GORDO BANKS PANGAS
July 19, 2020
As we progress into the summer season we continue to see light crowds of tourists arriving, this has been expecting during the reopening phase during the ongoing worldwide pandemic. Local weather in the Los Cabos area is feeling more tropical, though at this time we do not see any new storm systems developing that will cause any adverse conditions for Southern Baja, only far off to the west, which may impact the Hawaiian Islands by next weekend. Mostly clear sunny skies now, some early morning cloud cover which have dissipated quickly by mid-morning. Winds have been variable, at times from the north, but more often out of the south, swells have been moderate, but strong along the shore, always the time period to be extra cautious when venturing along the shoreline.
Anglers have been finding bait sources mainly consisting of caballito and mullet, which is kind of the normal situation during the warm summer months. Other baitfish can be found at times on the offshore fishing grounds when conditions are favorable. Ocean temperatures have been averaging in the mid-70s. With currents continuing to push in greenish water. Clean blue water has been found much further offshore, but winds were a factor and going 25 miles or more offshore has not been practical, though a few larger private boats did report finding good numbers of yellowfin tuna associated with moving porpoise. In the area of San Luis Bank there have been a handful of tuna in the 50 to 70 lb. class accounted for, these fish hit on live caballito, though with the green water this was a very hit or miss option.
The most consistent action found was for red snapper (huachinango), to 12 lb. and Mexican bonito to 10 lb, striking on yo-yo jigs best earlier in the morning. Also there were a few variety of cabrilla, amberjack, tilefish and others mixed in. Closer to shore there were a few dogtooth snapper to 30 lb. and Pargo Colorado to 15 lb. found.
Along the sandier beach stretches there continues to be great action for roosterfish up to 50 lb., as well as large schools of hog sized jack crevalle. Some charters caught and released up to twenty roosterfish, basically fishing until they ran through all of their live bait.
Off the shoreline the hard core beach anglers have landed a few halibut, snook and tripletail.
Light crowds, good fishing, Eric