SJDC Fish Report
Gordo Banks Pangas
San Jose del Cabo
November 19, 2011
Sizable crowds continue to arrive in Southern Baja, ideal weather patterns now
prevalent, mostly sunny days, highs reaching the low 80s. Early in the week there
was one nighttime rain flurry, did not account for much, besides making the roads
muddy. Winds were strong out of the north, first real blow of the season, later in
the week conditions settled. This is the time of year where day to day, weather
patterns can change rapidly. Water temperatures are now averaging 79 to 81 degrees,
cooling trend should continue through winter.
Anglers found limited bait options and supplies, live caballito and sardinas.
Ballyhoo were available, being rigging for trolling. On the fishing grounds pangeros
were catching chihuil and skipjack, using these for targeting larger gamefish. The
week started off with steady action for wahoo, the best area seemed to be around the
Iman Bank, anglers reported many strikes, while trolling live baits and various
lures, average strike to actual landing ratio, was not high. Some charters did
report multiple fish in the box, sizes ranged from 20 to 60 pounds.
The same fishing grounds of Iman produced scattered numbers of dorado, sailfish,
striped marlin and some yellowfin tuna. Lots of live sardinas were necessary in
order to entice the yellowfin tuna into feeding on the surface. Most action was
found near the surface, not much going off the bottom now, more triggerfish than
The yellowfin tuna bite steadily slackened off since the first week of the month,
but this week we did see the action get hot on the Gordo Banks, especially on
Wednesday. At least six tuna in the 200 pound class were accounted for and one super
cow over 300 pounds was landed. This monstrous yellowfin was weighed in
unofficially, with discrepancies ranging from 365 pounds, up to 378 pounds,
depending on which story you believe. This fish was taken from a 22 ft. panga by
legendary La Playita pangero Hugo Pino, his son and long time friend from Greece,
angler Apostolo Poulos. On Saturday, the father son team of John and Jordan
Williamson, from California and South Carolina respectably, battled for three hours
on eighty pound tackle a 249 pound yellowfin tuna while fishing with Gordo Banks
skipper Chame Pino.
After a good day all around on Wednesday, the very next day, Thursday, anglers found
very scarce fishing action, in all directions, there were very few fish accounted
for. Hard to say, conditions seemed favorable, bait schools were plentiful, winds
and currents minimal, just the fish did not want to cooperate.
Anglers were now finding some close to shore action for sierra and medium sized
roosterfish. Trolling with live baits, hoochies and rapalas all worked, this inshore
action will peak in the coming months.
Billfish is now in between main seasons, no significant numbers, but it is the time
when sailfish, black, blue and striped marlin are all found in local waters. This
week there were several large marlin hook ups reported from the Gordo Banks,
extended battles resulting in broken lines.
The combined panga fleets launching from La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos sent out
approximately 178 charters for the week, with anglers accounted for, 1 blue marlin,
7 striped marlin, 17 sailfish, 66 wahoo, 205 dorado, 84 yellowfin tuna, 6 dogtooth
snapper, 4 yellowtail, 24 pargo, 36 triggerfish, 25 bonito, 9 pompano, 38 sierra, 28
roosterfish and 10 hammerhead shark.
Good Fishing, Eric
GORDO BANKS PANGAS
Los Cabos 1421147