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Old 06-06-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default 6/3/13 Wahoo and dolphin on a pallet

I thought I would throw up a late report as there aren't many on the board.

Tom and his friend Stephen joined me for an offshore trolling trip on Monday. The forecast was for 1-2' seas. We skipped the red snapper and drove directly to 25 miles offshore to troll the Edge. The water was so blue and flat!! We came up on a weedline and the lines went off with dolphin. I had one on a wahoo trolling rig that jumped a couple times and threw the hook. They also hit the Islander/ballyoo lures and chomped off the ballyhoo but did not get hooked. We trolled on in flattening seas until we came across a big turtle near a wooden pallet. When we went by it Stephen hooked up on a nice wahoo. We landed the wahoo and then went looking for the pallet again. We trolled up to it and Tom was pulling in a lure to check it for grass. I glanced back just in time to see a wahoo rocket at the sinker he was pulling out of the water. It was right on the corner of the boat; nearly jumping into the boat!! When we trolled by the pallet we got covered up by dolphin and small wahoo. All five of the trolled lures had hookups. What chaos!! I got in a nice dolphin and Tom got a small wahoo and the other lines ended up with no fish. We were surrounded by dolphin and wahoo clearly visible in the beautiful clear blue water. We dropped over rigs baited with cut bonita or squid and started to hook up on dolphin. Tom got one that weighed in at 18lbs 11oz. I dropped a diamond jig and was hooked up with small wahoo that I could see hit the jig. I hooked and pulled off three in just a couple of minutes. We ended up with 3 wahoo and 4 dolphin for the day. Truely a beautiful day on the Gulf.


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Old 06-06-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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Awesome trip and pics.
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Beautiful pics!! Thanks for sharing!!!
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"We were surrounded by dolphin and wahoo clearly visible in the beautiful clear blue water."

My dream day!

Great pics and nice report!!

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Great report guys! A pallet floating in deep, open, blue water is like an oasis in the desert.
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Nice report, water looks awesome! I have had many a day saved by a piece of floating debris! As you did, after you troll it a few times, always drop a jig!

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Nice report, water looks awesome! I have had many a day saved by a piece of floating debris! As you did, after you troll it a few times, always drop a jig!

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What kind? I have heard this before but I have never done it.
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Nice report, water looks awesome! I have had many a day saved by a piece of floating debris! As you did, after you troll it a few times, always drop a jig!

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Not to derail, but while we're on that subject...

I always keep a couple 3 oz spoons and one or two small yo zuri bonitos with me for such a scenario. Cast these out and let them sink for a good amount of time, trying to get at least 100ft down. Put the reel in gear and point the rod at the lure while turning the handle as fast as you possibly can until its at the boat again. Don't slow down if a fish follows, keep it burning throughout. I've caught a good amount of nice wahoo doing this.
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What kind? I have heard this before but I have never done it.
I really don't think it matters as to color or type (diamond or butterfly) I do however prefer a single style hook over a treble that you might find on a diamond jig. Treble hook just does not have enough bite or purchase to fight a big fish. Like Chris said we always have a jig on spinning rod handy. I bet 75% of the time debris holds fish it will also have fish under it that can be jigged. Also if you see any dorado, throw out some chunks of anything and you can usually bring them right to you.
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Great report!!!
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