6 Feb 2020 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: January 26, 2020

Anglers -

We once again saw more numbers of
tourists arriving, winter time
looking to enjoy the ideal local
climate. Scattered early day cloud
plenty of sunshine, with high
temperatures ranging 75 to 80 degrees.
continued to have the cycles of north
winds, though by this weekend ocean
conditions were ideal, no wind to speak
of, as well as improved fishing
action. Water temperatures were in the
71 to 74 degree range. Early in the
week there was a particularly swift
current sweeping through the grounds
north of Punta Gorda and this made it
tougher for anglers to do much.
Overall the ocean clarity improved, but
at times there were swirling
greenish currents encountered.

Large concentrations of baitfish now
congregating on the grounds just
offshore of the San Jose del Cabo Hotel
Zone, mackerel and sardineta. Other
bait options included, caballito,
ballyhoo and slabs of squid. With all
the food source concentrated in this
area there were dorado and striped
marlin found in good numbers on these
same grounds. This is all in very
close proximity of the local marina, a
seasonal event that always gets the
locals excited, sometimes this will
only last for a week or two before
baitfish schools migrate elsewhere, we
will see how this season progresses.

Inshore there were roosterfish, sierra
and a variety of shallow structure
species. Most of these fish were
smaller in size, though this past week
handful of much larger roosterfish up
to 40 lb. were reported, also sierra
to 8 lb.

The action for yellowfin tuna had
stalled out during the past couple of
weeks, due to weather conditions and
changing water, etc. This weekend as
the weather settled down for a couple
of days, the yellowfin tuna became
active Friday on the Gordo Banks once
again. Anglers were drift fishing
with squid and landed tuna up to 80
lb., all of these fish seemed to be in
the 50 to 80 lb. class. Earlier in the
week there were a few smaller
football sized tuna found scattered,
but these were the first nicer grade
tuna found in recent days. No huge
numbers, but there was a fair chance at
catching two or three of these fish.

Wahoo were scarce with the cooler
water, though a handful were accounted
for on the grounds from Punta Gorda to
Cardon. It seems that the ocean
conditions near Vinorama is now cooler
and dirtier, better looking blue
water now found nearer San Jose el

The highlight off of the bottom was a
70 lb. class amberjack, also we saw a
few more leopard grouper, yellow
snapper, red snapper and smaller
in the mix. We anticipate more
structure action in coming months, as
is the normal pattern as we near spring
time. We heard about reports of
smaller yellowtail on the Pacific side
of Cabo San Lucas, this is usually a
sign that these gamefish are eventually
moving in the direction of the Sea
Of Cortez, it has been several years
now since we saw a great run of these
sought after gamefish.

Peak season now for whales, should be
easy to spot these mammals for at
least another month.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 80 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 16 striped marlin, 148
dorado, 20 yellowfin tuna, 5 wahoo, 18
sierra, 32 roosterfish, 12 cabrilla,
4 porgy, 6 bonito, 4 pompano, 38 red
snapper, 8 yellow snapper, 2 dogtooth
snapper, 7 barred pargo, 8 amberjack
and 25 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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