GORDO BANKS PANGAS
January 19, 2020
Moderate winter time crowds now,
noticeably lighter, as schools return
session after traditional holiday
seasons. Weather patterns are typically
unpredictable, lows in 50s some days
and highs up to mid-80s on others.
Wind predominately from the north, in
cycles of two, three, four days.
Moderate ocean swells, with clarity
fluctuating accordingly to running
currents. Ocean temperatures have been
in the 72 to 74 degree range,
slightly warmer than normal for this
Bait options consisted of caballito,
ballyhoo, slabs of squid, sardineta
and some mackerel. Large schools of
baitfish now congregating on areas off
of San Jose del Cabo, more sardineta
than anything else. No word on
sardinas moving within range of local
Striped Marlin are following their food
source in this same direction,
though still not in big numbers, but
more this week compared to last.
Dorado were the more numerous gamefish
at this time, found throughout the
area, often close to shore, striking on
a variety of lures, but more
readily on available bait. Sizes ranged
up to 20 lb., though the majority
were averaging ten pounds.
Wahoo action rebounded somewhat this
week, as we saw ocean temperatures
remain warm enough to keep these fish
in the area. Still this action was
more sporadic, most strikes were
reported from Punta Gorda to Vinorama.
Sizes were all the way from sierra
sized wahoo, up to 45 lb. Ballyhoo and
caballito both produced a higher
percentage of strikes.
Juvenile sized roosterfish were most
common, though a few much larger
roosters in the mix and we are now
seeing more sierra found along local
beach stretches. At times frigate birds
could be seen circling and diving
closer to shore, especially mid-
morning, this activity was typically
associated with feeding dorado.
Yellowfin tuna action was spotty, but
we are seeing limited numbers of tuna
in the 10 to 25 lb. class taken through
the inshore zone, seen more near
Cardon and La Fortuna recently.
Striking on smaller sized lures and
drift fishing with strips of squid.
Not much going off the bottom,
commercial fleet has concentrated on
snapper, not much red crab surface
activity this past week. A few cabrilla
taken off of the high spots, bonito,
pargo, but more triggerfish than
anything else. We look for this bottom
bite to improve in coming weeks,
hoping for a good yellowtail season.
*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 68 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 11 striped marlin, 160
dorado, 42 yellowfin tuna, 26 wahoo,
38 pargo, 22 sierra, 16 roosterfish,
9 cabrilla, 4 jack crevalle, bonito 6
and 28 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147