GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
May 22, 2016
We are now in the later part of spring season, with summer just around the
corner, we continue to see lighter crowds of tourists than what we would
normally expect during this time frame. As school semesters finish most
likely we will see more people traveling. Great time to visit now, ideal
weather, highs in the upper 80s, wind patterns predominately from the
south, pushing in Pacific breezes that keep conditions bearable.
Ocean currents have been strong, swells have been moderate, water
temperatures off of San Jose del Cabo and towards Los Frailes are warming
rapidly, now in the upper 70s, near 80 degrees, while on the Pacific side
of Cabo San Lucas it has averaged 73 degrees. The majority of the
sportfishing fleets are now fishing from off of the Chileno area and on the
various grounds to the northeast. Common bait now being used is ballyhoo,
cocinero, caballito and squid strips. There are reports of more skipjack
and bolito activity, though these food sources are just starting to appear,
still no mullet schools to report. A lot can happen this time of year in
matter of a week or two.
Striped marlin has been the main action found offshore, more numbers of
marlin found 10 to 18 miles from shore, though on some days stripers were
found within one mile. Many charters reported multiple catches per morning
trip. Sizes ranged from 60 lb. to 140 lb. The billfish were striking
trolled lures, rigged ballyhoo, as well as various live baits. There were
also a few sailfish now appearing in the warmer waters, concentrations of
pilot sharks and some thrashers as well. The same offshore grounds have
been producing quite a few wahoo strikes and even a few dorado, though no
big numbers, though wahoo were as large as 50 lb. or heavier and dorado up
to 25 lb. Striped marlin were more numerous than dorado or wahoo..
Increased porpoise activity is being reported, with a few reports of larger
sized yellowfin being seen, the largest we heard of that was landed out of
Puerto Los Cabos Marina was an 80 pound class tuna mid-week.
Anglers trolling areas closer to shore, anywhere from Chileno, Red Hill,
Iman and towards the San Luis Banks, found a mix of wahoo, yellowfin tuna,
dorado, sierra and miscellaneous bottom species. No big numbers of any
species, off the bottom triggerfish were most common, also some early
morning snapper, amberjack and an odd yellowtail. Most of the dorado being
encountered have been small juveniles, only an occasional nicer sized fish
reported. Wahoo ranged from small 15 lb. fish, to over 50 lb. No numbers
though, but there is a chance at a quality fish or two. We expect with the
warmer conditions that the all-around action should also become more
consistent and productive.
Not much roosterfish action reported, a couple of snook catches were
accounted for by beach anglers, this will be the start of the main shore
fishing season coming up.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 71 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 sailfish, 62 striped marlin, 21 wahoo, 45
yellowfin tuna, 14 dorado, 9 amberjack, 12 cabrilla, 13 yellow snapper, 10
sierra, 12 bonito, 1 yellowtail, 5 barred pargo and 70 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147