GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
July 4, 2014
Light crowds of visitors have been greeted by tropical weather patterns as
we start the new month of July. Very humid conditions now, created by the
recent development of Tropical Storm Douglas, which followed a path off to
the northwest. This system brought scattered moderate to heavy
thundershowers across Southern Baja on Thursday morning, many outdoor
activities were cancelled, including local sportfishing charters, though by
mid-day skies had cleared and presently the forecast appears more
favorable. This is now the season where it is hard to predict the weather
more than a couple of days ahead of time.
Swells increased with this distant tropical disturbance, but diminished as
the storm’s distance away increased. Ocean conditions were calm, with a
rolling swell, no wind to speak of in recent days. Water temperatures were
80 degrees or warmer throughout the region and clean blue water was found
close to shore.
Anglers were able to find a mix of caballito, moonfish, as well as some
mullet on most days and there was reports of sardinas now schooling in the
vicinity of Los Frailes and further north, so that is an optimistic sign.
Most common species being found out of the San Jose del Cabo area have been
school sized dorado, at times very abundant and other days a bit more
scattered. Majority of these dorado were juvenile sized, particularly the
ones found close to shore, a handful of larger dorado up to 20 pounds have
been encountered further offshore. Anglers were having good success on the
schooling fish while trolling with hoochie type lures and strip baits.
Only an occasional yellowfin tuna accounted for out of Puerto Los Cabos,
though charters making the long haul from the East Cape, where they have
been able to find live sardinas, have found decent action on tuna in the 15
to 30 pound class near the San Luis Bank, these fish want the sardinas and
have been hard to entice on anything else.
Roosterfish were found patrolling the shoreline, though the action has been
hit or miss, recent trend showed these jacks more active early in the day,
so far we have not seen the epic bite that there was last season. Jack
crevalle were numerous along the shoreline and a few sierra were found as
well. Surf fishing anglers have reported some quality sized snook to over
40 pounds during the last few week period, these prized fish hit on various
baitfish as well as a variety of artificial casting lures.
Near Iman, to the San Luis and Vinorama high spots there was good action
early in the morning for red snapper (huachinango), with a mix of some
amberjack, cabrilla, bonito and triggerfish. Anglers did well early in the
day on yo-yo jigs, as well as drift fish whole and cut baits, though this
action tampered way off as the sun rose higher in the sky. This was time
when most charters were shifting attention to trolling offshore waters for
possible dorado and billfish. There was a mix of sailfish, striped and blue
marlin now on local grounds, though not in any significant numbers, as more
bolito and skipjack begin to congregate on the local fishing grounds we
expect action to become more consistent.
Still have not seen any big inshore run of dogtooth snapper, sporadic
action only, though this is the month when this action can be at its best,
before moving to offshore structure later on in the summer.
Local panga charter fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent
out approximately 46 charters for the week, with anglers accountjng for a
fish count of: 3 sailfish, 4 striped marlin, 3 yellowfin tuna, 26 bonito,
55 red snapper (huachinango), 13 amberjack, 18 roosterfish, 3 sierra, 225
dorado (many juveniles released), 10 cabrilla and 18 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147