GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
June 5, 2016
With the official start of the summer still a couple of weeks away, the
weather conditions are steadily warming and becoming more humid. Scattered
morning clouds, burning off quickly as the day progresses. Wind patterns
have been mainly from the south, 10 to 20 mph, generally calm early in the
day, with more breeze later in the afternoon. Swells increased some this
past week and there were strong currents, so swimmers need to be aware and
use extra caution. Ocean water temperatures was in the lower 70’s on the
Pacific, off of San Jose del Cabo it averaged 78 degrees and towards Los
Frailes it was in the 80 degree range.
The local bait situation remains the same, anglers are using strips of
squid, ballyhoo, caballito, jurelito and moonfish. Though this should be
the season where we are finding bolito and smaller skipjack on the offshore
grounds, so far we have seen very little of this activity, same goes for
the inshore mullet migration, we have yet to see any of these schooling
baitfish either, this being one of the reasons that not much inshore
fishing action has been encountered, normally this is time when the annual
roosterfish run starts to really take off, so far this action has been very
spotty, a handful of larger grade roosterfish were caught and released from
the offshore structure areas, where tuna, pargo and amberjack were also
being targeted. This has been a trend in recent years for the roosterfish,
normally an inshore species, though with the lack of inshore baitfish these
gamefish are roaming further offshore to find food.
The main concentration of striped marlin is now being found from 15 to 20
miles offshore, besides striped marlin, a few sailfish in the mix, plenty
of pilot sharks as well, with many of these sharks even striking on higher
speed trolling lures, not only bait, an occasional wahoo on these same
grounds as well, including a 75 lb. wahoo taken mid-week. Some of the
stripers recently have been larger sized, up to 150 lb., we usually do see
some of the bigger stripers towards the end of the main season. Not many
wahoo were reported this past week, though we are seeing at least a couple
per day in the overall fish count, no particular spot has been best for
this, either out on the marlin ground, or closer to shore..
Amberjack are in the area, though the bite has moved around from day to
day, some of these jacks have been found close to the marina entrance, off
of the San Jose Estuary and off of Palmilla Point, as well as on the San
Luis Bank. Many of these ambers were weighing in the 20 to 40 lb. range.
The amberjack were striking best on the live baits, either caballito or
moonfish. A couple of dogtooth snapper were also reported, this is the time
we should see more of these largest of the pargo species moving into local
waters. Besides finding plenty of triggerfish, though now mostly smaller
size, not as large as we were seeing earlier in the spring, we are seeing a
mix of some barred pargo and yellow snapper, both being quality eating
species and scrappy fighters.
Yellowfin tuna has been hit or miss, but in recent days we are seeing an
improvement, smaller grade yellowfin striking on smaller trolled hoochies
from Red Hill to Chileno Bay and north between Iman and Vinorama anglers
found tuna up to 40 pounds on high sots while drift fishing strips of squid
or slow trolling surf with caballito or moonfish. Once again the lack of
sardina we are not having as easy of time enticing these yellowfin tuna
into surface feeding frenzies.
Dorado were starting to be found in greater number, but anglers were still
lucky to land a couple of these fish, with most of these being smaller in
size, only a handful of fish up to 20 lb. accounted for.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 73 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 2 sailfish, 5 dogtooth snapper, 25 striped
marlin, 18 wahoo, 105 yellowfin tuna, 22 bonito, 58 dorado, 32 amberjack,
13 leopard grouper (cabrilla), 55 yellow snapper, 15 sierra, 14 barred, 18
huachinango (red snapper), 10 roosterfish and 160 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147