August 29, 2015
Now into the final month of the summer season and weather patterns have
remained calm off of the Southern Baja Peninsula, at this time there is
Hurricane Jimena now gaining strength, positioned over 1000 miles to the
west of Cabo San Lucas, this system is nearing major hurricane status and
we are all fortunate that it is heading in a direction far from land.
Crowds of tourists remained light, though vacationers are enjoying the
clear and calm conditions, though it is very tropical, warm and humid now,
need to remember to stay hydrated. We are seeing some afternoon
thundershowers over the mountains to the north, though not as concentrated
as in past weeks. We will be following weather forecasts very closely for
the next month, this is historically when storm systems can develop rapidly.
Water temperatures have ranged from 84 degrees on the Pacific, to an
average of 87 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Swells have
been light for this time of year, strong currents on occasions and calm
seas early in the day, with breezes picking up in the afternoon, but no
heavy winds to report. Overall the ocean water conditions have steadily
improved throughout the week, no more greenish water to report, clarity is
clean and blue to within a mile of shore. With these improving conditions
we have seen more numbers of dorado, wahoo and even bottom species biting.
Most fleets have been finding the most consistent action from the Gordo to
the Iman Banks.
Bait supplies near the marina consisted of sardinas and caballito, sardinas
were plentiful, but often were not able to be netted until about 7 a.m.
when schools moved close to shore. On the fishing offshore grounds there
have been chihuil, bolito, skipjack and small sized yellowfin tuna, all of
which can be used for bait targeting larger gamefish. Strips of giant squid
also remained an option, found in some of the local super markets.
Yellowfin tuna have been found in a wide range of sizes, from 5 lb. to over
300 lb. Best chances for the largest yellowfin tuna has been mainly around
the Gordo Banks, no big numbers, but this is the best it has been so far
this summer, while Iman Bank has produced greater numbers of fish in the
football to 60 pound size. This is also where dorado action has come alive
in recent days, most do-do’s weighed under 15 lb. Wahoo action has really
come to life with the cleaner inshore ocean conditions, hot spot just to
the north of Punta Gorda. Several anglers reported having up to a half
dozen solid wahoo strikes while trolling Rapalas and other favored lures,
sizes were in the 20 to 40 lb. class, bite was not only early in the
morning, some days best action was encountered late morning.
Anglers found mixed success off of the bottom structure, there were
dogtooth up to 55 lb. landed, amberjack to 50 lb., a few yellowtail to 35
lb., grouper to 40 lb., barred pargo to 15 lb., quality yellow snapper as
well, surgeonfish and rainbow runner. Great variety for quality species, no
significant numbers, but great to have this option, all in the same area as
where the other highly sought after surface fish were being found.
Billfish are hanging around large concentrations of baitfish, chances at a
offshore grand slam now, with sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin all
being hooked into on any given day, something you do have to target and put
some time into, but the opportunities are definitely there.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 50 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 6 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 3 black
marlin, 9 sailfish, 17 wahoo, 58 dorado, 530 yellowfin tuna, 7 dogtooth
snapper, 6 amberjack, 3 yellowtail, 9 cabrilla, 2 broomtail grouper, 15
bonito, 18 rainbow runners, 13 yellow snapper, 16 barred pargo and 2
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147