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 Nov 30, 2014; 02:28PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo November 30, 2014
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November 30, 2014



Vacationers were arriving in Los Cabos by good numbers for the Thanksgiving
Holiday week. Warm sunshine likely attracting people, as very frigid winery
conditions are now sweeping across much of the United States. Locally the
early mornings have been cooler, but as the soon rises the days have warmed
up quickly, with high temperatures now about 85 degrees.



Ocean water temperature has remained 80 degrees throughout the region. This
week we felt the first really strong north winds, Tuesday the gusty
conditions started and lasted for three days. These conditions limited
options for anglers and created murkier inshore water conditions. The winds
have settled down now and forecasts look favorable for the weekend.



Schools of sardinas are being found along beach stretches near Red Hill and
towards Chileno. This has been the bait of choice for the all-around action
now being found. Tougher ocean conditions contributed to more limited
fishing action. Yellowfin tuna were found in schools close to shore, from
Santa Marina to Punta Gorda and La Fortuna, mixed with skipjack, coming up
to the live sardinas, striking best on lighter line. No big numbers though,
the yellowfin were finicky at times, readily coming up for the chum, but
not wanting to strike the baiting hooks.



Dorado were scattered in smaller sized schools, the majority of these fish
were smaller in size, but some dorado up to 20 pounds were accounted for.
Wahoo remain in the area and should be around for a while, with the water
temperatures still holding at 80 degrees. Though the wahoo have proved more
elusive for the past couple of weeks now, these fish are being encountered
on the same grounds as are the tuna and dorado, ranging in sizes up to 40
pounds, striking on bait, yo-yo jigs and at times on Rapalas. Trolling with
skipjack, ballyhoo, chihuil and sardina have been the various baitfish
options.



We have started to see more structure species in the mix, such as
amberjack, pargo, cabrilla and pompano, calmer weather is more suited for
targeting these species. Sierra are moving in along the shoreline now in
greater numbers and the season’s first whale migration are starting to
arrive to their Southern Baja feeding and calving grounds.



Billfish action has been limited, the striped marlin schools are still on
the Pacific grounds to the north, at least one 350 lb. class black marlin
was reportedly caught and released early in the week from the Outer Gordo
Bank area, this was on a private boat launching out of Puerto Los Cabos.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 135 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

15 wahoo, 155 yellowfin tuna, 84 dorado, 20 bonito, 180 skipjack, 15
cabrilla, 14 amberjack, 16 pompano, 68 sierra, 12 jack crevalle, 28 pargo,
2 yellowtail and 5 dogtooth snapper.



Good fishing, Eric








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 Nov 23, 2014; 07:38PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo – November 23, 2014
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November 23, 2014





After a series of late season tropical storm fronts developing, this past
week we saw weather patterns return to the more prevalent Fall conditions.
Early morning chill, offshore breeze early in the day, shifting to variable
winds predominately from the north. Ocean water temperatures were still
holding 80/81 degrees, we expect that cooler current will gradually swept
into the region. All in all the climate is ideal now, while much of the
U.S. has endured record early cold waves, we are still wearing shorts in
the warm 80 degree sunshine. Crowds have been lighter than you would expect
for this time of year, but actually businesses have been much busier than
in previous weeks, so it is nice to see the activity.



Live bait supplies seemed to have rebounded some after recent shortages,
sardinas, caballito and some ballyhoo have been available. Skipjack, bolito
and chihuil have been other baitfish options, though never a guarantee they
will cooperate on the fishing grounds. Fishing action has been spread out
from the Pacific to the grounds north of Punta Gorda, no real temperature
break being found anywhere. Most San Jose del Cabo charters are now fishing
in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, there had been a bite going on for
smaller sized tuna, dorado and wahoo off of Santa Maria and Chileno , but
this action became more inconsistent through the week and fleets were
finding better chances in the vicinity of the Iman Bank.



