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 Nov 10, 2014; 10:30PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 9, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

November 9, 2014

This past week we saw a late season storm develop off the coast of mainland
Mexico, Hurricane Vance reached category two strength as it veered on a
somewhat unpredictable path towards southern Baja, by Monday afternoon we
saw some light rain squalls as this system encountered strong upper shear,
causing rapid weakening and a more southern and easterly track. Tuesday was
stormy, very few charters launched and most which did wish they had not.
The region saw scattered showers and wind gusts to about 40 mph. By Tuesday
morning the storm had downgraded to a depression over areas south of
Mazatlán. Local fleets were back in action Tuesday with very pleasant

Bait supplies saw more heavy pressure during the days building towards the
WON Tuna Jackpot event help on Thursday and Friday. Limited amounts of
sardinas, some ballyhoo and caballito. On the fishing grounds anglers were
catching and using skipjack and chihuil for whole and cut baits.

The action was hit or miss all week, no big numbers of any particular
species, though some nice fish were being accounted for. Catches including
black and blue marlin, dorado, wahoo, skipjack and yellowfin tuna. The
majority of this action was found from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank.
Wahoo were hanging around the high spots from La Fortuna to Iman, striking
on both trolling baits and lures, as well as yo-yo jigs, weights ranged to
over 40 pounds. We are also now passing through the full moon phase, which
we know can through off feeding patterns some. Dorado were more common on
the Pacific grounds, only scattered action found in the direction of San
Jose del Cabo. A handful of dorado in the 10 to 20 pound class.

Yellowfin tuna were striking on the Gordo Banks and Iman. Sizes ranging
from footballs to nearly 300 pounds have been in the area. No large numbers
though, all these fish are striking various baits, either by slow trolling
or drift fishing, most common sizes of tuna were 15 to 50 pounds, but there
are a handful of cows being accounted for throughout the week, coming from
the Outer Gordo Bank. Many more skipjack than tuna were being hooked into.
The super panga “Hooker” accounted for a 245 lb. yellowfin early in the
week, anglers Barry Mendelson and Rick Apple, visiting from Malibu, Ca.,
landed this cow with skipper Tony Miranda.

Not much bottom activity being found recently, mostly just surface action.
A few nice blue and black marlin were also hooked into from these same
fishing grounds, one black estimated near 500 lb. was lost after a couple
of hours, other marlin to over 300 lb. were landed. Weather has been breezy
since the passing of Vance, mornings are also cooler now, so anglers should
dress accordingly. We hope that bait supplies do rebound some, now that
Tournament season is winding down.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 66 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 1 striped marlin,
33 wahoo, 68 yellowfin tuna, 19 dorado, 24 bonito, 300 skipjack, 10
cabrilla, 15 rainbow runner, 12 sierra, 8 jack crevalle and 18 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Nov 10, 2014; 10:25PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San José Del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
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San José Del Cabo

Anglers –

November 2, 2014

We are now in the peak Fall Season, normally a very bustling period for the
Los Cabos area. This year the situation is much different, as many Resorts
are still in the rebuilding stage and combined with changing airline
schedules, has contributed to below normal capacity level crowds of
tourists, as try to find available flights and accommodations. By the
coming New Year we do expect to see many more resorts reopening their doors
to tourists. For the time being we are seeing more visitors arrive, just
not like we would normally expect to see.

The climate has been absolutely ideal, clear skies, slight chill early in
the morning, warming up quickly to 90 degrees later in the day. Only a
couple of days of north winds, mostly calm ocean conditions with minimal
swell activity for anglers. Water temperatures are still averaging in the
mid 80’s. Clear blue water is found close to shore now, most fishing
activity has been taking place within 2 to 8 miles from shore.

