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 Apr 15, 2013; 03:14PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo April 14, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Bricston
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San Jose del Cabo

April 14, 2013

Anglers –

As the spring break season has now come to an end and schools are all back
in session, we have seen lighter crowds of tourists compared to previous
weeks. Weather patterns continue to be unpredictable, changing rapidly,
winds were now more predominate out of the south and actually gusts were so
strong that port authorities decided to close the Cabo San Lucas Marina for
a couple of days earlier in the week. Currents were pushing in warmer
waters, then reversing and bringing back in cooler Pacific waters once
again. At this time local ocean temperatures are ranging 68 to 71 degrees,
actually warmer water was found closer to shore in recent days off of San
Jose del Cabo and outside of three miles cooler water temperatures were
present. Of course this pattern will surely switch around just as fast as
it developed.

The up and down changing conditions has scattered fishing action some, the
great striped marlin action slowed down to just a few fish here and there,
some feeding marlin were found off of the La Laguna and Punta Gorda area,
within several miles of shore, nice sized stripers up to 150 pounds. So far
this season we have seen quality sized striped marlin, many of them in the
120 to 150 lb. class. We do expect to see the billfish action improve once
again as conditions stabilize and the warming trend returns. Baitfish
remain plentiful, more caballito now than mackerel, also some bolito,
skipack and chiuil on the fishing grounds. For the past couple of weeks
there have not been any sardinas available, this is because the schools are
congregating along beaches far to the north, out of normal range for the
commercial fleet.

No yellowfin tuna action was being reported locally, the La Paz fleet did
report seeing yellowfin in the 50 to 100 pound class near Cerralvo Island,
but few of these fish were hooked into, apparently too many skipjack were
competing for the same baits. They also had a big bite on wahoo this past
week, while off of the San Jose grounds there have been few wahoo in the
counts, normally there is a time frame near the later part of April where
the wahoo become more active on the grounds from the Gordo Banks towards
San Luis, we have seen a taste of this and are anticipating more in the
coming weeks.

Along the shoreline the juvenile roosterfish action continued, a few of
these fish are now up to 15/20 pounds, though the majority are smaller
sized. Sierra and jack crevalle are also being found in the same areas, as
are a few roaming dorado, actually more dorado were found close to shore
this week, than were found offshore, dorado always seems to go where more
bait schools are congregated.

The bottom action was not as consistent as we would expect for this time of
year, mixed success was reported on species such as pargo, amberjack,
yellowtail and bonito. More of these bonito are appearing over the
structure, bottom spot areas, they seem to prefer cooler waters, these are
a good eating variety of bonito, not the same as found in So. Calif., they
have been readily striking on smaller sized raplalas and are ranging in
sizes up to ten pounds, similar fillets as found on small yellowfin tuna,
sushi quality.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 82 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 sailfish, 4 wahoo, 28 striped marlin, 29
dorado, 9 amberjack, 14 yellowtail, 16 sierra, 165 bonito,22 huachinango,
15 cabrilla, 124 roosterfish and 5 mako shark.

Good Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Apr 9, 2013; 01:58PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo April 7, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Bricston
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San Jose del Cabo

April 7, 2013

Anglers –

Spring vacation is now winding down to the final days, large crowds of
tourists have been arriving in Los Cabos, many college students on break
and many families traveling together. They have all been enjoying the
exceptional weather conditions, as winds have resided, sunny days have been
warming into the upper 70s, perfect climate to get outside and enjoy all of
the available activities. Beaches have been busy with crowds of vacationers
taking advantage of the miles of pristine beaches that abound in this
tropical desert paradise.

More anglers were in town this past week, appreciating the improved
offshore conditions, calm seas for the most part, with sportfishing fleets
concentrating on the grounds straight outside of Cabo San Lucas and north
in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Water temperatures as cool as 65
degrees were reported outside of Todo Santos on the Pacific and outside of
the Gordo Banks there were readings of 75 degree water, most of the region
is averaging in the 70 to 73 degree range. Currents have been moving
swiftly, cooling off and then warming back up just as quickly, lots can
happen from day to day during the spring season. Baitfish schools are also
moving according to their preferences, this in turn have the gamefish
scattered and following their food source.

