GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
We have seen crowds of tourists drop off this past week, this is the usual
scenario during the time frame immediately after the Thanksgiving vacation
and before the Christmas and New Year Holiday season. Families have other
priorities now, as they prepare for upcoming events. This is a great time
to visit now, with light crowds, this means minimal fishing pressure,
weather is ideal, lows around 60 degrees and highs in the low 80s. Mostly
clear sunny skies, winds have been light to moderate recently and anglers
enjoyed comfortable ocean conditions.
Ocean water temperatures ranged from 78 to 81 throughout the region and
outside of Cabo San Lucas currents were warmer at 82 degrees. This trend is
holding at least several degrees higher than what would be normal for this
time period, could mean that this might be another warm water winter, which
in turn can keep pelagic gamefish species hanging around local fishing
grounds throughout the winter. Global weather patterns are not easy to
predict, will be crazy if the wahoo do not migrate south for a second year
in a row.
Supplies of sardinas are more scattered now, being found schooling near
Cerro Colorado and towards Los Frailes, pangeros are netting these baitfish
close to shore and supplying sportfishing charters with sufficient supplies
of these preferred baitfish. Most common species now being successfully
targeted, have been yellowfin tuna and white skipjack, also called white
tuna and the scientific name is Katsuwonus Pelamis. These fish are
excellent fighters, highly sought after for their flesh and normally range
from 8 to 15 lb., with the IGFA record listed at 41 pounds. Somewhat rare
species and not often are they found any further north of Southern Baja.
Anglers have found that the action has been shifting from area to area
almost on a daily basis, with one area being red hot one day and then
producing little activity the next and in recent days the action has moved
from where it had been on the Gordo Banks and closer to shore off of Punta
Gorda, to areas further north near Vinorama. Yellowfin tuna have averaged
10 to 25 lb. and are striking on both dead and live sardinas, skipjack of
the black and white varieties are mixed in with the schooling yellowfin.
Some days anglers had to scratch to land three or four tuna and on other
days easy limits were accounted for.
There is still a chance at hooking into a cow sized tuna on the Gordo
Banks, mid-week there were a couple of yellowfin tuna weighing over 150
lbs. landed, but there are only a handful of the larger tuna being hooked
into by anglers specifically targeting these fish. With warmer currents
holding steady we might see cows caught as late as the New Year.
Dorado have been hard to find on a consistent basis, scattered in small
schools, most of these fish weighing 10 to 20 pounds, anglers were
fortunate to land a couple of these gamesters, about equal chances using
various baits or on trolled lures. Wahoo action slowed down, not they these
fish have left the area, they just have become more elusive, their
preferred bait source of live chihuil have become harder to catch. Plenty
of pesky sea lions causing havoc as well, making these baitfish very
Quite a few sierra now being found close to shore, a few roosterfish,
bottom action has been limited, more triggerfish than anything else, a few
pompano, pargo and cabrilla in the mix.
A few sailfish and striped marlin scattered offshore, no concentrations of
billfish, though later this month we do expect to see the seasonís first
influx from the north, of migrating striped marlin, following their food
source, typically this action first starts on the Pacific Banks, before
shifting in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 76 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:
4 sailfish, 5 striped marlin, 215 yellowfin tuna, 240 white skipjack, 12
wahoo,12 roosterfish, 15 jack crevalle, 80 sierra, 16 bonito, 3 amberjack,
9 pompano, 19 pargo,
18 cabrilla and 35 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147