16 Mar 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – March 13, 2016
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

March 13, 2016

Just as the local saying goes, Febreo Loco y Marzo otro poco (Crazy
February and March a little more), this proved to be the prefect summary
for this past week’s weather. Daytime highs barely reached into the lower
70s for the first part of the week, south winds switched from out of the
Northwest, gusts to over 30 mph, rain showers near La Paz, winds swirling
from all directions, creating choppy ocean swells, causing the Ports of
Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Los Cabos to be closed down for the day of
Wednesday, even though Tuesday was the worst conditions, Port Authorities
were being extra cautious. By Thursday morning the front had passed
through, conditions warmed up, south winds remained steady though. Overall
we are now back on a warming trend, during this seasonal transition period
we can commonly witness srapidly changing conditions, remember last March,
on the day of the annual off road races, we saw heavy tropical thunder
storms, then hail and offshore water spouts, all on the same day,
definitely can be crazy.

Ocean conditions became a bit more stirred up, areas of greener cooling
currents, water temperatures varied from 71 degrees on the Pacific side to
76 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Schools of baitfish
continue to be found off of San Jose del Cabo, more sardineta than anything
else, but also some mackerel. This is the same grounds where there has been
good action for striped marlin, mainly while drift fishing baits down
deeper, striped marlin up to 140 pounds were reported, these were larger
striped marlin, compared to the smaller fish being found earlier. Fleets
from Cabo San Lucas were also fishing this area, not much going on
elsewhere. Not wide open action, but most charter were having opportunities
at marlin. Live caballito were available from inside the marina on a
limited basis.

For the La Playita panga fleets, the more productive action was coming off
the bottom structure, high spots from Red Hill/Palmilla, north to San Luis
Bank, produced a mix of species, while drift fishing with various baits and
on yo-yo style jigs. Catches included amberjack, yellowtail, yellow
snapper, huachinango, bonito, leopard grouper, barred pargo, triggerfish
and others. All very good eating species. Though on windy days this type of
fishing can prove to be difficult, creating too fast of a drift. We do
anticipate some great bottom action as soon as we see more consistent
calmer conditions.

Nor much to report in the way of dorado or wahoo, just an occasional
specimen being accounted for. Yellowfin tuna was very limited as well,
though these fish were hanging around the San Luis Bank and a few fish were
landed, ranging up to 70 pounds, striking on strips of squid, early in the
day seemed to be the best chance at enticing a strike, though this action
was sporadic, there was also the ever present problem of sea lions waiting
for their chances at stealing hooked fish.

Along the shoreline anglers have encountered increased numbers of sierra,
striking on lures and strip baits. Some smaller sized roosterfish rounded
out the inshore activity. The coming weeks should see improvement closer to
shore, though this season the lack of the sardinas have made things more

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: 15 striped marlin, 3 yellowtail, 1 wahoo, 2
dorado, 19 yellowfin tuna, 16 amberjack, 34 cabrilla (leopard grouper), 12
huachinango, 22 yellow snapper, 6 barred pargo, 24 sierra, 12 roosterfish,
9 bonito and 38 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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