This week there were schools of skipjack, mackerel and sardinetas
encountered sporadically on the fishing grounds, also early in the week
there were pelagic red crabs found drifting to the surface in a masses
around the Gordo Banks, this natural occurrence lasted for a couple of days
and anglers, both commercial and recreational, were catching good numbers
of the true Pacific red snapper using these small crabs for bait, locally
known as huachinango, this was the first significant bite on these prized
table fare species for the season, encouraging to see these quality fish in
the area. These fish normally range 6 to 12 pounds and are very fun sport
on light to medium weight tackle and of course produce very fine eating

Dorado numbers were down this recent period as well, only a handful of
these fish are being encountered, some on the offshore billfish grounds and
others were found near the shore, where they were attracted by baitfish
activity, sizes ranging up to 25 pounds. Same deal for yellowfin tuna, not
many were found this past week, many reports of large pods of porpoise
being found, but more often than not these was no tuna action was found
associated with them. The main attraction offshore has now been for striped
marlin, good concentrations of these billfish are now scattered on the
fishing grounds off of San José del Cabo and north towards Los Frailes,
many charters are accounting for multiple catch and release days. These
fish were encountered in feeding frenzies at times, other times they came
up as blind strikes on trolled lures, readily taking dropped back baits, it
is shaping up now for some wide open marlin action in this same region for
the next several months, as this is typically peak season for the striped

Yellowtail action tapered off, only scattered fish being found on the
various rock piles, these jacks were not being found on the surface like
during the previous week. Mixed in were some nice amberjack, a few cabrilla
and various pargo species. Along the shore there were sierra and this week
we saw more numbers of juvenile roosterfish moving in along the beach
stretches. Live sardinas became harder to obtain in recent days, as these
baitfish are now schooling off the beaches far north of Punta Gorda and
this has not been practical for the commercial fleet to travel these
distances. We do hope that these baitfish move back within normal range.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 88 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 2 sailfish,

3 wahoo, 46 striped marlin, 7 yellowfin tuna, 43 dorado, 22 amberjack, 18

55 sierra, 225 huachinango, 12 cabrilla, 115 roosterfish and 6 mako shark.

Good Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Mar 27, 2013; 08:14PM - Cork Blackwater
 Category:  Ireland
 Author Name:  Ian Powell
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Report Description: We are having a period of dry weather now which is due continue until well into next week.
Following the big flood on the 22nd., the river is now fining off very well
and will only improve further in the coming days.

The Ballyduff gauge is on 0.70m at 5.00pm today.
Beats on the upper river are now in fly order, and some of the lower beats
should be fly-fishable by tomorrow & all of them should be in fly order by the weekend.
Temperatures are cold with the air struggling to get to 5C during the day & is about 0 to +2C at night.
The water on the lower river is just over 7C & on the upper river it is only about 4.5C
We have high (3.9m) tides for the next couple of days, so hopefully this
- combined with the flood fining off - will encourage more fish to move in.
Prospects are looking very good for the Easter weekend.
 Mar 24, 2013; 03:10PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 24, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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San Jose del Cabo

March 24, 2013

past week was super busy with all of the events going on during the annual
traditional carnival days of San Jose del Cabo. There was a noticeable increase
in numbers of tourists arriving in the area. Spring season is now officially
here and this is the time when we see more spring break vacationers incoming.
Just like clockwork the weather is quickly warming and we are seeing
temperatures ranging in the upper 80s. Actually the climate is perfect now,
great time to visit, before the heat of the summer arrives and when the
humidity seriously rises.

offshore conditions improved, as winds resided and warmer currents pushed into
the region. Then we saw south wind that brought back in some cooler Pacific
currents. So just like the conditions, the fishing action has varied from day
to day, but we did see much improvement for a variety of species, from close to
shore and on the offshore grounds. At this time local ocean temperatures are down
to 65 degrees near the 95 spot and outside of the Gordo Banks there are spots
up to 72 degrees.

in the week fleets found great yellowfin tuna action outside of the El Cardon
area, about 10 to 14 miles offshore, schooling yellowfin in the 15 to 25 lb.
class traveling with rapidly moving porpoise. These fish were striking cedar
plugs, feathers and live sardinas. Later
in the week this action scattered, this is the pattern we should see for
yellowfin during the spring, scattered offshore, moving and feeding with
porpoise. There are still chances at hooking into a nicer grade of tuna, on
Sunday there was a 120 pound tuna landed off of the Gordo Banks, this fish was
landed by team “Reina de Wahoo” and proved to be the winner of a local
government sponsored tournament out of La Playita.

