Fishing Reports by Captain Eric Brictson

About The Author:

Company: Gordo Banks Pangas

Area Reporting: San Jose del Cabo

Bio: Have operated a Sportfishing Charter service in Southern Baja California for over 20 years. We are now located in the new Puerto Los Cabos Marina.

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Cow Sized Yellowfin Showing on Gordo Banks (9/09/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Dorado remain the most common species being encountered by charter fleets, the majority of the fish have been small to medium, 5 to 15 lb., though there has been a fair share of larger specimens mixed in.
Dorado and Tuna Hightlight Bite (8/12/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Most charters were catching near limits of dorado, many smaller fish, but also a fair numbers of 20 pound or larger specimens being accounted for.
Big Tuna Show Near San Luis Bank (7/29/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Everyday this week we have been hearing reports of large yellowfin tuna being hooked into, in the 150 to 200 plus pound class, these fish were striking on live bolito in and around the Iman to San Luis Bank, so for a handful of these fish have been landed, specimens of 150 and 213 lb.
Dorado Schooling near Buoys (7/06/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Sizes of the dorado ranged from 5 to 50 pounds. Fish were striking on caballito, mullet, small skipjack and particularly on sardinas, for anglers that were able to purchase them, which was only for fleets from north of Los Frailes.
G20 High Security, Ocean Conditions Just Improving (6/17/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Anglers are being confronted with these unfavorable ocean conditions, not so much cooler temperatures, greatest factor being the high chlorophyll levels that is creating greenish brown waters that just do not attract the baitfish which in turn bring in the gamefish.
Cooler Water Slows Action, Yellowtail do Bite (5/26/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] While there were no tuna, dorado or exotic wahoo frenzies to report, anglers did find some mixed inshore action, along the shoreline and off the rocky high spots.
Marlin Action Wide Open off of SJDC (5/07/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The marlin are striking on a variety of trolled baits and artificial lures. Local panga fleets were reported incredible success while slow trolling with dead bolito, while caballito and skipack also worked, the billfish seemed to prefer the bolito, striking on the fresh dead bait without hesitation.
Variety of Species, Water Warming (4/21/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Most panga charters are still finding their best opportunities closer to shore, for roosterfish, sierra, pargo, grouper and amberjack and a few yellowtail.
Water Temp Warms, Action Improves (4/01/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] ffshore action improved in recent days, off of San Jose del Cabo, 15 to 20 miles out, charters were finding good numbers of striped marlin, seeing the marlin free jumping, tailing in the swells and anglers were also taking blind strikes while trolling.
Mixed Bag for Anglers, Inshore Action Best (3/22/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] For most of the month of March anglers found the most consistent fishing action closer to shore. Working the various rock piles with yo-yo jigs and sardinas produced a mix bag of pargo, yellowtail, amberjack, bonito, cabrilla, triggerfish and others.
Inshore and Rock piles Producing a Variety (3/11/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Cardon proved to be one of the more productive areas this past week, larger sized sierra, some snapper , amberjack, bonito and cabrilla off the bottom, this is also where quite a few out of season dorado have been found.
Inshore, Bottom and some Surface Action (2/16/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] At this time conditions have improved and for the past few days anglers are catching limited numbers of yellowfin tuna while drift fishing with sardinas. These tuna are weighing in the 30 to 50 pound class.
Yellowfin Tuna Bite on Iman Bank (2/05/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The Iman and San Luis Bank were attracting a number of yellowfin tuna, averaging 20 to 70 pounds, anglers were chumming with sardinas to entice these tuna, which would come up and feed at unpredictable hours, finicky from having to compete with all of the skipjack.
Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna and More (1/22/2012)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Yellowfin tuna activity has increased in recent days on the areas from the Gordo Banks to Iman, no great numbers of fish being hooked, but these fish are schooling in the area and are quality sized from 30 to 50 pounds, with fish to over 100 pounds also hooked into.
