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 Jun 30, 2015; 01:30AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – June 21, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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Anglers –

June 21, 2015



With the summer season now officially upon us we have seen an increase of
crowds, as many school have already ended school semesters are now on
vacation. The latest Tropical Storm, “Carlos” dissipated off of mainland
Mexico and never amounted to anything for Southern Baja, except for raising
the heat and humidity factors, ocean swells barely even were visible and
very few clouds were seen. Sunny days, with highs in the lower 90’s, winds
predominately from the south, out of San Jose del Cabo, ocean conditions
were calm and this is where the water temperatures were up to 80 degrees.
Currents have fluctuated, pushing in cleaner water and then perhaps even
the next day, shifting currents would sweep in off colored greenish water,
this is time of year when we can see these rapidly fluctuating currents,
which can affect how active the fish can be in certain areas on a given day.



Anglers were relying on the bait source found in the marina area, caballito
and moonfish most readily available. Though there were reports of massive
schools of mullet seen along the beaches just on the Pacific side of Cabo
San Lucas, have not seen these mullet in significant numbers for some time.
Just like clockwork the larger sized roosterfish have arrived and are now
patrolling inshore beach stretches, roosters weighing up to 70 lb. were
landed and released this past week. Please remember to catch and release
these prized trophy gamefish whenever possible, as they are not known for
their eating qualities, instead they are sought after for their fighting
quality and for being a true gamefish, being found only in few places of
the Eastern Pacific Ocean.



Striped marlin were the main species found offshore, at times found very
close to shore, striking on trolled lures, as well as on available
baitfish. Main center of action was found offshore of San Jose del Cabo and
Red Hill. A few sailfish now in the mix as well, swordfish were encountered
by sportfishers venturing further offshore, 15 to 30 miles from shore.
There have been reports of some blue marlin strikes that were lost. So
anything could happen on any given day. Nothing much going on for yellowfin
tuna now, though a handful of private charters found yellowfin further
offshore traveling with porpoise, this is the season where we see the tuna
moving with these mammals.



Dorado action was limited, an occasional larger bull being accounted for,
one 37 lb. dorado was brought in La Playita, there were more juvenile sized
schooling dorado found, these fish should be released with care, so that
they can have the chance to mature, reproduce and help maintain healthy
fish stocks.



Wahoo were definitely in the area, but anglers were fortunate to land one,
as they were just not striking very aggressively. Most that were hooked
into were from Palmilla Point and north of Punta Gorda, weighed to over 40
pounds. With more bolito appearing on the local grounds and favorable water
conditions, these fish could go on a big bite anytime.



Panga charters were working inshore reefs and finding some amberjack,
pargo, snapper, bonito, cabrilla and others, most of these fish were
striking on the larger baitfish or on cut bait, a few of the amberjack were
in the 70 pound class. Though last week we saw more numbers of these
amberjack, conditions have fluctuated some, mainly clarity of the water,
this could be a factor of the bite being off, could turn back on at any
time. The roosterfish have been striking fairly consistently, quality sized
fish, not uncommon to hook into a half dozen or more of these fish.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 102 charters for the shortened week, with
anglers reporting a fish count of: 2 sailfish, 13 striped marlin, 44
dorado, 7 wahoo, 3 grouper, 27 amberjack, 13 cabrilla, 5 dogtooth snapper,
9 pargo colorado, 6 sierra, 15 yellow snapper, 7 jack crevalle, 8 bonito
and 88 roosterfish.



Good fishing, Eric






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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 Jun 10, 2015; 01:44PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo June 7, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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June 7, 2015



Tropical storm season has started off with a flurry of unprecedented
activity, last week we saw Hurricane Andres pass off to the west, bringing
warmer humid conditions and increased ocean swells. At this present time we
are following the rapid development of and projected path of Hurricane
Blanca, which appears to heading on a track to bring it very close offshore
of Todo Santos and then downgrading to a tropical Storm as it makes
landfall early Monday morning near San Carlos. We are expecting strong
winds, heavy rainfall and ocean swell over 20 foot during the entire day of
Sunday. So preparations are now being made, moving boats to safer areas,
stocking up on provisions, etc…Normally these early season storm systems
will steer more off to the west, as did Andres, but it appears that Blanca
has another plan. Being prepared is the wisest thing that can be done at
this time. This summer is shaping up to be very busy in the Eastern
Pacific, as water temperatures are already near the 80 degree mark.



