30 Aug 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers August 16, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


August 16, 2015

With summer progressing the weather has remained calm for the Los Cabos
region, recent storm development has seen tropical systems following tracks
heading far off to the west. Presently there is a low pressure area off of
mainland Mexico that appears favorable for further tropical formation, with
forecasts having this system follow a path paralleling the Baja Peninsula,
several hundred miles from any impact on land. The next six weeks are
historically the period when the highest numbers of hurricanes have
impacted the Southern Baja area, so we will be following weather updates

With Southern California now experienced epic, almost unprecedented action
for tuna, yellowtail, dorado, striped marlin and other gamefish, local
sportfishing fleets are seeing lighter crowds than during previous summers.
The main species now being targeting locally has been the yellowfin tuna,
supplies of sardinas are now becoming more scarce and with surf conditions
now increasing and coinciding with early morning low tides, we expect this
bait resource will become even more scattered in the coming weeks. Many
anglers are searching out other bait options, local super markets have been
selling slabs of giant squid and this has been one of the more productive
options available for drift fishing the tuna. The consistent tuna bite on
the Iman Bank has continued, in recent days the action turned on best later
in the morning, most of the yellowfin caught off of these grounds were
ranging in the 6 lb. to 50 lb. class. The spot where a handful of very very
large yellowfin tuna have been lurking is on the Gordo Banks, with three
more tuna of 300 lb. or more landed this past week. Not any significant
numbers yet for these larger cows and the bite for the smaller grade tuna
also becoming a little less productive, this area has had heavy pressure
now for three weeks, also water clarity has been greenish due to Pacific
currents pushing this direction and this seems to have slowed the action.
Ocean temperatures remains in the 86/87 degree range, chances are that it
will stay in the upper 80s until the early fall season.

Billfish have been scattered, trolling available larger baitfish around the
Gordo Banks has been one of the best techniques for having chances at
sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin or the cow sized tuna, which are
now all hanging around these grounds, so you never know what you might hook
into on any given day. Trolling with skipjack, bolito and small yellowfin
tuna are all proven big gamefish producers, though this is the type of
fishing where a lot of patience is needed. With hook ups on these fish
being few and far between, more charters have been concentrating around the
Iman Bank, where there has been better chances at catching more numbers.
East Cape charters continue to make the long run south to these same
grounds, must mean that they do not have much going on off of their more
local fishing grounds.

No really consistent bottom action going on now, a handful of snapper/pargo
species, an occasional amberjack, dogtooth snapper, cabrilla or grouper,
strong currents has made this structure action more difficult and at times
even when the currents slacked, the fish just did not seem to be very

We expect that the coming weeks will bring even more reports of monster
yellowfin tuna or larger sized marlin, as this is always known as the time
when big fish are hanging around on local grounds, attracted by the huge
concentrations of natural food sources.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 9 sailfish, 7 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin, 1
black marlin, 188 yellowfin tuna, 2 yellowtail, 3 dogtooth snapper, 4
amberjack, 2 wahoo, 6 cabrilla, 2 broomtail grouper, 18 bonito, 18 rainbow
runners and 27 mixed pargo species.

Good fishing, Eric

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