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 Jan 27, 2015; 12:36PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo January 25, 2015
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San Jose del Cabo
January 25, 2015



Similar patterns this past week, winter weather hard to predict, though the
all-around climate is very pleasant and light crowds are enjoying
themselves, soaking up the available warm sunshine. Winds have been more
predominate again from the north and this has limited what areas the
sportfishing charters could comfortably operate on any given day. Inshore
areas north of Punta Gorda are seeing more greenish colored cooler current
push in from the north, water temperatures are dropping as well, from the
lower 70s up to the 75 degree range. Baits sources are supplying charters
with sardinas, caballito and there are ballyhoo available as well. Lots of
whale activity now being seen on a daily basis.



Anglers found billfish action offshore, a bit hit or miss, but this week
the bite for striped marlin improved offshore of San Jose del Cabo,
anywhere from four to six miles out, many marlin were hooked into while
drift fishing live baits down deep, also trolling on the surface. Dorado
were spread out, more being found closer to shore than further out, these
fish are traveling where their food source is. The majority of the dorado
were small to medium sized, an exception of a handful of fish being over 20
lb. Striking more often on bait than lures.



Yellowfin tuna action picked up, especially in the Inner Gordo Banks, the
wind factor was an issue, too much wind and swift current on certain days
made this option difficult to impossible. Though there were a larger grade
of yellowfin now on these grounds, up to 100 pounds, many in the 30 to 80
lb. class were hooked into, biting best on sardinas rigged on lighter
leader of forty pound test. Some charters had as many as three or four of
these nice tuna, other days we would see maybe one or tuna all together. So
this late season bite was still sporadic, though fairly impressive to even
have a chance at these quality fish at this time of year. Tuna were also
found on the banks such as La Fortuna and Iman, these fish were mostly in
the 15 to 30 lb. range, again hit or miss, depending on the north wind
conditions.



These same fishing grounds were producing a mix of bottom structure
species, not a lot of large fish, most were under fifteen pounds, though
always a chance of a much larger specimen and all of these fish are the
excellent eating variety. Catches were made on yo-yo jigs, as well as on
whole and cut bait, including pargo, snapper, porgy, island jacks, bonito,
triggerfish, amberjack, cabrilla and parrot fish.



Close to shore the sierra run is now in full swing, once found, these
schooling fish are voracious feeders and the action often can be fast and
furious on these scrappy gamesters that were averaging three to five
pounds. Also a few roosterfish and jacks rounding out inshore catches. Most
of the roosterfish now being found are juvenile sized and should be
released unharmed whenever possible. Early in the morning while panga
charters were waiting for bait suppliers some nice fish have been hooked
into directly outside of the Puerto Los Cabos jetties, including yellow
snapper, cabrilla and amberjack. This was a early bird special and would
happen one day and then maybe not the next, though a few fish in the 20 to
30 lb. class were accounted for.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 68 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 16 striped marlin, 95 yellowfin tuna, 325
sierra, 15 roosterfish, 72 dorado, 45 bonito, 18 barred pargo, 28 yellow
snapper, 15 island jack, 14 amberjack, 28 cabrilla, 12 porgy, 8 parrotfish
and 32 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric










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Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
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 Jan 23, 2015; 12:28AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo January 18, 2015
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San Jose del Cabo



Anglers Ė

January 18, 2015



As we progress deeper into the winter season, we are now seeing light
crowds of tourists arriving in Los Cabos. With airplane fares becoming more
reasonable, as fuel prices drop, we expect more people will realize this
and take the opportunity to visit this winter wonderland. We have seen
varying weather patterns, some days with cloud cover, with some scattered
rainfall earlier in the week, scarcely measurable, then again on other days
there was plenty of warm sunshine, with highs reaching near 80 degrees.



Winds were variable as well, the week started off very tranquil, then later
in the week there were stronger breezes blowing from the north. These
patterns contributed to anglers adjusted their game plans accordingly, as
to where they could comfortable fish on a given day. Options varied from
offshore, inshore and reef fishing. Ocean temperatures were ranging from 74
to 77 degrees throughout the region, greener off colored currents now
pushing in from the north.