Anglers found sporadic action for yellowfin tuna, at times in feeding
frenzies, other times not biting until later, though other days early
action was best, areas close off of La Fortuna and Punta Gorda also were
holding the schooling yellowfin tuna. One key was having the sardinas for
bait. These tuna averaged 10 to 20 pounds, various skipjack were mixed with
them. An occasional much larger tuna, weighing from 60 to over 200 pounds,
was being accounted for, no big numbers though, Gordo Banks was the best
bet at trying to find the larger grade of yellowfin. These fish were all
hitting on various baits, either live, dead or chunk. They were not being
taken on lures.



Most of the wahoo were striking on baits, as compared to on lures, you
never know with these elusive spooky fish, they are very unpredictable.
Many small wahoo under ten pounds were in the area, particularly closer to
Cabo San Lucas, though there were quite a few fish in the 20 to 40 pound
class and then an occasional larger specimen over 50 pounds also being
reported. Most of this wahoo action was from Punta Gorda and further north.



More dorado are now being encountered off of San José del Cabo grounds,
though the majority have been smaller sized fish, remember to release these
juvenile fish, so that they can mature and reproduce, helping to maintain
the future fishery. More sierra now moving inshore, always a sign of
cooling currents to come.



Off the bottom rock piles there have been a handful of dogtooth snapper,
amberjack, pargo, cabrilla and bonito found, though this has not been
consistent and with increasing late morning winds from the north, this has
not been a practical option at times. Billfish became even more scattered,
probably the best bet would in the direction of the Pacific banks. With the
warm ocean temperatures and plentiful schools of skipjack, there are still
chances of the black and blue marlin hanging throughout the present year.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 205 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 115 wahoo, 590 yellowfin tuna,
310 dorado, 22 bonito, 150 skipjack, 23 cabrilla, 5 amberjack, 28 sierra,
15 jack crevalle, 2 roosterfish, 14 pargo and 6 dogtooth snapper.



Good fishing, Eric








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 Nov 19, 2014; 01:37AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo November 16, 2014
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November 16, 2014



The first week of November we saw late season Hurricane Vance develop and
pass a couple hundred of miles to the southeast of Cabo San Lucas,
increasing ocean swells and bringing some scattered rain showers, never
really amounted to much, one day of charters were cancelled. This week
there was another low pressure storm system passing from the south, moving
eastward. This system never resulted in much, but did create rough choppy
ocean conditions during the first two three days of the week. Now
conditions have settled down for the first time in a couple of weeks and
anglers are enjoying comfortable days on the water.



Crowds increased during the past couple of weeks, busy times now, which is
normal during the weeks before Thanksgiving. Ocean water temperatures still
warm for this late in the season, averaging 82 to 84 degrees, this could
mean that we will have exotic species in local water through the rest of
the year.



As we anticipated, bait supplies were more limited after the big surge in
charter pressure and during local tournaments, which put even increased
stress on bait schools. There have been sardinas available most days, as
well as some caballito, ballyhoo were a bit harder to find, the fishing
grounds held skipjack, bolito and chihuil, which were also being used for
whole and cut bait. Fishing on the areas north of San Jose del Cabo were
more productive for a variety of gamefish while using various baitfish,
compared to on trolled lures. Though always a bonus to have some wahoo type
lures such as Rapala X-Rap or skirted lead heads for your personal arsenal.
Chihuil baitfish have not been easy to come by, but have proved to a bait
of choice for wahoo and a few larger grade yellowfin tuna.



The yellowfin tuna action has been more sporadic since the passing of the
recent full moon, tuna ranging from 10 to 258 lb. were landed this past
week, chance at the bigger cows was still best on the Gordo Banks, though
very few of the larger tuna are actually being hooked into. Better action
for the smaller 10 to 30 lb. class fish was encountered around the Iman
Bank. Crazy bite though, one day the Outer Gordo would be best, then the
action would switch to Iman or back to the Inner Gordo Bank. Lots of bonito
and various skipjacks mixed on the same grounds.



