GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
May 18, 2015
As summer season nears, we are started to feel progressively warmer days,
actually the climate is ideal now, as evenings do still cool off
comfortably and daytime highs are averaging about 85 degrees. Unpredictable
winds blowing from the north and then switching from the south have stirred
up conditions some and limited some of the options for anglers.
Swells have been higher once again, making surfers very happy, but not
helping the bait netters any, as there are still no signs of any sardinas
being found in local waters. There continue to be caballito and now
moonfish are also appearing in the marina channel, ballyhoo has been
another available bait option. Ocean temperature has been in the 74 to 76
degree range throughout most of the region. Currents have fluctuated,
raging at times and completely slacking on other occasions. Hard to predict
from day to day, as is normal for this time frame. Not much action being
reported on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas or out of the East Cape,
this is normally a good time for that area. Hard to say what factors might
be causing this situation. Lack of sardinas is a normal scenario when
southern swells arrive and it is normal to be relying on large sized
baitfish at this time. In the coming weeks the fishing action will depend a
lot on what weather patterns do.
Striped marlin has been really the only action found offshore, recently
they have been found from 3 to 12 miles from shore. There are good numbers
of these billfish now in the area, many can be seen free jumping, tailing
on the surface and also feeding on balled up bait schools, including squid,
which apparently are plentiful. The marlin are striking on rigged ballyhoo,
caballito and other available baitfish. At times they have proved finicky,
as they are filling up on natural bait sources and not much interested in
anything else. Though with persistence many charters are reported one, two
or three marlin per outing, best bite has been late morning and into the
Dorado have continued to be scarce, only an occasional fish being
encountered, no large schools of these fish now. Wahoo are holding on the
ledges north or Punta Gorda, to Vinorama, these fish are striking best on
slow trolled baits, most of these fish are ranging in sizes up to 30
pounds. Some charters accounted for up to five wahoo, though the majority
were fortunate to land one or two of these elusive and tricky speedsters.
Many yellowfin tuna could be seen breezing on these same fishing grounds,
especially around the Iman Bank, but with no sardinas now available, these
tuna have been hard to entice, a handful of yellowfin in the 25 to 40 lb.
class were accounted for, these fish hit on live chihuil or caballito.
When the weather allowed, anglers found much improved action off of the
bottom structure, from La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Bank, a variety of
quality species were taken, leopard grouper, including at least one of the
rare golden phase variety, yellow snapper, bonito, huachinango (red
snapper), grouper and amberjack. Grouper to 40 pounds and amberjack
weighing to over 60 pounds were accounted for. Most of this bottom action
was found in relatively shallow water and the fish hit on whole and cut
baits, not much on yo-yo jigs recently.
With the recent larger swell activity there was not much going on close to
shore recently, as swells reside we do expect to see more roosterfish
activity, maybe even some dogtooth snapper will start to move in.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 60 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 18 striped marlin, 11 yellowfin tuna, 19 wahoo,
14 dorado, 24 amberjack, 16 huachinango (red snapper) , 23 cabrilla, 1
golden phased leopard grouper, 3 broomtail grouper, 2 gulf grouper, 48
yellow snapper, 18 bonito and 28 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147