Anglers enjoyed excellent action for yellowfin tuna during the first half
of the week, tuna were striking on sardinas off of the normal grounds, such
as the Gordo Banks, Iman, Vinorama, La Fortuna and Punta Gorda. Easy limits
were taken on yellowfin that averaged 15 to 25 pounds, with a larger grade
of fish mixed in as well, some 30 to 50 pounds and even a handful topping
the 70 pound mark. A local angler reported one tuna over 100 pounds while
fishing with slabs of squid on the Gordo Banks, so even though this is now
very late in the season, there is still a chance at a larger sized
yellowfin.



Dorado were more hit or miss, though there were actually more of these
gamefish accounted for this week, as compared to the previous. Found in
small schools. Many very close to shore, ranging 5 to 25 pounds. Wahoo were
seen, but not many were being hooked into, remember last season, when the
wahoo action went wide open during mid-February, we are hoping for a repeat
of that non typical scenario.



Inshore action remained steady for sierra, scrappy gamesters, ranging up to
eight pounds, striking on sardinas, trolled hoochies and Rapalas. Some
juvenile sized roosterfish and various jacks also found close to shore. Off
the shallow rock piles there has been a variety of structure species
encountered, though this action was not consistent from day to day,
depended greatly on how strong currents and winds were.



We are now seeing the main concentration of both humpback and gray whales
arriving for their annual breeding and feeding voyage to Southern Baja. Sea
Lions are bountiful as well remaining a pesky nuisance on the fishing
grounds.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 8 striped marlin, 2 wahoo, 365 yellowfin tuna,
134 sierra, 18 roosterfish, 38 dorado, 28bonito, 12 white skipjack, 42
miscellaneous pargo, 5 island jack, 16 amberjack, 18 cabrilla and 25
triggerfish.



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
 Jan 15, 2015; 12:33AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo January 11, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo

January 11, 2015



After one week of colder weather patterns we have now seen the winds calm
down and a return to pristine conditions, clear skies and warm sunshine,
with highs of 80 degrees. Incredibly ideal, considering the freezing
forecast across much of United States and Canada. Crowds are relatively
light now, as is normal right after the holiday season, great time to
visit, airfares have dropped and the Los Cabos area has made impressive
rebuilding headway, most areas are now back to normal, pre-hurricane status.



The colder currents pushing in the last couple of weeks have dropped ocean
water temperatures into the 74 to 77 degree range, which would still be
considered warmer than average by several degrees for this time frame. The
cooler currents also brought in greenish colored water, which in turn
scattered the pelagic gamefish, but now conditions are rebounding and
opened up more options for anglers.



Anglers are using sardinas to fish close to shore and are catching good
numbers of sierra, ranging to as large as eight pounds, these sierra were
also striking on trolled hoochies and Rapalas. These fish, in the mackerel
family, do prefer the cooler water. A mix of shallow water structure
species are now becoming more prevalent as well, pargo, of several
varieties, cabrilla, triggerfish, pompano, island jack, porgy, bonito, mero
hawkfish, even sheephead, as well as and others, all very good eating fish,
striking on various baits, as well as jigs.



Dorado were very scattered, but handful are being accounted for every day,
most were under 15 pounds. Only a few smaller sized wahoo were reported,
these were found in the direction of Cabo San Lucas. Yellowfin tuna had
become very scarce during the windy days, but in recent days we have seen
some nice yellowfin being accounted for from the Inner Gordo Bank, as well
as from areas further north, near Vinorama. These tuna ranged in the 20 to
50 pound class, nice for winter time fish. Anglers were using sardinas,
strips of squid and chunks of skipjack to entice these tuna. No great
numbers, but there was a chance at catching several.



The striped marlin action continued off of San Jose del Cabo, anywhere from
3 to 6 miles offshore is where most of this action was taking place,
concentrations of baitfish have been attracting the billfish and anglers
were trolling and drift fishing with live baits, as well as casting into
feeding fish when the opportunities arose.



