6 Jun 2014 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo June 1, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

June 1, 2014

Anglers –

The Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm season officially began May 15 and this
past week Hurricane Amanda formed off of mainland Mexico, rapidly becoming
the most intense May cyclone ever recorded in the Eastern Pacific. Amanda
was immense, almost reaching category five strength. Luckily this storm
stayed south of the Baja Peninsula and weakened, it is now a remnant low.
This system brought humid tropical conditions, much outer storm band cloud
cover, some isolated showers, ocean swells were as high as 6 to 8 feet, but
the main impact felt in the Los Cabos area was just the high humidity,
warmer tropical weather. Winds were light and ocean conditions were very
pleasant in recent days.

Ocean currents were averaging 76 to 80 degrees, with the warmer water now
found in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, off of San Jose del Cabo and
towards Los Frailes. There are reports of more skipjack and schooling
bolito found on the offshore grounds, we have not seen the larger
concentrations of mullet along the shoreline yet, we are now in the season
where this inshore activity can break wide open on any given day. Moonfish,
caballito and ballyhoo have been the most common baitfish available from
local bait sources.

This weekend there is the traditional holiday of “Dia de la Marina” this
has always been one of the grandest celebrated events for the locals of the
La Playita community, this year’s event will include, the crowning of the
princess, late night dances and fishing tournaments for off the shore
anglers, as well as from boats. Good luck finding a parking spot though,
continued development has made this small location much more congested.

Offshore action remained very good for striped marlin, the grounds straight
off of San Jose del Cabo, from 10 to 17 miles has been the most productive
zone recently, marlin were found tailing on the surface, free jumping and
at times feeding, these fish have been feeding on squid and have been
moving accordingly, following this abundant food source. Many charters
accounted for multiple marlin days, stripers were weighing up to 140
pounds. Mixed in were thrasher sharks, readily striking on the same
moonfish and jacks for bait, even on rigged ballyhoo, these sharks have
made a strong showing this season, many were being hooked into on the same
billfish grounds, most of them were weighing in the 80 to 120 pound range.

More dorado were appearing n the fish counts, some nicer sized fish up to
25 pounds, these fish were still scattered, some charters finding several
fish and other never seeing one. Smaller schooling dorado were showing up
on the banks to the north, small juvenile sized dorado that should be
released with care so that they are able to reach maturity and maintain
healthy fish stocks.

Yellowfin tuna have been reportedly seen in different areas, most of these
were small to medium sized fish, but more often than not these fish were
not eager to strike. Only a scattering of yellowfin tuna were being
accounted for, most of these striking trolled rapalas or hoochies, weights
ranged to 30 pounds, but this was just for one fish here or there. Same
deal for wahoo, these elusive gamefish are in the area, but actually
hooking and landing one is a harder proposition, most of the wahoo we heard
about were from areas north of Punta Gorda, weights ranged to over 40

Roosterfish dominated the inshore action, big roosters are now patrolling
the shoreline, sizes to over 50 pounds were caught and released throughout
this past week, no significant wide open numbers, but charters targeting
these jacks reported having multiple chances at predominately larger size

Anglers working the bottom structure had mixed success, accounting for
limited numbers of amberjack, dogtooth snapper, cabrilla, grouper and
bonito. A few nice snapper and ambers were landed, but these fish had to be
worked for, many other stories of heavy fish that were lost after reaching
the rocky outcroppings and cutting lines, no fooling around when hooking
into one of these brutes, immediately the hook up turns into a tug of war

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 94 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of:

11 thrasher shark, 8 hammerhead shark, 34 yellowfin tuna, 41 striped
marlin, 12 wahoo, 3 sailfish,24 amberjack,8 grouper,15 cabrilla, 6 sierra,
105 dorado, 9 dogtooth snapper, 40 bonito and 125 roosterfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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