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 Feb 21, 2021; 07:21PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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February 21, 2021

This month is definitely living up to its reputation for being unpredictable, this whole season we have seen more relentless north winds
than usual, hard to find a reliable forecast and normal patterns have not followed the standard this year. As we still deal with very light tourism,
staying optimistic that soon the situation will improve. We felt another cool trend this week, of course nothing even comparable as they felt in
Texas, we did have mostly sunny skies, high temperatures averaging 75 degrees and the morning lows in the mid-50s. Ocean temperature was again
cooler, down into the 67 to 70 degree range. The bait was a bit scarcer now, netters were working harder to find the scattered schools of sardinas
and few caballito.

The week started out difficult due to windy conditions, though over the weekend winds laid down and the ocean was very comfortable, though quite
cool for this area. Charters were searching the grounds from Chileno, Palmilla, Gordo Banks and north towards San Luis. Most consistent action
was found while working the bottom structure, with the cold water there was not much surface activity found, as dorado, tuna, wahoo and marlin seem to
have been hiding out, waiting for warmer currents to move back in. This will be transition period coming up, as the days progressively become
longer and warmer once again.

The bonito were by far the most numerous species found, striking mainly on yo-yo style jigs, averaging 3 to 5 lb. a little smaller than they often
run, but these fish are feisty fighters and good eating, prepared just as you would the yellowfin tuna. Despite not seeing any significant numbers of
other spaces, we did see a wide variety of structure species show up on the fillet tables. We saw yellowtail, amberjack, red snapper, yellow snapper,
grouper, sheepshead, bluefin trevally (fairly rare in local waters), Pacific tilefish, triggerfish, roosterfish, sierra, black skipjack, spotted
rose snapper and even a couple of wahoo and dorado earlier in the week that were out of place in the cold water.

Besides the one Bluefin trevally we saw, there was also a 50 lb. class roosterfish landed and released from a super panga trolling near the marina
jetty area, the California sheepshead was also a fairly unusual catch. Pelagic red crabs are starting to appear on the local high spots, when
conditions are just right these small crustaceans will drift to the surface, can be scooped up and used for snapper bait, the commercial fleets
goes wild when they see these red crabs, as they see big dollar signs and can make great profits when it all comes together.

Still plenty of whales to keep sightseers happy, as well as some turtles, sea lions and manta rays.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:53PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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February 14, 2021

Half way through the month of February now, we continue to see very light
crowds of tourists arriving, we are remaining optimistic that the coming
months will see larger numbers of visitors. The weather patterns have been
changing day to day, we saw a warming trend, then a cool front moved back
through, daytime highs ranged from 75 to 80 degrees, winds have been on and
off from the north, a bit unpredictable, currents sweeping through the
region, changing water temperature and clarity from locations.

With limited charter activity there has still been plenty of commercial
fishing pressure, with the shrimp trawlers working the areas off of San
Jose del Cabo where there had been concentrations of mackerel and
sardineta, this impacted this bait source and along the shoreline we saw
schools of sardinas diminish as well, the smaller baitfish still have been
obtainable, just not as abundant as they have been for the past months. It
is the season where anglers commonly use yo-yo style jigs, working the
various high spots for a variety of species.

The ocean temperature is averaging in the 70 to 72 degree range now,
clarity has improved on the grounds north of the Gordo Banks, such as La
Fortuna and Iman Banks, though green water has moved in off of Cabo San
Lucas. The majority of the charters have been concentrating near La Fortuna
and Iman Banks, this is where water clarity was cleaner and the more
consistent all around action was found. Early in the week there were a
handful of nice yellowfin tuna to over 80 lb. accounted for, though these
yellowfin were finicky and only coming up sporadically, found close to
shore though, over bottom structure, must be a certain food source that is
attracting these fish to this area. The tuna action slacked as wind became
more of a factor through the week, thing about this time year, is finding a
calm day in order to increase opportunities.

The various rock piles are producing a mix of structure species, recently
the most common fish being the bonito, also an occasional amberjack,
cabrilla, pargo, red snapper or yellowtail, but by far more bonito than
anything else, mainly striking on yo-yo jigs and weighing in the 4 to 8 lb.
range. With the cooler water we are only seeing an occasional dorado, we
also saw one wahoo early in the week. No billfish being talked about on
local grounds out of San Jose del Cabo, though we did hear reports of
decent action for striped marlin on the Pacific grounds, such as Golden
Gate, where schools of mackerel were now concentrated, though overall the
action out of Cabo San Lucas was not as consistent as on grounds in the
direction of the Sea of Cortez.

The highlight for the week were definitely the few quality grade of
yellowfin tuna that were accounted for, as conditions stabilize we do
expect these tuna to remain on these same grounds and become more prevalent
in the daily counts. As we progress towards spring season we also
anticipate to find more wide spread bottom action.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:52PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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February 7, 2021

As we start the new month of February there are light numbers of tourists
arriving, this is mainly due to ongoing Covid pandemic and the new
requirements being put in place for travelers. We are hoping that by spring
season we might see an improvement of this situation. The Los Cabos area
relies entirely on tourist trade for the local economy and without this
income people cannot support themselves and families.

We have felt a warming trend this past week, we saw high temperatures up to
80 degrees, mostly clear sunny skies. Winds were still unpredictable,
though the forecast for the coming week looks very calm, favorable to help
stabilize ocean conditions. Ocean temperature has been in the 70 to72
degree range, clarity was changing daily with the strong currents that have
been pushing through. Overall the water was appearing cleaner on the
grounds near the Iman Bank. This is where in recent days the majority of
the light crowds of charters have been concentrated.