If the weather conditions how it is at this time, we could all be in for
some great winter action, hard to predict, but last year we had warm water
all winter and chances are this season might be the same.



Many more whales are now arriving for their winter stay in the Southern
Baja region, other attractions included manta rays, seas lions and
porpoise.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 78 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 18 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 27 dorado, 24
bonito, 15 white skipjack, 49 yellowfin tuna,140 sierra, 13 roosterfish, 1
sheephead, 15 porgy, 4 hawkfish, 65 various pargo, 8 island jack, 7
amberjack, 22 cabrilla and 30 triggerfish.



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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 Jan 5, 2015; 08:16PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo January 4, 2015
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San Jose del Cabo

January 4, 2015



The New Year started off with a cold front sweeping in and the crowds of
holiday vacationers were wondering where all that advertised warm sunshine
disappeared to. Actually New Yearís Day was clear and sunny, nearly 80
degrees, the forecasted front pushed in that evening and looks as this will
be the trend through most of the week. Ocean currents are changing and we
have now seen water temperatures dip down to 75 degrees, also off colored,
greenish water has proved more challenging for anglers options of finding
cooperative gamefish.



Inshore there have been increasing numbers of sierra arriving with the
cooler current, some quality sized sierra in the 5 to 10 lb. class were
found near Cabo San Lucas, other areas were finding smaller sized sierra. A
few juvenile sized roosterfish in the mix. Supplies of sardinas were coming
from areas south of Palmilla Point.



Offshore of San Jose del Cabo there has been this on and off again bite for
striped marlin, found three to miles from shore, on the same grounds where
baitfish such as sardineta, jurelito, caballito are now schooling. The
stripers were encountered feeding on the surface, also many were hooked
into while slow trolling or drift fishing with live baits. Very few dorado
or wahoo were reported and the yellowfin tuna all but vanished as well,
last weekend there were a few charters that were at the Iman Bank at the
right time and accounted for a handful of yellowfin tuna weighing in the 20
to 50 lb. class. This action was before the wind picked up again and is
back on hold at the present time. After weather settles back down there
should be chances at late season action for wahoo, dorado and tuna.



Last week the winds had calmed and conditions were rebounding, there was
quality bottom action found for a variety of species, these type of fish
will bite in greenish colored water, but to effectively drift fish over
these rock piles, anglerís calmer conditions. So this is hit or miss action
throughout the winter, usually becomes more consistent towards spring.



Whales have been slow to show in big numbers this season, we expect this
cold wave will bring more of these mammals back to their winter spawning
grounds. Plenty of sea lion activity, an ongoing problem for anglers, as
they enviably loose a percentage of their hook ups to these pesky animals.



Progress has been slow for rebuilding the panga area of Puerto Los Cabos
Marina, recently we have seen a new construction begin pushing some dirt
around, so hopefully they continue to pick up the pace and we can see this
major rebuilding project finally completed.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 71 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

16 striped marlin, 9 dorado, 10 white skipjack, 12 yellowfin tuna, 28
bonito,

210 sierra, 24 roosterfish, 25 pargo, 15 island jack, 5 amberjack, 1
yellowtail 16 cabrilla and 25 triggerfish.



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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 Dec 29, 2014; 01:54AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 28, 2014
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San Jose del Cabo

December 28, 2014



Winter season has officially started and this past week we witnessed a
change in weather patterns, cooler air blowing in from the north, ocean
water temperatures dropping to an average of 77 degrees, off colored
currents contributed to some scratchy fishing action, even though schooling
yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado and striped marlin were seen on local
grounds, getting them to bite was another story. Fish became more finicky
as water conditions turned over, though this is not such a drastic change
that we anticipate not having the action rebound as this latest weather
front pass through.



Many families are now visiting for the Holiday Season, though not as many
serious anglers at this time, most of them have already visited during the
more favorable fall season. Though ocean water temperatures are now on a
cooling trend, currents are still warmer than normal for this time frame
and we are optimistic that anglers will enjoy great winter time action. At
this time there are a wide variety of species in the area, though no
particular type of fish are dominating the bite from day to day.



