GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
March 20, 2016
This is a busy time in Southern Baja, with the annual San Jose del Cabo
traditional fiesta lasting throughout the week, Fishing Tournament from
Puerto Los Cabos on March 19, then the Off Road racing classic on March 20,
all during the same weekend when the spring season officially begins. Sunny
days, with high temperatures into the 80s, ideal climate now, some
unpredictable winds, blowing from the north and then gusting out of the
south, common pattern this time of year.
Anglers have found a combination of surface action, inshore and bottom
action. Striped marlin is the main species being targeted offshore, no big
numbers, though there are good chances at having opportunities anywhere
from 3 to 10 miles from shore, fish are spread out. Not many dorado being
found, just an occasional fish. Same for wahoo, not really the season for
these species, but they still are in the area, just not striking very often.
Most of the panga charters are now concentrating on the normal grounds to
the north of Punta Gorda, La Fortuna Iman and San Luis Banks. There have
been yellowfin tuna schooling here and anglers were hooking up while drift
fishing with strips of squid, some charters accounted for five or six
yellowfin, while others worked hard for one or two fish. Some days the
winds made for tough fishing, other days proved to be nice. Sizes on these
tuna averaged 15 to 25 lb. though there were larger fish in the mix, we
weighed in one yellowfin at 87 lb., and several others in the 40 to 60 lb.
were also accounted for.
The bait supply consisted mainly of caballito, ballyhoo, slabs of squid and
some sardineta, these baitfish which had been holding off of San Jose del
Cabo are now dispersing, with heavy pressure by porpoise a main factor on
scattering these bait schools. We still have the ongoing problem of having
to battle with the sea lions in order to land your hook ups.
On the same grounds where the yellowfin tuna were holding, there has been a
variety of bottom species hooked into, common catches were pargo, of mixed
varieties, leopard grouper, rainbow runner, skipjack, bonito, triggerfish,
also chances at pompano and amberjack. There were reports of a couple of
tiger sharks being hooked into as well. Many bottom fish were lost to cut
lines as well, heavier fish that cut lines on the sharp rocks.
Not much going on close to shore now, sporadic action for smaller sized
roosterfish and some early morning sierra. A few halibut have been landed
by both shore and boat anglers, not a usual catch for us.
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: 8 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 4 dorado, 106
yellowfin tuna, 2 halibut, 6 pompano, 11 amberjack, 19 cabrilla (leopard
grouper), 14 huachinango, 30 yellow snapper, 9 barred pargo, 18 sierra, 9
roosterfish, 4 bonito and 42 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147