were harder to find this week, just a scattering of these fish being
encountered, no particular place, inshore and offshore, weights up to 25 lb., a
percentage are striking on lures and others on bait. As the ocean currents warm
back up, there will be more of these gamefish moving in. Also this will be the
time we start to hear reports of some wahoo. A
few of these speedsters were encountered this past week, a couple them were
hooked in an area very close to shore near Cardon, same spot where the sierras
have continued to provide fun light tackle sport.

action started off with a fury for anglers that were lucky to just happen to
get in on the action. Close by, off of the Estuary Hotel Zone, with a mile or two
of shore, in about 150 feet of water, anglers landed good numbers of yellowtail
in the 15 to 28 pound range. These fish were hitting best on larger baits, such
as caballito, sardinetas, moonfish, jacks, etc.. Also some hit on yo-yo’s.
Baitfish were not always easy to obtain, same with the smaller sardinas being
netted off the beaches north of La Fortuna, increased swells and lower tides
made it more challenging for the pangeros. This was the hot spot now, for close
by bottom action, not the normal local grounds where yellowtail are usually
found, so who knows where these migrating jacks will go next. We have perfect
conditions now for more schools of yellows to arrive, encouraging to finally
see these fish and of such nice quality.

Marlin action broke wide open again off of San Jose del Cabo, from 3 to 15
miles out. Good numbers of marlin were found, sometimes free jumping in all
directions, others seen feeding on the surface, as well as tailing on the
surface and coming up into to trolled lure spreads was a common scenario,
dropping back live baits resulted in solid hook ups. The striped marlin were
ranging in sizes up to 130 pounds, many charters accounted for two, three or
four fish per morning.

combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent
out approximately 96 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count
of: 1 wahoo, 42
striped marlin, 108 yellowfin tuna, 85 dorado, 330 sierra, 3 amberjack, 86
yellowtail, 32
various pargo,13 bonito, 3 mako shark and 30 triggerfish.

Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson
619 488-1859
Los Cabos 011 52 624 142-1147
 Mar 19, 2013; 06:07PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 17, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Bricston
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San Jose del Cabo

March 17, 2013

Anglers –

Up until now we are only seeing moderate crowds of visiting spring break
vacationers, though this coming week will be a very busy time for local
residents. The annual San Jose del Cabo Fiesta Week has just begun, many
events are planned, including a world class full length triathlon, off road
vehicle race, carnival rides, fishing tournaments, etc.. Should be a fun
time for all, but remember that there will be some annoying street closures
during this period, traffic and parking will be challenging. The weather is
now as nice as it gets, scattered cloud cover, residing winds, with high
temperatures up to 85 degrees.

With the spring time fishing season just starting to show signs of coming
to life, anglers are still finding the action to be up and down. Northern
winds have been more persistent than usual this year, they do seem to be
tapering off some now, ocean water temperatures are ranging 67 to 73
degrees, at this time there is a warming trend and this should help improve
the all around conditions. Baitfish schools have become scattered for the
past week, some days there have been reports of balled up mackerel found
offshore and along the shoreline near San Luis is where schooling sardinas
are being netted, tides and increased swell activity made this job tougher
for commercial pangeros.

Charters launching from Cabo San Lucas Marina are finding large numbers of
yellowfin tuna in the 15 to 20 pound range on the Pacific side near the San
Jaime Banks, los of porpoise activity in this same area. This action is out
of range for the San Jose fleets, though there has been a chance at hooking
into a much larger sized yellowfin tuna on the Gordo Banks, only a few of
these fish have actually been landed, but these tuna are all in the 50 to
200 pound class. We are hopeful that some warmer weather can help improve
this action. There are some yellowtail on these banks as well, but only a
handful are being landed, too many hammerhead sharks on the same grounds,
makes fishing with bait impossible and the yellows are not consistently
striking on yo-yo jigs at this time, preferring the same larger baitfish
that the sharks do.

Fleets based out of La Paz and the East Cape region reported great
yellowtail action on the days that the north winds allowed them to
comfortably reach the grounds. The overall bottom action for the San Jose
fleet has not been up to expectations, mixed success for various pargo
species, amberjack, cabrilla and an occasional yellowtail. This is never
peak season during this time frame and we do expect to see improved action
with the arrival of spring just around the corner.

