2 Feb 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo February 1, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo
February 1, 2015





This past week we saw more crowds of tourists traveling to the Los Cabos
resort destination, airport activity was bustling and patience was
necessary to get through International Customs. Lots of visitors, escaping
the cold wintry conditions across much of the United States, despite this
influx of people, not a high percentage of them were anglers and
sportfishing fleets reported that though the fishing was very good, there
were not many numbers of charters going out. That time of year, off season
now for certain pelagic gamefish, spring time will be here soon enough.



Weather patterns were unpredictable, going from cold, cloudy, rainy, windy,
to calm and quite warm, up to 90 degrees. Now we are starting the new month
and as the local saying goes, “Febreo loco and Marzo otro poco”.Translated
to “Crazy February and March even more”.



Actually in recent days the water clarity improved along the stretches
north of Punta Gorda, ocean temperatures have dropped now into the 70/74
degree range, which might still be slightly higher than normal seasonal
averages. Last week anglers were dealing with a challenging situation,
having to wait for long as two hours for supplies of live sardinas to be
delivered. Problem was that the baitfish schools shifted with the currents,
in the direction of Cabo San Lucas, near Santa Maria, pangeros netters
worked in the surf zone to net sardinas and then motor back to Puerto Los
Cabos, where charters would obtain bait and head to the more productive
northern fishing grounds. Bait supplies are no longer as abundant as in
previous decades, more patience is needed, or later departure times
arranged, there were not many options available for anglers to catch fish
while waiting for this bait to arrive. Local pangeros were forced to
regroup and now have found sardinas schooling north, near San Luis and
Vinorama, they are hauling supplies to meet local sportfishing charters on
the grounds such as La Fortuna, Iman and Cardon.



Yellowfin tuna are hanging around late into the season, or maybe this is
the start of the new season, results will be dictated on what exactly
happens with the ocean conditions and various food sources preferred by the
gamefish. Spotty action, depending on what the weather and currents
allowed. Tuna are being encountered on various grounds, most not far from
shore, including the Gordo Banks, to La Fortuna, Iman and Vinorama. The
bite was at random, sometimes early and often later in the morning, major
issue with sea lions on other days. Average tuna was in the 15 to 30 lb.,
though the larger grade of fish was still lurking around the Gordo Banks,
favorite choices for bait was sardinas or squid strips.



Dorado were found in decent numbers, La Fortuna and Cardon were good spots,
fish ranging to 20 lbs., a handful even larger, slowly trolling or drift
fishing with sardinas was a good bet, watch out for needlefish and skipjack.



Not much reported off the bottom, a mix of pargo, cabrilla, bonito and
triggerfish for the few anglers that gave it a try when weather and
currents allowed. Inshore action continued to be dominated by sierra,
striking most readily on sardinas and earlier in the day, also some jack
crevalle and juvenile roosterfish roaming the shoreline, remember to
release these roosterfish, as they are a prized fighting gamefish that are
only encountered and a limited natural range and need to be protected.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 52 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 5 striped marlin, 76 yellowfin tuna, 220 sierra,
18 roosterfish, 88 dorado, 20 bonito, 16 cabrilla, 34 various pargo and
snapper species, 10 jack crevalle and 8 amberjack.



Good fishing, Eric






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