1 May 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers May 1, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo


May 1, 2016

Spring season continues to attract moderate numbers of visitors to the Los
Cabos area. Weather conditions have been very pleasant, scattered morning
cloud cover, plenty of warm sunshine, high temperatures averaged about 85
degrees. Wind patterns were now more from the south, increasing later in
the afternoon, though there were a few days where winds started out of the
north, before switched from the south, overall this did not create much
problems for anglers, as ocean conditions remained favorable. Ocean water
temperatures ranged from 72/73 degrees on the Pacific side of Cabo San
Lucas, with warmer currents found offshore of San Jose del Cabo and to the
north, where it was in the 76/77 degree range.

Anglers were now using various available bait sources, live caballito,
strips of squid and rigged ballyhoo. On the fishing grounds there are now
more schooling baitfish, such as cocinero, chihuil, bolito and skipjack
starting to move in, plenty of food source to attract gamefish in to
the area, at times too much natural bait source and create more finicky
fish, as they gorge on all of the present food, then not being that eager
to strike anglers offerings. Most of the fishing this past week was taking
place from off of Palmilla Point and north to Vinorama. Over the full moon
period the striped marlin action had slowed down, but now this bite has
improved, straight off of Puerto Los Cabos Marina, three to four miles from
shore, has been one of the more consistent area for the billfish. Drift
fishing live baits has been the best technique. Sizes on the striped marlin
ranged from 80 to 120 lb. Very few dorado being found recently, just an
occasional solo fish, most of them very small.

Early in the week there was some good wahoo action reported from Iman Bank
to Vinorama, some charters landing as many as three wahoo, up to 45 lb.
Though later in the week these fish were not very active at all. You never
know with these elusive fish, when they will really become active.
Conditions are now favorable, with the currents now on a warming trend and
more bait schools appearing, these are all favorable signs for the coming

Yellowfin tuna action has been reported from the Iman Bank and near
Vinorama, with the further areas now reporting better action in recent
days. Drift fishing with strips of squid has remained the best set up. Some
days the fish were coming up to feed earlier and on other days no activity
was reported until 11 a.m. or later, you never know, tides and currents can
all be a factor, as these fish are concentrated in areas within one to
three miles from shore. Sizes ranged from 10 lb. footballs, to fish over 50
lb. Some high boats had as many as six to eight tuna, while others managed
one or two. The key was having patience and the largest supply of squid as

Bottom action produced mainly smaller sized snapper and pargo species,
plenty of triggerfish, an occasional cabrilla or amberjack. On the same
fishing grounds there were more sierra encountered, further offshore than
you would normally find these fish, some of these were quality sized, five
to ten pounds. Not much action at all reported inshore for roosterfish, we
should see more of these fish move in during the next couple of months.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 86 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 28 striped marlin, 26 wahoo, 72 yellowfin tuna,
2 dorado, 5 amberjack, 8 cabrilla, 60 various pargo/snapper species, 28
sierra, 7 jack crevalle and 75 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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