Sportfishing fleets continued to deal with light crowds, main offshore
action was for striped marlin, with many charters accounting for one or two
billfish. Dorado were showing up in greater numbers, especially closer to
shore, most of the dorado were small in size, though a percentage were in
the 10 to 20 lb. range. Striking on various lures and baitfish.



Bait suppliers were netting caballito and moonfish in the marina channel
and ballyhoo was another option. No reports of anyone finding any sardinas
and with higher storm swells heading our direction we expect baitfish might
become a bit more scattered. Still no significant signs of mullet schools
being encountered, though some larger roosterfish have been hooked into
trolling along the local beach stretches, fish of 40 to 50 lbs. were landed
this past week. Some quality sized amberjack to over 60 pounds were
accounted for and dogtooth snapper were also hooked into, but lost due to
the close proximity of sharp rocky reefs. A mix of pargo, bonito and
cabrilla rounded out the action over the shallow structure.



Wahoo bite dropped off compared to last, full moon might have been a
factor, though these elusive speedsters remain in the area and conditions
are favorable for them to become more active at any time. Most of the wahoo
landed recently have been fish weighing in the 15 to 30 pound class,
striking on either baits or trolled lures, mainly on the grounds to the
north of Punta Gorda.



Lots of sharks still being reported, from on the offshore marlin grounds to
the inshore structure areas as well, brown, mako and hammerhead sharks have
been prevalent, apparently attracted by the plentiful food source now on
these grounds.



There were yellowfin tuna seen feeding on the local fishing grounds, though
only a handful were hooked into, most of these were in the area from La
Fortuna to the Gordo Banks, while using available baitfish, these tuna
averaged 30 lb., at least one much larger yellowfin was reported, though we
did not receive an exact weight on that fish.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 48 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 11 striped marlin, 64 dorado, 8 yellowfin tuna,
8 wahoo, 16 amberjack, 11 cabrilla, 22 yellow snapper, 8 jack crevalle, 16
bonito and 29 roosterfish.



Good fishing, Eric






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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 May 31, 2015; 09:24PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo May 31, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo
May 31, 2015



Light crowds of tourists now, as school semester’s soon finish, we will see
greater numbers of vacationers arrive. At this time the season’s first
tropical storm has developed off of the coast of mainland Mexico, named
Andres, this system is forecast to follow a more westerly path, keeping it
well away from any impact with land. As Andres brewed some 500 miles to the
south, the weather became more tropical, feeling like summer, warm and
humid. We do expect to see higher ocean swells develop over the weekend.
Water temperature temperatures have ranged from 72 degrees on the further
Pacific banks, up to the 78/79 degrees in the vicinity of the Outer Gordo
Banks.



There were variable gusty winds out of the north and switching from the
south, on and off throughout the week, this made for unpredictable
conditions offshore. Most consistent action found was for striped marlin,
this action centered straight offshore from San Jose del Cabo, with more
billfish being found from 10 to 15 miles from shore, though some stripers
were encountered much closer in. Many charters were accounting for multiple
billfish days, two, three or more marlin, striking on lures, as well as
taking dropped back baits. Large number of sharks were encountered on these
same grounds, to the point of being a nuisance, quite hefty, brown variety,
strong fighters, taking up a lot of angler’s time.



Action for other species was limited, though some charters were able to
land two or three wahoo while trolling lures, mainly Rapalas, off of the
Red Hill area, some strikes were taken on rigged baits as well, most of
these were smaller sized ‘hoo, up to 25 pounds. Dorado were few and far
between, though on occasion a boat would come in with two or three fish,
most of these under fifteen pounds.



