Gordo Banks Pangas Fish Report October 19, 2018
San Jose del Cabo Anglers – October 19, 2018
As we progress further into the fall season we are seeing many more
anglers arriving and local weather patterns that are rapidly changing.
We felt cooler 65 degree low temperatures early in the morning, shifting
currents and ocean temperatures cooling off to the low 80s degree range.
Daytime highs still are in the mid to upper 80s. We have been watching a
series of tropical low pressure areas off of Southern mainland Mexico,
very late in the season now for these systems to develop in tropical
storms, but you never know these days with global climate changes. We
are hoping no storms head our way during this busy time.
Heavy pressure has cleaned out the sardinas which had been schooling
around the Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetties for several months now, new
sources now off of Chileno and surely they will be scouting our areas
further north. Squid supplies have maintained, but are likely to become
scarce in coming weeks as well. Other options will include ballyhoo,
caballito and chihuil
Last Sunday we felt strong south winds, since then the wind has been
coming mainly from the north, already fairly strong for this early in
the season, hopefully this will calm down, has contributed to the
cooling water trend. Sportfishing fleets are fishing in all different
directions, since there is no particular hot spot, action has been
spread out, variety of fish are in the area, but no large concentrations
of any particular species. The yellowfin tuna action slowed down this
week, the Iman Bank was still the spot producing the better grade of
tuna, yellowfin tuna ranging up to 100 b. were landed, though these fish
were few and far between, fortunate to land one, some anglers were
getting lucky and landing up to three of the tuna. Off of Cabo San Lucas
there was a bite for smaller tuna off of Santa Maria, as well as
offshore yellowfin associated with porpoise.
The cooling current seemed to make the wahoo a bit more active, as many
more of these fish are being reported, a small percentage landed, quite
a few others being lost, not many anglers had been specifically
targeting these fish yet, because they just not had been biting much.
This will all change soon, with water temperatures now in the ideal
range, slow trolling trap hooked live chihuil is always one of the more
productive techniques, of course chihuil at times are not a guarantee to
come by. Wahoo also hit on Rapalas, Yo-Zuri, skirted lead heads and a
few on yo-yo jigs.
Still only a few dorado being seen, but more this week than we have seen
for a while now, still no large specimens, but at least we are seeing
some of these popular gamefish show up.
Bottom action was limited by strong currents and north winds, some red
snapper, barred pargo, cabrilla, bonito and an occasional amberjack or
Billfish action was reported a bit more consistent off the grounds near
Cabo San Lucas, though local grounds off of San Jose did produce
scattered action for sailfish, black, blue and striped marlin.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 142 charters for the week. Anglers
reported a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 4 striped marlin,12 sailfish,
1 blue marlin, 27 dorado, 19 wahoo, 88 yellowfin tuna, 110 bonito, 35
white skipjack, 32 red snapper, 6 amberjack, 18 barred pargo, 1 dogtooth
snapper, 14 yellow snapper, 24 cabrilla, 8 sierra, 4 roosterfish and 90
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