GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
February 8, 2015
Weather patterns continue to be changing daily, actually starting to warm
up and feel like spring time already, after cloudy rainy days last week, we
are now seeing clear sunny days and high temperatures to 85 degrees.
Actually nearly a perfect climate now, winds have lighted up and anglers
enjoyed more comfortable days on the ocean. Lots of whale activity, as well
as dolphins, manta rays and sea lions.
Water temperatures have continued to be a cooling trend, but have
stabilized now in the 70 to 76 degree range, still pretty warm considering
that we are in the midst of winter. Clarity fluctuated accordingly to
currents and wind cycles, especially on the inshore fishing grounds to the
north of Punta Gorda.
The yellowfin tuna action came to standstill at the start of the week, but
then started to show increased activity later in the week. Often times the
tuna were seen feeding on the surface, but just would not be interested in
striking a bait that had a hook placed in it, just a few yellowfin were
being hooked into, most of them on either sardinas or strips of squid,
average weights were in the 15 to 30 lb. range. The Gordo Banks became the
best spot for a chance at landing a tuna in recent days, the other area of
La Fortuna the fish were even more finicky. We must remember that any
yellowfin tuna action at this time of year is a bonus, this is not the
season that we would normally expect to find active yellowfin on the local
Same can be said for dorado and wahoo, still quite a few dorado being
encountered, most of them have been juvenile sized, under 15 lb. and being
found close to shore, often near where the inshore sierra action was.
Supplies of sardinas remained steady, now being netting near Vinorama and
delivered to the Cardon or La Fortuna areas.
There was a discouraging situation being dealt with now, as more Mainland
commercial operations, which specialize in various forms of net fishing and
have equipment capable of stripping both inshore and offshore reefs of all
forms of sea life. These camps are set up in unpopulated zones where they
do not seem to receive much negative responses by the unknowing public.
This is an extremely destructive method of commercial fishing, even though
these groups do supposedly possess legal permits, none of it make any sense
at all and should be eliminated so that continued destruction of the
ecosystem does not result in a complete collapse of a fishery that was
always thought as an unlimited resource.
Bottom action has just begun to show signs of more consistency, still
dictated by what the weather allows. Shallow water structure was producing
a wide variety of fish, most of which were under ten pounds, with an
occasional larger specimen mixed in. Various pargo and snapper species,
triggerfish, mojarra grunt, bonito, skipjack, cabrilla, a few amberjack and
at least one yellowtail. These fish were striking on yo-yo jigs, sardinas
and strips of squid.
Sierra was the most common catch close to shore, best action was early in
the day on slow trolled sardinas. Also in certain area near the marina
jetties anglers found some roosterfish up to ten pounds.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:
2 striped marlin, 1 yellowtail, 2 wahoo, 34 yellowfin tuna, 165 sierra, 14
roosterfish, 88 dorado, 24 bonito, 26 cabrilla, 35 pargo, 24 yellow
snapper, 18 mojarra, 6 amberjack and 32 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147