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Gordo Banks Pangas
San Jose del Cabo
January 23, 2010
As the west coast of the United States continues to be hammered by a series of back to back powerful storms the Southern Baja California region has been enjoying warmer than usual mild winter time conditions. There have been scattered clouds and high temperatures are hovering around 80 degrees. Winds have been moderate, ocean conditions have been comfortable for anglers, though the south wind is predicted to gust up to 20 miles per hour the next couple of days. Water temperatures are averaging 75 degrees throughout most of the area, this is several degrees higher than normal for this time of year. Live bait has consisted mainly of caballito, sardinas and sardineta, with mackerel being very scarce.
Billfish action slowed down, below normal for this period, charters targeting striped marlin worked hard to catch one marlin and multiple billfish catches were not common. It was strange that sailfish were still being hooked into on a fairly regular basis. Casting live baits to tailing marlin was the most common method, other boats did hook fish while drifting live baits deeper in the areas where they had seen free jumping stripers.
Not much inshore action now, sierra and roosterfish were scattered and not numerous. Bottom fishing was not producing consistent numbers of fish either, a few yellowtail were starting to show in the reports, so hopefully more of these jacks will migrate into the area and start providing a welcome option for anglers.
Yellowfin tuna were schooling on the Gordo Banks, fish ranged in size from 10 pounds to over 100 pounds. Lots of skipjack and pesky seagulls were making anglers work that much harder to hook into the yellowfin tuna. Most strikes were coming while drift fishing with sardinas or chunk bait from skipjack and sardineta. The pressure also increased on these fishing grounds since this was one of the few areas where there was a good chance at catching tuna.
Dorado were found spread out through most of the zone, being found close to shore, as well as offshore. Striking on a wide range of baits and lures, most of these fish were smaller schooling size fish under 15 pounds, but there were some exceptions of fish over 25 pounds being landed.
This winter has had its share of unusually activity, among them being the availability of nicer sized tuna on the Gordo Banks and the fact that there are still wahoo holding in the area. The few wahoo that have been accounted for recently have preferred striking on bait versus lures. Rigged dead baits have probably accounted for more fish than live baits, with sardinetas being their favorite, more wahoo were hooked mid morning after the surface of the ocean had a chance to warm some than early in the morning when the wahoo were more in a hibernation mode.
The combined panga fleet launching from La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos sent out approximately 58 charters for the past week, with anglers accounting for a fish count of: 7 sailfish, 6 striped marlin, 9 wahoo, 118 dorado, 83 yellowfin tuna, 11 roosterfish, 29 sierra, 13 amberjack, 15 bonito, 10 cabrilla, 7 yellowtail and 16 pargo.
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Los Cabos 1421147