After last week’s wide open striped marlin bite around the Gordo Banks the
cooler windy conditions over the weekend scattered this bite and just in
the past couple of days we are starting to see more marlin showing up
within local charter boat range. We do expect that the main concentration
for striped marlin will now shift to the grounds from San Jose del Cabo
towards the East Cape, this is the typical pattern. This is also the time
when whales move out of this area and head to their northern summer feeding

The fishing close to shore remains consistent for sierra, with a few dorado
mixed in. More sierra action than anything else, sizes ranging up to 5
pounds, using live sardinas for bait was the best bet, slow trolling or
drift fishing. A handful of much larger dorado were found further offshore
by charters targeting billfish.

This week the combined panga fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 68 charters and anglers accounted for a fish
count of: 16 striped marlin,

22 yellowfin tuna, 26 dorado, 315 sierra, 8 roosterfish, 16 amberjack,18
cabrilla, 33 various pargo species, 8 yellowtail, 15 bonito, 3 mako shark
and 25 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Mar 13, 2013; 11:07PM - San Jose Del Cabo Fish Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Bricston
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San Jose del Cabo

March 11, 2013

Anglers –

We saw weather patterns change during this first week of March, as
conditions felt much more spring like, overcast, scattered clouds,
increased humidity and high temperatures in the mid 80s. Not so cold in the
early mornings, as near of a perfect climate as anyone could wish for.
Great time to visit the Southern Baja area now, crowds are increasing as
spring break has begun for some, not overly busy, just about right amount
of visitors. North winds let up finally and this gave a chance for offshore
ocean conditions to settle down and anglers reported having some epic
marlin action on the fishing grounds of the famed Gordo Banks.

On Wednesday fleets fishing offshore of San Jose del Cabo reported finding
concentrations of mackerel and other baitfish balled up on the surface and
started to see number of striped marlin on these same grounds. The next day
this baitfish activity switched to the Gordo Banks, where anglers were able
to jig up their own mackerel in a hurry and then witness incredible marlin
action, similar to what happens on the Pacific banks, such as Golden Gate.
Striped marlin were seen in schools, at times by the hundreds and many
charter boats accounted for multiple hook ups and three, four or five
marlin landed in a short period of time. It is incredible how action can
change just overnight, conditions switch around, currents move, cleaner
water pushes in and with the huge influx of mackerel, the gamefish were
right behind, following their food source. Will be interesting to see how
long this action can sustain, local pangeros need to remember to not become
overly greedy and take too many of these marlin for themselves, this is a
good time for authorities to enforce regulations, such as no commercial
sale of any billfish.

The marlin bite was definitely the highlight of the week, but the bottom
action also started to heat up, particularly off of the rock piles further
north, towards San Luis and Vinorama, this is where anglers reported
quality action while using yo-yo jigs for amberjack up to 40 pounds,
grouper, cabrilla, pargo and a couple of yellowtail in the mix. East Cape
and La Paz areas are now reporting very impressive catches on large sized
yellowtail and we are encouraged that these same fish will also take up
residence on the local grounds off San Jose del Cabo. Promising signs now,
with the winds residing, loads of baitfish on the fishing grounds, supplies
of sardinas rebounding near San Luis, water clarity improving and with the
weather now on a noticeable warming trend, these favorable conditions
should only improve. Though we most certainly will have some more northern
winds this month, it does appear that the worst of these persistent
northerlies are over with and we will start to have more options open up as
offshore conditions become more comfortable.

Ocean temperatures are now ranging from 68 to 72 degrees. There are still
significant numbers of whales in the area, expecting that they will be
headed north soon as the weather continues to warm. Sierra are the most
common fish found close to shore, also some smaller sized roosterfish, jack
crevalle and a handful of dorado found near shore, often seen chasing

Not much yellowfin action found recently, though there were reports of
seeing yellowfin outside of Gordo breaking the surface, but they were hard
to hook into. On Thursday a couple of tuna up to 120 pounds were taken on
chunk bait off of the Outer Gordo Bank, first of these fish caught off of
these grounds that we have heard about for over a week. This does provide
proof that tuna are still hanging around the Gordo Banks, plenty of food on
these grounds, so the tuna proved finicky as they normally are.

