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 Jan 4, 2016; 11:32PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 22, 2015
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Anglers –

November 22, 2015



With all of the major local gamefish tournaments now over we will see the
crowds of visiting anglers lighten up, as people are now preparing for the
Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays which are rapidly approaching. The
weather this week was dominated by the persistent northeast winds, which
picked up at the start of the week and never really laid down all week.
This created choppy seas and limited options for fleets launching out of
San Jose del Cabo, though twenty miles to the south, out of Cabo San Lucas,
the seas were much calmer, in areas which were more protected from north
winds, though action was still sporadic.



Tropical Storm Rick developed more than several hundred miles off to the
west of the Baja Peninsula and is forecast to stay far offshore and not
cause any impact on land. Overall we are feeling a cooling trend, though
daytime temperatures were reaching 85 degrees. Ocean temperatures dropped a
couple of degrees as well, most areas are now averaging 82 degrees, some
spots of 83/84 degrees, this trend should continue, maybe the cooling
currents will help normalize pre-El Nino currents for bait and gamefish
migrations.



Action proved to be more spread out and less productive this past week,
there were some quality fish accounted for, though numbers were down, no
particular place was hot, wind was a major factor on the grounds from the
Gordo Banks and to the north. Schools of yellowfin tuna up to 100 pounds
were seen surfacing while traveling with porpoise, but conditions were not
favorable for chasing these rapidly moving schools and not many of these
tuna were landed. A handful of fish in the 40 to 80 pounds were accounted
for, some striking on strips of squids, other on live chihuil. Still no
resource for sardinas, there have been caballito and ballyhoo available as
other options. Perhaps cooling currents and less angling pressure will
allow the sardinas to move within our range, which would be a great bait to
have at this time.



The wahoo were not as active this past week either, though on Monday there
was a 69 lb. wahoo landed out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, this
trophy sized ‘hoo hit on a live skipjack, was part of an explosive double
hook up, which resulted in one nice wahoo landed and another one lost.
Wahoo were spread out throughout the area, though better chances still seem
to be north of Punta Gorda. Dorado action slowed was down in recent days,
though these fish are still in the area, the majority of charters finding
maybe one or two, or at least having a chance or two.



Billfish was spread out, though there did seem to be increased numbers of
striped marlin in local waters now, also some sailfish and at least one
blue was landed for the panga fleet out of Puerto Los Cabos. When the wind
does reside there should be better opportunities found.



More sierra are moving in with the cooling waters, these smaller sized
gamefish will provide bonus inshore action, especially when we start seeing
schools of sardinas move back into the region. It will not be long until
the annual migration of whales arrive for their winter visit to their most
southern calving and feeding grounds.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 138 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 blue marlin,
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14 striped marlin, 12 sailfish, 66 yellowfin tuna, 13 wahoo, 96 dorado, 12
sierra, 14 rainbow runner, 76 misc. pargo species, 12 cabrilla, 14 bonito
and 50 triggerfish







Good fishing, Eric






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619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jan 4, 2016; 11:29PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 15, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
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Anglers –

November 15, 2015



Large crowds of visiting anglers continue to arrive in Los Cabos, as we now
enter the second half of November, when the busy fall season comes to an
end. Weather patterns are shifting to predominately northern winds, ranging
up to 25 miles per hour mid-week and these winds were basically relentless
for most of this past week. Skies were mostly clear, with high temperatures
nearing 90 degrees, we do expect that we will be feeling cooler weather
arrive by this coming week. Hard to say what these northern winds will do,
normal pattern are several days of winds, then a couple calmer days, before
repeating the same cycle. This does not mean that sportfishing operations
come to halt, it does sometimes make for changing plans accordingly and
trying to fish in areas more protected if possible. Ocean water
temperatures are now at 84 degrees throughout the entire lower Baja zone,
no real temperatures breaks found. Swells have been moderate, choppy ocean
conditions found to the north due to gusting winds.



