GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
July `19, 2015
After a quiet few weeks of calm weather with no tropical storm activity,
things became busy once again in the Eastern Pacific. With two named
systems developing quickly early in the week, Hurricane Dolores and
Tropical Storm Enrique, of which only Dolores moved close enough to impact
Southern Baja, this storm reached category four strength at one point while
churning over warm waters some 200 plus miles west of Cabo San Lucas, we
all felt fortunate that this storm stayed far enough from land to not cause
any devastating damage. The main impact we felt was that all ocean
activities were halted on Tuesday, as the Ports of Cabo San Lucas and
Puerto Los Cabos were closed with posted Red Flag conditions. There was
only scattered rainfall felt, more of this towards Todo Santos, with winds
to 30 mph, ocean swells peaked close to 15 feet high on Thursday. We do
expect that the Ports will reopen over the weekend sometime and
sportfishing charters and other outdoor activities will resume.
Prior to the stormy ocean conditions forcing port closures we were seeing
improved action for yellowfin tuna and dorado. Dorado were just making more
of a presence before the latest storm system, weights up to 20 lb. Most of
the yellowfin were smaller 5 to 10 lb. fish, though there were some larger
tuna in the area. Skipper Chame Pino on the super panga “Killer II” out of
La Playita landed a 140 pound yellowfin tuna off of the Gordo Banks while
using a fresh lively bolito for bait. This area has been plagued with
sharks recently, making it hard to keep a bait in the water long enough
without having a shark grab onto it, before any other gamefish has a
chance. Hopefully these pesky sharks move elsewhere soon so that anglers
have more opportunities. Ocean temperatures were nearing the 85 degree
range in some areas, likely that currents have cooled slightly with choppy
seas through much of the week, clarity will be stirred up for a bit as
conditions take time to rebound.
Live bait sources remained much the same, with caballito and a mix of some
moonfish being available. Only limited supplies of sardinas were found for
a few days before the storm, now bait suppliers will need to search all
over again for possible resources.
Roosterfish had become much more scattered during the past week, most
productive reports came from areas near Vinorama, where good numbers of
quality sized roosterfish were encountered. Only a handful of dogtooth
snappers were reported, most of these were seen very briefly, as they
engulfed slow trolled bait and immediately headed for the nearest rock
outcropping to cut the leader. Time we should see these big snapper showing
up on the offshore banks.
There continued to be chances at early morning action off of San Luis Bank
for red snapper (huachinango) while working yo-yo jigs, with some of these
fish nearing 15 lb., though this action was showing signs of slowing down
in the rapidly warming waters.
Billfish action was scattered, no particular hot spot, warmer currents had
the main migration of striped marlin moving towards Southern California.
Sailfish were encountered in limited numbers, as we near August we expect
more black and blue marlin to arrive on the local fishing grounds. With all
of the smaller sized yellowfin tuna now present, these are a favored food
source for big gamefish.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 21 charters for storm shortened week, with
anglers reporting a fish count of: 1 sailfish, 2 striped marlin, 26 dorado,
2 wahoo, 78 yellowfin tuna, 1 dogtooth snapper, 7 yellow snapper, 6 jack
crevalle, 9 bonito, 16 roosterfish and 18 huachinango (red snapper).
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147