4 Jan 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers November 29, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


November 29, 2015

This year of 2015 will be remembered for all of the rebuilding efforts
created from Hurricane Odile devastation in September of 2014. This year
there was record early forming hurricanes in May and now the Los Cabos area
has just dogged a major hit by one of the latest Hurricanes to ever form in
the Eastern Pacific. This storm named Sandra, follows Rick of last week,
which never impacted land, though Sandra strengthened to a category four
storm and appeared to be on a collision course with the Southern Baja, but
the system was pushed away by strong shear, which also caused Sandra to
weaken rapidly and pass far enough to the south to not cause any local
damage. Los Cabos ports were closed for at least Friday and part of
Saturday, by Sunday sportfishing fleets do expect to be back operating as
normal. Swells increased to 10/12 feet, though wind never amounted to much
and rainfall was not significant either.

We are now just winding down from our busy fall season, there always is a
slack period after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, family priority shift
directions. Though this past week was busy with visitors. The week started
off with persistent north winds limited options for anglers and making the
overall action more spread out, by mid-week, the conditions calmed before
the storm and we saw improved fishing action. The most common catches were
wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dorado, sailfish and striped marlin, also some
roosterfish found near shore. For the most part there were no large numbers
of any particular species, though there were some quality fish being
accounted for, many days charters would just account for two, three or four
fish in combination, though there were dorado to 25 lb., wahoo to 50 lb.
and tuna to 80 lb. all accounted for.

Dorado were harder to find compared to previous week, though wahoo became
more active around the Iman Bank, early in the morning was best and you had
to capitalize and make the best of the chances that you did have. Trolling
with caballito, chihuil and various lures all produced wahoo strikes.
Dorado were found scattered, no hot spot, though we did hear of more
numbers of dorado found on the Pacific. Ocean Temperatures were ranging 79
to 82 degrees through most of the region. Still no reports of any new
resource for sardinas, tuna action would be more consistent if this bait
was available, most tuna are still be taken on strips of squid. The Inner
Gordo Bank produced yellowfin tuna over 80 lb. and some days schooling tuna
to 100 lb. could be seen surfacing, but were very finicky to bite any
offerings. The action for tuna found under the porpoise became more
sporadic, but was still an options when anglers found themselves in the
right place at the right time.

More striped marlin appeared on local grounds, not always in the mood to
bite, as they can be near full moon. There were two black marlin reportedly
landed from private boats out of Puerto Lo Cabos Marina and there was a
blue marlin landed from a panga that was estimated to weigh close to 500
lb., this blue was hooked on a trolled caballito late in the afternoon
about five miles off of Red Hill and was not landed and brought back to the
docks until midnight. With the warm waters there are still quite a few
sailfish in the area for this late in the year, most of these in the 40 to
80 lb. class.

Not much off the bottom now besides triggerfish, small cabrilla and pargo,
also a few bonito. A few charters reports good success on roosterfish while
slow trolling caballito near Punta Gorda, surprising to see roosterfish at
this time, some of them to 20 lbs. Lots of barracuda keeping anglers busy
off the marina dock area, also a few sierra showing up.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 89 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 2 black marlin, 1 blue marlin, 15 sailfish, 19
striped marlin, 90 yellowfin tuna, 35 dorado, 39 wahoo, 13 sierra,, 35
misc. pargo species, 14 cabrilla, 22 bonito, 28 roosterfish and 44

Good fishing, Eric

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