28 Jul 2013 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo July 28, 2013
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric
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San Jose del Cabo

July 28, 2013


Weather patterns have stabilized this past week and conditions are feeling
more like we would expect during mid summer season. Tropical cloud cover is
forming over the mountainous areas in the afternoon, that is always a sign
that summer season is progressing normally, increased humidity with high
temperatures in the 90s. Winds were moderate, has shifted from the north,
east and the southwest, ocean water temperatures are now in the 80 to 84
degree range, from Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes. Clean blue water is now
being found as close as several miles from shore. There is presently
Tropical Storm Flossie located far off to the west, appears to be heading
in the direction of the Hawaiian Islands, and is forecast to weaken as it
does. No other storm systems are forming on the horizon at this time.

During the recent full moon baitfish such as caballito became harder to
find, moonfish were plentiful, though they are not the best offshore
baitfish. Lots of ballyhoo now schooling on the offshore grounds,
occasionally these baitfish were chased into meat balls and pushed to the
surface by feeding porpoise. There were more encounters in recent days of
yellowfin tuna found traveling offshore with porpoise, most days this
action was found 20 or more miles offshore and the tuna were more often
than not of the football sized variety, 5 to 15 pounds, though a local La
Playita pangero did account for one 40 pound fish, so that was encouraging,
there were reports of larger yellowfin tuna being seen in the swells. The
East Cape area has been seeing some larger sized tuna, the East Cape Bisbee
Tournament now has a 192 pound yellowfin tuna leading the tuna jackpot
category, with a 46 lb. dorado also at the top board, so far no qualifying
marlin over 300 pounds have been landed. Though on Wednesday there was a
black marlin in the 500 pound class that was caught off of a sportfishing
charter trolling outside of San Jose del Cabo, however they were not
participating in the ongoing tournament.

Good numbers of striped marlin now spread out throughout the region, most
commonly found 5 to 15 miles from shore, striking on lures and various
rigged baitfish, sizes averaged in the 70 to 120 pound range, a few
sailfish were mixed in. An occasional wahoo is striking on the same marlin
type lures on the offshore grounds, traveling through the blue water, one
wahoo weighed 65 lb., it was taken off a La Playita panga. Many charters
accounted for multiple billfish days, two or three fish was not uncommon.
Dorado were being found most days just as random single fish, some trophy
sized catches to over 45 pounds were weighed in, no significant numbers of
these fish.

Inshore action was mainly for late season roosterfish, the action has
tapered way off compared to previous weeks, which is the normal pattern for
late July, but there were still some larger roosters to over 50 pounds
accounted for, some boats accounting for up to a half a dozen big fish. The
inshore amberjack action that had been so good, has come to a standstill
and the deeper rock piles where we would normally be concentrating on, have
been harder to fish due to a very strong current sweeping through, when
this does slack we expect to find some better opportunities for the spots
around La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks. One local panga charter
accounted for a 57 lb. dogtooth snapper on Thursday, angler Jason Shipman
was trolling bait inshore, near Vinorama.

Shore anglers have reported a handful of very impressive snook catches in
recent days, they were all reportedly hooked into near the Puerto Los Cabos
Marina and Estuary area, fish up to 46 lb. were caught, also several other
in the 20 to 30 pound range. These fish were taken on available baitfish
and on cast and retrieved jigs. One was actually caught from a panga while
trolling a bait for roosterfish, all others were from the beach.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 69 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 1 snook, 5 wahoo, 29 yellowfin tuna, 32 dorado,
48 striped marlin, 7 sailfish, 4 dogtooth snapper,

7 amberjack, 15 jack crevalle, 7 broomtail grouper, 15 cabrilla and 86

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147