13 Jun 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers May 29, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


May 29, 2016

We are still only seeing moderate crowds of tourists arriving, though we
expect that when school semesters all finish there will be more families
going on vacation. The weather definitely became more tropical this past
week, we saw scattered cloud cover much of the morning, burning off as the
days progressed, high temperatures in the upper 80s. There was some
swirling gusting winds the first part of the week, the second half we saw
calmer conditions, afternoon breezes picking up predominately from the
south, though overall anglers enjoyed comfortably fishing conditions.
Swells increased some and currents were also stronger than normal. Water
temperatures ranged from 70 degrees around the corner on the Pacific side
of Cabo San Lucas, to near 80 degrees on the Sea of Cortez side, this is
where the majority of the sportfishing fleets were concentrated, From off
of Chileno, to Red Hill, Cardon, La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama.


Anglers found that baitfish were less plentiful this past week, not much
inshore baitfish activity at all and the offshore grounds did have some
small skipjack, but no reports of bolito, should start seeing more of this
favored food source showing on the local fishing grounds soon. Limited
supplies of caballito, moonfish, jurelito were available in the marina area
and the bait vendors also were offering ballyhoo and slabs of squid.

Fishing action was slower for the first part of the week, partly because
winds limited options, but later in the week we saw much improved action,
particularly near the San Luis Bank, where hog sized amberjack in the 20 to
80 lb. class were accounted for, also some good wahoo action was
encountered, as well as more dorado than we had previously seen. Anglers
used various baits and lures, a combination of drift fishing, slow trolling
and higher speed trolling all produced strikes. We saw wahoo to 50 pounds
and dorado up to 25 lb. Yellowfin tuna were scattered, some hitting on
squid and others while trolling smaller hoochies and Rapalas, most of the
tuna landed were in the 5 to 20 lb. range. There were reports of charters
landing as many as a dozen yellowfin trolling off of Red Hill, while north
of Punta Gorda most boats were only finding a couple yellowfin in the their
combined catch, but there was more chances at variety in that direction,
particularly for finding the wahoo, dorado and amberjack.

Striped marlin were found within several miles of shore, as well as further
out on their normal traditional grounds. Striking on baits as well as
trolled lures, sizes ranged from 50 to 130 lb. There was an unusual story
this week of a 20 ft. whale shark being seen swimming around inside the
Cabo San Lucas Marina, apparently this was event never witnessed before,
normally this very elusive species is encountered occasionally in the clear
waters on offshore sea mounts.

Not much roosterfish action reported, though there were at least some being
hooked into by hard core surf anglers, lack of inshore baitfish activity to
attract more of these prized fighters. Next month is usually the prime
season for these sought after gamefish.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 78 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 5 sailfish, 1 yellowtail, 28 striped marlin, 33
wahoo, 86 yellowfin tuna, 25 bonito, 26 dorado, 29 amberjack, 6 cabrilla,
15 yellow snapper, 14 sierra, 8 barred pargo, 5 parrot fish, 3 pompano and
200 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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