Every day we were seeing a handful of yellowfin tuna landed, anglers were
fortunate to land one of these tuna, some charters even reported a couple
of these fish. The yellowfin were very finicky, but could be enticed with
persistence and patience using a combination of sardinas, caballito, strips
of squid or skipjack. Average size of the tuna were in the 50 to 80 lb.
class. On these same grounds and on other rocky high sports anglers found a
mix of bottom species. Though the bottom bite with the strong currents
running was not consistent, more bonito and black skipjack than anything
else, a few varieties of pargo/snapper, an occasional cabrilla, amberjack
or yellowtail. Strong currents were a problem this past week, we do
anticipate this pattern to change and should help improve the all-around
action. Also in recent days red crabs were starting to appear on the
surface, these can be used for red snapper bait, with calmer conditions
this could develop into something.

Other options were found closer to shore, mainly in the southern zone
towards Cabo San Lucas, where sierra, skipjack and triggerfish were the
main species encountered, still spotty from day to day, no consistent hot
spot now. A few dorado are still hanging around in the cooler waters, found
scattered in small schools, most of these smaller sized fish.

Lots of whales throughout the region, peak season will continue for at
least another month. Sea lions, turtles and manta rays also providing
sightseeing entertainment.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:39PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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January 31, 2021

With new international travel restrictions now in place we have seen a
noticeable lack of tourists, though Los Cabos resorts are now offering the
required Covid 19 tests easily on site, needed for return trip. So
hopefully this will encourage more people to travel to Southern Baja in the
coming months. Weather followed normal patterns, scattered cloud cover,
though no precipitation this week, winds out of if the north, increased
some over last week, but there are cycles of calmer conditions mixed in,
high temperatures averaging 75 degrees.

Ocean conditions showed improvement from the Gordo Banks and towards San
Luis Bank, water temperatures averaged 70 to 72 degrees and clarity was now
cleaner than the previous week, there were also more signs of baitfish
schools on the same fishing grounds. In the marina area bait vendors are
offering sardinas, some caballito, mackerel and ballyhoo.

There was a lack of anglers though, not much activity for charters now.
Most of the charters have been concentrating on the areas from straight
offshore and north to Gordo and San Luis Banks. The highlight of the week
was a few quality grade yellowfin tuna landed that weighed in the 80 to 100
lb. class. A lot of patience and persistent was needed, because these tuna
were elusive, but at least a few more than previous weeks were accounted
for. Many local skippers who do not have charter work now are giving these
yellowfin a try. It is not always the normal time of year to find these
tuna n these high spots, but every year can vary.

Not much activity reported for billfish, water has been green on the normal
grounds, but we do see conditions improving now, winds were a contributing
factor and then there is also a lack of anglers. A handful of dorado were
found scattered throughout the region, a couple of them over 20 lb.
Limited numbers of sierra now along the shoreline, a mix of various
snappers, pompano, bonito, triggerfish, cabrilla, amberjack, yellowtail
found off of the rocky piles, though wind made this tough many days. We
look forward to some more steady weather and a warming trend, this should
help to improve the all-around action. February can be a very unpredictable

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:38PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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January 24, 2021

We enjoyed variable winter time conditions in Southern Baja this past week.
High temperatures averaging 75 degrees, more cloud cover and even had some
measurable rain fall on Wednesday, generally lighter winds, predominately
from the north, though not as persistent as they were in past weeks. Light
crowds of tourists now arriving, looks to be the predicted pattern for the
coming months, until Covid induced regulations are simplified or eased and
vaccinations are made readily available to the general public. In the
meantime all local businesses supported by the tourist industry will be
optimistically waiting for the situation to improve.

In the direction of the Sea of Cortez the ocean currents been green, as the
same East Cape conditions have now swept onto local grounds. Clarity has
fluctuated, but overall water color has been very greenish, though off of
Cabo San Lucas currents have been much cleaner. Over the weekend though
there were reports of slight improvement north of the Gordo Banks to around
San Luis, a couple of wahoo hook ups were reported. On the Gordo Banks
there was a showing of yellowfin tuna and at least one 80 lb. class
yellowfin was landed, other hook ups were lost, not many boats were on the
spot when the tuna did show up, drifting with sardinas was the method they
used to entice the strikes. So maybe something will develop with this,
providing conditions do stabilize some more. Ocean water temperature has
varied on areas, day to day as well, ranging from 67 to 74 degrees.

There has been plenty of bait in the area, charters are reportedly seeing
large concentrations of baitfish on local grounds, though this did not mean
that the gamefish were easy for anglers to find. Bait vendors are offering
sardinas, caballito, mackerel and ballyhoo. Dorado are being found in
limited numbers, mainly around concentrations of baitfish and often on the
same offshore billfish grounds. With a handful of these dorado being bulls
over 20 lb.

We saw a little more variety and size of fish found off of the shallow
rocky structure. Though this action just now seems to be showing signs of
activity, this week we saw amberjack, cabrilla, bonito, red snapper and
triggerfish. We do anticipate that this type of action improves the next
couple of months. Along the shore we saw a little more action for the
sierra, they had become scarce in past seeks, so hopefully this is a
favorable sign that these cold water fish will rebound.

Billfish action was more scattered now, main species is the striped marlin,
sizes averaging 70 to 100 lb. No great concentration in any particular
area, we should see steady improvement with greater numbers of stripers, as
ocean conditions improve with more steady weather patterns.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147
 Feb 18, 2021; 11:37PM - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
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