7 Apr 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo April 5, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


April 5, 2015

Easter Week is officially here, very busy time for the local residents and
visitors alike. This is traditionally the time when family and friends
gather, pack up provisions and flock to all of the available beaches to
enjoy themselves during this holiday period. Weather conditions are
absolutely ideal, clear sunny skies, with high temperatures nearing the 90
degree mark, winds and swells very moderate, very comfortable conditions
for anglers.

With many fishing crew members now on extended camping excursions, also
just not that many sport anglers now arriving in town, fleets have had
light schedules this week. Later this month, warming weather patterns will
offer sportfishing charters more opportunities and crowds of anglers will

The larger swell that pushed through the region last week, has resided now,
though this surge was strong enough to scatter the schools of sardinas
which had been congregating near Vinorama, these preferred baitfish have
now moved away from this beach stretch and we will wait patiently for the
schools to return as conditions settle. In the meantime charters have been
using the available caballito, chihuil, skipjack or ballyhoo for baitfish
options. Ocean temperatures have ranging from 73 to 76 degrees and this is
a warming trend which expect will continue. There were reports of schooling
bolito on the offshore fishing grounds, this is also a great sign, as this
food source will surely attract more gamefish.

Transition periods can create inconsistent and unpredictable fishing
action. We had seen great action during previous weeks, unusual fall type
action during the winter season. There was good action for yellowfin tuna
in the 20 to 30 lb. class, then the dorado and wahoo also moved in and got
in on the action, then the quality sized yellowtail started to take up the
slack on the Gordo Banks, now things have changed more to bottom structure
species as the surface bite has faded out for the time being. With the
exception of striped marlin, which are being found straight outside of San
Jose del Cabo and on the grounds to the north, not much else being found
offshore now.

Local fleets have been fishing the areas from Palmilla, to the Gordo Banks
and north to La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama. Action has been
spread out, using available bait and a mix of yo-yo type jigs, anglers
found species such as skipjack, bonito, pargo, snapper, amberjack and
triggerfish. Most common catches were bonito, skipjack and small red
snapper. The area of San Luis has held a nicer grade of red snapper, though
the sea lions have been a major nuisance, as they have been relentless in
stealing and majority of all fish that were being hooked up. No very little
yellowtail action to speak of, a few more amberjack started to appear, up
to 35 lb. No larger grouper to report, but there are some nice leopard
grouper up to 15 lb., including one golden phase specimen that was taken on
Thursday off of the Gordo Banks. There was also a lot of conversation about
a 500 lb. mako shark that was patrolling these same banks, going from boat
to boat, daring anglers to try and throw a bait its direction, no one opted
to try and battle this monster.

Inshore there have been hog sized jack crevalle, as well as roosterfish,
mostly smaller fish, a few pargo Colorado close to shore, sierra have been
around, but not in numbers you would normally find a this time.

Still quite a few whales being seen daily, these mammals must be about
ready to head north soon.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 53 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of:

14 striped marlin, 5 wahoo, 9 dorado, 25 sierra, 98 Eastern Pacific bonito,
16 cabrilla, 1 golden leopard grouper (cabrilla), 185 huachinango (red
snapper), 18 roosterfish, 15 amberjack, 5 yellowtail, 26 jack crevalle, 18
barred pargo, 44 triggerfish and 16 yellow snapper.

Good fishing, Eric

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