GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
April 19, 2015
Crowds of tourists are lighter now that spring break has wound down, the
visitors that are arriving to Los Cabos are enjoying great all around
weather conditions, ideal climate now, scattered cloud cover, though plenty
of sunshine, high temperatures around 85 degrees. With the exception of
last weekend, when on Sunday the wind blew heavily out of the north, since
then days have been much calmer, still unpredictable from day to day this
time of year.
Ocean water temperatures fluctuated from 72 to 76 degrees throughout most
of the region, swells were moderate and supplies of sardinas were
sufficient, being netted by the commercial fleet near San Luis. Anglers
found the most consistent action from areas near Vinorama, San Luis and
Iman Bank. Last Saturday there was a wide open bite reported from the Tule
area, just north of Vinorama, this is a longer than normal run for local
charter fleets, though the action was centered very close to shore.
Yellowfin tuna in the 30 pound class was the mainstay of daily catches,
though there were dorado and wahoo mixed in. Drift fishing with sardinas
for bait was the most productive technique. The very next day, on Sunday,
high winds made conditions extremely difficult and also stirred up the sea,
slowing the bite for a couple of days. Then the action improved by
mid-week, before tapering off once again later in the week. Definitely an
up and down deal, though conditions remain favorable and anything could
happen on any given day.
More striped marlin are being seen around the Iman Bank and other nearby
grounds, as well as a handful of larger dorado, wahoo action was elusive,
though these speedsters are holding on local fishing grounds and with
warming weather could go on a big bite at any time. Not much consistent
bottom action being found, not many anglers were even trying the Gordo
Banks, where yellowtail had previously found schooling down deep, this
action was sporadic and most anglers opted to travel further north in
search of better opportunities for tuna, wahoo and dorado.
Inshore there were sierra, roosterfish and jack crevalle, no big numbers,
as spring progresses we expect to see improved inshore action soon as
Have not heard of any great reports coming from the East Cape or outside of
Cabo San Lucas, best bite appears to be out of the San Jose del Cabo area,
which can be normal for this time frame.
Rebuilding efforts of the panga dock area out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina
continue to progress, though more priority seems to be put towards fancying
up the fillet station areas and perimeter of the parking areas, not towards
actually rebuilding loading ramps, connecting docks, bathroom facility,
lighting and fresh water wash down options for all of the moored pangas.
Street work in the La Playita village area surrounding the docks continue
at a snailís pace, with no detour signs in place and this makes work
conveniences limited. We do all hope that this project is someday
completed, as the new tropical storm season is just around the corner.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 77 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 85 yellowfin tuna, 9 striped marlin, 11 wahoo,
58 dorado, 17 sierra, 32 Eastern Pacific bonito, 16 cabrilla, 8 pompano, 14
roosterfish, 5 amberjack, 16 jack crevalle, 22 pargo,
22 yellow snapper and 105 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147