GORDO BANKS PANGAS
February 4th, 2024
There appeared to be more tourists arriving this week into the Los Cabos area as we were pretty booked throughout most of the week. We did experience a few colder mornings and windy afternoons, though we had a hot bite with some great variety overall.
We continue to have a hot tuna and dorado bite at Iman and La Fortuna. These fish are nice sized, with most tuna averaging 25-30 pounds and dorado over 12-15 pounds. We are occasionally seeing a 60+ pound tuna and a 30+ pound dorado in the same mix. Most of this action has been on live sardinas. Surprisingly, the sardina supply has remained consistent throughout the last few months. This has increased our chances of getting the big schools of dorado and tuna excited. Tuna seemed to bite better either early in the morning or closer to noon.
We did see a good number of wahoo caught this week, with some nice ones in the 30-40 pound range. The fleet has seen these wahoo feeding off sardines within the same dorado and tuna schools. That said, most of the wahoo caught, were hooked with live sardines. Some boats were lucky enough to catch a couple with circle hooks, many others lost most of the strikes right away. Some boats did hook some wahoo earlier in the morning while trolling Rapalas and rigged ballyhoo.
Bottom action was decent as we saw a good variety of species. Again, sardines has been the go to bait. While drifting for tuna, the fleet has been dropping a few sardines to the bottom. We have seen some nice groupers, a variety of snappers, and a couple amberjack. The main bottom highlight this week was a 50-pound grouper. While drifting for tuna, we are also catching a few Sierras and Bonitas, some of them on the bigger side. The biggest Sierra this week was 9.7 pounds.
Throughout this weekend, we started to see again more signs of striped Marlin 4-5 miles out from our marina. Some boats have been able to get a few mackerel, which has been the favorite bait option for these marlin. Some other boats are trolling lures, cocineros, and ballyhoo and have been successful.
Whale action has been unreal as we have seen them daily from our fillet station. These whales are putting on a big show for our clients.
Good Fishing, Brian