24 Apr 2014 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo April 20, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

April 20, 2014

Anglers –

Easter Week is attracting local families to all of the accessible beaches,
as this is the traditional time to spend time with family and friends on
the shoreline. Practically the whole city shuts down this weekend, as no
one wants to miss out on any of the action. This is also transition time
for the weather patterns, days are steadily warming, though there has been
a mix of cloud cover and cooler Pacific breezes sweeping through actually
the ideal climate now, with high temperatures into the 80s.

Many locals always say that the fish go on vacation as well over the
holiday, with the recent full moon passing and choppy ocean conditions for
a few days, we did see the water clarity become blotchy and the all around
fishing action was more scattered. Striped marlin with some dorado mixed in
has been the main deal offshore, varying from day to day, at times fish
were found within several miles, other days out to 20 miles. There were
reports of offshore porpoise activity, but no yellowfin tuna were
associated. Anglers were trolling open water with lures and using either
rigged ballyhoo or live caballito for bait. The live bait found inside the
marina dock area did become scarcer during the moon as well.

Panga fleets looking for the best chances at action for a variety of more
preferred good eating species were concentrating on the San Luis Bank. The
Eastern Pacific bonito was the most prevalent catch, striking best on yo-yo
jigs, though there was also a mix of snapper, cabrilla, amberjack and even
an occasional yellowtail, though no real numbers of any of these species,
except for the bonito, limits were standard for them. Though there was the
ever increasing situation of problematic sea lions hanging around these
same grounds, being aggressive and opportunistic of stealing angler’s
catches, fifteen of these mammals were counted one day on these same banks,
making it nearly impossible to actually reel a fish all the way to the boat.

Not as many wahoo stories being told in recent days, but with water
temperatures of 75 degrees, these species are staying in the area. There
were reports of increased activity of schooling flying fish offshore, this
is usually a favorable sign of spring time and should attract more gamefish
into the local waters. Thrasher sharks were also reported from the same
billfish grounds.

Inshore action was spotty for sierra, roosterfish and jack crevalle. Quite
a few sierra seen, but without sardinas it has not been easy to entice
them, a few charters that somehow obtained some frozen sardinas, did well
on these sierra. Some days the juvenile sized roosterfish were found just
north of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina Jetty’s, these smaller fish were
having trouble swallowing the larger sized live baits. Other days the
roosters vanished, hard to predict these jacks, sometimes bite best early,
other days late, tide can come in to play as when these fish become more

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 73 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of: 1 thrasher shark, 1 sailfish, 29 striped
marlin, 2 wahoo, 6 yellowtail, 8 amberjack, 25 huachinago, 15 jack
crevalle, 12 sierra, 36 dorado, 380 bonito and 16 roosterfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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