GORDO BANKS PANGAS
July 12, 2020
This week we had very few tourists arriving, seems like this will be the continuing trend through the rest of the summer. There was Hurricane Cristina which formed far south and never amounted to much, low strength category 1 system which passed some 400 to 500 miles off to the west. We did feel increased humidity, also there were some isolated very limited rain showers reported and the usual increase of ocean ground swells, though we felt very little wind at all. The greatest impact was that once again the local Port’s were closed, out of San Jose del Cabo on Friday this port was closed, though conditions remained perfected calm and were not unsafe for motoring at all,
Hard to explain this to the few serious anglers that had paid for airfare, hotels, rental cars, etc.. to come visit and try to give a boost to the poor local economy, this all seems to be a political game of power that they are playing and appears to be how things will be in the future, any storm system which is within 500 miles of our area most likely we will continue to see these unjustified overly cautious closures. Local sportfishing captains have all been born and raised here and know the conditions better than anyone, no one wants to launch when conditions are actually dangerous, nothing worse than that, a lose lose deal for everyone.
Early in the week we heard of a couple blue marlin caught locally, one of them was over 400 lb., from a panga some 25 miles offshore. There were also some striped marlin found, but overall the billfish action became very spotty, best chances were far offshore where cleaner water was located. Closer to shore the ocean currents were stirred up, a lot of greenish off colored water, temperature also fluctuated. Large schools of mullet were more scattered now, so big numbers of roosterfish were harder to find. Though there were some roosters to 50 lb. reported, also quite a few 25 lb. plus jack crevalle to give anglers a challenging work out.
Off the rock piles the main catches were red snapper and bonito, an occasional cabrilla or amberjack. Live caballito and mullet was the main bait supply found in the marina area. No dorado or wahoo being reported. There were a handful of yellowfin tuna to 50 lb. accounted for from the San Luis Bank, but these fish were finicky and hard to entice. At times tuna were seen up on the surface, some fish up to 100 lb. plus, though they would disappear as soon as they had been seen. We expect that by the end of this month ocean conditions will stabilize and we will see much improved action through the rest of the summer.
Light crowds, good fishing, Eric