13 May 2014 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo May 11, 2014
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

May 11, 2014


Perhaps the perfect weather conditions have attracted more crowds of
tourists, as this past week we have noticed an increased number of
visitors. Early in the week there were some unusually gusty winds sweeping
through from the north, though after this front moved through conditions
settled nicely and anglers were greeted with great ocean conditions. Air
temperatures were nearing 90 degrees, some marine layer, scattered cloud
cover created a semi tropical feeling. Everyone is enjoying the wonderful
climate now, if only this could last through the summer. Ocean water
temperatures fluctuated more, with cooler currents on the Pacific side of
Cabo San Lucas now in the upper 60s, while outside of the Gordo Banks water
ranged into the upper 70s, most of the zone where anglers were now fishing
was in the 74/75 degree range.

The winds during the early week stirred up ocean conditions and dropped
water temperatures by a few degrees. Striped marlin continue to be the most
prevalent species found offshore, the big bite that had been going on very
close to shore, off of the Puerto Los Cabos Marine entrance, within one
mile of shore, this action tapered way off, though a few scattered striped
marlin are still being landed each day from this area. It seems the main
concentration of marlin has moved further offshore, as far as 18 miles out,
scores of stripers were seen riding the surface swells, many of them not
interested at all in feeding on the available bait source of moonfish,
jacks or ballyhoo, though a percentage of the marlin would strike and some
charters were accounting for multiple billfish days. Some charters reported
seeing many marlin on the surface but not be able to draw a strike for
anything, this can happen when the fish get a taste for a certain food
source that is abundant at a particular time, fish just are not hungry for
anything else.

Dorado were more scattered even than were the marlin, only an odd fish here
of there, no schools found, maybe one dorado landed for every five
charters. Weights of the few dorado accounted for ranged up to 20 pounds.
Wahoo were in the area, though only a handful were actually caught, most of
these were found north of Punta Gorda and towards Vinormama, various rigged
baits and Rapalas both produced fish, which averaged from 20 to 30 pounds.

Mid week a significant sized school of yellowfin tuna in the 20 to 30 pound
class came up and was feeding on the surface near the Outer Gordo Bank, no
one reportedly could tell what type of baitfish they were attacking and all
of this activity was over as fast as it appeared. It was an encouraging
sign to show that these fish were at least in local waters and hopefully a
bite will develop soon. There were 10 to 20 lb. yellowfin landed on trolled
lures, but that was it in the way of tuna. The bonito are still prevalent
on the various high spots, but not in the number they had been, striking on
yo-yo jigs. A few pargo, amberjack and cabrilla rounded out the bottom
action, which was basically limited, some days better than other. Most
charters are doing a mix of a little bottom structure fishing before trying
their luck for surface species or drifting baits offshore for marlin, which
had been one of the more productive techniques recently.

Inshore we have seen some larger sized roosterfish up to forty pounds
moving in, no big numbers to speak of, but a great option for anglers
wishing to target these powerful gamefish. Slow trolling the caballito,
jacks or moonfish was the best method to entice a strike, some large sized
jack crevalle were also patrolling the shoreline.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 90 charters for this past week, with anglers
accounting for a fish count of: 3 sailfish, 8 yellowfin tuna, 29 striped
marlin, 11 wahoo, 2 yellowtail, 18 amberjack, 18 huachinago, 2 grouper, 11
cabrilla, 22 jack crevalle, 8 sierra, 20 dorado, 3 yellowtail, 5 dogtooth
snapper,112 bonito and 26 roosterfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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