Sardinas became more scattered from where they had been school in the
Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetty area, heavy pressure from the Bisbee
tournament seems to hurt local bait supplies, teams pay big money to local
pangeros to fill large ice chests with bait for chumming, this is a marlin
tournament, why are so many sardinas needed, apparently to chum up more
skipjack or smaller yellowfin to be used as baitfish for the billfish, it
just seems there should be some control on this, sustainable bait
populations are very fragile these days. Surely the upcoming WON Tuna
Jackpot will put even more negative pressure on this local bait resource.

Dorado became more scarce this past week, we heard of more dorado being
found on the Pacific fishing grounds, compared to in the direction of San
Jose del Cabo. Wahoo were consistently being found in schools on the normal
grounds north of Punta Gorda. Anglers were finding many opportunities at
hooking into these speedsters, having five, six or seven strikes per
morning was not uncommon. Strikes are coming on trolled Rapalas, skirted
lead heads and slow trolling trap-hooked chihuil.Most of the wahoo being
accounted for weighed in the 15 to 30 lb. class, though there were some
fish up to 45 lb. landed.

Yellowfin tuna were a main targeted species on the La Fortuna to Iman
Banks, the tuna schooling here were striking on sardinas, these fish were
mixed with a variety of aggressive skipjack, weighing to 20 pounds, average
catches ranged from 1 to 5 yellwofin per charter, many more skipjack than
tuna were being hooked into. The chance of hooking into the larger cows
sized yellowfin tuna still was concentrated around the Gordo Banks,
yellowfin in the 50 to 300 pounds are holding on these grounds, though
getting them to bite has been another story, everyday there are reports of
maybe one or two nice fish being hooked into. This past week we weighed one
tuna of 204 pounds in, one fish weighing close to 300 lb. was taken last
Sunday, other large fish were lost and yellowfin tuna of 80 to 100 lb. were
reported by anglers that were on scouting trips for next week’s Tuna
Jackpot, surely this year’s event will have some very stiff competition.

Billfish action was spread out, though a few more blacks and blues were
hooked in this past week, weighing up to 300 pounds plus. It is the time of
year where an offshore grand slam could happen, there are sailfish,
striped, blue and black marlin now in local waters. Not much found off the
bottom recently, most anglers are now targeting surface species.

Local La Playita panga fleet’s are back operating out of the panga basin of
Puerto Local Cabo Marina, this particular area sustained heavy disastrous
damage from Hurricane Odile. Work conditions continue to prove extremely
challenging. Rebuilding progress for this facility is now frustratingly at
a standstill, not even simple conveniences such as fresh running water,
bathroom facilities, suitable parking, electricity for any form of
lighting, or even an accessible boat ramp for making needed maintenance
schedules, the only usable marina ramp now has a chain in place and fleet
owners are required to pay high fees for the privilege of using it, the
list could go on. These are simple conveniences which could all be
addressed in timely fasion, though Marina Management has other priorities,
no effort or expense has gone towards helping this panga area. Locals seem
to be on their own in tackling the rebuilding undertaking. Waiting for
Governmental help, funding for the necessary specialized equipment, appears
to be on a long road ahead.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 70 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 4 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 3
striped marlin, 78 wahoo, 82 yellowfin tuna, 9 dorado, 10 rainbow runners,
24 bonito, 320 skipjack, 14 cabrilla, 8 barred pargo and 20 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Oct 27, 2014; 03:18PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San jose del cabo October 23, 2014
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San jose del cabo

October 23, 2014

Anglers –

We are now finally officially back in operation, as today we were connected
once again to phone and Internet services. The long absence of not making
ant updates was all because we had no connection. We are now back operating
fishing charters based out of the same panga area as before Hurricane Odile
made a mess out of our marina basin. Work conditions are a bit rough, but
we are making due and progress has been remarkable, as everyone is putting
in extra efforts in this rebuilding phase. Limited numbers of charters have
been departing, as flights from the U.S. have just resumed. Local
infrastructure is making rapid advancements. Grocery stores are stocked,
gasoline and diesel readily available, highways open, traffic signals
working, Resorts are rebuilding, many have reopened already and most will
be by the New Year.

