It’s been an incredible summer. In July we start to get higher temperatures and passing storms bring high humidity and much needed rain but most importantly we start getting warmer waters and bigger fish. The port was closed only a handful of times due to passing storms and the swells brought with them, but overall fishing conditions have been pretty good. As the warmer waters arrived, we saw and continue to see quite a bit of tuna which seem to be getting bigger as the summer progresses. Dorado is plentiful and we’ve enjoyed eating quite a bit of wahoo. It has also been a good summer for striped marlin, as is expected for the Marlin Capital of the world. I just love seeing those blue and red flags flapping in the wind as HYPER pulls into its slip.
The highlight this year was taking my 80-year-old dad out. It was not the first time he’d been out on HYPER, but it was his first true offshore experience. He made a few jokes about me taking him back up to LA. Conditions were excellent, it was not too choppy so he enjoyed the ride out to the outer banks. We saw turtles, some jumping manta rays and of course went looking for dolphins. Once we got far enough out where land disappeared, we saw several pods. It didn’t take long to hook some tuna. We came back after bringing in three, the largest weighing in about 40 lbs. No reason to bring back more than we can eat.
The bite continues to be hot as the water temperature is a balmy 82ºF. This tournament season is setting up to be one for the record books.