GORDO BANKS PANGAS
October 4, 2020
We are starting the new month now, time when the Los Cabos area typically starts to become very busy with visiting anglers. This year has been a completely different story, as crowds of tourists remain light and the situation looks like not much will change though the rest of the year. Weather has remained very stable, with no new threatening storms seen developing at this time, though with ocean temperatures still averaging 86 degrees or more, you never know what could happen. Early mornings are just now starting to feel that slight fall chill, light offshore breeze, ideal time now, with anglers enjoying calm conditions most every day.
Sardinas are now schooling near the marina entrance, not many caballito being found, slabs of squid are being offered as well. Most fishing activity has now been concentrated from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank. With Iman and La Fortuna producing the most consistent action.
The most common gamefish being targeted successfully was yellowfin tuna and wahoo. The tuna are ranging in sizes from 15 lb. to 70 lb., we did see one fish well over 100 lb. landed by a team of local anglers on an afternoon trip. The yellowfin were striking mainly on sardinas, but a percentage were taken on strips of squid as well. The wahoo became more active this past week on these same grounds, most strikes for these speedsters were taken on trolled Rapalas, sizes ranged up to 40 lb., some boats landing as many as five in a morning. Average tuna catches were a bit down this week, varied from day to day, with one, two of three fish per boat being the normal catch.
Very few dorado seen and most that were encountered were small in size. A handful of sailfish were hooked into, as well as a few black marlin in the 200 to 300 lb. class. Not much bottom action being done, though on the same grounds where anglers were drift fishing for tuna there were some nice sized dogtooth snapper accounted for, up to 50 lb, no big numbers, but it was nice to see a few of these fish, they have been scarce in recent years.
Good fishing, Eric