11 Sep 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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Anglers –

September 8, 2019

Tropical weather conditions now upon
us, we are seeing on and off sporadic
afternoon thunder showers, which are
common during this month. The passing
of Hurricane Juliette was barely felt,
as it had followed a path far off to
the west, humidity did increase and
there was more afternoon southern
breeze. Overall ocean conditions were
favorable, moderate swells, though
the wind did pick up later in the day.
No new storm system on the horizon
at this time, though with ocean water
temperatures now ranging 80 to 86
degrees, we do need to watch forecasts
closely the next few weeks. Light
crowds of visitors now, normal slack
period, as children are back in school
and summer season winds down.

In recent days there have been quality
sized sardinas being netted and
brought down from the north, anglers
are meeting these bait vendors on
grounds such as La Fortuna and Iman
Bank. Other bait options were slabs of
squid, caballito, ballyhoo, as well as
bolito and skipjack found on
offshore grounds. These same grounds is
where the most consistent action
has been found for the past month and
charters from East Cape are even
making the long two hour run daily,
guess they must have no better
opportunities in closer proximity.

Main action has been for dorado and
yellowfin tuna, an occasional wahoo,
limited mix of bottom species and some
scattered billfish action.
Significant boat pressure on these same
grounds and combined with large
concentrations of natural food sources,
the yellowfin tuna proved to be
more finicky from day to day. Best
chances for the tuna was with sardinas
and strips of squid, a few also
striking on larger baitfish. Catches
from one tuna, to over five per boat,
sizes ranged from 15 to 70 lb., a lot
of fish in the 20 to 60 lb. class.

More numbers of dorado were found a bit
closer to shore than where the
yellowfin bite was, still big numbers
of very small sized dorado, with a
smaller percentage of keeper sized
dorado in the mix. Sardinas for bait
best bet, also trolling hoochies and
feathers, as well as drift fishing
with strips of squid.

Off the bottom the highlights were a
few hog sized amberjack, up to 95 lb.,
one 57 kilo grouper hauled up by local
hand liner. A scattering of pargo,
pompano and triggerfish rounded out
bottom action. A few smaller sized
roosterfish were found trolling inshore
stretches near the local marina.

Marlin anglers were limited, as more
anglers were now targeting the tuna,
though a couple of black marlin hook
ups were reported, big fish that
ended up being lost after hours of
battling. Some smaller sized blue and
striped marlin were also reported, no
big numbers, but every day these
billfish are being encountered.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 68 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 6 striped marlin, 5 blue
marlin, 275 dorado, 8 wahoo, 145
yellowfin tuna, 6 leopard grouper, 14
Mexican bonito, 15 yellow snapper, 8
barred pargo, 8 pompano, 15 amberjack,
12 roosterfish, 4 jack crevalle and 38

Good Fishing, Eric

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