Gordo Banks Pangas Fish Report November 2, 2018
San Jose del Cabo Anglers – November 2, 2018
Very busy times continue and will not tapper off until after
Thanksgiving. Weather patterns were now more typical for the fall
season, low temperatures about 70 degrees and highs near 85 degrees.
North winds have become more prevalent, picking up early in the week,
lightening a bit over the weekend. Ocean swells were moderate and
water temperatures varied from 79 to 82 degrees. Reports of north
winds stirring up currents and pushing in off colored waters.
There were various bait options now available, caballito, slabs of
squid, ballyhoo, chihuil, small skipjack and miniature size sardinas
being found in limited quantities near Chileno. Very heavy pressure on
all bait resources this time of year, always the same situation during
this time frame.
Local San Jose del Cabo fleets are fishing mainly in the vicinity of
Iman and San Luis Banks.The action for yellowfin tuna was much tougher
this week, through much of the week the winds created very fast drifts
and made that form of drift and chum fishing that much harder. There
were limited yellowfin tuna in the 40 to 90 lb. accounted for, some
days they found better number of football sized tuna, white skipjack
and bonito, but even the smaller grade of fish became elusive. Most
days the best chances for tuna was early in the day, then very
We did see an increase of dorado that ranged to over 20 lb. still just
one or two here or there, but at least were seeing some decent
respectable sized fish. Wahoo were hard to predict, as they normally
can be, but these fish are definitely in the area, mainly on the
grounds from Punta Gorda to Vinorama. These fish do become
increasingly finicky at times of heavy concentrations of boats.
Anglers were taking wahoo strikes incidentally while drift fishing for
tuna, as well as on various rapalas, skirted jet heads, trap hooked
chihuil, caballito and ballyhoo also were working. No wide open
action, but charters were accounting for one or two of these fish when
targeting these specifically. Sizes ranging from 10 to 40 lb. Local
wahoo tournament is next Sunday, so we will see how that turns out,
most likely a fish in the 40 to 50 lb. range will have good chance of
taking home prize money.
Getting late in the season now, but some sailfish were still being
hooked into, as well as some smaller sized striped marlin, heard of a
300 lb. black marlin off of Cabo San Lucas. This is now kind of in
between seasons for local billfish action.
Bottom action was limited, though some anglers did catch some quality
fish, amberjack, dogtooth snapper, cabrilla were the highlight, early
in the day on inshore grounds further north was best chance, going
after this directly and not trying to do too much in one morning. Hard
to target tuna, wahoo and bottom all in the same trip.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los
Cabos Marina sent out approximately 235 charters for the week. Anglers
reported a fish count of: 9 striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 58 dorado, 41
wahoo, 155 yellowfin tuna, 145 bonito, 190 white skipjack, 18 red
snapper, 14 amberjack, 13 barred pargo,16 yellow snapper, 12 dogtooth
snapper, 18 cabrilla, 12 sierra, 12 roosterfish, 10 jack crevalle, 4
mullet snapper and 180 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