4 Jan 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers January 3, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


January 3, 2016

Holiday crowds were greeted by weather conditions which were cooler than
most people were hoping for, as much of this past week was overcast,
cloudy, with only occasional sunshine, persistent northern winds and high
daytime temperatures were barely reaching into the lower 70s. It is now
winter season and considering that this is about as cool as the Southern
Baja California region can be, we should feel fortunate to enjoy such a
moderate climate during these normally chiller times.

Average ocean temperature locally is now 76 degrees, we are seeing this
cooling trend, though this is still several degrees warmer than seasonal
normal. Along with the unusual weather patterns of this past year, we
continue to see abnormal fish migrations as well, even the annual migration
of whales has been late to arrive to its peak. This is the time of year
when we normally would find schools of sardinas congregating along the
shoreline and mackerel mixed with sardineta on the offshore grounds, so far
we are not seeing any of this baitfish and are relying on bait sources of
caballito, cocinero, slabs of squid and some ballyhoo.

Fishing action has been more scattered than we would normally expect,
options are limited without the mainstay of sardinas. The most productive
grounds this past week was found two to four miles straight out front of
Puerto Los Cabos Marina, this is where practically the entire fleets from
both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas were congregating. Striped marlin
with a few dorado in the mix were striking on slow trolled baits, or while
drifting baits down deeper, occasional feeders on the surface. No huge
numbers of fish, heavy pressure. But still the best bet to find action.
Most of the stripers were in the 60 to 90 lb. class, with a few reaching
120 lb. There must be some food source now holding in this area, porpoise
are being seen cruising through this zone as well. Commercial shrimp
trawlers are moving in our area now, and these are the same grounds where
they regularly work, often contributing to scatter any action that does
start to develop.

Ocean currents pushed in cooler, greenish water from the north and combined
with persistent northerly winds, this made it tough to find any action
around the Gordo Banks and further north. Some yellowfin tuna were
accounted for, one tuna of 143 lb. was weighed in early in the week, others
in the 15 to 80 lb. range were taken, but numbers were not significant at
all and until conditions stabilize, this will most likely be the same
situation. Tuna at times could be seen coming into chum lines or just
breezing the surface, but proved to be very skittish. Late in the week
anglers found sporadic action for yellowfin closer to shore off of Punta
Gorda while drift fishing with strips of squid, these fish weighed up to 20
lb. and some charters landed as many as five tuna. Though this bite would
slack off as quickly as it had started and be over just like that. Unusual
to not see any of the larger sized needlefish that are typically present
this time of year.

Only a handful of wahoo were reported, ranging 20 to 40 lb., though as
conditions settle, we expect these fish to become more active. This coming
week is forecast to be warmer and less windy, so this combined with a
favorable moon phase could trigger improved action, of course these
particular fish are very unpredictable. The bottom continues to show signs
of more life, as more numbers of snapper and cabrilla were appearing, a
couple of amberjack, yellowtail, ever present triggerfish and bonito. Need
calmer conditions though to have better chances at these species.

Inshore there are now good numbers of smaller sized roosterfish, not always
easy to hook on the larger baits which are being used, though still this
has been an option for variety, please remember that these fish should
always be caught and then released with care, so that they can mature and
help maintain the future fishery of these prized gamefish, which are known
for their fighting qualities and not as good table fare.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 80 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 48 striped marlin, 26 yellowfin tuna, 56 dorado,
4 wahoo, 2 yellowtail, 16 cabrilla, 11 huachinango, 20 yellow snapper, 2
amberjack, 8 rainbow runner, 1 dogtooth snapper, 4 white skipjack, 22
bonito, 44 roosterfish and 26 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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