Got a late start on Friday (11 am) and headed out of Newport with my buddy, Don, and a tank full of squid. Headed down towards the 267. Found lots of paddies, but they were all Mola hotels. Kept going towards the 209 as the wind began to pick up. Found a nice paddy just to the southeast of the 209 with dorado on it in 72.4 degree water. Went 3 for 6 on the dodos using 12lb with flourocarbon leader and a 1/0 Owner hook. The bigger fish were caught on the long soak drifting way off the paddy. It was getting late and conditions were deteriorating, so went into Dana Point to spend the night. Left Dana on Saturday at 5:30 and headed back to the 209. Lots of boats had the same idea. Just shy of the 209, saw a hammerhead shark and a jumper (marlin). Good signs of life here. Water temp was 70 - 71 degrees. No luck on the 209, so headed up the ridge towards the 277. Water warmed to 72.4. It was now about 11am and we hadn't found any good paddies that didn't already have a bunch of boats fishing on them. I'm not one to crash a paddy party, I like to find my own, but I was starting to get desperate. Any hope of finding an unmolested paddy were vanishing as there were just too many boats on the water. Off in the distance I saw 5 boats fishing a paddy that had free jumping dorado. Many of the boats were hooked up. We slowly motored up and set up a respectable distance away from the paddy and started chumming with some live squid. Dorado charged the boat and the bite busted wide open. We were using our 12lb rigs again with the 1/0 hooks. We spent the next 3 hours filling the cooler with fish. There were also lots of annoying rat yellowtail and we must have released more than a dozen of those. I have to complement the boats that were initially fishing the paddy. Everyone drifted an appropriate distance off the paddy and everyone was enjoying great fishing. It didn't seem to matter whether you used sardines or squid. Of course, all good things must come to an end and as more boats showed up, the fishing started to slow down as people crowded the paddy. Then, the ding dongs started showing up and parking right on top of the paddy (see bottom photo). Luckily, the cooler was full, we were out of bait, and done for the day. The weather yesterday was incredible and the water temp gauge registered 74 degrees between the 277 and 14 mile banks. Please, oh please, let this weather last a bit longer.