GORDO BANKS PANGAS
San Jose del Cabo
December 21, 2014
Similar scenario this past week, with lighter crowds of tourists enjoying
great late fall weather conditions, taking advantage of all of the outdoor
activities now offered in this world class travel destination of Los Cabos.
Skies remained mostly sunny, scattered cloud cover, high temperatures
reaching 80 degrees. Some wind out of the north, but not too strong like we
can see during this time period. Ocean water temperatures are still holding
in the 78 to 80 degree range and anglers were finding a variety of pelagic
gamefish on local fishing grounds.
Sardinas continue to be available and have been the bait of choice for
having success on the yellowfin tuna and skipjack. This action has been
found near Iman and towards Vinorama this week, drift fishing with sardinas
proved the best way to entice these fish.
Most of the tuna have been weighing in the 15 to 20 lb. range, with a
handful up to 50 lb. mixed in. There have been some healthy sized white
skipjack to over 15 lb. on the same grounds. Dorado were not as easy to
find, no particular place, scattered in small schools, some charters would
have two or three dorado and others would not see any. Sizes averaged 10 to
Wahoo activity improved in recent days, the normal areas north of Punta
Gorda were producing action for wahoo ranging from 15 to 50 lb. Anglers had
strikes while trolling with Rapalas, but the best chances were taken while
trolling with live chihuil, which were not that easy to come by. Offshore
of San Jose del Cabo there were schools of sardineta baitfish showing, this
has attracted striped marlin to this area, surely other gamefish will
follow, as these are a preferred food source, also this is normally a sign
that schooling mackerel will be moving into local waters soon.
Inshore action for sierra, jack crevalle and some roosterfish has been
steady, though not many people are concentrating efforts inshore, as
offshore action has been very good. Bottom action improved this week,
species such as snapper, cabrilla, bonito, pompano, hogfish and triggerfish
were landed. Mid-week there was one day where some pelagic red crabs were
found drifting to the surface and these made excellent baits for red
snapper, the next day no one reported finding any of the red crabs.
We are anticipating great winter season action for this season, seems to be
following same patterns as last year. As long as warm currents prevail,
there will be dorado, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and billfish hanging around.
Whales are showing now in greater numbers, many sea lions as well, actually
too many, have been a nuisance on the fishing grounds.
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:
2 sailfish, 9 striped marlin, 32 wahoo, 65 dorado, 225 yellowfin tuna, 110
white skipjack, 26 bonito, 55 sierra, 15 roosterfish, 24 cabrilla, 65
(red snapper), 8 pompano, 4 hogfish, 45 triggerfish and 18 yellow snapper.
Good fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147