12 May 2019 - 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 –

October 29, 2017

Large crowds of anglers and visitors
alike are arriving in Los Cabos, as we
are now in the midst of the peak fall
season. This past week the huge story
was the Bisbee Black and Blue
Tournament, which is the highest paying
fishing tournament in the world, with
this year’s event attracting 120 teams
from across the globe, with over 800
participants. For final results you can
check on Bisbee’s web site. Swirling
winds from the north finally resided
late in the week, with prevailing clear
sunny skies and warmer than normal high
temperatures, this all made for ideal
conditions, actually still feeling
almost like summer.

Heavy pressure now on bait resources,
but so far supplies have held up,
though if wishing to obtain sardinas,
that meant traveling towards Chileno
and waiting each morning as netters
worked overtime to find enough bait to
go around. Other options were caballito
and slabs of squid. Some panga guides
are starting to scout out chihuil
options, as well as smaller sized
skipjack.

Sportfishing fleets, as well as
tournament teams, have been scouting
fishing grounds in all directions. For
fleets out of San Jose del Cabo,
thought much of the week they were
heading south towards Cabo San Lucas,
in order to find calmer waters, since
north winds had their normal grounds
from Gordo Banks to Vinorama all
stirred up and very choppy. Also with
the sardinas now being located close to
Cabo San Lucas, that is a long back
tack, to travel that far south to wait
around for sardinas and then motor back
to grounds such as Iman or San Luis
Banks, not a normal plan, this takes
way too much time, not to mention how
much extra fuel is needed. Charters
were fishing areas from the Hyatt,
Cabeza Ballena, Los Arcos and to el
Faro around the corner on the Pacific.
Main target species being the yellowfin
tuna. Drift fishing with sardinas was
the most productive technique, the tuna
were seen in flurries, at times proved
to be very finicky, catches ranged from
zero up to ten fish per boat, depending
where you happened to be at a given
time, lots of black skipjack were mixed
in with the yellowfin tuna. Average
size of the tuna were 5 to 10 lb.
though other larger fish were mixed in.
The biggest yellowfin tuna for the week
was taken Friday off of the Outer Gordo
Banks, angler Bob Deeter hooked into
the cow tuna while trolling a live
chihuil, after a crazy surface battle,
the fish actually expired and was
subdued in relatively easier than
normal manner. Back at the docks the
yellowfin weighed in at 304 lb.

Dorado were very scarce early in the
week off of San Jose del Cabo grounds,
better chances were found trolling in
Pacific waters, though later in the
week we saw more dorado showing up,
still not in significant numbers, but
at least somewhat encouraging. Sizes
ranged up to 15 lb. Wahoo action
finally showed much more activity later
in the week, as ocean conditions calmed
down and charters were able to
comfortably work areas such as the Iman
Bank. With a slight change in climate
as well, this seemed to trigger the
wahoo. Many boats reported having six
or more chances of wahoo strikes, most
on baitfish such as chihuil or
caballito. Other reported strikes on
skirted lead heads and Rapalas. Of
course as is usual with wahoo fishing,
a higher percentage of strikes were
lost, as compared with actually wahoo
being landed. Several charters had two
or three wahoo in the box, at least one
had four. Sizes were not huge, but
average of about 20 to 25 lb..

Bottom action was limited, one 60 lb.
amberjack was accounted for, but only
sporadic catches of snapper, cabrilla
and triggerfish were reported. This is
not the normal season for that type of
fishing, with more surface action going
on, nor has much at all been reported
close along the beach stretches.

Billfish was spread out, but the
tournaments have found a respectable
number of qualifying black and blue
marlin that have passed the 300 lb.
minimal weight limits, Not many striped
marlin now, water too warm for them,
with temperatures now averaging 84 to
85 degrees.

The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 162 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 3 blue marlin, 1 black
marlin, 28 wahoo, 4 amberjack, 215
yellowfin tuna, 75 dorado, 11 yellow
snapper, 34 huachinango, 2 pompano, 18
Eastern Pacific bonito, 13 cabrilla
(leopard grouper), 6 barred pargo and
96 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric







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