Gordo Banks Pangas Fish Report November 16, 2018
San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 16, 2018
Still very busy with visiting anglers this week, one more week, after
Thanksgiving the numbers of visitors will lighten up. The strong gusty
northerly winds were a major factor all week, relentless, beginning on
Monday, finally weakening some on Friday. Ocean water temperatures
dropped into the 78 to 80 degree range, clarity was still very clean,
though strong winds made it difficult to fish on the more productive
grounds from Iman to San Luis Banks. More frequent sightings of whales
being reported, first wave of the annual migration of these mammals are
The main bait being used now has been slabs of squid, caballito,
ballyhoo and some chihuil and small sized skipjack. Fleets have been
fishing in all directions, no particular hot spot, heavy boat pressure,
along with windy conditions made for a tough week, though it did not
keep charters from launching, though it did limit what options were
Wahoo are now in peak season, though they are finicky, striking best on
chihuil, ballyhoo and caballito baitfish, also they were striking lures,
Rapalas and skirted lead heads. Though with heavy boat pressure now for
the past month, these fish are hit or miss, fortunate to land one, but
other anglers have had as many as four or five. Sizes range from
juvenile 6 lb. fish, up to trophy sized 65 lb. specimens.
Dorado were more scattered this week than last, very few of these fish
seen in recent days, same for billfish, still an occasional sailfish or
smaller sized striped marlin, one blue marlin of about 220 lb.
Yellowfin tuna action on the banks to the north, Iman and San Luis,
proved very difficult most of the week, the main factor being the north
wind, hard to drift and chum wind you are being swept off the spot so
quickly. There were yellowfin caught everyday though, sizes from small
football all the way up to 90 lb. Heard of tuna to over 200 lb. offshore
of Cabo San Lucas, traveling with porpoise, but these fish were not very
numerous at all. We expect as weather conditions do settle down and
stabilize, that we will see much improved action.
Bottom action was even more limited due to swift currents and winds.
More triggerfish than anything else, a few various snapper, pargo,
bonito and cabrilla species. One 60 lb. class roosterfish was caught and
released while trolling near Punta Gorda, trying to escape the wind
some, nice sized rooster considering we are out of season for them now.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 202 charters for the week. Anglers
reported a fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 8 striped marlin, 6 sailfish,
23 dorado, 76 wahoo, 142 yellowfin tuna, 94 bonito, 24 white skipjack,
12 red snapper, 2 amberjack, 11 yellow snapper, 9 cabrilla, 8 sierra, 18
roosterfish, 8 jack crevalle and 110 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric
Gordo Banks Pangas Fish Report
Address: San Jose Del Cabo, Los Cabos, BCS. Mexico
Phone U.S. (619) 488-1859 Mexico: (624) 142-1147
Website: Gordo Bank Pangas – www.gordobanks.com