Thanksgiving Holiday Fishing Report
Gordo Banks Pangas
San Jose del Cabo
November 22, 2009
As Thanksgiving nears there continue to be sizable crowds of tourists arriving in the Los Cabos area, they are being welcomed with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Winds out of the north have been moderate, midweek there were stronger gusts, limiting angler’s options, most days ocean conditions were comfortable.
After having just had one of the best bites in recent memory during the past couple of weeks for larger sized yellowfin tuna, the action dropped off to a near standstill.
The supplies of fresh sardinas were the mainstay of the bait source for the tuna action, steady chumming was the technique to bring the fish to the surface, while drift fishing using a combination of live and dead baits.
Anglers found the fishing action had really changed compared to last week, the slower all around action for fleets based out of San Jose del Cabo was due to the almost complete lack of sardinas, a low percentage of charters were able to obtain sardinas this past week, possibly if you were able to endure long waits for limited juvenile sized baits.
Lack of sardinas did limit most options for finding many yellowfin that would bite on the local fishing grounds, though the commercial purseiner fleet appears to have kept their distance and there continue to be nicer sized tuna schooling on the Gordo Banks. Several fish in the 80 to 120 pound range have been brought in the past several days and there were reports of seeing the yellowfin come into the chum, these fish were hooked on fresh chunk bait from skipjack that were caught on the same Bank.
While patiently waiting for new sources of schooling sardinas to be discovered more anglers are opting to target the elusive wahoo. Also this is time for tournament team training, as the annual local wahoo tournament based out of La Playita is set for Nov. 22. Areas from Punta Gorda to La Fortuna reported the most activity for the wahoo, trolling live caballito and an array of lures accounted for varying results, from zero to one fish, to as many as five wahoo landed. Sizes ranged from 15 pounds to as high as 50 pounds, surely it will take a nice sized log of a wahoo to take jackpot honors of the wahoo event to be held this coming Sunday.
Dorado were mixed, most of the time just being found solo or in small groups, striking equally well on live baits or trolled lures. Sizes were generally in the 5 to 15 pound class, though we did see some larger bulls up to 25 pounds brought to the docks.
Billfishing was dominated mainly by striped marlin, that are providing good action off the Old Light House, on the Pacific, also now filtering onto the Gordo Banks and the other popular fishing grounds in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. We heard reports about a handful of blue marlin being hooked up, as well as a fair number of sailfish.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos sent out approximately 155 charters this past week, with anglers reporting a fish count of:
11 sailfish, 12 striped marlin, 67 yellowfin tuna, 98 wahoo, 188 dorado, 25 rainbow runner and 29 bonito.
Good Fishing, Eric
Los Cabos 1421147