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 –

February 3, 2019



We are now into the month of February,
locally known for being very
unpredictable, we are hoping that with
so much persistent north wind already
this season that maybe things will
stabilize and this month will not be as
crazy as usual. Crowds of tourists
remain light, weather has been very
pleasant for winter time, lows of 55
degrees and highs into the upper 70s.
Scattered early cloud cover, burning
off later in the day, plenty of warm
sunshine.



Striped marlin action is now heating up
off of the San Jose del Cabo area,
anywhere from 3 to five straight out
from the marina. On these grounds is
where schools of mackerel and sardineta
are congregated, attracting good
numbers of billfish. Many charters are
drift fishing baits down deeper where
the stripers are feeding, there have
been some surface going on as well.
Many boats were reporting multiple
chances for marlin, these fish are
ranging in sizes from 60 to 100 lb. A
few dorado also coming from these same
grounds. Water temperatures have been
in the 70 to 75 degree range,
fluctuating currents moving in and out.



Other bait options in the marina have
been caballito, ballyhoo and squid.
Also many of the super panga charters
are catching their own chihuil on the
Inner Gordo Bank. The Inner Gordo Bank
is where there has been quality grade
of yellowfin tuna holding, though the
bite has been sporadic, though every
day we are seeing a handful of these
tuna accounted for by the combined
fleet, these fish have been in the 60
to 100 lb. class. Anglers were having
success while drift fishing with strips
of squid, as well as on chihuil.



The action closer to shore off of Punta
Gorda had faded out, but this week this
action rebounded for both wahoo and
dorado. The key was to have the live
chihuil for bait, slow trolling within
one mile of the point, still hit or
miss, but some boats did account for
multiple wahoo as well as dorado. Wahoo
were of mixed sizes, some less than ten
pounds, to fish near 50 lb. Most of the
dorado were in the 5 to 15 lb. class, a
few pushing 20 lb. Good action
considering that we are now in the
midst of winter and these species are
not always a normal catch for this time
of year.



Bottom action remain spotty, more
triggerfish and small snapper than
anything else. Some commercial pangeros
had connections for imported red crabs
and they reported some nice hauls of
red snapper. Maybe we will start to see
these crabs on our local grounds, the
best for snapper action. This coming
month we usually start seeing some more
consistent activity for nicer sized
fish off of the bottom structure.
Hoping for improved yellowtail
migrations this season.



Inshore there were a few sierra, jack
crevalle and some juvenile roosterfish,
still early in the year for these
species, no sardinas makes it tough to
find schooling sierra.



The combined sportfishing fleet out of
the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos
Marina reported an estimated 55
charters for the week and anglers
reported an approximate fish count of:
32 striped marlin, 58 dorado, 18
yellowfin tuna, 38 wahoo, 16 bonito, 48
red snapper, 5 cabrilla, 8 yellow
snapper, 4 barred pargo, 8 roosterfish,
7 jack crevalle, 28 sierra and 45
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