We fished 12/2 as well and were some of the crazy people in a panga. Fishing with Jaime on the Jessica we landed 6 sierra, 1 dorado, and 2 striped marlin. Had 3-4 other shots at other marlin but could not get them to chew.
I agree on the weather, some of the roughest seas we have fished. Turned out to be the roughest day during our trip down there but who knows, maybe it helped!?