Bigger Tuna Starting to Show – Sept 24 2023


Sept 24th, 2023 

This week has been a good indication on how a normal September, going into October fishing should look like. The days continue to be extremely humid with high temperatures in the mid 90s and mornings are starting to show a light and cool breeze. Going into the last week of September, we are expecting a lighter crowd and only a few trips per day. Beginning October, that will not be the case as we have quite a full schedule until the end of November. 

This week, we started to see bigger tuna at the Gordo, which is a great indication for tournaments to come in October and November. Most of the fish caught were over 70 lbs. We did weigh many fish in the 100-pound club, the biggest one weighing in at 142. These fish are bit finicky this time a year; they seem to only bite for a short time either early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Most of these fish are hitting on strips of squid or slow trolling live skipjacks or bonito that you can catch on the fishing grounds. An occasional black marlin has been caught while slow trolling these live bait, though nothing huge to report at this time. These marlin are ranging from 250-300 lbs.

According to the weather and bait conditions, we are confident that we will slowly start to see the famous cows. The locals use the term cows for tuna over 200 pounds. Many teams have started scouting out the different areas for big marlin and tuna. We have the Bisbee’s tournaments coming up in October and the Cabo Tuna Jackpot the first week of November, which should be exciting if we continue to see similar conditions. 

More dorado and wahoo have been caught this week compared to the last two. You can target most of these by fast trolling ballyhoo, rapalas, and lures. As it has been extremely hot, some boats are trolling on the way back to the marina to alleviate some sun and heat exposure. This is a great way to cover some ground and find these schools of dorado. 

Off the bottom there were more triggerfish than anything else, with an occasional red snapper or amberjack in the mix. We are also continuing to see a few dogtooth snappers at the Gordo. 

Good Fishing, Brian

The Future of Gordo Banks Pangas – Sept 17th 2023

With the passing of Eric Brictson, we are writing to update you a bit on the fishing, but most importantly the future of Gordo Banks Pangas. 

We are reaching the end of our hurricane season and even though it continues to be hot and extremely humid during the days, we are finally noticing cooler mornings at the marina. We are looking forward to cooler days as this summer has been hotter than usual. That said, we are starting to see larger crowds of fisherman as we are heading into our busy end of October/November season. 

The main target has been yellowfin tuna, most of them coming from Vinorama. Consistency depends on if there is sufficient bait that day to get them excited. Anglers were using mostly strips of squid and sardinas. There have been limited supplies of sardinas on some days, which can contribute to a slow day of fishing.  There is a chance at a nicer tuna at Gordo Banks. Most of these fish range from 20-60 pounds, while we have seen a few ones caught that were closer to 100 pounds. Some boats have reported seeing a few yellowfins over 150 pounds at the Gordo.  

In between the tuna action, we continue to see some dorado and occasionally a few wahoo in the mix. We are expecting to see a few more wahoo as the water continues to cool off. There is also a chance at a nice Dogtooth snapper at the Gordo if you put in the time. We saw 6 this week, one being closer to 50 lbs.

If you missed our latest notice on Gordo Banks Pangas, Eric Brictson passed away on August 30th. We have missed his presence at the marina and will continue to every day. He was and will continue to be a growing part of our community and we will try our hardest to follow in his footsteps. The Brictson family appreciates all the support and understanding that our amazing clients have shown us after his passing. The Brictson family has decided to grow Eric’s legacy and will continue to operate Gordo Banks Pangas. Brian Brictson will be overseeing the operation. For the moment being, we will continue to use the same emails within our contact page. If you have a current reservation, we will be honoring it. If you want to charter a trip, feel free to reach out at any time. 

Good Fishing, Brian

The Passing of Eric Brictson

Fellow fisherman, 

It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Eric Lee Brictson, owner and operator of Gordo Banks Pangas. Over the last 38 years not only has Eric Brictson been a pioneer of fishing in La Playita, but he has been an integral part of this community. From always lending a helping hand, to putting La Playita fishing on the map, Eric did it best.

He fished many years, wrote many fish reports that reached world wide, and taught many of our fellow Captains how to fish since they were children. He always cared about protecting endangered fish species and made it a point to release young ones in order to continue procreating, hence keeping the fishing community in business. He cared very deeply for all of his clients, friends, captains and family. In his spare time he enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends, watching baseball, writing, eating good food, spending time with his animals, and telling his infamous stories to anyone who would listen!

He will always be remembered for his vast knowledge of fishing, and his legacy of running a successful business these last 38 years. Eric’s Sunday fish reports will be missed, but never forgotten. We ask for privacy during this time while we grieve and get our affairs in order. We thank you for your understanding and will update all of our wonderful clients as soon as we have more information regarding the future of Gordo Banks Pangas.

Tight lines and calm seas. 

Good fishing, The Brictson Family