There are still no sardinas available locally, strips of squid continue to
be used for targeting yellowfin tuna, ballyhoo are now being sold in the
marina area, these have been working for dorado and chances at billfish or
wahoo, also available have been live caballito. Other options when weather
allowed was to try and catch your own chihuil off of the high spots. We
expect to see schools of sardinas move back within range as water cools and
heavy pressure resides.



The all-around fishing action was more limited this past week, mainly due
to windy conditions which limited where charters could comfortably fish.
The yellowfin tuna found associated with porpoise activity in the vicinity
of and north of the Gordo Banks, became less frequent as to when and if at
all the porpoise were even encountered, though some charters who
concentrated on this and stuck with it did account for yellowfin tuna in
the 40 to 70 lb. class, all of these fish hit on strips of squid. Other
tuna action was found closer to shore, off of Punta Gorda and now in recent
days reports of improved tuna action for a smaller grade of fish off of the
Santa Maria area. All this action was also found using strips of squid, as
there are no sardinas in the entire area now, with sardinas available this
action would definitely be wide open.



Dorado action was producing nice quality fish in the 15 to 25 lb. range,
some even larger. No huge numbers, but most charters were finding one or
two, or as many as six, the majority were nice sized fish. Striking on
various baits, particularly on rigged ballyhoo early in the day, as the sun
rose, the action was more sporadic. Off of the Red Hill and Palmilla area
there was good early morning action through most of the week, we heard of
quality dorado action off of Cabo San Lucas as well. Also some reports of a
handful of 200 lb. class yellowfin tuna being accounted for off of the
Pacific banks, have not heard of any real large tuna off of the San Jose
del Cabo grounds this past week.



There were some sailfish and striped marlin on the same grounds as were the
dorado and tuna, no big numbers, but everyday some of these billfish were
being hooked into. Wahoo action dropped off this past week, baitfish
schools were more scattered after the choppy seas, Iman Bank had been where
the wahoo were lurking, these fishing grounds were rough most of the week,
hopefully conditions will settle down in time for this weekend’s annual
wahoo event out of La Playita.



Bottom action included triggerfish, various pargo and snapper species, an
occasional leopard grouper or rainbow runner.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 152 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 17 sailfish marlin, 18 striped marlin, 168
yellowfin tuna, 12 sierra, 14 rainbow runners, 15 huachinango (red
snapper), 155 dorado, 18 wahoo, 16 yellow snapper, 95 triggerfish, 18
barred pargo, 8 bonito, 10 cabrilla and 6 roosterfish.



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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Nov 13, 2015; 01:41PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 8, 2015
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Anglers –

November 8, 2015





The weather patterns finally are starting to feel like Fall, though daytime
temperatures were still warm reaching up to 90 degree, early morning lows
are about 65 degrees, ideal climate actually. One drawback is that we are
also feeling the north winds in recent days for the first time this season,
up to 20 mph, this has made for choppy conditions on fishing grounds north
of Punta Gorda. Water temperatures are now in the 84 degree range, no
distinct area of a drastic temperature break. Swells have been moderate and
early in the day most days ocean conditions were nice. Crowds are heavy
this week, with the Won Tuna Jackpot Tournament having over 150 teams
participating, this is the season’s final high stakes event.



There continue to be no sardinas available, baitfish supplies now consist
of caballito, squid on most days, also ballyhoo starting to be available,
some charters are looking for chihuil for use as trolling baits. Seems like
during these big tournament events the bait situation becomes more limited,
lots of hoarding going on.



Fleets out of San Jose del Cabo have been concentrating their efforts from
the Gordo Banks to Vinorama, the action that had been productive for
several weeks close off of Punta Gorda slacked up and the grounds towards
Cardon, La Fortuna, Iman and Desteladera started to show more activity.
Yellowfin tuna were being found moving with porpoise and were hitting on
strips of squid, though this action was unpredictable as where and when the
porpoise and in turn the yellowfin, would be encountered, more often late
in the morning. The tuna being caught were mostly in the 40 to 65 lb.
class, no big numbers, but quality grade of fish, some tuna much larger
were also hooked into, but most were eventually lost due to lighter 50 lb.
leaders that were being used to entice the line shy yellowfin.



