GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
January 11, 2015
After one week of colder weather patterns we have now seen the winds calm
down and a return to pristine conditions, clear skies and warm sunshine,
with highs of 80 degrees. Incredibly ideal, considering the freezing
forecast across much of United States and Canada. Crowds are relatively
light now, as is normal right after the holiday season, great time to
visit, airfares have dropped and the Los Cabos area has made impressive
rebuilding headway, most areas are now back to normal, pre-hurricane status.
The colder currents pushing in the last couple of weeks have dropped ocean
water temperatures into the 74 to 77 degree range, which would still be
considered warmer than average by several degrees for this time frame. The
cooler currents also brought in greenish colored water, which in turn
scattered the pelagic gamefish, but now conditions are rebounding and
opened up more options for anglers.
Anglers are using sardinas to fish close to shore and are catching good
numbers of sierra, ranging to as large as eight pounds, these sierra were
also striking on trolled hoochies and Rapalas. These fish, in the mackerel
family, do prefer the cooler water. A mix of shallow water structure
species are now becoming more prevalent as well, pargo, of several
varieties, cabrilla, triggerfish, pompano, island jack, porgy, bonito, mero
hawkfish, even sheephead, as well as and others, all very good eating fish,
striking on various baits, as well as jigs.
Dorado were very scattered, but handful are being accounted for every day,
most were under 15 pounds. Only a few smaller sized wahoo were reported,
these were found in the direction of Cabo San Lucas. Yellowfin tuna had
become very scarce during the windy days, but in recent days we have seen
some nice yellowfin being accounted for from the Inner Gordo Bank, as well
as from areas further north, near Vinorama. These tuna ranged in the 20 to
50 pound class, nice for winter time fish. Anglers were using sardinas,
strips of squid and chunks of skipjack to entice these tuna. No great
numbers, but there was a chance at catching several.
The striped marlin action continued off of San Jose del Cabo, anywhere from
3 to 6 miles offshore is where most of this action was taking place,
concentrations of baitfish have been attracting the billfish and anglers
were trolling and drift fishing with live baits, as well as casting into
feeding fish when the opportunities arose.
If the weather conditions how it is at this time, we could all be in for
some great winter action, hard to predict, but last year we had warm water
all winter and chances are this season might be the same.
Many more whales are now arriving for their winter stay in the Southern
Baja region, other attractions included manta rays, seas lions and
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 78 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 18 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 27 dorado, 24
bonito, 15 white skipjack, 49 yellowfin tuna,140 sierra, 13 roosterfish, 1
sheephead, 15 porgy, 4 hawkfish, 65 various pargo, 8 island jack, 7
amberjack, 22 cabrilla and 30 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147