Best bet for finding wahoo has been near the Iman Bank, either on live
caballito and chihuil or on trolled lures, more so on the live bait this
past week, a few were hooked on yo-yo jigs. Sizes on the wahoo ranging from
small sierra sized models, up towards 60 pounds. Dorado made a rebound this
past week, as we saw increased numbers of fish in the 10 to 25 pound range,
one day early in the week there was a section of a floating dock found and
it was holding schooling dorado, tuna, wahoo and even sharks, the whole
food chain., of course the next day no one located the same debris. Schools
of dorado were also found north of Punta Gorda, it appears the fish are
returning from the Pacific, in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.



Bottom action showed signs of improvement with the calmer days, a handful
of cabrilla, snapper, triggerfish and at least one 35 lb. yellowtail was
accounted for off of the Gordo Banks. Inshore there were jack crevalle,
sierra and a few smaller sized roosterfish.



Billfish bite slowed compared to last week, a few striped marlin were
scattered around, though we heard of more numbers on the Pacific.



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: 3 striped marlin, 72 wahoo, 315 yellowfin tuna,
135 dorado, 28 bonito, 380 skipjack, 18 cabrilla, 1 yellowtail, 18 sierra,
14 jack crevalle, 4 roosterfish, 18 whitefish and 30 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric






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 Nov 10, 2014; 10:30PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 9, 2014
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Anglers –

November 9, 2014



This past week we saw a late season storm develop off the coast of mainland
Mexico, Hurricane Vance reached category two strength as it veered on a
somewhat unpredictable path towards southern Baja, by Monday afternoon we
saw some light rain squalls as this system encountered strong upper shear,
causing rapid weakening and a more southern and easterly track. Tuesday was
stormy, very few charters launched and most which did wish they had not.
The region saw scattered showers and wind gusts to about 40 mph. By Tuesday
morning the storm had downgraded to a depression over areas south of
Mazatlán. Local fleets were back in action Tuesday with very pleasant
conditions.



Bait supplies saw more heavy pressure during the days building towards the
WON Tuna Jackpot event help on Thursday and Friday. Limited amounts of
sardinas, some ballyhoo and caballito. On the fishing grounds anglers were
catching and using skipjack and chihuil for whole and cut baits.



The action was hit or miss all week, no big numbers of any particular
species, though some nice fish were being accounted for. Catches including
black and blue marlin, dorado, wahoo, skipjack and yellowfin tuna. The
majority of this action was found from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank.
Wahoo were hanging around the high spots from La Fortuna to Iman, striking
on both trolling baits and lures, as well as yo-yo jigs, weights ranged to
over 40 pounds. We are also now passing through the full moon phase, which
we know can through off feeding patterns some. Dorado were more common on
the Pacific grounds, only scattered action found in the direction of San
Jose del Cabo. A handful of dorado in the 10 to 20 pound class.



Yellowfin tuna were striking on the Gordo Banks and Iman. Sizes ranging
from footballs to nearly 300 pounds have been in the area. No large numbers
though, all these fish are striking various baits, either by slow trolling
or drift fishing, most common sizes of tuna were 15 to 50 pounds, but there
are a handful of cows being accounted for throughout the week, coming from
the Outer Gordo Bank. Many more skipjack than tuna were being hooked into.
The super panga “Hooker” accounted for a 245 lb. yellowfin early in the
week, anglers Barry Mendelson and Rick Apple, visiting from Malibu, Ca.,
landed this cow with skipper Tony Miranda.



