GORDO BANKS PANGAS
July 5, 2020
We are still only seeing minimal numbers of tourists arriving and the majority of these are past regular visitors. Weather settled down, no new storms threatening the area at this time, days are warm and humid, in the low 90’s, very little cloud cover and not much wind to report either.
Ocean conditions were changing, off colored currents moved in, anglers were having to search a bit further offshore to find blue water. Bait supplies consisted of caballito, ballyhoo, mullet and some bolito being found on the fishing grounds. Later in the week the bolito which had been schooling on the San Luis Bank became hard to find. These batfish had been working for targeting the yellowfin tuna, which had ranged in sizes up to 100 lb., no numbers to speak of, but a handful of quality fish were accounted for, but without the bolito for bait this limited options.
Closer to shore there were African pompano, various pargo species, cabrilla, amberjack and bonito, taken over the shallow rock piles, on jigs and baits. Trolling along the beach stretches produced some epic wide open action for roosterfish, some of these fish reaching up to 60 lb. Shore fishermen also got into this action, a few nice size snook were also reported. Some monster sized sierra to 15 lb. were landed, late season for these mackerel species, this is the time when the largest sierra of the season are usually reported.
Not much going on for reports of any dorado or wahoo at this time. Though there was good action for striped marlin found in the vicinity of the Gordo Banks and straight out from there. Trolling ballyhoo seemed to produce best, some charters reported as many as three of four marlin per outing, sizes ranged up to 140 lb.
Light crowds, good fishing, Eric