25 Aug 2019 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: GORDO BANKS PANGAS

Anglers –

August 25, 2019

The week started off with calm weather
patterns, though far off of Southern
Mexico there was a low pressure system
that was developing, this season has
been very quiet for tropical storm
strikes on the Los Cabos region, so
everyone was anxious, watching
forecasts closely. Starting Thursday
through Sat. there were local Port
closures due to stormy ocean
though this system was name Tropical
Storm Ivo stayed over 300 miles away,
off to the west, paralleling the Baja
coast towards the north. Seas were up
to three meters, sporadic wind gusts
ranging 15 to 30 mph, scattered
thunder showers, with several inches of
measurable rainfall received and
even more in isolated areas. Great to
actually final receive the rainfall,
though also unfortunate for anglers who
were not able to fish during shut
down conditions. Ever ting does look
clear for this coming week.

This was a shortened week for
sportfishing operations, though the
half of the week was decent, there were
caballito, ballyhoo, moon fish and
slabs of squid available for bait. Also
large schools of baitfish on the
same popular fishing grounds, bolito,
small skipjack, etc…Main target
species were dorado, yellowfin tuna and
billfish. Not much off the bottom
except some early morning jig action
for various pargo, cabrilla and a few
amberjack. Most charters were targeting
the surface action, with clean blue
water being found close to shore and
ocean currents in the 80 to 84 degree
range. The majority of the charters
were working areas from off of Palmilla
Point to the Gordo Banks, Iman and San
Luis, a few venturing to Vinorama.

Yellowfin tuna were congregated around
the Iman Bank and to the inside,
though getting them the bite was not
easy, seemed he best chances came
early in the day, while drift fishing
strips of squid, these tuna are
finicky, lots of natural food source to
gorge on and also becoming wiser to
the boat pressure every day, fleets as
far away as Buena Vista are fishing
these same grounds. Most of the
yellowfin tuna were in the 20 to 65
chances at larger though. Anglers were
fortunate to land one or two. More
numbers of dorado, while trolling
various lures and baits, not as
as previous weeks, the majority were
juvenile sized, with many were being
released, a handful of nicer sized
keeper dorado in the mix. Also even an
occasional wahoo lurking on these same
areas, no numbers, but they are in
the area.

There were now chances at very large
marlin, this is the time of year when
the blue and black marlin are found in
local waters, attracted by all of
the food fish, such as black skipjack,
bolito, dorado and smaller yellowfin
tuna. There were at least a couple of
black marlin up to 400 lb. landed
early this week, quite a few blue
marlin as well, most were in the 120 to
250 lb. range, striped marlin were
hanging around, many small 50 to 70 lb.
stripers, trolling lures or bait was
the main techniques, on the high spots
of covering open blue water.

So we are hoping for more days on the
water with better weather and
steadily improving action this coming

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 38 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 2 black marlin, 9 striped
marlin, 7 blue marlin, 115 dorado, 4
wahoo, 22 yellowfin tuna, 4 leopard
grouper, 7 Mexican bonito, 5 yellow
snapper, 2 barred pargo, 2 pompano, 2
amberjack, 2 dogtooth snapper, 2
roosterfish, 6 jack crevalle and 24

Good Fishing, Eric

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