Not much bottom activity being found recently, mostly just surface action.
A few nice blue and black marlin were also hooked into from these same
fishing grounds, one black estimated near 500 lb. was lost after a couple
of hours, other marlin to over 300 lb. were landed. Weather has been breezy
since the passing of Vance, mornings are also cooler now, so anglers should
dress accordingly. We hope that bait supplies do rebound some, now that
Tournament season is winding down.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 66 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 1 striped marlin,
33 wahoo, 68 yellowfin tuna, 19 dorado, 24 bonito, 300 skipjack, 10
cabrilla, 15 rainbow runner, 12 sierra, 8 jack crevalle and 18 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric








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 Nov 10, 2014; 10:25PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San José Del Cabo
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Anglers –

November 2, 2014



We are now in the peak Fall Season, normally a very bustling period for the
Los Cabos area. This year the situation is much different, as many Resorts
are still in the rebuilding stage and combined with changing airline
schedules, has contributed to below normal capacity level crowds of
tourists, as try to find available flights and accommodations. By the
coming New Year we do expect to see many more resorts reopening their doors
to tourists. For the time being we are seeing more visitors arrive, just
not like we would normally expect to see.



The climate has been absolutely ideal, clear skies, slight chill early in
the morning, warming up quickly to 90 degrees later in the day. Only a
couple of days of north winds, mostly calm ocean conditions with minimal
swell activity for anglers. Water temperatures are still averaging in the
mid 80’s. Clear blue water is found close to shore now, most fishing
activity has been taking place within 2 to 8 miles from shore.



Sardinas became more scattered from where they had been school in the
Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetty area, heavy pressure from the Bisbee
tournament seems to hurt local bait supplies, teams pay big money to local
pangeros to fill large ice chests with bait for chumming, this is a marlin
tournament, why are so many sardinas needed, apparently to chum up more
skipjack or smaller yellowfin to be used as baitfish for the billfish, it
just seems there should be some control on this, sustainable bait
populations are very fragile these days. Surely the upcoming WON Tuna
Jackpot will put even more negative pressure on this local bait resource.



Dorado became more scarce this past week, we heard of more dorado being
found on the Pacific fishing grounds, compared to in the direction of San
Jose del Cabo. Wahoo were consistently being found in schools on the normal
grounds north of Punta Gorda. Anglers were finding many opportunities at
hooking into these speedsters, having five, six or seven strikes per
morning was not uncommon. Strikes are coming on trolled Rapalas, skirted
lead heads and slow trolling trap-hooked chihuil.Most of the wahoo being
accounted for weighed in the 15 to 30 lb. class, though there were some
fish up to 45 lb. landed.



Yellowfin tuna were a main targeted species on the La Fortuna to Iman
Banks, the tuna schooling here were striking on sardinas, these fish were
mixed with a variety of aggressive skipjack, weighing to 20 pounds, average
catches ranged from 1 to 5 yellwofin per charter, many more skipjack than
tuna were being hooked into. The chance of hooking into the larger cows
sized yellowfin tuna still was concentrated around the Gordo Banks,
yellowfin in the 50 to 300 pounds are holding on these grounds, though
getting them to bite has been another story, everyday there are reports of
maybe one or two nice fish being hooked into. This past week we weighed one
tuna of 204 pounds in, one fish weighing close to 300 lb. was taken last
Sunday, other large fish were lost and yellowfin tuna of 80 to 100 lb. were
reported by anglers that were on scouting trips for next week’s Tuna
Jackpot, surely this year’s event will have some very stiff competition.



Billfish action was spread out, though a few more blacks and blues were
hooked in this past week, weighing up to 300 pounds plus. It is the time of
year where an offshore grand slam could happen, there are sailfish,
striped, blue and black marlin now in local waters. Not much found off the
bottom recently, most anglers are now targeting surface species.



Local La Playita panga fleet’s are back operating out of the panga basin of
Puerto Local Cabo Marina, this particular area sustained heavy disastrous
damage from Hurricane Odile. Work conditions continue to prove extremely
challenging. Rebuilding progress for this facility is now frustratingly at
a standstill, not even simple conveniences such as fresh running water,
bathroom facilities, suitable parking, electricity for any form of
lighting, or even an accessible boat ramp for making needed maintenance
schedules, the only usable marina ramp now has a chain in place and fleet
owners are required to pay high fees for the privilege of using it, the
list could go on. These are simple conveniences which could all be
addressed in timely fasion, though Marina Management has other priorities,
no effort or expense has gone towards helping this panga area. Locals seem
to be on their own in tackling the rebuilding undertaking. Waiting for
Governmental help, funding for the necessary specialized equipment, appears
to be on a long road ahead.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 70 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 3
striped marlin, 78 wahoo, 82 yellowfin tuna, 9 dorado, 10 rainbow runners,
24 bonito, 320 skipjack, 14 cabrilla, 8 barred pargo and 20 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric





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 Oct 27, 2014; 03:18PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San jose del cabo October 23, 2014
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October 23, 2014

Anglers –



We are now finally officially back in operation, as today we were connected
once again to phone and Internet services. The long absence of not making
ant updates was all because we had no connection. We are now back operating
fishing charters based out of the same panga area as before Hurricane Odile
made a mess out of our marina basin. Work conditions are a bit rough, but
we are making due and progress has been remarkable, as everyone is putting
in extra efforts in this rebuilding phase. Limited numbers of charters have
been departing, as flights from the U.S. have just resumed. Local
infrastructure is making rapid advancements. Grocery stores are stocked,
gasoline and diesel readily available, highways open, traffic signals
working, Resorts are rebuilding, many have reopened already and most will
be by the New Year.



Ocean conditions have been great, calm though most of the day. Mornings are
now a little chilly, days are still warm and sunshine is intense, not many
clouds in the sky. Perfect climate now, crowds are just returning now,
great time to come visit and help support the local economy as they face
this major rebuilding stage.



Live sardinas have been abundant around the marina channel area and the
fishing grounds are holding large schools of skipjack and chihuil. Most
action was taking place from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank towards the
north. Catches were very impressive, wide variety of gamefish now on the
grounds, on any given day anything could happen. Catches have included
wahoo, dorado, yellowfin tuna, striped, blue & black marlin, as well as
sailfish. Off the bottom structure there has been a chance at grouper or
dogtooth snapper, no big numbers, but quality specimens.



Wahoo went on a good bite near Iman and La Fortuna, striking trolled
chihuil, as well the normal array of lures. Several charters accounted for
up to three wahoo, average weights were in the 20 to 40 pound range. Dorado
were also found in smaller sized schools, in recent days some nicer sized
bulls up to 30 pounds were accounted for on the offshore grounds.



Most of the yellowfin tuna found recently ranged in the 20 to 60 pound
class. The action had been hit or miss, drift fishing various baits over
the Gordo Banks and north towards Iman Bank, some days early, some days the
fish would hit late, hard to predict. Today a cow yellowfin tuna was
weighed in at La Playita, it was landed by Bob Deeter of Fort Brag, Ca.,
Fishing aboard his private 29 ft. Center Console “Reina de Wahoo”. The tuna
hit on a trolled live skipjack on the Outer Gordo Bank, using 300 pound
leader the crew took a couple of hours to land the cow and it weighed in
officially at 278 pounds.



Good Fishing, Eric




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September 14, 2014

Anglers –



For the past month we have watched Tropical Storm systems develop on a
weekly basis. After enjoying clear and calm conditions ever since the
passing of Hurricane Norbert, at the present time we are watching the
development of Tropical Storm Odile, moving at a mere two miles per hour,
some 250 miles south of Manzanillo. Forecasters have been more cautious in
predicting exactly what this storm will do. It looks like the Southern Baja
Peninsula might become lucky one more time, if Odile does follow a more
northwesterly track as it gains strength to category two or higher before
weakening over cooler waters. Either way we do expect to see Red Flag
closed Port conditions on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, surely more rain,
hopefully no high winds.



Crowds of visitors continued to be moderate, as many people have stayed
away due to frequent stormy forecasts. This is how the month of September
goes, very tropical time of year and unpredictable from day to day.



Anglers were enjoying great wide open yellowfin tuna action since ocean
conditions have calmed down. Sardinas continue to school near the rocks of
the marina jetty and this has been the bait of choice for getting into the
hot tuna action, hard to say how long this resource will remain plentiful.