Dorado and wahoo were also being found on these same grounds, better bite
was first part of the week, before north winds played havoc. Wahoo were
striking best on various baits, such as chihuil, caballito or rigged
ballyhoo, also a percentage hit on trolling lures, sizes ranged up to 54
lb., most fish were in the 15 to 30 lb. range, charters landed as many as
five wahoo per morning, though most anglers were fortunate to land one or
two of these prized sought after gamefish. Finally we are seeing some nicer
sized mature dorado, it has been a long time, still no significant numbers,
but chances of finding two, three, maybe four of these fish, same grounds
as where the wahoo and tuna have been encountered.



Billfishing was mainly for scattered action on sailfish and striped marlin,
some marlin hooked into were unusually small, in the 20 to 30 lb. class,
not often do we such juvenile sized billfish, others were of normal size.



Not much inshore or bottom action now, though we did see some red snapper
action off of the San Luis Bank, closer to shore there were triggerfish,
some yellow snapper, pompano, bonito and barred pargo.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 149 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 12 striped marlin, 14 sailfish, 185 yellowfin
tuna, 8 sierra, 10 rainbow runners, 18 huachinango (red snapper), 66
dorado, 48 wahoo, 14 pompano, 18 yellow snapper, 75 triggerfish, 12 barred
pargo, 16 white skipjack, 3 surgeonfish, 18 bonito and 5 roosterfish.



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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Nov 13, 2015; 01:37PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 1, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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Anglers –

November 1, 2015



It seems that our fall weather patterns have finally stabilized, no new
late season tropical storms have developed since last week’s incredibly
power Hurricane Patricia, which made land fall near Puerto Vallarta,
surprisingly the damage was not too extensive. Ocean water temperatures
have dropped a couple of degrees in recent days, now into the 84/85 degree
range, this cooling trend should continue as days are becoming
progressively shorter. Swells have been moderate, tides fairly extreme with
passing of the full moon, winds increased from the south and north winds
are starting to play havoc for the East Cape region. Daytime highs were
still into the low 90s, but now it appears we will have more comfortable
conditions in the mid 80s, with low of 65 degrees, time for long sleeve
t-shirts, sweatshirts and wind breakers.



Sportfishing fleets continue to be busy, with the Bisbee Tournament now
past, everyone is gearing up for the WON Tuna Jackpot scheduled for next
week. In recent weeks all of the larger yellowfin tuna encountered were
coming from the Pacific Banks, San Jaime or Golden Gate, just in recent
days with the change in currents, there have been tuna to over 200 pounds
found on the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo and to the north of the Gordo
Banks. These larger grade of tuna were traveling with fast moving porpoise
and were striking on strips of squid. Still no big numbers, but definitely
a chance at hooking into a tournament winner, one panga charter lost an
estimated 250 lb. tuna after a long battle, right as they were trying to
gaff the fish, talk about a heartbreak.



The action close to shore off of Punta Gorda that has been going on for the
past few weeks, continues, this is where tuna up to 40 lb. were
sporadically biting, best action usually early, then becoming spottier
throughout the day. Triggerfish, pompano and various pargo species rounded
out that action off the point, overall this bite is starting to fade out
and charters are now scouting out new grounds. Iman Bank is showing more
activity for wahoo, as well as chances at tuna or dorado, again no big
numbers, but with changing conditions, anything could happen on any given
day. Wahoo were ranging from 15 lb. to over 50 lb., striking on Rapalas,
skirted lead heads, as well as on chihuil or other rigged baits, including
flying fish, if you were able to obtain them, as some skippers were able to
a couple of weeks back when they ran into schools of these flyers in a
spawning mode and were able to scoop them up with their bait nets by the
dozens, of course this was a one day event.