Hot Action For Dorado (12/17/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] or the fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos, their mainstay has been for dorado, these fish were found in good numbers throughout the week, Particularly from Punta Gorda to La Fortuna, most charters were catching limits and releasing other fish as well, lures and bait are working equally well. Sizes ranged up to 25 pounds, average dorado was 10 to 12 pounds.
Dorado Take up Slack of Slow Tuna Action (11/27/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Dorado action was now being found from off of the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas to Red Hill , Punta Gorda and the Iman Bank.
Heavy Pressure During Tournament Time (11/07/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Yellowfin tuna have been schooling now for a couple of months on the fishing grounds from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank, these concentrations of fish have proved to be exceptionally hook shy this season
Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Marlin (10/22/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Other spot was the Gordo Banks, this is where the larger sized yellowfin were hanging out, these fish ranging mostly from 60 to 150 pounds, with chances of cow sized tuna as well.
Fall Season Starts (10/02/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Tuna activity dropped way off during the increased swell and current activity, but the past couple days the yellowfin have made a showing off of the La Fortuna area, finicky to strike, but some charters landed as many as four yellowfin tuna,
Cow Yellowfin on Gordo Banks (9/18/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The Gordo Banks has come alive with larger sized yellowfin tuna, these fish are hitting exclusively on bait, with chunks of fresh skipjack being the best bet in recent days.
Tuna,Snapper and Marlin Highlight Action (9/04/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Tuna were schooling on the Gordo Banks, as well as from La Fortuna, Iman to San Luis Bank. Anglers were using various bait techniques, whole larger baits, to small sardinas and chunks of skipjack. Average tuna has been to the 30 to 60 pound class.
Yellowfin Dominate Bite on San Luis and Iman (8/21/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Drift fishing while chumming with both live and dead bait was enticing the tuna into the feeding mood. The most active time of day for these fish varied from day to day.
Wide Open Yellowfin Action on San Luis Bank (8/07/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] On Saturday the action broke wide open on the San Luis Bank, anglers were filling their fish boxes with yellowfin tuna up to 50 pounds, also a handful of quality sized gulf grouper and dogtooth snapper.
Dorado Move in as Hurricane Dora Dissipates (7/23/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Schooling dorado moved in throughout the region this past week, the majority of the fish were juveniles under ten pounds, but there were larger fish mixed in, so remember to release the young fish and fill your limit with larger specimens.
Conditions Improve Big Yellowfin on Local Banks (7/09/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Panga fleets found steady action for various snappers and amberjack off the bottom structure, San Luis Bank was one of the more productive areas.
Cold Current and Fish Die Off (6/24/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Anglers found extremely difficult fishing this past week, southern wins were persistent, at times gusting to 30 mph in the afternoon.
SUrface Action and Rock Piles Producing Quality Action (6/11/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The grounds near La Fortuna to Iman Bank were attracting schools of red snapper (huachinango), perhaps the small jelly fish bloom in the same region has brought these fish here. At times the ocean surface would turn red as the snapper came up to feed
Marlin Red Hot, also More Dorado and Wahoo (6/05/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The most consistent and talked about action this week was for striped marlin, they were found in season high numbers, as anglers reportedly were seeing scores of these billfish on any given charter, scattered throughout the region, but particularly abundant straight off of San Jose del Cabo and near the Gordo Banks.
Tuna and Marlin Hightlight out of SJDC (5/29/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Warming waters have brought in more exotic species, such as dorado and wahoo, still no significant numbers, but daily these fish are being found.
Offshore Action Moves Close In (5/15/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] This week we have finally started to see dorado in the daily fish counts, found offshore with striped marlin and also now following baitfish closer to shore.
Offshore Action Improves out of SJDC (5/01/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Further north off of San Luis Bank to Vinorama anglers were finding some quality sized yellowfin tuna. No significant numbers yet, but a good sign to see some tuna in the fish counts after such a long absence.
Mixed Bag Inshore and off Rock Piles (4/17/2011)
[Southern Baja,BJ] Drift fishing over shallow water rock piles with sardinas produced a mixed bag of pargo, cabrilla, grouper, amberjack, yellowtail, bonito, triggerfish and pompano.
Inshore and Rock pIles Producing Mixed Bag (4/02/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Most common species being sierra, scattered along the coastline from Cabo to San Jose and north, striking on sardinas, hoochies and rapalas.
Yellowtail on the Gordo Banks (3/20/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Working the various rock piles with yo-yo jigs and sardinas produced a mix bag of pargo, yellowtail, amberjack, bonito, cabrilla, triggerfish and others.
Spring Season is Almost Here, Water is Warming (3/13/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] This past week anglers found that the most productive angling opportunities were close to shore for species such as sierra, roosterfish, bonito and a mix of shallow water structure fish like pargo, cabrilla, yellowtail and amberjack.
Tuna and Yellowtail Highlight Catches (2/27/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The yellowfin tuna action which has been keeping anglers happily busy on the Inner Gordo Banks for the past two weeks has continued, but has become a bit tougher by the day recently, not for a lack of fish, as hundreds of yellowfin tuna could be seen breezing on the surface, in all directions of the bank, just these fish were not that aggressive towards feeding on sardinas.
Yellowfin Tuna on Gordo Banks (2/19/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Definitely the most talked about bite has been the yellowfin tuna out of La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos Marina, which were now schooling on the Inner Gordo Banks.
Yellowtail and Snapper Bite in Cold Weather (2/06/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Despite not so ideal conditions, anglers found a wide variety of small to medium sized species.
Yellowfin Tuna on Iman Banks (1/29/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Boats were averaging 2 to 8 yellowfin per morning. This is not bad considering the time of year and condition of the water.
Winter Action Brings Great Variety (1/17/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Most common catches recently have been for sierra, pargo (yellow snapper), skipack, dorado, amberjack, yellowtail, triggerfish and bonito.
Winter Action Continues Strong out of SJDC (1/09/2011)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] This past week saw more schooling yellowtail moving in on the inshore reefs, most of these fish were of the firecracker variety, 4 to 8 pounds, though there were a handful of larger yellows mixed in.
Great Inshore Action (12/31/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] A mix of pargo, yellowtail, amberjack, bonito, dorado, hammerhead shark, jack crevalle, sierra and roosterfish were found nearby.
Tuna Bite on Gordo Banks (12/17/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Average yellowfin was in the 30 to 80 pound class, but much larger fish are on these same fishing grounds, at least two tuna over 200 pounds were taken in the past several days.
SJDC Anglers Scratch Some Nice Fish (12/08/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] A larger grade of yellowfin were holding on the Gordo Banks, this action became less consistent during this recent cold front and with the lack of sufficient supplies of sardinas.
Wahoo Provide Excitement for SJDC Anglers (11/20/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Many charters had multiple chances at wahoo, but the actual strike to catch ratio for ‘hoo usually averages out to about one fish landed per three strikes, you name it and it will happen with these elusive speedsters.
TournamentTuna Action (11/07/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The fishing was very good for yellowfin in the 30 to 150 pound range. Fleets were heading in all directions.
Anglers Keep Busy with Tuna and Wahoo Action (11/01/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Yellowfin tuna action has been consistent for anglers that drift fishing with sardinas on the Iman Bank.
Tuna Break Wide Open (10/18/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The action was a bit up and down, with lots of skipjack mixed in, most charters are finding limits of the yellowfin for their anglers. A few dorado mixed in, though most of them were juvenile sized, only an occasional bull topping the 20 pound mark.
Mixed Species For Anglers out of SJDC (10/08/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] The fleet has been finding good numbers of schooling football sized yellowfin tuna on the Iman Bank.
After Rainy Weather Clears, Tuna Nite Turns On (9/28/2010)
[San Jose del Cabo,BJ] Good news was found on the Gordo Banks, where the better water conditions were more prevalent. On Thursday there were two cows reported, a 261 lb. and 206 lb. yellowfin tuna accounted for, both were hooking into on bolito.
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