14 Oct 2019 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  ericgordobanks@yahoo.com
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October 13, 2019

Anglers –

Increasing numbers of anglers are
arriving each day, in the next couple
of
weeks the crowds of the fall season
crowds will be peaking. Weather is now
transitioning, noticeably cooler early
mornings, though days are still
warm, very humid, more tropical cloud
cover and over the weekend major rain
squalls, We saw wide varying ocean
conditions this week, from flat glass,
no breeze at all, to swirling winds and
choppy seas.

The fishing action was almost as
unpredictable as the wither patterns.
One
day very few fish would cooperate, next
day we had great action for the
elusive wahoo, then the yellowfin tuna
action became more active, dorado
were spotty, but some nice schools were
occasionally encountered, at times
close to shore, others further
offshore. On Friday, legendary La
Playita
local pangero Hugo Pino brought in a
yellowfin that weighed in at 264 lb.,
impressive cow, first of this class we
have heard about this season off of
the Gordo Banks, the tuna hit on a live
skipjack. On Saturday local super
panga skipper Chame Pino landed a 111
lb. tuna

Through most of the week the more
consistent all around action was near
Iman Bank, also north to San Luis and
Vinorama. Sardinas were now being
netted ear the marina jetty, already
becoming more limited as season
becomes busier, ballyhoo was a great
option for wahoo, slabs of squid were
using for drift fishing for the tuna,
caballito were another option. A few
charters were searching for chihuil,
which were ideal for wahoo, when
obtainable. Through mid-week the wahoo
went on a great bite, fish to over
40 lb., striking trolled Rapalas,
skirted lead heads and various baits.
Rigged ballyhoo proved to work
especially well. Some charters had as
many
as four wahoo, while losing other
strikes. Things can happen quickly with
these speedsters are aggressive.

Yellow tuna action was mainly centered
on Iman Ban, but this week a handful
of nicer quality tuna came off of the
Gordo Banks. Bite was spotty from day
to day, as currents and water clarity
was fluctuating, best bet for the
yellowfin seemed to be drift fishing
with sardinas, squid and also slow
trolling smaller sized skipjack. We saw
yellowfin tuna this week from
football sized, all the way up to cows
of 264 lb. most tuna we are seeing
were in the 15 to 70 lb. range.

Dorado became more scattered that they
had been, though there are some
decent schools of these fish being
found, of the fish we did see, we saw
more respectable sized 10 to 20 lb.
specimens.

We heard of more striped marlin
activity out of Cabo San Lucas, though
on
the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo
and towards the north there was some
striped marlin and a few sailfish
reported.

Off the bottom there was no consistent
bite going on, a scattering of
pargo, snapper, cabrilla, bonito and
the highlight were several dogtooth
snapper up to 45 lb., we have not seen
many of those fish this season.

*T*he combined sportfishing fleet
launching out of the panga area from
Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an
estimated 110 charters for the week and
anglers reported an approximate fish
count of: 1 sailfish, 6 striped
marlin, 68 yellowfin tuna, 29 dorado,
47 wahoo, 7 leopard grouper, 8
Mexican bonito, 8 yellow snapper, 3
dogtooth snapper, 2 barred pargo, 3
pompano, 6 sierra, 4 amberjack, 4
surgeon fish and 95 triggerfish.



Good Fishing, Eric





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GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com