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Local boat catches sign of El Nino with Wahoo haul

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For the second time in less than a month, a sport fishing crew pulled into Point Loma with an incredible tale to tell. 

A local boat caught a sign of El Nino when the Wahoo started biting, and now, it is being called a record catch. 

The record catch of 29 Wahoos was caught off the Coronado Islands in less than a day. Normally, it would take a week to bring in such a large catch.

The Legend pulled into the docks with a legendary catch that almost seems like a tall tale of a fishing story. 

"We ended up with 29. We probably lost 30 of them," said Captain Chuck Taft.  

In all, more than two dozen Wahoos were proudly displayed on the stern of The Legend. The heaviest Wahoo caught weighed in at 75-pounds. 

Captain Chuck Taft and his crew set out at 5:00 a.m. The goal was for his son to catch his first Wahoo. 

"He caught the first one, and it just got better throughout the day," said Captain Taft. 

Wahoos are just some of the new fish in San Diego waters. Last month, a 662-pound Blue Marlin was caught off Shelter Island. Plus, there have been shark scares in La Jolla. 

Suzanne Kohin, a NOAA biologist, has been studying the migratory change for NOAA, and said it's providing a lot of opportunities for scientists. 

"This warm water has brought in a lot of interesting animals for us," she said. 

The warm waters could mean a record season for anglers like those on the legend. 

"This year we seem to be seeing more. A lot of these coming to us with the pre-El Nino warm water conditions. Things like Dorado, these Wahoo, Blue Marlin. This year, we had a lot of Pelagic Red Crab, which a lot of these migratory fish like to eat," said Kohin. 

According to Frank Ursitti, at H&M Landing, "this time of year, Southern California sport fishing starts to wind down, but it almost seems like we are just ramping up. This El Nino is a true boom for our industry and Southern California sport fishing." 

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