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 –

November 26, 2017

Still very busy with visiting tourists
now in Los Cabos, many of them here
enjoying their Thanksgiving holidays
and everyone seems to be enjoying
themselves, as the weather is pristine,
clear sunny skies with temperatures
averaging 85 degrees. Following this
week we normally see a bit of slack
time as far as numbers of tourists
arriving, as people get back to work
and school, then start preparing for
the Christmas Holiday Season.

Early in the week there was persistent
north wind creating rough conditions on
the grounds to the north of Punta
Gorda, but late in the week they
resided and ocean conditions were
great. Water temperature is now right
around 80 degrees, this keeps prospects
very favorable for the coming weeks.
Bait supplies remained fairly steady
for sardinas, now schooling near
Palmilla beaches and further south,
though on a few days they did become a
bit more limited due to the extra heavy
pressure during this holiday week.
Other bait options continued to be
slabs of squid, ballyhoo and the more
elusive chihuil, which was the candy
bait being used for targeting the
highly sought after wahoo. Water was
very clean and blue now, almost too
clean on offshore high spots, as fish
can also become more finicky at times
when there is an abundance of natural
food source and the water is crystal

Though for most anglers they did report
good success, most common species being
the yellowfin tuna, there continued to
be good action for the smaller sized
tuna off of Palmilla Point, hitting
mainly on the sardinas and ranging in
sizes of 10 to 20 plus lb. The action
for the larger grade yellowfin that had
been happening on San Luis and Iman
Banks, slowed way down this week, as
more of the smaller tuna to 20 lb. also
moved in on these grounds. Most likely
the larger fish are still hanging
around, but just have not wanted to
compete with all of these smaller tuna.
Dorado were scattered, not being being
found in any particular area, best
chances were on the same grounds where
the tuna were schooling, we did see a
few dorado up to 20 lb., which is nicer
sized than we had been seeing, reports
of more dorado were coming from the

The wahoo action on closer by spots was
very limited, just an occasional fish,
though near Vinorama there has been an
excellent bite on these speedsters. The
deal was to first go and catch the bait
of choice, chihuil, either on the Inner
Gordo Banks or at times on Iman. Not
all charters are even prepared to do
this, this is more of a panga deal than
cruiser, they are spooky mackerel sized
baits that are chummed up and caught
one at a time on very light leader.
Some boats were landing over five nice
wahoo and loosing many other strikes,
sizes increased throughout the week, as
several specimens over 50 lb. and one
of 64 lb. were weighed in. We are
looking forward when these fish move
within closer range, as they should do
soon as the heavy boat pressure
lightens up.

Not much in the way of local billfish
action out of San Jose del Cabo, though
on the Pacific they were reported more
striped marlin, though many were
smaller sized juvenile fish. Still a
chance of hooking into a black or blue
marlin, with the warmer water and all
of the skipjack and yellowfin tuna to
keep them interested.

Not much bottom action reported, though
we saw a few more exotics this week,
besides the prevalent triggerfish,
there were a few amberjack, island
jack, cabrilla and various pargo. Every
day we are seeing a handful of sierra
in the mix, look for this inshore
action to take off soon as the water
temperature cools off.

The combined panga fleets launching out
of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina
sent out approximately 142 charters for
the week, with anglers reporting a fish
count of: 1 black marlin, 1 blue
marlin, 107 wahoo, 24 sierra, 925
yellowfin tuna, 55 dorado, 13
amberjack, 11 yellow snapper, 18
huachinango, 8 island jack, 4 barred
pargo, 18 Eastern Pacific bonito, 90
white skipjack, 8 cabrilla and 95

Good fishing, Eric

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