Hurricane Paul made a brief appearance this week and although he passed by over 100 offshore to the west, his reverb was enough to cause both the fleet and the fish some concern. The week started well with the shoolie tuna continuing to jump in the boat off Red Mountain (almost exactly half-way between San Jose and San Lucas) and easy/early limits were the norm over the weekend. By 9 or 10 am we were switching gears from live sardines to medium sized trolling gear which attracted, enticed and destroyed many medium sized dorado. Up until Tuesday it was yellowfin and dorado with the stray wahoo thrown in as well.
Then the sky fell. We were forced to cancel two charters due to Paul and the following days were extremely tough fishing as the fish either dove or left the building... and lost their appetite. The bite is slowly coming back on and each day we're finding a little more cooperation. The wahoo seem to be the only fearless specie and we had several nice hook-ups as well as landing the first Sierra of the season... a 9 lb monster who thought she could hurt a wahoo lure trolled close to the beach. A tasty morsel for sure. The seas have calmed and temps (both sea and air) are back to normal. We did briefly test both the "95" and "1150" spots to the south for marlin but didn't see so much as a tail. Any day now... stay tuned.