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Old 07-10-2009, 11:33 PM   #1
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Never wahoo fished, any pointers plan on going end of july
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:34 AM   #2
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Do a search on the PFF for Wahoo, that should help. Also, search for Wahoo articles in your favorite saltwater fishing mags. You will find plenty of info...good luck.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info, Leaving out of Orange Beach, have a 04 21 cc trophy just bought from father he never took it out far, woundering if i have enough boat. i think the edge is about 40 miles from pass. it has 100 gallon fuel tank
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:52 PM   #4
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Do a couple shorter test runs first... fill your gas tank, zero the trip counter on your GPS, make a few shorter trips, fill your tank and check how far you've gone. Do the math and get your mpg.

If you're very close and don't want to chance it, tow the boat over to P'cola and launch from there.

Or you can pull into Sherman Cove for gas but only from the water. Maritime Law says they cannot turn you away if you want fuel. I just called and asked.

Sherman Cove channel is narrow and shallow, hug the redmarkers inbound. The fuel dock shares the same dock as the east ramp, it's on the west side of that dock. Prices can be a bit expensive sometimes. They set the price based on how much they paid for it when it went into their tank. It stays at that price till they refill their tank.

Here's their link:

http://www.naspensacola-mwr.com/water/sherman.htm

You'll need Florida fishing licenses while even justtransiting Florida state waters with fish onboard.

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Old 07-11-2009, 01:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply, Have 150 Merc. 2 stroke gets about 1.3 to 1.5 mpg about 120 miles round trip to be safe, cutting it kinda close to the edge, if i find flying fish in closer around 100 to 150' of water will there usally be dalphin and wahoo.
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:36 PM   #6
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I've caught decent Wahoo and some nice Dorado in 100'. The Edge is a good place to troll. Do establish your range, also note that if you troll high speed for Wahoo, you will burn alot of fuel.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:02 PM   #7
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What is a good speed to troll for wahoo, and can you catch dolphin at that speed, or will you just be targeting wahoo
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:20 PM   #8
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Your trolling speed will depend on what kind of bait/lure you are pulling. Also the sea conditions. If you are pulling hard lures try 5 knots at first then work your way up to 10 to 15 knots. Watch the lures and make sure they are pulling straight and staying down where you want them. The faster you troll you will have to watch your drag setting. You don't want a Wahoo hitting your lure at 50 mph with a tight drag. The higher the speed in trolling the heavier the tackle you will need.

You can catch Wahoo at regular trolling speeds if you only have lighter tackle in the 30 lb. range. There are articles all over the internet that will give you great information.
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:14 AM   #9
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You can catch Wahoo and everything else offshore by trolling ballyhoo. A good speed for baits is 5-7KTS. Marlin lures work well between 7- 8.5 KTS. Wahoo plugs work well at 8.5 kts and up. I've caught Wahoo from 4-18KTS. It is hard to troll outboard from 8-13 KTS and it is the least effecient speed. I typically fast troll about an hour on a trip, then slow down the 6-7kts and troll baits with one Wahoo plug in the spread for the rest of the day. You will need to learn what works on your boat and on given lures through trial and error.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:39 PM   #10
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Yikes! Not enought gas for me! If you run into any seas, you'll be burning more per mile trudging through them at a slower pace.
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