30 Aug 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers August 23, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


August 23, 2015

Tropical Storm activity remains calm in the Eastern Pacific, last week
there was a substantial southern swell, this has now weakened and ocean
conditions have been calm in recent days. We are seeing typical summer time
tropical weather patterns, practically every afternoon there have been
local thundershowers developing over the mountainous area to the north of
San Jose del Cabo, rarely do these squalls ever reach the coastline. Always
a bit unpredictable this time of year, we need to monitor all weather
forecasts closely. With no new storms presently seen on the horizon it
appears that this coming week should be favorable.

With reports coming out of Cabo San Lucas and the East Cape region,
apparently the most consistent fishing action has been centered on the
grounds from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank. With the ocean swell residing,
the commercial fleet was able to find better supplies of sardinas, these
have been the preferred baitfish available for targeting the yellowfin tuna
action, the tuna have dominated all of the activity recently. On the Gordo
Banks is where the largest sized yellowfin have been lurking, though this
action has been hit or miss, with only a few of these tuna actually being
landed. The area where greater numbers of the yellowfin are being accounted
for, is on the Iman Bank, situated north of the Gordo Banks and within
several miles of shore. Water temperatures have been in the 86/88 degree
range and clarity has improved since the passing of the swells. Currents
remain strong at times. Anglers had good success while drift fishing with
sardinas, strips of squid and on cut bolito or skipjack. Most of the tuna
on the Iman Bank were in the 8 to 15 lb. class, but there have been some
40, 50 and to over 70 pound fish mixed in. Also some Eastern Pacific
Bonito, also referred to as white tuna and are normally a cold water
species reaching to over 15 pounds.

Dorado action remained at a standstill, but actually for the past couple of
days now we have finally seen a few numbers of medium sized fish accounted
for, these fish were accounted for on the same grounds as were the tuna.
Billfish action is scattered now, you could have multiple chances per day
or not even have a hook up, depending on which grounds being targeted on a
given day. It is the time of year that sailfish, striped, blue and black
marlin are all found on the same traditional grounds. Wahoo were being
found sporadically on trolled lures, more often closer to shore, from La
Laguna to La Fortuna not many were landed, more often missed strikes,
damaging skirted lures, not many anglers actually targeting wahoo now,
these fish are known to become less active in very warm currents, they are
also one of the more unpredictable fish, so you can never tell when they
might become aggressively active.

Off the bottom structure, there have not been any big numbers of a
particular species, though there have been some quality catches accounted
for, even a couple of yellowtail off of the Gordo Banks, as well as
amberjack, cabrilla, grouper, dogtooth snapper, bonito, yellow snapper and
red snapper (huachinango).

Light crowds of tourists and visiting anglers this summer, as long as the
weather holds, it is the perfect time to try to land a personal best super
cow yellowfin tuna.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 54 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 7 sailfish, 8 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin, 1
black marlin, 11 dorado, 385 yellowfin tuna, 5 dogtooth snapper, 3
amberjack, 4 wahoo, 2 yellowtail, 11 cabrilla, 1 broomtail grouper, 34
bonito, 22 rainbow runners, 14 yellow snapper, 6 barred pargo and 18

Good fishing, Eric

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