Billfish has been mainly a mix of sailfish or striped marlin for San Jose
fleets, with higher chances for blue marlin off of the Cabo San Lucas and
Pacific grounds. Sailfish were found close to shore where the tuna action
was. With ocean temperatures still warm, there could be blue or black
marlin hooked late into the year, even early 2016.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 148 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 21 sailfish, 370 yellowfin tuna, 12 rainbow
runners, 2 amberjack, 18 dorado, 49 wahoo, 18 pompano, 16 yellow snapper,
145 triggerfish, 6 sierra, 19 barred pargo, 70 black skipjack, 14
surgeonfish, 16 roosterfish and 12 bonito.



Good fishing, Eric







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Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
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 Oct 26, 2015; 02:55PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – October 25, 2015
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Anglers –

October 25, 2015



Now into the third week of October, only in the last couple of days we have
felt cooler temperatures into the 60s during early morning hours. Quite
pleasant conditions now, actually need a sweatshirt or light windbreaker.
Most sunny skies, we are expecting some more scattered cloud cover from the
distant bands of Hurricane Patricia. This latest storm is turning out to be
the most powerful system every recorded in either the Pacific or Atlanta.
Now situated offshore of the coast, between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta,
Patricia has reached category five status, has sustained winds of 200 mph
and gusts to 245 mph, sounds like data from a tornado. This incredibly
strong storm is following a path directly towards making landfall late
Friday, sure hope everyone in the path has taken necessary precautions and
evacuated to safer land.



Conditions have been fine locally in Los Cabos, only a few isolated rain
squalls reported through the week. Light winds in the afternoon, more
breeze and swells reported on the Pacific. Ocean temperatures are still
higher than average, ranging from 84 degrees on the Pacific side of Cabo
San Lucas, to 87 degrees in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and the Sea
of Cortez.



Some 121 teams participated in the world’s richest fishing tournament, the
Bisbee’s Black and Blue. This season fish migration patterns are all
confused, the unprecedented El Nino causing havoc. Fishing action has been
far more spread out and limited, not what we would normally expect for this
historically productive time frame. This year anything could happen, we
might see cow sized yellowfin on the Gordo Banks during the winter time.



Local fleets have been concentrated close to shore off of Punta Gorda, with
the lack of any resource for sardinas, anglers have been relying on using
strips of giant squid for bait. Main species being encountered have been
yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 40 lb. range. No wide open action, spotty most
of the time, fish coming up in flurries, often early, then less often later
on the morning. Drift fishing with the strip bait had been the most
productive technique. Off the bottom in this area there was a mix of
triggerfish, pompano, barred pargo and small snapper, though no significant
numbers of these. An occasional dorado, wahoo, striped marlin or sailfish
has rounded out the surface action.



Some charters scouted out other areas, inshore, offshore and further north,
looking for possible wahoo action and others, most of these scouting trips
did not produce and the best chance at getting a hook up was once again off
of Punta Gorda. Most of the wahoo strikes reported in recent days were by
anglers using the strips of squid off of Punta Gorda.



Blue marlin were scattered, no black marlin reported recently, a few
stripers and fair numbers of sailfish, up to 100 lb. Despite limited
options this past week, we do anticipate with the cooling weather patterns,
that we will see water temperatures cool and a change in currents should
help improve our all-around action, we look forward to a great late fall
and winter season.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 128 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 14 sailfish, 260 yellowfin
tuna, 18 dorado, 6 wahoo, 16 pompano, 18 yellow snapper, 65 triggerfish, 4
sierra, 8 cabrilla, 12 barred pargo, 180 black skipjack and 16 bonito.



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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Oct 26, 2015; 02:52PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – October 18, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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Anglers –

October 18, 2015



Fall Season seemed to arrive overnight, we are in the midst of the
traditional busiest angling season. Tournaments are now underway and the
largest event of all, the Bisbee’s Black and Blue is slated for next week,
this is the event where teams compete for possible multimillion dollar
payouts. Weather conditions have been stable since past weekend, still
quite tropical for this late in the season, mornings are refreshing, though
mid-day the heat index is high. Remember to bring your sunscreen, hats and
sunglasses. Ocean water temperature is ranging from 85 to 88 degrees,
swells have been moderate, winds very light and all around conditions very
favorable, with clean water found within a mile or two or shore.



