Not even some rain could cool off the red hot bite on a late January 2.5 trip aboard the Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing.
It seems the outstanding fishing year we had off Southern California and Baja in 2014 has now spilled over into 2015, and there are no signs it's going to let up...as the coast is "corroded with yellowtail."
Sometimes the weather and the fishing join forces to create an opportunity too strong to resist. Boy am I glad I was able to take advantage of THIS opportunity...as I saw a weather opening to try for some very late-season tuna...and the opportunity to go for it on the Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing in San Diego, over Thanksgiving weekend 2014!
All week long I had been following the progress of hurricane Norbert off the southern Baja coast. At one point it was a major category 3 hurricane with winds near the center (between Magdalena Bay and Alijos Rocks) estimated at 115 mph! Would the eventual path of that storm completely change the game plan for this trip?
It’s an annual cycle: The first few tropical systems of the eastern Pacific season form off mainland Mexico and typically either sweep westward towards the Revillagigedo Islands or inundate the mainland coast and quickly dissipate.
The May and June long range sportfishing trips that venture down to the far southern fishing grounds tempt fate with captains watching the weather very closely. Some years prove uneventful, but others are a little more active.
The Fishing Weatherman returns to the Spirit of Adventure
September 14-20, 2013
One of the last entries in my logbook from my days as a deckhand was from a June 7-day trip on the Spirit of Adventure, when we fished yellowtail from the south end of Cedros Island to Isla Natividad. Coincidentally, that would be our destination on this 6-day trip...and the first time back on the Spirit since that summer, 23 years ago.
John Ray Leary took a recent 5-day trip on the Vagabond, hoping to get in on the great bluefin fishing and one of those "weather windows" that have opened up from time to time between bouts of wind offshore. I gave him an idea of what to expect from the weather, and it sure looks like it worked out...
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