Only a handful of yellowfin tuna were reported, a few larger tuna were
hooked into on the Gordo Banks, fish were strong enough to break leaders,
over one hundred pounds, these hook ups were lost for various reasons, so
the tuna are in the area and with warmer tropical conditions forming,
anything could happen on any given day.



With limited numbers of charters and breezy conditions, there was not much
bottom action reported, even when weather cooperated there were just not
many structure species accounted for, strong current was a contributing
factor.



Close to shore anglers found action for roosterfish and jack crevalle,
though this action was hit or miss, we have not seen many mullet moving
into to local waters yet, this migration of baitfish is what normally
brings in the big run of larger sized roosterfish. This is the time of year
when we can see dogtooth snapper close to shore, we have not seen these
powerful snapper yet, typically found near the rocky reefs.



Still no sign of a resource for sardinas, with higher surf conditions on
the way, most likely the bait situation will remain the same, with
caballito, moonfish and ballyhoo being offered inside the marina at launch
time.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 52 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 38 striped marlin, 26 dorado, 6 yellowfin tuna,
24 wahoo, 4 amberjack, 3 pargo colorado, 18 huachinango,13 cabrilla, 12
yellow snapper, 10 jack crevalle, 18 roosterfish and 10 bonito.



Good fishing, Eric







--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 May 25, 2015; 04:21PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose Del Cabo May 23, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose Del Cabo

May 23, 2015



Now starting the final week of the month of May, weather conditions
continue to be very pleasant, warming days, highs around 85 degrees,
moderate breezes and light swells, all combine to create comfortable ocean
conditions for visiting anglers. Crowds are much lighter than we would
expect for this time frame, many anglers who regularly fish out of the
panga area of Puerto Los Cabos Marina are waiting for rebuilding efforts to
be completed, progress is moving along, though priorities are not aimed
towards repairing the damaged docks, so far crews are only working on all
of the other surrounding infrastructure, people are having to park or be
dropped off out on the far perimeter and carry supplies much longer
distances than pre-Odile days.



There have not been any sardinas available for the past several weeks,
anglers have been relying on what available baitfish that are being found
in the marina area, mainly caballito and some moonfish, also ballyhoo.
Other charters are spending time catching chihuil and some people had
success on strips of giant squid that they purchased ahead of time from
local super markets. Ocean temperatures has been ranging from 74 to 77
degrees and blue water is being found within several miles of shore.



Striped marlin has been the most common species found offshore, straight
offshore of San Jose del Cabo, anywhere from 3 to 15 miles from shore,
concentrations of stripers are being found, free jumping and at times
feeding on balled up bait sources. At times the marlin proved very finicky,
though with persistence anglers were hooking up, many boats accounted for
one or two marlin, while other seen many fish, but could not entice any
strikes, with so much food on the fishing grounds, the marlin would just
not be hungry at times. Only an occasional dorado being encountered, this
is the time where we do expect to start seeing more larger sized dorado
move into the area.



Wahoo were fairly active throughout this past week, most of the time found
near shore, off of Palmilla and north to Cardon and La Fortuna, anglers
using lures and baits were accounted for as many as two or three wahoo in
their combined catches, weights ranged up to 40 lb. Many wahoo could be
seen following baits as they were being trolled slowly, but they would be
shy at actually striking, lighter leaders proved to be an advantage.
Encouraging to have so many wahoo being reportedly sighted, even though the
numbers of fish actually landed have been limited. Something could happen
at any time now to trigger a wide open bite for these fish.



Yellowfin tuna bite was limited to just one or two tuna here or there, many
of these hit of strips of squid, some were hooked on small hoochies and
other on chihuil or caballito, sizes averaged 20 to 40 lb. Lots of
yellowfin in the area, but these fish are just not that eager to strike on
what the anglers are able to offer.


After having some excellent bottom action last week, this week has been a
different story, one factor being the swift current that has been running,
this will put the fish off the bite faster than anything. A handful of
amberjack, cabrilla, yellow snapper and triggerfish were accounted for, no
significant numbers though, with the areas of La Fortuna and Iman being the
best bet for this. If the currents slacks on any given day this action can
produce some quality catches.



