7 Oct 2015 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – October 4, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

October 4, 2015

With the summer season now officially over we have started the busy Fall
Season. Weather remained calm in the Eastern Pacific through most of the
week, no rain until Saturday, when the remnants of Hurricane Marty swept by
and left scattered thundershowers and wind gusts to 30 mile per hours in
certain isolated areas, by later in the day conditions settled down and
that seemed to be the end of this system. Heat index still over 100
degrees, with very high humidity. The climate should become more
comfortable in the coming weeks. We were closely watching the development
of Hurricane Marty far to the south early in the week, this system quickly
dissipated mid-week, after slowly progressing through apparently
unfavorable environment for further strengthening and for progressing
northward. A great thing for us, we hope these storms continue to go
elsewhere, we expect in several more weeks the chances of any further
tropical storm activity will be slim, though with these strong El Niño
conditions you never really know what might happen.

Ocean water temperatures are now in the 85 to 88 degree range, clean blue
water is found within several miles of shore, strong currents have
slackened some. Full moon phase recently passed and contributed to a few
tougher days for anglers, coinciding with early morning low tides and
higher surf conditions, this made the sardinas much harder to find and net
for the commercial fleet. Another option for bait was slabs of giant squid,
not easy to obtain though, local super markets carry them and some bait
vendors are starting to also offer packages of squid in the same marina
launch area.

The yellowfin tuna were the main species now being cooperative and for this
reason targeted, only an occasional dorado or two and wahoo have not been
active this past week either. Working the bottom structure anglers found a
scattering of miscellaneous species, main catches were small to medium
grade pargo and snapper species, a few decent cabrilla and amberjack also
in the mix. Local fleets have been fishing in different directions, most
consistent action was found from close to off of Santa Maria, to the Gordo
Banks and north to Vinorama. In recent days the bite near Cabo San Lucas
for the smaller 5 to 15 lb. yellowfin tuna, has faded compared to previous
weeks, lots of pressure and limited supplies of baitfish, as well as there
now being a problem with aggressive sea lion activity, these pesky
predators have just returned recently and are waiting on the same fishing
grounds for their chance at any possible easy meal.

Action near Vinorama improved for tuna in the 10 to 20 lb. class, with an
occasional fish to 50 or 60 lb. mixed in, chance at a wahoo or dorado from
this same area as well, though not many were actually landed, these fish
are on the grounds, being seen free swimming and feeding on chum. These
yellowfin were striking mainly while drift fishing with squid or sardinas.
Proving to be finicky earlier in the week, making a big showing on the
surface but not wanting to strike. The bite on the Gordo Banks improved
through the week, with a quality grade of 50 to 90 lb. fish being accounted
for in decent numbers, strong group of fish, with most anglers now using
gear ranging from 40 to 80 lb. The key on the Gordo Banks has been having
the squid, the more the better, lots of chumming involved.

Marlin action seemed to slow down this past week, one smaller blue marlin
was caught from La Playita, and a handful of sailfish. Some of the
yellowfin action late in the week was found under pods of traveling
porpoise on the outside of Gordo Banks, drift fish squid underneath the
porpoise, fast moving deal, who knows where this action will be the next

Overall with the weather remaining calm, this is allowing the ocean
conditions to become more favorable and we are anticipating a great fall
bite, continuing through and into winter.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 119 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 356
yellowfin tuna, 28 dorado, 3 wahoo, 35 white skipjack, 18 bonito, 10
rainbow runner, 4 dogtooth snapper, 26 yellow snapper, 6 amberjack, 38
triggerfish, 14 cabrilla and 13 barred pargo.

Good fishing, Eric

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