Bait suppliers are netting sardinas now from Red Hill and south towards
Chileno, a bit more scattered than they had been, though with patience
there have been sufficient supplies. Offshore of San Jose there were now
schooling baitfish such as sardineta and a few mackerel moving onto the
normal winter grounds. This attracted good numbers of striped marlin,
though off colored conditions have scattered this action in recent days.



Yellowfin tuna and various skipjack, as well as some dorado and wahoo are
rounding out the action for the majority of charters, no great numbers, but
there are some quality catches being accounted for. Most consistent grounds
have been from Punta Gorda and towards Vinorama. Though north winds have
become a factor on these northern grounds. When the tuna did decide to come
up and feed, anglers were able to hook into a handful of these yellowfin,
average sizes were in the 10 to 20 lb. class. Same for the dorado and
wahoo, most of these fish were less than 25 lb., though we did see one
impressive 80 lb. wahoo accounted for, taken on a dead bait of Punta Gorda.



Inshore there were quite a few sierra found, though not many people have
been targeting these fish, as there were chances of catching larger more
sought after species without having to travel more than a few miles from
shore. Bottom action is just starting to show signs of coming to life, one
day last week some red crabs were found on the surface, these made great
baits for red snapper, but have not been seen again, though some of these
fish are striking on yo-yo jigs and other baitfish. Also some amberjack,
cabrilla, triggerfish, bonito and pargo in the mix. We expect more of these
rocky structure species to move into shallower waters, though to really be
able to concentrate on this style of fishing you need the weather to
cooperate and for the north winds to settle down.
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Sea lions continue to be a pesky problem, waiting to ambush anglers hooked
fish before they can be brought to gaff. Whales are slow to show in masses
so far, we expect to see the larger concentrations of these mammals to
appear in the coming weeks.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 60 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 13 striped marlin, 48 dorado, 18 wahoo, 14 white
skipjack, 124 yellowfin tuna, 22 bonito,​
64 sierra, 10 roosterfish, 35 misc. pargo/snapper species, 1 island jack,
180 black skipjack, 17 amberjack and 25 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric







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Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
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 Dec 22, 2014; 05:05PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 21, 2014
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San Jose del Cabo

December 21, 2014



Similar scenario this past week, with lighter crowds of tourists enjoying
great late fall weather conditions, taking advantage of all of the outdoor
activities now offered in this world class travel destination of Los Cabos.
Skies remained mostly sunny, scattered cloud cover, high temperatures
reaching 80 degrees. Some wind out of the north, but not too strong like we
can see during this time period. Ocean water temperatures are still holding
in the 78 to 80 degree range and anglers were finding a variety of pelagic
gamefish on local fishing grounds.



Sardinas continue to be available and have been the bait of choice for
having success on the yellowfin tuna and skipjack. This action has been
found near Iman and towards Vinorama this week, drift fishing with sardinas
proved the best way to entice these fish.

Most of the tuna have been weighing in the 15 to 20 lb. range, with a
handful up to 50 lb. mixed in. There have been some healthy sized white
skipjack to over 15 lb. on the same grounds. Dorado were not as easy to
find, no particular place, scattered in small schools, some charters would
have two or three dorado and others would not see any. Sizes averaged 10 to
20 lb.



Wahoo activity improved in recent days, the normal areas north of Punta
Gorda were producing action for wahoo ranging from 15 to 50 lb. Anglers had
strikes while trolling with Rapalas, but the best chances were taken while
trolling with live chihuil, which were not that easy to come by. Offshore
of San Jose del Cabo there were schools of sardineta baitfish showing, this
has attracted striped marlin to this area, surely other gamefish will
follow, as these are a preferred food source, also this is normally a sign
that schooling mackerel will be moving into local waters soon.



Inshore action for sierra, jack crevalle and some roosterfish has been
steady, though not many people are concentrating efforts inshore, as
offshore action has been very good. Bottom action improved this week,
species such as snapper, cabrilla, bonito, pompano, hogfish and triggerfish
were landed. Mid-week there was one day where some pelagic red crabs were
found drifting to the surface and these made excellent baits for red
snapper, the next day no one reported finding any of the red crabs.



We are anticipating great winter season action for this season, seems to be
following same patterns as last year. As long as warm currents prevail,
there will be dorado, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and billfish hanging around.
Whales are showing now in greater numbers, many sea lions as well, actually
too many, have been a nuisance on the fishing grounds.



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:

2 sailfish, 9 striped marlin, 32 wahoo, 65 dorado, 225 yellowfin tuna, 110
white skipjack, 26 bonito, 55 sierra, 15 roosterfish, 24 cabrilla, 65
huachiango
(red snapper), 8 pompano, 4 hogfish, 45 triggerfish and 18 yellow snapper.





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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 Dec 22, 2014; 05:02PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December14, 2014
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San Jose del Cabo

December14, 2014



We have seen crowds of tourists drop off this past week, this is the usual
scenario during the time frame immediately after the Thanksgiving vacation
and before the Christmas and New Year Holiday season. Families have other
priorities now, as they prepare for upcoming events. This is a great time
to visit now, with light crowds, this means minimal fishing pressure,
weather is ideal, lows around 60 degrees and highs in the low 80s. Mostly
clear sunny skies, winds have been light to moderate recently and anglers
enjoyed comfortable ocean conditions.



Ocean water temperatures ranged from 78 to 81 throughout the region and
outside of Cabo San Lucas currents were warmer at 82 degrees. This trend is
holding at least several degrees higher than what would be normal for this
time period, could mean that this might be another warm water winter, which
in turn can keep pelagic gamefish species hanging around local fishing
grounds throughout the winter. Global weather patterns are not easy to
predict, will be crazy if the wahoo do not migrate south for a second year
in a row.



Supplies of sardinas are more scattered now, being found schooling near
Cerro Colorado and towards Los Frailes, pangeros are netting these baitfish
close to shore and supplying sportfishing charters with sufficient supplies
of these preferred baitfish. Most common species now being successfully
targeted, have been yellowfin tuna and white skipjack, also called white
tuna and the scientific name is Katsuwonus Pelamis. These fish are
excellent fighters, highly sought after for their flesh and normally range
from 8 to 15 lb., with the IGFA record listed at 41 pounds. Somewhat rare
species and not often are they found any further north of Southern Baja.
Anglers have found that the action has been shifting from area to area
almost on a daily basis, with one area being red hot one day and then
producing little activity the next and in recent days the action has moved
from where it had been on the Gordo Banks and closer to shore off of Punta
Gorda, to areas further north near Vinorama. Yellowfin tuna have averaged
10 to 25 lb. and are striking on both dead and live sardinas, skipjack of
the black and white varieties are mixed in with the schooling yellowfin.
Some days anglers had to scratch to land three or four tuna and on other
days easy limits were accounted for.



There is still a chance at hooking into a cow sized tuna on the Gordo
Banks, mid-week there were a couple of yellowfin tuna weighing over 150
lbs. landed, but there are only a handful of the larger tuna being hooked
into by anglers specifically targeting these fish. With warmer currents
holding steady we might see cows caught as late as the New Year.



Dorado have been hard to find on a consistent basis, scattered in small
schools, most of these fish weighing 10 to 20 pounds, anglers were
fortunate to land a couple of these gamesters, about equal chances using
various baits or on trolled lures. Wahoo action slowed down, not they these
fish have left the area, they just have become more elusive, their
preferred bait source of live chihuil have become harder to catch. Plenty
of pesky sea lions causing havoc as well, making these baitfish very
skittish.



Quite a few sierra now being found close to shore, a few roosterfish,
bottom action has been limited, more triggerfish than anything else, a few
pompano, pargo and cabrilla in the mix.



A few sailfish and striped marlin scattered offshore, no concentrations of
billfish, though later this month we do expect to see the seasonís first
influx from the north, of migrating striped marlin, following their food
source, typically this action first starts on the Pacific Banks, before
shifting in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 76 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

4 sailfish, 5 striped marlin, 215 yellowfin tuna, 240 white skipjack, 12
wahoo,12 roosterfish, 15 jack crevalle, 80 sierra, 16 bonito, 3 amberjack,
9 pompano, 19 pargo,

18 cabrilla and 35 triggerfish.