This week the combined panga fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 74 charters and anglers accounted for a fish
count of: 22 striped marlin, 3 yellowfin tuna, 46 dorado, 240 sierra,

16 roosterfish, 10 jack crevalle, 20 amberjack,19 cabrilla, 48 mixed pargo
species, 5 yellowtail, 14 bonito and

16 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Mar 6, 2013; 09:51PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 3, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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San Jose del Cabo

March 3, 2013

Anglers –

The month of February is now over, there was lots of wind throughout the
period, this last week was no exception, as northerly winds up to 20 mph
prevailed. This created very choppy ocean conditions offshore and limited
options on where anglers were able to comfortably fish. Water temperatures
were now ranging from 69 to 72 degrees throughout the zone. March is the
time when we can see have unpredictable winds, most of the time from the
north, but usually the worst of the winds are over with and we start to see
warmer and calmer days. This is what you would call a seasonal transition
period, winter to spring, great time of year to visit the area while the
climate is so ideal and there will be a wide variety of fishing
opportunities available, from offshore, inshore, as well as bottom action.
Crowds remain light at this time, but we are starting to see the first wave
of spring breakers arrive. Whales remain very active throughout local
waters, this is the final period now, as these mammals will be heading
north soon.

Schools of mackerel and sardinetas are now gone from the grounds off of San
Jose del Cabo, there are some caballito on these same spots and sardinas
are being netting off the beach stretches near San Luis. Ballyhoo are also
available for purchase and have been an option for enticing dorado.

This week there were reports of yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds being found in
good numbers on the Jaime Banks, a long run for most charters and too far
for San Jose fleets. Offshore marlin action slowed during the period,
scattered fish, more billfish found off of the Pacific than towards the Sea
of Cortez. This is the month we normally we would see the striped marlin
moving in this direction, so we do expect to see this same pattern. No tuna
found on the Gordo Banks this week and it was the same story on San Luis
Bank, where the persistent winds made this area off limits most days.

Local fleets out of Puerto Los Cabos found the most consistent action to be
closer to shore, in the direction of San Luis, Cardon, La Fortuna and Punta
Gorda. There were more sierra than any other species found, striking
readily on sardinas and also on rapalas and hoochies, some of these fish
weighed up to 5 lb. Despite it being off season for dorado, there were
surprisingly quite a few of these gamefish still being found, more of them
close to shore where baitfish have been concentrated, compared to offshore
where numbers were limited. Charters were accounted for as many as 4,5 or 6
dorado per day, average weights being 5 to 15 lb., with a few larger
specimens mixed in. Some days these fish preferred the larger sized
ballyhoo baits and on others sardinas worked just as well, a matter of
finding the schools of these fish, not large concentrations of dorado, but
when found the action was fast.

Bottom action was limited due to choppy conditions, but there was some
quality eating fish available when conditions allowed, cabrilla, yellow
snapper, barred pargo, huachinango and triggerfish were the most common
species now accounted for off of the rocky structure. Anglers reported
mixed success while using yo-yo jigs and various whole and cut baits.

This week the combined panga fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 62 charters and anglers accounted for a fish
count of: 6 yellowfin tuna, 192 dorado, 255 sierra, 19 roosterfish, 12 jack
crevalle, 3 amberjack, 16 cabrilla, 26 yellow snapper, 15 huachinango ( red
snapper), 12 barred pargo and 16 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Mar 6, 2013; 09:47PM - San Jose del Cabo February 24, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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San Jose del Cabo

February 24, 2013

Anglers –

Much of the same patterns continue into the last week of February, light
crowds of tourists, cool mornings with scattered cloud cover, days warming
to 75 degrees, persistent northerly winds up to 15 mph are now showing
signs of residing and big numbers of whales remain in the region. Will not
be long now before springtime arrives, always a favorite time to visit and
enjoy ideal weather conditions and the world class sportfishing
opportunities. Ocean currents are now averaging 69 to 71 degrees and
clarity has been fair, considering the temperature.

Schools of mackerel seem to have scattered from the San Jose del Cabo
grounds, where caballito baitfish have taken their place and sardinas
continue to be netted off the beaches near the San Luis and Vinorama. Local
fleets have been finding a variety of action from Punta Gorda, La Fortuna,
Iman and to Vinorama. Sierra have provided the majority of action close to
shore, mostly smaller sized, some reaching up to 3 or 4 pounds. Roosterfish
have been encountered close to shore, just to the north of the PLC Marina
Jetties, some of these fish reaching 10 pounds. Dorado have been harder to
find in recent days, often being found later on when the sun warms the
ocean surface some, no big schools, just a few fish here or there, average
sizes ranged from 5 to 15 lb. Bottom action produced limited results on
pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and triggerfish. Juvenile sized yellowtail are
being found on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, but no yellows reported
off of Palmilla or other grounds yet. We do anticipate much improved action
off the rock piles as weather transitions towards the spring season.