Yellowfin tuna are now being found in various locations, over structure,
such as La Fortuna, Iman and the Gordo Banks. The fish are coming up
feeding on the sardinas, ranging in weights from 10 to 25 lb, to 40 to 80
lb and on up to 300 pounds. All sizes of yellowfin tuna in the area, most
common catches were in the 15 to 60 pound range. The best chance at the
hooking into a monster cow still seemed to be around the Gordo Banks, on
Thursday a trio of local La Playita pangeros went on an afternoon trip and
landed a 298 pound yellowfin while using 60 pound gear, so these cows are
definitely lurking, just not in the numbers of the other smaller grade of
tuna near La Fortuna or Iman Banks.



Several varieties of skipjack are now in the mix with the yellowfin tuna,
also good numbers of wahoo on these same fishing grounds. Most of the wahoo
landed were in the 10 to 30 pounds class, a few larger. Many hook ups were
lost, as anglers were having wahoo strikes while they were using mono
leaders targeting tuna. The wahoo were striking trolled Rapalas or skirted
lures as well, just unpredictable as to when or where you might take a ‘hoo
strike. Dorado were scattered and when found they were more often juvenile
sized



An occasional sailfish of striped or blue marlin were hooked while anglers
were on the tuna grounds, no large concentrations of billfish being seen.
Plenty of food fish in the area now, so you figure there would be some
large gamefish predators nearby. Not much bottom fishing being attempted
now, with the surface action being so productive. One commercial pangeros
out of La Playita did haul in two gulf groupers one day while using heavy
hand line, both fish weighed over 120 lbs. Lots of triggerfish and an
occasional dogtooth snapper. With water temperatures now in the upper 80s,
many species that live near rocky structure will head deeper to find cooler
and richer in oxygen habitat.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of: 8 sailfish, 620 yellowfin tuna, 450
skipjack, 36 dorado, 6 dogtooth snapper, 8 rainbow runners, 12 cabrilla, 15
wahoo and 8 dogtooth snapper.




Good fishing, Eric











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Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
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August 31, 2014

Anglers –



The week started off with weather changes on Sunday, the arrival of high
swells created by Hurricane Marie, this forced closure of all water
activities for three days. Swells generated by this powerful category five
hurricane reached its peak on Sunday evening and through Monday, nearing 20
ft. high, causing some erosion problems, but overall everyone felt
fortunate that this storm system stayed several hundred miles off to the
west and did not cause much damage. Isolated thundershowers were recorded,
heavy downpours at times, lightening strikes, with some power outages.
Schools were all closed on Monday as a precaution



Skies are now clear and sportfishing fleets are back in operation. Just
before the swell arrived, on Saturday, the fishing action had improved and
the season’s first super cow sized yellowfin tuna was weighed in late that
same day, just before the Port was closed the following morning. The tuna
was caught by a group of three La Playita pangeros, they were trolling a
larger sized live skipjack for bait on the Outer Gordo Bank and after a two
hour battle landed the monster, which officially weighed in at 335 lb. So
the cows have returned and since the reopening of the port there have been
several more landed, mainly by the hard core La Playita pangeros, several
very large fish were lost after extended battles. Sardinas were found
schooling again around the Puerto Los Cabos Marina Jetty and these baitfish
were the bait of choice for the better chances of all around action.



Fleets reported finding mixed sizes of yellowfin tuna off of Santa Maria,
Red Hill, Gordo Banks and Iman. The Iman was producing football sized
yellowfin and another grade of tuna in the 40 to 70 pound class, a bit
finicky, hitting best on lighter tackle, then the problem is fighting
heavier fish that are hooked on too light of tackle. The chance at the cows
has been on the Gordo Banks, with fish reportedly holding on both the Inner
and Outer Gordo Banks. Heavy dive boat pressure has been a negative factor
on the Gordo Banks.



