13 Jun 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers May 15, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


May 15, 2016

Despite ideal spring weather conditions there were small crowds of visiting
tourists this past week. The climate is actually starting to feel almost
like summer, tropical days and scattered cloud cover, plenty of sunshine,
high temperatures of 90 degrees. Breezes were predominately from the south
and did not cause much of a problem for anglers fishing in the direction of
San Jose del Cabo and further north. The areas from 95, 1150, Palmilla, Red
Hill, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama have been the most targeting grounds,
action has been scattered, strong currents pushing through, water
temperature of 73 degrees on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas and up to
77 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, even up to 78 degrees
fifteen or more miles offshore.

The striped marlin activity was reportedly now centered on the 95 and 1150
high spots, though on some days the marlin were found much closer. Trolling
rigged ballyhoo or drift fishing with caballito and moonfish all produced
hook ups, some charters accounted for 2,3,4, billfish days. More of a
larger boat deal now, since these area were centered 10 to 18 miles
offshore, a bit more vulnerable to the south winds. Besides the striped
marlin, there was now an occasional dorado in the mix, as well as thrasher

Action closer to shore on the surface was mainly searching around for
wahoo, yellowfin tuna or dorado, no great numbers of any of these species
being found, though everyday these species are being encountered, so there
are chances at some quality fish. Anglers were using a mix of available
baitfish or strips of squid, as well as trolling with Rapalas. Wahoo sizes
ranged from 15 lb., up to 65 lb. These fish were elusive though, anglers
were very fortunate to land one or two of these prized gamefish. Best
chances at yellowfin tuna were found near Iman to Vinorama, also some blind
strikes by tuna being taken while trolling the inshore waters from Red Hill
to Cabo San Lucas, average sizes yellowfin were in the 15 to 25 lb. range,
no significant numbers, fewer than in past weeks.

Off the bottom it was the triggerfish that dominated the action, occasional
cabrilla (leopard grouper), yellow snapper, pompano, amberjack or bonito.
Strips of squid was the most successful bait, mostly smaller sized fish,
all good eating though. It is the time when with these progressively
warming conditions things can change rapidly from day to day or week to

Inshore was limited to isolated action encountered for sierra or
roosterfish, once again, no numbers, a few impressive sized sierra to over
ten pounds were landed. Still only limited schooling action for
roosterfish, should start to see schools of mullet move into the region,
this is the roosters preferred food source, attracting the larger trophy
sized fish, which in our area typically peak during the second half of June

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 sailfish, 10 striped marlin, 18 wahoo, 31
yellowfin tuna, 13 dorado, 3 pompano, 7 amberjack, 9 cabrilla, 15 yellow
snapper, 12 sierra, 22 bonito, 8 barred pargo, 6 roosterfish and 180

Good fishing, Eric

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