Despite such great conditions, the fishing action was more sporadic, not as
consistent as we would expect for this time of year, this powerful el Nino
current has all normal patterns mixed up. Bait has been scattered as well,
no significant resource for sardinas now, limited supplies, caballito and
slabs of giant squid have been most common options.



For much of the past week local fleets found the best action to be within
one mile of shore off of Punta Gorda. This area was attracting both panga
and cruiser fleets, this is where everyone congregated. Main species being
encountered was yellowfin tuna, most of these tuna were in the 15 to 35 lb.
class. Striking on striped squid or sardinas, when available. The yellowfin
would come up to feed in flurries, often early in the morning, then slowing
down, maybe with a couple of other feeding frenzies later in the morning.
The key was to be at the right place when they did go on the bite. Average
catch ranged from one tuna, to four or five. Not everybody was catching the
tuna every day, even top skippers had tough days. Though these were decent
quality of yellowfin, considering they were found so close to shore. Heavy
pressure, limited bait, etc..made this bite become tougher latter in the
week and now boats were again searching out more distance grounds.



Very few dorado being found, to see a half dozen for the fleet for one day
was average. No particular area to find these dorado now, best chance
seemed to be on the same grounds as where the tuna action was. Only an
occasional wahoo being landed, other lost strikes, but these fish have not
been very active at all, most likely when we see water temperatures
eventually drop closer to 80 degrees, these fish will wake up.



Bottom action consisted mainly for monster sized triggerfish and some rare
pompano, these fish were striking just as were the tuna, while drift
fishing close to shore off of Punta Gorda. We had not seen any of these
African pompano recently, they used to bite more often in late spring, very
scrappy fighters and excellent eaters. A handful of barred pargo, yellow
snapper and cabrilla rounded out the structure action.



We heard of more billfish action on the Pacific, though no confirmed
reports of wide open action. On local grounds off of San Jose del Cabo,
there were sailfish and some striped marlin, a couple smaller sized blue
marlin. No inshore action to speak of now, though a local shore fishermen
landed a world class 44 lb. snook off of the La Playita, el Faro stretch.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 175 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 7 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 16 sailfish,
345 yellowfin tuna, 29 dorado, 5 wahoo, 23 white skipjack, 18 bonito, 2
dogtooth snapper, 26 yellow snapper, 220 triggerfish, 18 African pompano,
10 cabrilla and 24 barred pargo.



Good fishing, Eric







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Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Oct 26, 2015; 02:49PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – October 11, 2015
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Anglers –

October 11, 2015



With crowds of anglers now arriving for the most popular Fall Season
sportfishing fleets are now very busy. At this time we have no new tropical
storms threatening from the south, only one low pressure area that is
already located far off to the west, half way to Hawaii. Local weather
conditions remain warm and humid, there has been quite a lot of cloud
cover, threatening rain at times, last weekend we did receive significant
rainfall, but we did not have any rain through the week, until this next
weekend. Presently we are having wider spread thundershowers throughout the
whole area, accompanied by lightning and thunder, mostly lighter rainfall,
though in Cabo San Lucas they reported heavier rain than in San Jose del
Cabo. Sportfishing fleets continued to operate with caution. Tropical
weather patterns are persisting late into the season. So we are hoping that
the weather settles, days are now starting to cool down, as we get further
into October we regularly enjoy ideal weather. With ocean water
temperatures still ranging in the mid to upper 80’s, all around conditions
can be that much more unpredictable.



