GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
March 1, 2015
As the month of February comes to an end we have seen unpredictable crazy
weather patterns continue. This week has been more like we would expect at
this time, cooler currents, off colored ocean conditions, variable winds,
predominately from the north. Though the climate has been very comfortable,
lows in the mid-50s and high temperatures about 80 degrees, with plenty of
sunshine. Whale watching is now at its peak, as scores of whale sightings
are being spotting on any given day throughout the region.
Anglers encountered changing conditions and this meant tough times when
looking for yellowfin tuna or dorado, those species have scattered and now
we are finding more of the cooler water species as we would expect during
the winter season. Catches have included bonito, sierra, roosterfish,
pargo, red snapper, cabrilla, grouper, yellowtail, skipjack, triggerfish
and others. The Eastern Pacific bonito has been one of the more abundant
fish, striking off the high spots north of Punta Gorda on both sardinas and
yo-yo jigs, average size is about 5 lb, some going as large as 12 lb. Good
fighting fish and excellent eating, similar to tuna or even albacore.
Supplies of sardinas were a bit harder to find, mainly because of the early
low tides and the rocky areas where the schools of baitfish are now
concentrated. They are finding some live sardinas, but supplies are not
what they have been as in previous weeks.
A handful of nice yellowtail are just starting to show up, all of the fish
landed have been in the 25 to 30 lb. class, from the Gordo Banks to San
Luis Bank, these jacks should start showing in greater numbers. Live bait
off the bottom and yo-yo jigs have both worked. A few sharks on the same
grounds to deal with. Also the ongoing sea lion problem. The all-around
bottom action is improving, we are now seeing red snapper (huchinango),
barred pargo, yellow snapper, leopard grouper, pinta cabrilla, flag
cabrilla, bonito and triggerfish.
Sierra have continued to be the main species running close to shore, most
of these fish are averaging in the 2 to 5 pound range, though we saw one 15
lb. trophy brought in this week, also a couple of others near the ten pound
mark. A few roosterfish in the mix, mostly smaller sized juvenile fish.
Slow trolling with sardinas have proved the best bet for these fish.
Billfish action has been slow, a few scattered striped marlin, no feeding
frenzies, as offshore bait schools have been hard to find, no
concentrations, we expect the coming months will bring more consistent
offshore action. There has been a lack of mackerel this season so far.
We have seen significant progress on rebuilding efforts of the panga dock
area in Puerto Los Cabos Marina, in another month or so we are hoping
things will be much improved. Local road crews in La Playita had dug up and
closed the main access road, beginning work on the final long overdue
pavement section from the Marine Group to Hotel El Ganzo, planned to
install new drainage, water pipe work etc… Though the crew completely
abandoned all efforts of this project and have left us with an embarrassing
mess. Someone has got to step in and fix this situation. Another disaster
is the gill and drift net operations going on in local waters, reports of
netters filling pangas with thousands of pounds of so called protected
species such as juvenile roosterfish, this just does not make any sense at
all, where are the authority’s priorities, is there any thought at all
about the state of the future fishery?
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 96 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 5 yellowtail, 18 dorado, 1
yellowfin tuna, 235 sierra, 310 Eastern Pacific bonito, 9 amberjack, 55
cabrilla, 58 huachiango, 12 roosterfish, 35 yellow snapper, 12 hammerhead
shark and 80 skipjack.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147