Ocean conditions have been great, calm though most of the day. Mornings are
now a little chilly, days are still warm and sunshine is intense, not many
clouds in the sky. Perfect climate now, crowds are just returning now,
great time to come visit and help support the local economy as they face
this major rebuilding stage.

Live sardinas have been abundant around the marina channel area and the
fishing grounds are holding large schools of skipjack and chihuil. Most
action was taking place from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank towards the
north. Catches were very impressive, wide variety of gamefish now on the
grounds, on any given day anything could happen. Catches have included
wahoo, dorado, yellowfin tuna, striped, blue & black marlin, as well as
sailfish. Off the bottom structure there has been a chance at grouper or
dogtooth snapper, no big numbers, but quality specimens.

Wahoo went on a good bite near Iman and La Fortuna, striking trolled
chihuil, as well the normal array of lures. Several charters accounted for
up to three wahoo, average weights were in the 20 to 40 pound range. Dorado
were also found in smaller sized schools, in recent days some nicer sized
bulls up to 30 pounds were accounted for on the offshore grounds.

Most of the yellowfin tuna found recently ranged in the 20 to 60 pound
class. The action had been hit or miss, drift fishing various baits over
the Gordo Banks and north towards Iman Bank, some days early, some days the
fish would hit late, hard to predict. Today a cow yellowfin tuna was
weighed in at La Playita, it was landed by Bob Deeter of Fort Brag, Ca.,
Fishing aboard his private 29 ft. Center Console “Reina de Wahoo”. The tuna
hit on a trolled live skipjack on the Outer Gordo Bank, using 300 pound
leader the crew took a couple of hours to land the cow and it weighed in
officially at 278 pounds.

Good Fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Sep 18, 2014; 10:20PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San jose del cabo September 14, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
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San jose del cabo

September 14, 2014

Anglers –

For the past month we have watched Tropical Storm systems develop on a
weekly basis. After enjoying clear and calm conditions ever since the
passing of Hurricane Norbert, at the present time we are watching the
development of Tropical Storm Odile, moving at a mere two miles per hour,
some 250 miles south of Manzanillo. Forecasters have been more cautious in
predicting exactly what this storm will do. It looks like the Southern Baja
Peninsula might become lucky one more time, if Odile does follow a more
northwesterly track as it gains strength to category two or higher before
weakening over cooler waters. Either way we do expect to see Red Flag
closed Port conditions on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, surely more rain,
hopefully no high winds.

Crowds of visitors continued to be moderate, as many people have stayed
away due to frequent stormy forecasts. This is how the month of September
goes, very tropical time of year and unpredictable from day to day.

Anglers were enjoying great wide open yellowfin tuna action since ocean
conditions have calmed down. Sardinas continue to school near the rocks of
the marina jetty and this has been the bait of choice for getting into the
hot tuna action, hard to say how long this resource will remain plentiful.

Yellowfin tuna are now being found in various locations, over structure,
such as La Fortuna, Iman and the Gordo Banks. The fish are coming up
feeding on the sardinas, ranging in weights from 10 to 25 lb, to 40 to 80
lb and on up to 300 pounds. All sizes of yellowfin tuna in the area, most
common catches were in the 15 to 60 pound range. The best chance at the
hooking into a monster cow still seemed to be around the Gordo Banks, on
Thursday a trio of local La Playita pangeros went on an afternoon trip and
landed a 298 pound yellowfin while using 60 pound gear, so these cows are
definitely lurking, just not in the numbers of the other smaller grade of
tuna near La Fortuna or Iman Banks.