The majority of the dorado that are now being encountered are smaller
juvenile sized fish, most of them females, which should actually be
released and given a chance to mature and spawn in order to help maintain a
quality fishery. A major problem is getting the people interested in
thinking about the future, instead of the mentality of what they can get
for today. Officials would be smart to enforce a temporary closure of all
dorado fishing until a later date in the Fall.



An occasional wahoo being reported, but there was more activity from these
fish before the recent storm passed through. Billfish action has been
spread out as well. Best bet has been to target the yellowfin of varying
sizes. Not much reported off the bottom, an occasional dogtooth snapper or
cabrilla. No inshore action to speak of, as is normal for late summer.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 47 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of:

1 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 170 yellowfin tuna, 20 bonito, 8 cabrilla, 76
dorado, 2 wahoo and 4 dogtooth snapper.






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
 Aug 25, 2014; 01:07AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo August 24, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo



August 24, 2014

Anglers –



For adventurous travelers who enjoy humid tropical weather conditions, this
is a great time to visit the Southern Baja Peninsula. Daily forecasts have
called for chances of scattered thunder showers, which has been the pattern
throughout August, though most of the rainfall recoded, fell over the
mountainous regions and the majority of the time in the direction to the
north of San Jose del Cabo. Conditions can change rapidly, this past week
there were threatening skies at times, but only isolated showers, winds
were light and ocean conditions were comfortable. Moderate swells at the
present time, though early next week a large storm swell is predicted to
impact the area and waves could be as big as twenty feet. This storm surge
is being produced by Tropical Storm Marie, which is now positioned to the
southwest, rapidly gaining strength and will be passing close by, offshore
of Cabo San Lucas. High chances of rainfall in the coming days as well, be
prepared to button down the hatches, because this is the time of year that
when it does rain, it can really pour.



Good news that more schooling sardinas have been appearing, smaller sized
baitfish were being found around the marina jetty, now larger sized
sardinas are schooling inshore off of Red Hill, it has been a long time
since these baitfish have even been found in local waters. It is hard to
say what the arrival of the big swell will do, likely scatter these
baitfish. Water clarity has been clear and blue, this will likely become
stirred up closer to shore. Ocean temperatures are ranging from 84 to 88
degrees, warmest zone towards Los Frailes.



Sportfishing fleets have been only moderately busy, as the epic bite off of
Southern California is keeping anglers busy. This past week there were a
variety of gamefish encountered, most common targeted species were
yellowfin tuna, dorado, billfish, snapper and wahoo. With the availability
of live sardinas this opened up more options for finding cooperative
schools of yellowfin tuna, anglers found the most consistent grounds to be
off of Palmilla and Red Hill, though sometimes these schools of tuna would
sleep in and only bite mid day, Santa Maria and the Gordo Banks also were
holding yellowfin tuna. Fly lining sardinas on lighter tackle was the best
method to entice action. The majority of these yellowfin tuna were of the
football sized variety, 5 to 12 lb., though there was a larger grade of 40
to 55 lb. tuna being found on the Gordo Banks, though this bite was even
more unpredictable and the fish became even increasingly shy as more and
more dive boat operators are chartering group tours that anchor and
concentrate on these already heavily pressured fragile fishing grounds.



Dorado action was more concentrated to the north of Punta Gorda, small to
medium sized fish, striking baitfish and trolled lures. Wahoo became a bit
more active in this same region, even though water temperatures are higher
than their preferred preference. Wahoo in the 20 to 40 pound class were
striking on rigged ballyhoo, as well as trolled Rapalas, no big numbers,
but a couple of charters did account for up to a pair of nice wahoo, that
is always a bonus.



Best bottom action recently has been for the chance at hooking into a heavy
dogtooth snapper, now holding on the shallow to medium depth rocky high
spots, including the Gordo Banks, Iman and La Fortuna. Currents have been
swift, which does make this style of drift fishing more difficult.



