8 Dec 2014 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo December 5, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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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

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

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

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

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