Striped marlin have been most numerous on the Golden Gate Bank and other
Pacific grounds, the billfish are starting to shift in the direction off of
San Jose as well, this migration occurs each season, all species of fish
follow their preferred food source.

Yellowfin tuna were being found offshore of Cabo San Lucas, traveling with
porpoise, charters that did encounter this activity reported fast action
for football sized tuna. This week the Gordo Banks produced a handful of
larger grade yellowfin, up to about 120 pounds, only a few numbers of these
tuna were landed, but it proves they are still schooling in the area, these
are the first tuna heard about on the local banks in several weeks, all of
the hook ups were taken while drift fishing with chunks of skipjack, which
have been very plentiful throughout the area. Encouraging to see that these
fish are hanging around this late in the season, maybe they will never even
leave this year.

On an extreme personal negative side, it would be hard for me not to
mention that this past Saturday night our newest fleet boat, a 26 ft.
Regulator, was stolen right from our panga dock area in La Playita, Puerto
Los Cabos Marina. At his time the boat has not been found anywhere and
investigators believe that the twin Yamaha outboards were removed quickly
at sea and then the boat was shuttled and sunk offshore. This has been the
operational history followed by thieves off of the East Cape region in
recent times, stealing the motors and sinking the boats. This is the first
of this type of crime to occur in Puerto Los Cabos Marina and hopefully
these organized pirates can be arrested and brought to justice so that no
one suffers the same consequences as we have. As in many similar incidents
it just so happens that there were commercial shrimp boats anchored off of
the Marina for several days prior and on the same night that our boat
vanished, the shrimp boats also were gone, quite a coincidence, does not
require being a trained detective to solve this case.

This week the combined panga fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 59 charters and anglers accounted for a fish
count of: 5 striped marlin, 7 yellowfin tuna, 126 dorado, 325 sierra, 38
roosterfish, 12 jack crevalle, 5 amberjack, 14 cabrilla, 24 yellow snapper,
24 huachinango ( red snapper),

12 barred pargo, 3 dogtooth snapper and 22 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 6, 2013; 08:52PM - Terrace BC Canada Winter Fishing Report December 6, 2012
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Fishing Report from Noel Gyger http:// for Tuesday February 5, 2012 Terrace, BC

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Commentary: Winter is here! Snow on the trails and ice forming in the rivers and lakes. Steelhead are the main target fish now on a few very special rivers. Trout (Cutthroat and Rainbow) and Dolly Varden Char are always available in the rivers, streams and lakes.

Skeena River: River is in good shape. WARNING: Ice along edges so please be careful. Most of the Steelhead have gone through but there is still a chance to catch some. Trout and Dolly Varden Char fishing is very good and is available year round. Reg: all wild Steelhead everywhere in British Columbia are catch and release. The Steelhead run is very strong.

Kalum River: Both lower and upper sections are fishing well for Steelhead. This river seems to have all three runs of Steelhead, spring, summer and fall. The fall run, from my experience, is the largest. So if you are coming to the Kalum to fish for Steelhead I would suggest the fall, starting mid September to end of October. The fishing guides can guide from April to November 1. If you are interested to book a trip contact me anytime. Guides and rod-days are very limited on this river so book soon. WARNING: Jet boater be very cautious as a few new channels on the lower end have formed and logs are nearly across the river.

