GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
June 14, 2015
Hurricane Blanca passed off to west of Cabo San Lucas last weekend,
although everyone was heeding the warnings and preparing for worse
conditions, this system never really amounted to much, very little rainfall
at all was felt, though on Sunday night there were some wind gusts up to 50
or 60 mph the blew through the Los Cabos Region. Sportfishing fleets were
shut down for three days due to stormy conditions, resuming operations on
Tuesday. Ocean conditions were a bit stirred up, water was off colored and
fleets were searching all the known local grounds for signs of the best
possible action. Ocean currents were strong, even though swells diminished,
water temperature ranged from 76 to 80 degrees through most of the area.
Baits supplies of caballito and moonfish were being found in the Puerto Los
Cabos Marina channel, only scattered numbers of mullet now showing up and
no signs yet of sardinas.
Center of the most consistent action was found around the 25 spot, off of
La Fortuna, inside of the Iman Bank. This is where hog sized amberjack have
been testing the skill and strength of anglers, with fish to over 60 pounds
being accounted for. These fish were striking on live baits while either
slow trolling or drift fishing over the rocky structure. The few charters
that did use downrigger equipment had particularly good results. Various
varieties of cabrilla and pargo rounded out the catches from this area,
with one more golden phased leopard grouper being accounted for.
Dorado were spread out, though a percentage of charters were finding
limited numbers of these fish, with a few larger bulls starting to be
accounted for. With the water now being an off colored greenish blue, we
have not had any wahoo action this past week. Yellowfin tuna were also
scarce during this past storm shortening week, though on Wednesday one
angler did report losing a nice yellowfin, of an estimated 80 pounds, right
as it neared the boat.
Striped marlin were spread out through the region, one charter boat had a
double hook up close to shore while trolling ballyhoo, marlin were also
found further offshore. There were reports from a couple different private
sportfishers of landing cow sized yellowfin tuna while traveling offshore
and encountering porpoise.
This is always the time of year when we see big roosterfish moving into the
local inshore grounds and in recent days we have seen roosterfish up to 65
pounds landed, still no big numbers, but these fish are definitely in the
area now. There were also some dogtooth snapper starting to appear along
shore, near the rock outcroppings, these fish will test even the most
skilled of anglers.
Presently we are closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Carlos,
as this system is forecast to move in the direction of Southern Baja by
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 52 charters for the shortened week, with
anglers reporting a fish count of: 8 striped marlin, 19 dorado, 3 yellowfin
tuna, 1 golden leopard grouper, 34 amberjack, 15 cabrilla, 3 dogtooth
snapper, 4 pargo colorado, 2 sierra, 10 yellow snapper, 12 jack crevalle, 8
bonito and 20 roosterfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147