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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 Dec 8, 2014; 12:25AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 5, 2014
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San Jose del Cabo

December 5, 2014

We continue to have good sized crowds of sun worshipping vacationers arrive
in Los Cabos. Great time to visit now, ideal fall weather patterns, clear
sunny skies, with high temperatures of about 85 degrees. The north winds we
had last week were not much of a factor this week, stronger breezes
increased more often later in the day. Ocean water temperatures are now
ranging in the 79 to 82 degree range, with clean blue water being found in
close proximity.



Anglers have opportunities for a variety of pelagic gamefish which are now
present on our local fishing grounds, including yellowfin tuna, dorado,
wahoo, skipjack, sailfish, striped marlin and others. The abundance of
skipjack, bolito and other natural baitfish that congregate on the same
popular grounds have been much more limited this past week, the better
option for bait source was to secure sardinas through the commercial fleet,
they were netting these baitfish near Red Hill and towards Chileno, also
schooling sardinas were found north of Vinorama, quite a long distance
north.



There were reports that offshore from Cabo San Lucas there were yellowfin
tuna encountered, this was best done on a larger charter, as these fish
were found further offshore and open waters were unpredictable. The San
Jose del Cabo fleet found their more consistent action coming from proven
areas, such as the Gordo Banks, La Fortuna, Iman Bank and north to
Vinorama. Yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 30 lb. class was probably the most
common fish, besides skipjack, they were striking on sardinas on lighter
tackle, while drift fishing with fly lined baits or using very light
sinkers, this is normal most popular technique. Schools of a variety of
bonito and skipjack were mixing in, as were roaming packs of wahoo.



The bite was more finicky in recent days, some areas would be very goodr
one day and then tough the very next and the best action was shifting
further towards Vinorama. Most charters were catching a combination of
species. There continued to be the larger grade of yellowfin hanging around
the Gordo Banks, we know of at least one yellowfin tuna in the 250 pound
class that was caught earlier this week from a private center console, they
hooked up with the cow while trolling a live skipjack. Other big tuna were
lost after extending battles and a handful of 50 to 90 pound tuna were
accounted for as well. But overall the numbers on these larger yellowfin
were very few.



The best chances at hooking into a wahoo recently was while using live
chihuil baitfish, slowed trolled over the inshore structure and ledges
north of Punta Gorda. Though chihuil baitfish were not easy to obtain, only
found seasonally in certain spots, special chum and small bait techniques
required. Wahoo to over forty pound were landed, several charters were more
fortunate, landing three or four wahoo, while losing at least as many
strikes. Most anglers were doing very well to account for an all-around
catch of, one wahoo, maybe two or three quality tuna, handful of skipjack
and a dorado or two, as a bonus. Dorado were scattered, some charters were
finding two or three, while others never reported seeing one, no particular
place, hit or miss, luck of the draw, most dorado were weighing in the 8 to
20 lb. range.



Billfish were encountered spread out, no big numbers, some striped marlin,
occasional sailfish in the mix, but then always a chance at the larger
black or blue marlin, especially with warm currents still holding in the
region.



Bottom action was limited, plenty of triggerfish, a few amberjack, snapper
and cabrilla. Inshore sierra are hitting early in the morning, hoochies,
Rapalas or smaller baitfish was the best way to entice these feisty smaller
gamefish.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 126 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 3 sailfish, 6 striped marlin, 190 yellowfin
tuna, 57 wahoo, 35 sierra, 22 jack crevalle, 25 bonito, 245 skipjack, 6
amberjack, 5 pompano, 22 pargo, 12 cabrilla and 25 triggerfish.





Good fishing, Eric








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Eric Brictson / Operator
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Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
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 Nov 30, 2014; 02:28PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo November 30, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo

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 seasonís 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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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Nov 23, 2014; 07:38PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Ė November 23, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
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San Jose del Cabo


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