Zymoetz (Copper) River: The water is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fabulous. I've had reports of some great catches. I have also heard it is very crowded Monday through
 Jan 14, 2013; 11:41AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Capt. George Landrum
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Captain George Landrum
Cabo Fish Report
January 7 - 13, 2013
WEATHER: It feels as if we are getting into our winter season as the morning lows have been in the high 50's and the daytime highs in the high 70's. I don't think I saw the temperature raise to 80 degrees this week. This is great if you have been dealing with below freezing weather at home, but cold for us who live here. We did have some wind from the north again this week and it kept things cool, combine that with cloud cover for about half the week and it feels like the season has changed.
WATER: At the end of this week there was not much change from the end of last week as far as the surface temperatures went. The cold green water we had seen to east of a line across the Gordo Banks and the area south had moved to the east, allowing cleaner, slightly warmer water on the Gordo Bank and across the flats just to the east of Punta Gorda. To the west of that area the water inshore of the 1,000 fathom line remained in the 72 degree range, and south of the 1,000 fathom line it warmed to 75 degrees. On the Pacific and across the Cape region to the south the water averaged 74 degrees. Due to the northerly wind the water on the Pacific side and offshore on the Sea of Cortez side remained a bit choppy and had a lump of 2-5 foot swells, spaced far enough apart that it was not strongly felt. On the Cortez side the swells were smaller, as is usual, at 1-3 feet.
BAIT: Caballito, Mackerel and frozen Ballyhoo could be had for $3 each this week, and there were very few Sardinas available.
BILLFISH: The Striped Marlin bite slowed down just a bit this week, perhaps due to the new moon phase, there has to be some reason. Instead of almost every boat getting one or two, sometimes four releases, we were lucky to get that many hook-ups, and get a release for the day. The fish are still there, we are seeing them tailing on the surface, they just were showing little interest in bait or lures this week. This is sure to change as the moon phase changes, it always does. The good point is that the fish are still here! Most of the fish were found on the Pacific side from the Golden Gate to the San Jaime and inside that line, in the canyon. Not as many this week were found inside the two mile line, more were found just outside there. Not to say there were no fish caught, contrary, there were plenty of fish caught and released, and unfortunately quite a few brought in to the dock, just not as many as were caught last week. My guess is that approximately 60% of the boats caught a billfish this week.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: The tuna pen that came though our area last week is gone, but the word is that there are several more that will be approaching soon. Hopefully they will be holding as many fish as the one that just passed. Meanwhile, there have been Yellowfin found outside and to the south of the San Jaime Bank, it was just a bit of a bumpy trip to get to them. The porpoise were holding Tuna so the trick was to find the porpoise and hope you were there at the right time. The tuna were footballs for the most part, but one of the schools was of fish between 25 and 45 pounds, and I did hear of an 80 pound class fish caught as well. The larger fish were biting on live bait drifted way back behind the boat, and the usual dark colored lures and cedar plugs accounted for the rest.

DORADO: As the water continues to cool the bite continues to slow, but there are enough Dorado around to still be the offshore fish of the week. Not as many anglers limited out this week as did last week, but the fish were still in the same areas and feeding the same. The week before last the fish count on Dorado really spiked due to the tuna pen coming by, this past week we returned to more normal conditions. I know I heard a charter broker telling potential clients that the Dorado fishing was off-the-chart good several days after the tuna pen was gone, hope they were not too disappointed! Meanwhile, fishing within two miles of the beach on the Pacific side resulted in the majority of the Dorado found, and these cool water fish were a bit larger, and keep getting larger, every week. My guess is that the average this week was 15 pounds, and there were probably about a quarter of the boats getting limits and the rest about one fish per angler, that was for the boats that were targeting the Dorado. As normal, keeping the first fish in the water to attract more worked well, as did slow trolling a live bait under feeding Frigate birds.
WAHOO: New moon but cool water, what more need I say? Wahoo really prefer slightly warmer water than we are experiencing right now, but there were still a few caught this past week locally. Most of the fish were small, in the 10-15 pound range, and there were not many of them, but you still had a chance. This just might have been the last week to get one of these speedsters hooked up until the water warms back up. The fish that were caught were found inside the 300 foot depth contour, and were caught by boats that targeted them using Rapallas and Marauders on wire leader. There were more fish cut off on mono-filament leader used on lures run for Dorado than were caught.
INSHORE: As I said on my mid-week up-date, the Sierra bite went wide open during the middle of the week with boats getting into the fish from the lighthouse all the way up the Pacific coast to Migraino. Bright colored hootchies worked great, and I had a client who fly-fished for two days with a guide who got tired of catching them after a fish count that went over 50! They went through many flies during the two days, starting with fully dressed ones and finally putting on new ones when all that was left was just a bit of dressing on the hook. Tired arms, a fish on every cast and the fish ranged from 3 pounds to 8 pounds, it doesn't get any better than that! As well as the Sierra, there have been some Amberjack, Grouper and a few Snapper being found. As far as Yellowtail are concerned, the commercial panga anglers working at night are getting a few, but there have been no real numbers found during the daytime. We are still seeing a few scattered small Roosterfish as well.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this months recipe!
NOTES: There are plenty of whales to be seen when the fishing slows down so even if you are not a hard-core angler you deserve to get out on the water for that show. And of course since there are fish biting, catch dinner as well! Oh, and I was surprised this morning when I went to the dock to buy licenses for my clients that the dock price had gone up to 180 pesos per person for a one day license, or $15 US if you were paying with dollars. I thought I'd mention something about myself today. I am actually a Captain and don't just call myself a Captain, or Commander, or Admiral. I hold a 100 Ton U.S.C.G. License and am I.G.F.A. Certified, and am a Captain on a private boat. I have 10 ½ years in the U.S. Navy, 6 years experience commercial fishing in the tropics and extensive experience in wholesale/retail seafood. My Charter experience started after commercial fishing became hard on my body and I have been working charter and private boats for 18 years, and have been in Cabo, working on boats and chartering boats for 13 years. We have a business license, pay taxes and work out of the house since shop space is so expensive here. My reports have been going out every week (with a few weeks missed due to hurricanes) for 12 years, un-biased and honest, I don't try to lay it on thick in order to get you here, just try to give you information to help you make fishing decisions. I appreciate all the e-mails I get from you as readers and plan on continuing the reports as long as possible! This weeks report was written to the music of James Taylor and his “Best of” CD. Until next week, tight lines!