Along the shore only a few sierra being encountered, some larger sized
roosterfish are now moving in, we saw roosterfish up to 40 lb. landed and
of course there are jack crevalle in the mix as well. In the coming weeks
we expect increased numbers of larger roosterfish to continue to move
through our area, mid-June is normally the peak season for these prized
gamefish.



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: 30 striped marlin, 14 yellowfin tuna, 27 wahoo,
18 dorado, 15 amberjack, 22 huachinango (red snapper), 15 cabrilla, 22
yellow snapper and 16 bonito.



Good fishing, Eric






--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 May 19, 2015; 01:00AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo May 18, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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Anglers –

May 18, 2015



As summer season nears, we are started to feel progressively warmer days,
actually the climate is ideal now, as evenings do still cool off
comfortably and daytime highs are averaging about 85 degrees. Unpredictable
winds blowing from the north and then switching from the south have stirred
up conditions some and limited some of the options for anglers.



Swells have been higher once again, making surfers very happy, but not
helping the bait netters any, as there are still no signs of any sardinas
being found in local waters. There continue to be caballito and now
moonfish are also appearing in the marina channel, ballyhoo has been
another available bait option. Ocean temperature has been in the 74 to 76
degree range throughout most of the region. Currents have fluctuated,
raging at times and completely slacking on other occasions. Hard to predict
from day to day, as is normal for this time frame. Not much action being
reported on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas or out of the East Cape,
this is normally a good time for that area. Hard to say what factors might
be causing this situation. Lack of sardinas is a normal scenario when
southern swells arrive and it is normal to be relying on large sized
baitfish at this time. In the coming weeks the fishing action will depend a
lot on what weather patterns do.



Striped marlin has been really the only action found offshore, recently
they have been found from 3 to 12 miles from shore. There are good numbers
of these billfish now in the area, many can be seen free jumping, tailing
on the surface and also feeding on balled up bait schools, including squid,
which apparently are plentiful. The marlin are striking on rigged ballyhoo,
caballito and other available baitfish. At times they have proved finicky,
as they are filling up on natural bait sources and not much interested in
anything else. Though with persistence many charters are reported one, two
or three marlin per outing, best bite has been late morning and into the
afternoon.



Dorado have continued to be scarce, only an occasional fish being
encountered, no large schools of these fish now. Wahoo are holding on the
ledges north or Punta Gorda, to Vinorama, these fish are striking best on
slow trolled baits, most of these fish are ranging in sizes up to 30
pounds. Some charters accounted for up to five wahoo, though the majority
were fortunate to land one or two of these elusive and tricky speedsters.
Many yellowfin tuna could be seen breezing on these same fishing grounds,
especially around the Iman Bank, but with no sardinas now available, these
tuna have been hard to entice, a handful of yellowfin in the 25 to 40 lb.
class were accounted for, these fish hit on live chihuil or caballito.



When the weather allowed, anglers found much improved action off of the
bottom structure, from La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Bank, a variety of
quality species were taken, leopard grouper, including at least one of the
rare golden phase variety, yellow snapper, bonito, huachinango (red
snapper), grouper and amberjack. Grouper to 40 pounds and amberjack
weighing to over 60 pounds were accounted for. Most of this bottom action
was found in relatively shallow water and the fish hit on whole and cut
baits, not much on yo-yo jigs recently.



With the recent larger swell activity there was not much going on close to
shore recently, as swells reside we do expect to see more roosterfish
activity, maybe even some dogtooth snapper will start to move in.



The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 60 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 18 striped marlin, 11 yellowfin tuna, 19 wahoo,
14 dorado, 24 amberjack, 16 huachinango (red snapper) , 23 cabrilla, 1
golden phased leopard grouper, 3 broomtail grouper, 2 gulf grouper, 48
yellow snapper, 18 bonito and 28 triggerfish.



Good fishing, Eric






--
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com
WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM
 May 3, 2015; 11:09PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo May 3, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com