20 Sep 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers September 13, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: September 13, 2015

This week started off with the passing of Hurricane Linda within several
hundred miles from the Los Cabos area, this system gained category three
status as it followed a path parallel with the Peninsula, before turning
further west and then weakening. The main impact felt in our region was
first off the closure of all port activities for both Tuesday and
Wednesday, as ocean swells became stormy and dangerous, with seas reaching
15 ft., winds were never too strong, some gusts up to 40 mph. There was
some much needed rainfall recorded, scattered, hard squalls at times in
isolated areas, on and off, as the outer bands of Hurricane Linda were
holding quite a bit of moisture, some areas reported up to 3 inches of
rain. Local Ports reopened on Thursday morning and each day since has
become calmer, though there has been a strong current running, which
contributed to greener water conditions. With weather now settled down, we
expect conditions to rebound quickly. Of course we are now in the midst of
the stretch in peak tropical storm season where things can change rapidly
over night, at this time no new named storms are to the south, there is one
area of low pressure that we will be monitoring closely for further
development. With local water temperatures now averaging from 84 to 88
degrees, conditions are still ripe for rapid storm formation if
environmental conditions dictate.

This is always the most tropical and humid time frame of the season, though
with a couple days of cloud cover and some rainfall, this was a welcome
relief from so much direct sun which had been prevailing, we can actually
start to feel the first signs of Fall Season in the air. The busy season
will be starting within a matter of weeks, time to prepare for the crowds
of anglers that are scheduled to arrive.

Charter fleets recently have been concentrating on the grounds from Santa
Maria, Red Hill, Gordo Banks, La Fortuna and Iman Bank. Although inshore
baitfish are now not as abundant as pre-storm, commercial pangeros were
able to net sardinas around the marina jetty area and just offshore they
were jigging up caballito as another bait source option. On the fishing
grounds themselves there were bolito, skipjack and chihuil schooling, these
were being used for whole and cut baits. Yet another option was to purchase
slabs of giant squid for use as additional chum and chunk, always a good
deal when specifically targeting the giamt yellowfin tuna. Red Hill had
been a hot spot for the schooling tuna, lots of fish up to 20 pounds,
though this action then shifted south towards Santa Maria. Before the storm
the water had been clean and the wahoo action was good, especially to the
north of Punta Gorda, many wahoo to 30 pounds were landed as anglers
trolled lures and baitfish. Now we wait for clean water to return and we do
ecpect that action will pick back up.

The larger grade of yellowfin tuna are still holding around the Gordo
Banks, first day out after the storm there was a 145 lb. and 294 lb. tuna
brought in to La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos. Also a blue marlin was landed
from a 23 ft. panga based out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina that was estimated
to weigh over 700 lb., it was taken on a large live bait on the Iman Bank.
There was also a 300 lb. class black marlin landed, as well as a number of
sailfish and striped marlin, so definitely some variety available.

Strong currents made it tough to fish the bottom structure, though a
handful of snapper, pargo species were landed, both on baits and yo-yo
jigs, as currents slack these fish should become more active. Dorado were
once again few and far between, after a flurry of action the past couple of
weeks, as water cleans back up, we should see more of these dorado in the
fish counts.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 62 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 2 blue marlin, 9 sailfish, 4
striped marlin, 22 wahoo, 17 dorado, 310 yellowfin tuna, 25 white skipjack,
10 bonito, 18 rainbow runner, 5 dogtooth snapper, 10 yellow snapper, 7
cabrilla and 8 barred pargo.

Good fishing, Eric

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