12 May 2019 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

May 5, 2019

This week with the start of the new
month we saw increased numbers of
anglers showing up in town, along with
hundreds of off road racing
enthusiasts, here to celebrate the
finish of the annual Norra Mexican 1000
five day rally. Weather conditions were
excellent, nearly perfect climate now,
hardly a chill early morning, with
daytime highs reaching the mid-80s.
Swells were slight, winds minimal,
ocean temperatures ranged from 70 to 75
degrees through most of the region,
with warmest currents found outside of
San Jose del Cabo and towards the Gordo

Main baitfish being found have been the
sardinas, a bit more spotty from day to
day, the netters have been finding
these schooling baitfish from near the
marina jetty and off of Palmilla,
though not in the quantity as in past

This week we felt a warming trend with
different currents pushing in towards
the Gordo Banks zone and this helped
wake up the action some. Large whale
sharks were also sighted on these
grounds, slowly cruising around, not
spooked of the any boat traffic, being
larger than most boats themselves. No
huge numbers of any particular gamefish
species were being landed, though a
variety of fish were being seen,
including yellowtail to 30 lb. Early in
the week some boats had as many as
three yellowtail, since it has slowed,
though these yellows are still in the
area, downrigger proved to show best
results, though not all bats use this
method. Free swimming wahoo were
spotted, but not on the bite, some tuna
were seen working the surface, but they
proved difficult, these was an
occasional hook up reported. Jigging
off the bottom produced some bonito and

A handful of yellowfin tuna were also
found on the grounds from Iman, San
Luis and Vinorama, a couple of tuna
between 80 and 100 lb. were accounted
for, most of these caught by local
pangeros specifically targeting these
fish for commercial value.

Closer to shore there was a variety of
shallow water structure species found,
drift fishing with sardinas worked well
for this action. Species included
sierra, yellow snapper, African
pompano, triggerfish and a handful of

Offshore there were reports of striped
marlin activity from around the 1150
spot, this is just starting to develop
and we expect to see this bit come on
strong though the entire month, this is
always the main season for stripers on
these local ground off of San Jose del

We expect to see schools of mullet to
show in abundance later this month,
which in turn will attract more inshore
gamefish, such as dogtooth snapper,
amberjack, jack crevalle and
roosterfish. At this time main inshore
action was for sierra mostly smaller
sized roosterfish.

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:
4 striped marlin, 6 yellowfin tuna, 11
yellowtail, 11 leopard grouper, 210
bonito, 22 red snapper, 12 mohara, 18
yellow snapper, 8 African pompano, 15
amberjack, 85 sierra, 10 glasseye
pargo, 12 roosterfish and 95

Good Fishing, Eric

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