GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
November 22, 2015
With all of the major local gamefish tournaments now over we will see the
crowds of visiting anglers lighten up, as people are now preparing for the
Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays which are rapidly approaching. The
weather this week was dominated by the persistent northeast winds, which
picked up at the start of the week and never really laid down all week.
This created choppy seas and limited options for fleets launching out of
San Jose del Cabo, though twenty miles to the south, out of Cabo San Lucas,
the seas were much calmer, in areas which were more protected from north
winds, though action was still sporadic.
Tropical Storm Rick developed more than several hundred miles off to the
west of the Baja Peninsula and is forecast to stay far offshore and not
cause any impact on land. Overall we are feeling a cooling trend, though
daytime temperatures were reaching 85 degrees. Ocean temperatures dropped a
couple of degrees as well, most areas are now averaging 82 degrees, some
spots of 83/84 degrees, this trend should continue, maybe the cooling
currents will help normalize pre-El Nino currents for bait and gamefish
Action proved to be more spread out and less productive this past week,
there were some quality fish accounted for, though numbers were down, no
particular place was hot, wind was a major factor on the grounds from the
Gordo Banks and to the north. Schools of yellowfin tuna up to 100 pounds
were seen surfacing while traveling with porpoise, but conditions were not
favorable for chasing these rapidly moving schools and not many of these
tuna were landed. A handful of fish in the 40 to 80 pounds were accounted
for, some striking on strips of squids, other on live chihuil. Still no
resource for sardinas, there have been caballito and ballyhoo available as
other options. Perhaps cooling currents and less angling pressure will
allow the sardinas to move within our range, which would be a great bait to
have at this time.
The wahoo were not as active this past week either, though on Monday there
was a 69 lb. wahoo landed out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, this
trophy sized ‘hoo hit on a live skipjack, was part of an explosive double
hook up, which resulted in one nice wahoo landed and another one lost.
Wahoo were spread out throughout the area, though better chances still seem
to be north of Punta Gorda. Dorado action slowed was down in recent days,
though these fish are still in the area, the majority of charters finding
maybe one or two, or at least having a chance or two.
Billfish was spread out, though there did seem to be increased numbers of
striped marlin in local waters now, also some sailfish and at least one
blue was landed for the panga fleet out of Puerto Los Cabos. When the wind
does reside there should be better opportunities found.
More sierra are moving in with the cooling waters, these smaller sized
gamefish will provide bonus inshore action, especially when we start seeing
schools of sardinas move back into the region. It will not be long until
the annual migration of whales arrive for their winter visit to their most
southern calving and feeding grounds.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 138 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 blue marlin,
14 striped marlin, 12 sailfish, 66 yellowfin tuna, 13 wahoo, 96 dorado, 12
sierra, 14 rainbow runner, 76 misc. pargo species, 12 cabrilla, 14 bonito
and 50 triggerfish
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147