditions are becoming more
prevalent. Other bait options included
caballito, small jacks, chihuil,
sardineta and even some mackerel were
found offshore. Also reports of some
sizable schools of bolito found on
offshore grounds, those are always a
favorable sign that pelagic gamefish
are usually closely following this
preferred food source.



Last week the highlight was the hot
striped marlin bite around the
Desteladera Bank, with bait fish
schools now moving around the billfish
action has become more scattered,
though charters targeting these
offshore grounds have been reporting
multiple chances daily, action came
while trolling lures and dropping back
baits, also soaking baits, stripers
were ranging in sizes from 70 lb. to
130 lb.



The yellowfin tuna bite was mainly
centered at La Fortuna, the Twenty Five
Spot, some days near Iman and San Luis
Banks. Though this week the yellowfin
tuna action in general proved much more
elusive, only a handful of tuna being
accounted for. Most of these fish were
in the 30 to 70 lb. class, but anglers
were fortunate to land one of them.
Mid-week on the Gordo Banks there was
one day when a few tuna up to 70 lb.
were accounted were while trilling live
chihuil, though since no one else found
these fish cooperative. Very few dorado
now being reported, though more of
these fish were seen this past week,
they did not always bite though.



Inshore rock piles seemed to produce
better all-around action for a variety
of great eating species, most of these
under ten pounds, with an occasional
larger specimen. Anglers using sardinas
or chunks of other baits were finding
yellow snapper, leopard grouper, barred
pargo, spotted pink snapper, island
jack, pompano, amberjack, sierra,
triggerfish, surgeonfish and others, a
virtual smorgasbord.



Along the beach stretches we saw more
roosterfish moving in, the majority in
the 10 to 20 lb. class, but few
roosterfish to over 40 lb. were also
hooked into. Still no significant
numbers yet, though with all of the
mullet now appearing, in the next
couple of weeks we should see the
roosterfish action break loose. Also
along the shore there have been sierra
and jack crevalle. This is the time of
year we should start seeing some pargo
colorado and dogtooth snapper show up.



The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 62 charters for
this week. Anglers reported a fish
count of: 18 striped marlin, (majority
released), 7 dorado, 1 yellowtail, 13
yellowfin tuna, 92 yellow snapper, 12
surgeon fish, 36 spotted rose snapper,
34 cabrilla (leopard grouper), 14
huachinango (red snapper), 21
amberjack, 15 barred pargo, 21 pompano,
35 roosterfish, 8 jack crevalle, 42
sierra, 22 flag cabrilla, 12 Island
jack and 140 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric














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 May 12, 2019; 04:20PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
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