Since the passing of stormy squalls last weekend we have seen very pleasant
conditions throughout this week, moderate ocean swells, no strong winds,
all around good environment for ocean fishing. Action was more spread out
in recent days, obtaining sardinas became harder, no guarantee, anglers
using squid strip were not doing as well as previous weeks. Hard to say
what the reason is for a slower week, yellowfin tuna were being seen
surfacing at times in sizable schools, but were finicky, one of the main
reasons being that there were no quantities of sardinas to freely chum
with. The majority of the yellowfin now being found on local grounds were
ranging in the 5 to 25 lb. class or in the range of 50 to 60 lb., we did
hear of unconfirmed reports of a larger grade of yellowfin hanging around
the Pacific San Jaime or Golden Gate Banks.



The later part of this past week did show improvement for the yellowfin
tuna action, later morning bite off of Punta Gorda, sardinas were the best,
fish were also hooked on strips of squid, These tuna were in the 10 to 25
lb. class, boats were accounting for anywhere from a couple of fish, to as
many as ten. With more sardinas this would be a hot bite. We hope that more
sardinas move into our range.



A group of local commercial pangeros were finding the 50 to 60 lb. tuna
biting on strips of squid underneath moving porpoise pods on the grounds
near La Laguna to Cardon, though this has been a late afternoon bite,
during normal morning, mid-day hours there has not been this porpoise
activity. Only sporadic catches, some charters finding three, four, five
fish and others not being able to find any at all. Most consistent grounds
were from the Iman to Vinorama Banks.



The action off of the Santa Maria area slowed way down, better chances were
not north of Punta Gorda, still no guarantees though. Only a few scattered
dorado being found and most all of these have been under 15 pounds. Wahoo
were even scarcer, though they are in the area and we expect any slight
cooling trend in water temperature could trigger them into being more
aggressive. Other action was for miscellaneous structure species, most
common being triggerfish or snapper, an occasional dogtooth or amberjack,
even one yellowtail.



Crazy year, with all of the dorado and wahoo, as well as striped marlin
being in the direction of Southern California. Eventually these gamefish
will migrate back in our direction. Local conditions are great though and
anything could happen on any given day. We do hope that we find a better
source of sardinas, recently these schooling baitfish have moved into the
protected zone of Cabo Pulmo National Park and bait netters were allowed to
target them from these waters



Main action locally for billfish was for sailfish, no huge numbers, but
most days these fish were being hooked into on the same inshore tuna
grounds. We did see a private boat land a 300 lb. class blue marlin. Other
anglers trolled large baits on the Gordo Banks and reported not finding any
action for the larger marlin or cow sized yellowfin tuna, lots of natural
bait in this area, so you never know, but there are likely be some large
predators nearby on these same grounds.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 128 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 13 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 260 yellowfin tuna,
28 dorado, 7 wahoo, 1 yellowtail, 44 white skipjack, 24 bonito, 7 dogtooth
snapper, 22 yellow snapper, 7 amberjack, 75 triggerfish, 16 cabrilla and 19
barred pargo.



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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Oct 7, 2015; 02:16PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – October 4, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

October 4, 2015



With the summer season now officially over we have started the busy Fall
Season. Weather remained calm in the Eastern Pacific through most of the
week, no rain until Saturday, when the remnants of Hurricane Marty swept by
and left scattered thundershowers and wind gusts to 30 mile per hours in
certain isolated areas, by later in the day conditions settled down and
that seemed to be the end of this system. Heat index still over 100
degrees, with very high humidity. The climate should become more
comfortable in the coming weeks. We were closely watching the development
of Hurricane Marty far to the south early in the week, this system quickly
dissipated mid-week, after slowly progressing through apparently
unfavorable environment for further strengthening and for progressing
northward. A great thing for us, we hope these storms continue to go
elsewhere, we expect in several more weeks the chances of any further
tropical storm activity will be slim, though with these strong El Niño
conditions you never really know what might happen.



Ocean water temperatures are now in the 85 to 88 degree range, clean blue
water is found within several miles of shore, strong currents have
slackened some. Full moon phase recently passed and contributed to a few
tougher days for anglers, coinciding with early morning low tides and
higher surf conditions, this made the sardinas much harder to find and net
for the commercial fleet. Another option for bait was slabs of giant squid,
not easy to obtain though, local super markets carry them and some bait
vendors are starting to also offer packages of squid in the same marina
launch area.