There has been a variety of billfish now found in local waters, namely
striped, blue and black marlin, as well as sailfish. Some offshore charters
had as mainly as three of four fish, striped marlin and sailfish being the
most common, but also some blues and blacks lurking, this is the time of
year when some of the biggest marlin are encountered. As anglers Vern and
Gerry Eickhorn, from Canada, will attest to. The Eickhorn’s were fishing
aboard the super panga “Killer II” with skipper Chame Pino, when they were
trolling a live skipjack on the Gordo Banks around 10 a.m., they hooked
into a huge black marlin that they battled, along with other additional
back up help for some 12 hours while using 80 pound tackle, the group was
never able to get the giant fish alongside the boat, it would stay just far
enough away for anyone to be able to grab the 20 foot leader. This was one
of those gladiator battles, addition supplies were dropping off, water,
food, etc…none of it mattered, as the fish eventually broke the line and
gained its freedom. Sure made for a good fish story though and some video
footage helped verify that the marlin was estimated to weigh in the 800
pound range.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 70 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of:

5 striped marlin, 12 sailfish, 280 yellowfin tuna, 9 cabrilla, 84 dorado,
15 wahoo, 15 dogtooth snapper and 4 amberjack.






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
 Aug 18, 2014; 12:23AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo August 16, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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August 16, 2014

Anglers



Light crowds of visitors this past week, as many families are now busy
preparing for the start of fall school semesters. Another factor for the
limited crowds of anglers is that Southern California is now enjoying an
epic El Nino season, where they are catching yellowfin and bluefin tuna,
dorado and yellowtail, all in local waters. Weather patterns in Southern
Baja continues to be unpredictable, forecasts have called for scattered
thundershowers for much of the past two weeks, most of this activity has
been over the mountain regions in the afternoon and not on the coastline,
though there were isolated heavy showers over the coastal stretches as
well. Ocean conditions have varied from day to day, swirling seas with
increased swells, breezes from the north, east and south, then the next day
would be calm. Charter fleets were able to launch every day, though on
certain days it was wise to stay in closer proximately in case the weather
turned unfavorable. There is a newly formed Tropical Storm Karina, now
heading westward and far away from having any impact on land.



Ocean temperatures ranged from 82 to 88 degrees through most of the area,
clean blue water was found within one mile of shore, lots of schooling
skipjack now on the fishing grounds, sardinas are now being netted from the
Puerto Los Cabos Marina Jetty area, very small in size. This has been the
bait of choice for enticing the schooling football sized yellowfin tuna off
of Palmilla Point, the tuna are also now found schooling off of Punta Gorda
and La Fortuna, the key is obtaining the sardinas, this is a limited
resource that really needs to see Government restrictions enforced in order
to maintain a sustainable fishery.



This week local San Jose del Cabo fleets found action close by, with
Palmilla Point being one of the more productive spots, anglers were fly
lining live sardinas for yellowfin tuna in the 6 to 14 lb. class., some
days there were quite a few skipjack to deal with, other times smaller
sized schools of dorado would appear and to keep things interesting there
were chances at hooking into a wahoo, striped marlin of sailfish. Hard to
predict the exact time of day that this inshore action would be best, one
morning it would be very early when the fish were most active, then the
very next day they would not get going until 11 a.m., who’s to figure why?,
current, tides, barometer, full moon, a lot of factors involved.



The Gordo Banks is starting to come alive, with cow sized yellowfin tuna
making an appearance, but not in the biting mood yet, another grade of tuna
in the 40 to 60 lb. range was also holding on these grounds and several of
these were landed, early in the day striking on chunked skipjack or
sardinas for bait. A handful of wahoo strikes off of these banks as well
and at times the dogtooth snapper were in the mix. These grounds are coming
alive, anything could happen on any given day. A black marlin estimated to
be in the 450 lb. range was battled for two hours from a local panga, only
to have the hook pull free as the fish was near the boat.





The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 69 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of:

2 striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 320 yellowfin tuna, 5 cabrilla, 8 jack
crevalle, 66 dorado, 7 wahoo, 12 dogtooth snapper, 18 red snapper, 150
skipjack and 6 roosterfish.






Good fishing, Eric












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