25 Aug 2014 - 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

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