22 Mar 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo March 22, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

March 22, 2015

We are now officially starting the spring season and progressively warming
conditions are feeling actually a bit tropical. Crazy unpredictable
patterns this past week, over the last weekend we saw thunderstorms develop
and on Sunday there was a couple of inches of rainfall measured that fell
in a matter of an hour, accompanied by heavy thunder and lightning. There
was also hail storms that were associated with these thunderstorms and ice
accumulated on the ground, giving people a rare chance to create ice balls.
Strange to have hail falling one moment, then tropical conditions later on
the same day, there were also water spouts reportedly seen offshore on the
fishing grounds at the start of the week.

Last weekend the great bite for yellowfin tuna and dorado became very tough
and scattered, with only a few fish being accounted for, charters were
lucky to catch a few fish in combination during a morning trip. This dire
situation included inshore, bottom and offshore action, things had gone
from very good to slim pickings just like that. Hard to say for what
reason, though the rapidly changing weather patterns and scarcity of
sardinas were certainly a contributing factors. The commercial fleet were
having to fight higher surf conditions along the rocky shoreline near
Vinorama where the schools of sardinas were holding and on some days were
not able to get any. Other bait options for anglers were caballito,
ballyhoo, skipjack and chihuil. Bait situation can become tough at times,
availability had been steady, now things are a bit more scattered, day to
day as to what might be available..

With the weather settling back down and fleets scouting out any new
opportunities, on Friday the seasonís first big bite on yellowtail
developed, this was on the Outer Gordo Bank, where anglers were hooking
into a quality grade of yellowtail while using various from of whole and
cut baits, even chunks of ballyhoo were working. These powerful jacks were
all running in the 25 to 35 lb. range and testing anglerís strength, many
hook ups were lost to cut lines, as these fish are known for heading
directly for the rocks as soon as they feel pressure of being hooked. Some
boats ended up catching as many as 5,6,7 or even more yellows.

The main species off the bottom rock piles has been the bonito, a few
snapper, cabrilla, amberjack and triggerfish. Though for a few days there,
the bonito did not even want to bite. There were reports of red crabs being
abundant near Cerralvo Island, this created a feeding frenzy for red
snapper, when these pelagic red crabs drift with the currents to the
surface action can be wide open, but this can also create a situation where
the gamefish only want to gorge on these red crabs and nothing else and if
they do not happen to come to the surface there is no way to gather them
for use as snapper bait. New season now, anything can happen from day to
day, week to week, the persistent gusty northern winds seem to be tapering
way down and with spring feeling now in the air we should start to see
calmer and more consistent weather patterns.

Lots of whales still in the area, but with this warming trend we will
probably see these mammals start to migrate back towards there northern
summer feeding grounds.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 74 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 2 striped marlin, 4 wahoo, 24 dorado, 18
yellowfin tuna, 26 sierra, 185 Eastern Pacific bonito, 7 amberjack, 16
cabrilla, 23 huachinango, 11 roosterfish, 66 yellowtail, 15 barred pargo,
16 yellow snapper and 55 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147