That was the delimna facing my daughter Samantha and I as we would arrive two days before the tournament and had chartered a 31’ Cabo for the day before and tournament day. I had got a little dope, and my instincts were to fish north, even though most of the most popular wahoo spots are south of Palmas de Cortez. I also knew that most boats fishing the tournament would likely fish south and Wahoo don’t like the pressure. I felt I needed to at-least do a heat-check on my spot which was Roca Montana area at the southern end of isla cerralvo. We arrived early morning on pre-fish day and deployed the wahoo gear which consisted of 4 30’ and 40’ Rapalas, and a chin-weighted frozen Ballyhoo. Within the first 15 minutes we got a double strike in the purple and wahoo pattern 40’ Rapalas. Both were smaller grade, but confirmed the spot held promise. The only other boats fishing the area were commercial pangueros. We re-deployed the gear and about 30 minutes later got another strike and landed a high twenties class wahoo. That was enough for me as I didn’t want to overly pressure the fish nor did I want to call attention to the spot. We ran outside and deployed a spread of my Bomboy Blue marlin lures. As we passed a shark buoy, we got a drive-by missed strike by what the captain said looked to be a 60-pound class Wahoo. The rest of the day was spent trolling for marlin without another strike. Tournament morning all but about 8 boats faced south before the shotgun start. We put the hammer down and reached cerralvo about 15 or so minutes before the other boats that headed north with us. Things looked good as according to plan, we got a 27 lb wahoo in the first 15 minutes on the hot 40’ purple Rapala. We were fishing straight 100’ mono on accurate 50’s. Well, that is pretty much the end of the story as we lost 3 hooked wahoo including a potential winner that ate the frozen ballyhoo deployed in the way-back-Charlie position and the only other action we had was about 1:30 when a wahoo sliced the leader on the purple hot rapala. I did have a back-up but we ran out of time. I’ll do a separate report on our final day of fishing after a couple lay-days. Special shout-out to Michelle at Bloodydecks for giving me the hot lures. Those 40’ Rapalas are a must-have for Wahoo fishing anywhere they swim.