The yellowfin tuna were the main species now being cooperative and for this
reason targeted, only an occasional dorado or two and wahoo have not been
active this past week either. Working the bottom structure anglers found a
scattering of miscellaneous species, main catches were small to medium
grade pargo and snapper species, a few decent cabrilla and amberjack also
in the mix. Local fleets have been fishing in different directions, most
consistent action was found from close to off of Santa Maria, to the Gordo
Banks and north to Vinorama. In recent days the bite near Cabo San Lucas
for the smaller 5 to 15 lb. yellowfin tuna, has faded compared to previous
weeks, lots of pressure and limited supplies of baitfish, as well as there
now being a problem with aggressive sea lion activity, these pesky
predators have just returned recently and are waiting on the same fishing
grounds for their chance at any possible easy meal.



Action near Vinorama improved for tuna in the 10 to 20 lb. class, with an
occasional fish to 50 or 60 lb. mixed in, chance at a wahoo or dorado from
this same area as well, though not many were actually landed, these fish
are on the grounds, being seen free swimming and feeding on chum. These
yellowfin were striking mainly while drift fishing with squid or sardinas.
Proving to be finicky earlier in the week, making a big showing on the
surface but not wanting to strike. The bite on the Gordo Banks improved
through the week, with a quality grade of 50 to 90 lb. fish being accounted
for in decent numbers, strong group of fish, with most anglers now using
gear ranging from 40 to 80 lb. The key on the Gordo Banks has been having
the squid, the more the better, lots of chumming involved.



Marlin action seemed to slow down this past week, one smaller blue marlin
was caught from La Playita, and a handful of sailfish. Some of the
yellowfin action late in the week was found under pods of traveling
porpoise on the outside of Gordo Banks, drift fish squid underneath the
porpoise, fast moving deal, who knows where this action will be the next
day.



Overall with the weather remaining calm, this is allowing the ocean
conditions to become more favorable and we are anticipating a great fall
bite, continuing through and into winter.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 119 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 356
yellowfin tuna, 28 dorado, 3 wahoo, 35 white skipjack, 18 bonito, 10
rainbow runner, 4 dogtooth snapper, 26 yellow snapper, 6 amberjack, 38
triggerfish, 14 cabrilla and 13 barred pargo.



Good fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Oct 7, 2015; 02:13PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – September 27, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

September 27, 2015



The closer we reach to the month of October we expect the tropical storm
season will be over with, though with ocean water temperatures still
holding in the 84 to 88 degree range, we must still monitor all Eastern
Pacific forecasts with caution. At this time there is a pair of low
pressure areas far to the south, off of the Mexican mainland, will be
interesting to see what develops of these systems. Presently, local
conditions are calm as can be, in the early morning there is that hint of
Fall Season in the air, though mid-day heat and humid index is still
reaching over 100 degrees. Last week we had some heavy rainfall, scattered
throughout the region, not much wind associated with the passing of this
storm front, though rainfall of up to four inches were recorded. The desert
landscape will definitely be turning a fresh shade of green in the coming
weeks.



These latest rain squalls, with strong currents pushing in, contributed to
off colored water closer to shore, this seemed to have slowed down action
for species such as dorado and wahoo, though a handful of these fish are
being accounted for almost on a daily basis. Some wahoo up to 40 pounds
were accounted for, a handful of anglers were fortunate to land one of
these elusive speedsters. Most of the dorado being found now are small
juvenile sized fish. Supplies of sardinas were now more scattered, off of
La Playita area, only the smaller clear type sardinas were available, these
baits do work as dead bait for tuna, but are not the same as the normal
sardinas we find, this preferred species has moved south out of our range
at this time. Other options for bait has been to search local super markets
for giant squid slabs, which is never a guarantee. Caballito also have been
available, as well as chihuil or skipjack on some of the fishing grounds.



