18 Feb 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers February 14, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo


February 14, 2016

The month of February has always been thought of as unpredictable and a bit
crazy, we have seen a bit of this already. Last week was cooler and windy,
now we have seen a warmer trend like spring is already here, daytime highs
reaching 90 degrees, plenty of clear skies and sunshine, the wind patterns
and unusually swift currents still persist, but it does feel like days will
only be getting warmer as we progress towards spring break. Ocean water
temperatures are holding at 74 degrees throughout most of the region,
warmer 76 degree water found outside of Cabo San Lucas and around the Gordo

The all-around fishing action remains scattered, a lot of variety in the
area now, but no particular species is overly abundant. Clear blue water is
being found within a few miles of shore, though there is greener conditions
towards the north near Los Frailes. Schools of sardinetas are now
congregated off of San Jose del Cabo, always a good sign that these will be
attracting more gamefish, particularly striped marlin. Still no reports of
the normal smaller sardinas being found, word has spread that this species
will be under stricter regulations to help this stock rebound once the
environmental conditions are to their liking so that they return to their
normal migration patterns. With ocean temperatures remaining warmer than
normal, this has contributed to changing oxygen levels and plankton growth,
which these baitfish feed on, El Nino has all normal patterns all mixed up.

A sign that anything could happen on any given day was confirmed when local
pangero legend Hugo Pino from La Playita landed a 350 lb. black marlin off
of the Gordo Banks mid- week, Hugo was trolling a live caballito when the
black struck. Very unusual to find black marlin hanging around these
grounds during mid-February. On these same grounds there have been
yellowfin tuna, some of these tuna are over the hundred pound mark, many
have been seen of all sizes, feeding on what look like an abundance of
flying fish, hard to entice them to strike on anything else, though a
handful of these yellowfin to 120 lb. have been landed, some on normal
morning charters, other on afternoon trips by the selective few commercial
and private boats that do go out later in the day. Problem has been finding
a calm enough afternoon, these anglers are stock piling slabs of squid as
well, the more chum the better, to help entice these finicky tuna.

Not all that much going off the bottom, wind earlier in the week, combined
with persistently stronger currents and then the ever present hungry sea
lions, all has added up to few numbers of snapper, cabrilla and amberjack.
There was a report of a couple of yellowtail, so maybe more of these
popular jacks will move in. If conditions do continue to stabilize, we
should see improved bottom action, anglers have been using whole and cut
baits, as well as yo-yo jigs, some charters are starting to use down

Wahoo are hanging around into winter season again, though bite has been
sporadic, more chances now there a favorite food source of sadinetas have
showed up. Punta Gorda seems to be holding more numbers of the wahoo now,
but the word has also spread, putting added pressure on these already
elusive and shy fish.

Very few dorado being found, just a few single fish, no particular place
better than the other. Inshore there were some roosterfish and a few sierra
found, a few roosterfish to 20 lb., good sized for this time of year. With
the warmer water and lack of sardinas for bait there have been no big
numbers of sierra

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 74 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 17 striped marlin, 14 wahoo, 35
yellowfin tuna, 11 dorado, 10 amberjack, 16 cabrilla (leopard grouper), 16
huachinango, 52 misc. pargo/snapper , 1 thrasher shark, 6 sierra, 24
roosterfish and 55 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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