Gordo Banks Pangas Fish Report April 19, 2019
San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos Anglers – April 19, 2019
This is a busy week locally, Easter vacation time, many businesses shut down for the extended weekend holiday to be with family along the various beaches. We have not seen that many tourists arriving, who knows why, but seems to be much lighter than we would normally expect. Weather is back on a warming trend, highs of about 85 degrees, we felt unpredictable winds early in the week, coming from various directions, ocean water temperatures cooled down to 68 degrees, also greenish current pushed in. That time of year ocean conditions can vary greatly from week to week. Should settle down in coming weeks as warm calmer weather prevails.
Some quality sized sardinas showed up in the local marina channel area, nicest we have seen in a long time, also some moonfish and caballito. Best action was found from Palmilla Point north to La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks. Mainly working the bottom structure with yo-yo jigs and various baits. Good numbers of the Eastern Pacific Bonito, some red snapper, cabrilla, pargo and amberjack rounding out catches. Catches of course varied day to day as to where the better action was found and at times wind was a factor as well.
Early week we did see a few yellowfin tuna in the 30 to 50 lb. range brought in, but since we have not seen any more, neither did we see dorado, wahoo or marlin. As conditions rebound these species should start to appear more regularly in the daily fish counts.
We also saw more numbers of sierra in recent days, the sardinas were the reason for this, sizes were also impressive, many fish over 5 lb. were accounted for. The Palmilla, Red Hill area was one of the better locations to find the schooling sierra. With the cooler water it was hard to find any roosterfish, this should change in the coming weeks.
Late in the season now, but whales were still being seen daily, maybe the colder water is keeping them around longer, because the majority of these mammals are now well on their way north, migrating to their summer feeding grounds off of Alaska.
The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 62 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 3 yellowfin tuna, 16 leopard grouper, 3 broomtail grouper, 155 bonito, 46 red snapper, 2 barred pargo, 4 African pompano, 12 yellow snapper, 8 amberjack, 72 sierra and 80 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric