Fish Report

 Fish Report

“Once a year, my friend Felipe takes me fishing. Last year, it was August 18. This year, it was yesterday. We brought along young Rigo because we are old and feeble, ja! But it is our day to play and experiment. To be brief: You don’t need to fish deep (or fast) to catch Wahoo… I am grateful to share this passion with good friends. To be reminded that fishing is fun and creative.” J David LeCompte

Cabo San Lucas

Overall Catch Success Rate: 97%

Billfish: 16%, Tuna: 69%, Dorado: 34%, Other: 5%

In Cabo, the fleet had a 97% catch success rate, with 42 of the 44 boats landing fish and decent ones! Although the percentage of boats landing billfish was only 16 percent, we still had blue marlin releases, sailfish, and striped marlin, and it was a nice mix. Most of the billfish ranged from 100 to 180 pounds, but we had one nice blue marlin at 426 pounds, which was caught aboard the Pisces 31′ Ruthless. The tuna was the hottest catch, with 166 yellowfin tuna caught for the fleet total. A few fish were between the 100 to 120-pound mark, but most were anywhere between 30 to 80 pounds each! Plus, two boats (not in the Pisces Fleet) reported a nice tuna over 200 pounds, and another on Friday weighed in at 308 pounds. We had more dorado catches compared to last week, too. We had 84 fish caught, with many releases within the limits. Friday was the best day, with the top dorado boat, Pisces 31′ Ruthless, landing 24 dorado was back at the dock by noon! Anglers released 16 of those dorado, respecting their limits. Most dorado this week were small compared to, though, mainly in the 10 to 15-pound range, with a few larger fish in the mix weighing about 25 pounds each. And … wahoo in the 50-pound range are being landed now! Fishing conditions were a bit patchy, with rain, wind, and swell coming through. … Pisces Sportfishing.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Some wind, scattered rain showers, and some chopped to the water.

WATER TEMP: 824 – 87 F.

BEST LURES: Cedar plugs, feathers, green/yellow, purple, and caballito bait.

BEST LOCATIONS: 180 Spot, South of Cabo, 20 – 40 miles, Herradura, off Solmar.

Puerto Los Cabos  

With the passing of Eric Brictson, we are writing to update you on the fishing, but more importantly, on the future of Gordo Banks Pangas. 

We are reaching the end of our hurricane season, and even though it continues to be hot and extremely humid during the days, we are finally noticing cooler mornings at the marina. We look forward to cooler days as this summer has been hotter than usual. That said, we are starting to see larger crowds of fishermen as we are heading into our busy end of the October/November season. 

The main target has been the yellowfin tuna, most of which are coming from Vinorama. Consistency depends on whether there is sufficient bait that day to get them excited.

Anglers were primarily using strips of squid and sardina. There have been limited supplies of sardina on some days, which can contribute to a slow day of fishing. There is a chance at more excellent tuna at Gordo Banks. Most of these fish range from 20 to 60 pounds, and although we have seen a few caught that were closer to 100 pounds, some boats have reported seeing a few yellowfin over 150 pounds at the Gordo.  

Between the tuna action, we continue to see some dorado and occasionally a few wahoo in the mix. We expect to see a few more wahoo as the water cools off. If you put in the time, there is also a chance at a nice dogtooth snapper at the Gordo. We saw six this week, one being closer to 50 pounds.

If you missed our latest notice on Gordo Banks Pangas, Eric Brictson passed away on August 30. We have missed his presence at the marina and will continue to do so daily. He was and will continue to be a growing part of our community, and we will try our hardest to follow in his footsteps. The Brictson family appreciates all the support and understanding our amazing clients have shown us after his passing. The Brictson family has decided to grow Eric’s legacy and will continue to operate Gordo Banks Pangas. His son, Brian Brictson, will be overseeing the operation. For the moment, we will continue to use the same emails within our contact page. If you have a current reservation, we will be honoring it. If you want to charter a trip, please reach out anytime. …Good Fishing, Brian

East Cape

So far, October is living up to its reputation of phenomenal fishing. Offshore, the yellowfin tuna have been hanging out with the East to spot frolicking porpoise. Most are in the 25 to 75-pound class, with a few over the 100-pound mark down south.

Closer to shore, the dorado are on the center stage with some fat wahoo in the catch.

Along the shore, either on the beach or by boat, roosterfish, jacks, and even an occasional pompano keep visitors and locals smiling.

The Van Wormer Tuna Shootout is scheduled for October 23 with Optional Cash Jackpots of $300, $500, $1000, and $2,000. Reservations: 877-777-8862/818-224-4744 or México: 624-141-0044.

However, any Teams wanting to participate are invited to the Tuna Shoot Out Registration on September 23, 2023, at Hotel Palmas De Cortez on September 22, from 4 pm to 8 pm. …Aníbal Miranda

La Paz

TROPICAL STORMS KEEP BUMPING US (BUT THE FISH STILL BITE!)

WEATHER:  It’s that time of year. Hot and muggy with daytime temps in the high 90s with lots of humidity (which is perfect fishing weather here). However, it’s also time when we get unexpected blasts of tropical storms that can last from a few minutes to an hour or more. As long as it’s not a hurricane, we’re okay – we simply duck until it blows over! However, this is also hurricane season. Make sure you buy that trip insurance!

WATER: Despite all the turbulence from the few storms this week, water is still relatively blue and fishable. It’s not as straightforward as it could be, but it has not affected the fishing too much. Surface temps are in the low 80s—some rough days with the winds kicking in.

SPECIES CAUGHT THIS WEEK:  Dorado, tuna, sailfish, amberjack, rainbow runners, cabrilla, barred pargo, snapper, and roosterfish.

LAS ARENAS: This is where the tuna mix it up with the dorado and a few roosterfish—the most variety.

LA PAZ: Solid dorado bite. …Tailhunter, Jonathan Roldan.