Several varieties of skipjack are now in the mix with the yellowfin tuna,
also good numbers of wahoo on these same fishing grounds. Most of the wahoo
landed were in the 10 to 30 pounds class, a few larger. Many hook ups were
lost, as anglers were having wahoo strikes while they were using mono
leaders targeting tuna. The wahoo were striking trolled Rapalas or skirted
lures as well, just unpredictable as to when or where you might take a ‘hoo
strike. Dorado were scattered and when found they were more often juvenile

An occasional sailfish of striped or blue marlin were hooked while anglers
were on the tuna grounds, no large concentrations of billfish being seen.
Plenty of food fish in the area now, so you figure there would be some
large gamefish predators nearby. Not much bottom fishing being attempted
now, with the surface action being so productive. One commercial pangeros
out of La Playita did haul in two gulf groupers one day while using heavy
hand line, both fish weighed over 120 lbs. Lots of triggerfish and an
occasional dogtooth snapper. With water temperatures now in the upper 80s,
many species that live near rocky structure will head deeper to find cooler
and richer in oxygen habitat.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of: 8 sailfish, 620 yellowfin tuna, 450
skipjack, 36 dorado, 6 dogtooth snapper, 8 rainbow runners, 12 cabrilla, 15
wahoo and 8 dogtooth snapper.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Sep 2, 2014; 12:09AM - *GORDO BANKS PANGAS* San jose del cabo August 31, 2014
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San jose del cabo

August 31, 2014

Anglers –

The week started off with weather changes on Sunday, the arrival of high
swells created by Hurricane Marie, this forced closure of all water
activities for three days. Swells generated by this powerful category five
hurricane reached its peak on Sunday evening and through Monday, nearing 20
ft. high, causing some erosion problems, but overall everyone felt
fortunate that this storm system stayed several hundred miles off to the
west and did not cause much damage. Isolated thundershowers were recorded,
heavy downpours at times, lightening strikes, with some power outages.
Schools were all closed on Monday as a precaution

Skies are now clear and sportfishing fleets are back in operation. Just
before the swell arrived, on Saturday, the fishing action had improved and
the season’s first super cow sized yellowfin tuna was weighed in late that
same day, just before the Port was closed the following morning. The tuna
was caught by a group of three La Playita pangeros, they were trolling a
larger sized live skipjack for bait on the Outer Gordo Bank and after a two
hour battle landed the monster, which officially weighed in at 335 lb. So
the cows have returned and since the reopening of the port there have been
several more landed, mainly by the hard core La Playita pangeros, several
very large fish were lost after extended battles. Sardinas were found
schooling again around the Puerto Los Cabos Marina Jetty and these baitfish
were the bait of choice for the better chances of all around action.

Fleets reported finding mixed sizes of yellowfin tuna off of Santa Maria,
Red Hill, Gordo Banks and Iman. The Iman was producing football sized
yellowfin and another grade of tuna in the 40 to 70 pound class, a bit
finicky, hitting best on lighter tackle, then the problem is fighting
heavier fish that are hooked on too light of tackle. The chance at the cows
has been on the Gordo Banks, with fish reportedly holding on both the Inner
and Outer Gordo Banks. Heavy dive boat pressure has been a negative factor
on the Gordo Banks.

The majority of the dorado that are now being encountered are smaller
juvenile sized fish, most of them females, which should actually be
released and given a chance to mature and spawn in order to help maintain a
quality fishery. A major problem is getting the people interested in
thinking about the future, instead of the mentality of what they can get
for today. Officials would be smart to enforce a temporary closure of all
dorado fishing until a later date in the Fall.

An occasional wahoo being reported, but there was more activity from these
fish before the recent storm passed through. Billfish action has been
spread out as well. Best bet has been to target the yellowfin of varying
sizes. Not much reported off the bottom, an occasional dogtooth snapper or
cabrilla. No inshore action to speak of, as is normal for late summer.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 47 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of:

1 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 170 yellowfin tuna, 20 bonito, 8 cabrilla, 76
dorado, 2 wahoo and 4 dogtooth snapper.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Aug 25, 2014; 01:07AM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo August 24, 2014
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