GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
April 3, 2016
We are now seeing the final wave of Spring Break vacationers arriving in
good numbers and enjoying the warm sunshine and scores of activities
available. Transition period now, weather is variable, from slightly chilly
early in the day, to highs in the upper 80s. Some marine layer cloud cover
early, even a little fog, quickly burning off as the sun rises.
Ocean swells have been moderate, winds variable, at times from the north,
then from the south, but not enough to keep charters from venturing to the
normal fishing grounds. Currents were strong at times, water temperature
ranged from 70 degrees on the Pacific, to 73 degrees off of San Jose del
Cabo and towards the north. These patterns are normal for this time of
year, usually lasting though the later part of this month, then we see
warmer currents move in, continuing warming trends helping to stabilize
Not much has changed for bait availability, caballito, ballyhoo and squid
strips still be used. No one reported finding any sardina schools, except
for some 50 miles north in Cabo Pulmo National Park, not an option from
this heavily protected zone. The big news this week was that the pelagic
red crabs once again became abundant on the surface of the Gordo Banks.
This always sets off a flurry of commercial activity, as it means that the
prized pargo, snapper catch will be following these red crabs.
In the cooler waters we are not finding any dorado or wahoo to speak of,
there have been decent numbers of striped marlin encountered as close as
two to five miles from shore, striking on various baitfish best, but also
hitting on trolling lures, sizes ranged to 140 lb. Many charters are doing
a combination of bottom action, inshore and offshore, everything is close
enough now that this can be a decent option.
Not much going on close to shore except for sporadic action on roosterfish,
jack crevalle and sierra. Though hit or miss and no big numbers reported.
The striped marlin was definitely the main offshore bite, easily available
now for even the smallest of charters, since stripers are being found close
to shore. No huge numbers, but a very good chance of hooking into a
billfish if wishing to target these fish.
Many family groups vacationing now and the majority of these groups have
been opting to target smaller species, better number of a variety and
excellent eating. The red snapper, pargo action was good for anglers that
got into the red crab action, because this is what these fish are now
feeding on, not much interested in anything else at the present time. The
snapper and pargo species being landed are averaging in the 2 to 14 lb.
range. An occasional amberjack cabrilla, grouper or yellowtail were hooked
into, some on yo-yo jigs, others on baitfish. Mid-week there was one
impressive 75 lb. broomtail grouper landed by veteran Baja angler Joey
Hanen of So. Cal., fishing on the super Panga “Periquita”.
Only a handful of yellowfin tuna were found this week, most from the Iman
Bank area, cooler water and choppy seas made this bite tough, the ever
present sea lions were in wait as well. The yellowfin that we did see were
ranging in the 15 to 30 lb. class.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 98 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 21 striped marlin, 9 yellowfin tuna, 12 pompano,
2 yellowtail, 12 amberjack, 2 broomtail grouper, 5 pinto cabrilla, 18
cabrilla (leopard grouper), 480 huachinango (red snapper), 78 yellow
snapper, 320 other pargo species,4 island jack, 5 sierra, 13 jack crevalle,
15 roosterfish, 6 bonito and 230 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147