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San Jose del Cabo

January 13, 2013

Anglers –

Only moderate crowds of anglers are visiting the Los Cabos area now, this
is the usual pattern to start off the New Year. We expect that as
temperatures continue to plummet and freeze across the United Sates, that
more people will be packing their suitcases and heading south in search of
warm sunshine. Local weather has been mostly sunny, with highs into the mid
70s. Though coming days are forecast to be cooler, as a northern front will
be sweeping our way, possibly several days of temperature in the high 60s,
there are always a few days of year that are like this, after all we are in
the midst of winter, sometimes we forget to realize that even pristine
Southern Baja can have seasonal changes. Anglers need to remember to bring
appropriate clothing, as early morning can dip to 50 degrees, without
figuring the wind chill factor, but as the sun rises temperatures quickly
become more comfortable.

The patterns of northern winds have continued, several days of winds, often
10 to 20 mph, then there will be a couple of nicer calm days, before the
breeze prevails once again. Typical winter cycle, as water temperature are
now averaging in the 70 to 75 degree range, depending on the location,
warmest areas off of Cabo San Lucas. Despite this cooling trend the fishing
has been very good considering the time of year, good number of dorado are
being found throughout the region, with some nice sized fish of 30 pounds
being encountered, lots of dorado in the 10 to 20 pound class. These fish
usually start to migrate towards southern grounds soon, so we could be
seeing the tail end of the season, then the dorado return later in the
Spring. Dorado are striking on a variety of baitfish and on the normal
array of lures, nicer quality dorado have been found offshore on the marlin
grounds, where stripers continue to be found in good numbers, more so on
the Pacific grounds.

There has been a variety of baitfish now available, but not all types on
every day. Sardinas are being netted off the beaches near San Luis to
Vinorama and then are brought south to off of Cardon or Punta Gorda in
order to supply morning charters. Live mackerel, caballito are sometimes
available and fresh ballyhoo is another option for targeting a variety of
species, particularly dorado. The traditional baitfish ground off of San
Jose del Cabo have been less consistent for the last two weeks, this is
where more numbers of striped marlin had been found, now the marlin are
scattered, further offshore and on the Pacific grounds.

Yellowfin tuna action has been slower now for the past several weeks, we
are hearing about an occasional hook up on the Gordo Banks on yellowfin in
the 40 to 150 pound class, but these are few and far between. There were
schooling football sized tuna found congregating around tuna pens that were
slowly be tugged north to new location, this was far offshore, 20 plus
miles and at this time this option is now near Los Frailes and out of
range. This lasted for several days though, but was never really a
practical morning charter boat deal, more of a private boat option.

Wahoo are still in the area, everyday there are limited numbers
encountered, some landed and more of them lost, typical thing when
encountering wahoo, fish ranged from 10 to 40 pounds, striking yo-yo jigs,
ballyhoo, sardinetas and a variety of lures. Anglers were fortunate to land
one of two of them, they were elusive as usual.

Not much going off the bottom yet, though some anglers did find mixed
action for pargo and cabrilla on days the winds allowed them to reach the
structure. Sierra are now found schooling along the beaches, using sardinas
have been the best choice of bait for finding this inshore action, with
some juvenile sized roosterfish mixed in. There is incredible whale
watching opportunities now, peak migration is in full swing, these mammals
will be in local waters for the next several months.

The combined panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent
out approximately 107 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a
fish count of:

2 sailfish, 17 striped marlin, 27 wahoo, 455 dorado, 125 yellowfin tuna, 88
sierra, 24 roosterfish, 12 cabrilla,15 bonito and 22 pargo

Good Fishing, Eric

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