The inshore grounds off of Fiesta Americana Resort near Cabo San Lucas
continues to produce good numbers of yellowfin tuna up to 20 pounds, also
with an occasional dorado or wahoo from this same area. Iman Bank has been
another productive region, with a bit more of an opportunity of finding
some bottom structure species, as well as tuna, dorado or wahoo. The best
place to have a chance at hooking into the larger grade of yellowfin tuna
has been off of the Gordo Banks, though we have not heard of any monsters
this past week, many tuna in the 50 to 70 lb. class and a few up to 150
pounds were reported. Some days single boats had as many as four or five
nice tuna, other days were tougher and landing one tuna was considered
good. These yellowfin are definitely holding on these Banks, though are
fighting strong currents and at times seem to be filled up on the natural
food source that is present.



Billfish action was somewhat scattered as well, though on any given day you
could hook into a striped, blue or black marlin, also chance at sailfish,
just no big numbers of any of these species at this time. The black and
blues have been lurking around the high spots where the food chain is
concentrated.



Reconstruction crews are pressing now to finish up the work on Hotel El
Ganzo, which was devastated by last year’s Hurricane Odile. La Playita
Panga area work is progressing as well, still has a ways to go to have all
of the necessary conveniences.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 85 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 7 sailfish, 1 striped marlin, 480 yellowfin
tuna, 35 dorado, 8 wahoo, 15 white skipjack, 22 bonito, 14 rainbow runner,
4 dogtooth snapper, 18 yellow snapper, 2 amberjack, 10 cabrilla and 15
barred pargo.



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
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Sep 20, 2015; 03:37PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – September 20, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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Anglers –

September 20, 2015



Everything is still calm on the weather front of the North Eastern Pacific.
Last Sunday we did cancel out fishing charters due to heavy tropical
thunderstorm activity early in the day, since then, the rest of the week
has been dry and anglers enjoyed great ocean conditions. Water temperature
are now ranging from 85 to 87 degrees, clarity is clean and blue in most
areas, still a bit off colored inshore north of Punta Gorda.



Supplies of sardinas remained plentiful near the marina entrance and are
now being found along beach stretches close to Cabo San Lucas, where they
had not had these schooling baitfish available until recently. Most
consistent action now has been for various sized yellowfin tuna, action was
centered from Santa Maria to the Iman Bank and most of the yellowfin being
accounted for are fish in the 10 to 20 lb. class, though other areas
produced decent numbers of tuna 50 to 70 lb., with several fish up to 150
lb. landed. On the Gordo Banks a variety of sizes of yellowfin tuna were
seen breezing on the surface, some of these were cow sized fish, though
these fish proved finicky, with all of the natural food source and strong
currents sweeping through, the fish are not always in the feeding mood.
Best action for numbers of fish recently has been either near shipwreck of
the Santa Maria area or around the Iman Bank, though the Gordo Banks also
produced some quality action mid-week, before slower days later in the week.



Dorado and Wahoo action slowed back down, though there were some of these
fish being found, just not a consistent bite. Strong current also limited
bottom action to sporadic numbers dogtooth snapper, various pargo and
snapper species. The warm water continues to attract rainbow runners into
the fish counts.



Several black marlin were also landed this week, largest weighed in was a
335 lb. specimen, all of these were hooked into near the Gordo Banks, while
trolling with chihuil, caballito or skipjack. This is the time when
billfish grand slams are possible, as striped, blue marlin and sailfish are
also now being found on local fishing grounds.



Not much inshore action this time of year, though local beach and dock
anglers have hooked into a few snook recently, though these fish have
proved very elusive this season, a handful of nice corbina to 10 lb. were
also taken from the shore, as well as quite a few sierra off the San Jose
Estuary, a bit early in the season for these fish, which do normally prefer
cooler water.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 61 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 3 black marlin, 8 sailfish, 2 striped marlin, 15
dorado, 5 wahoo, 280 yellowfin tuna, 18 white skipjack, 8 bonito, 11
rainbow runner, 6 dogtooth snapper, 8 yellow snapper, 5 cabrilla and 13
barred pargo.



Good fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
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