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Old 01-28-2016, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Wahoo - On our hit list this spring/summer

We were 0-fer on Wahoo last year. Not really surprised b/c we didn't target them specifically.

To be perfectly honest I'm not very educated on the Gulf Wahoo. Have caught several on the east coast as well as down in Costa Rica. So any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Hope to get the Wahoo funk off the boat this year.

I'm not looking for exact honey holes, I can normally find my own spots when I have an idea of what they tend to hang around in an area. For instance the Pinnacles off Cape Canaveral.

I have quite a diverse tacklebox, bonitas, skirted lures and a few high speed lures.

We've tried high speed trolling and can't seem to keep the kings off the lures.

We already have trips planned for mid-april, and late june. Any guidance, hints or shoves in the right direction are greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:28 PM   #2
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They are THICK right now to the SW. I'm dying to get back out and smash em. I'll get back on here in a bit and write my general Hoo plans. Maybe others will do the same.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:58 PM   #3
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Been in my hit list for 5 years.
Still empty on wahoo pictures on my boat
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:53 PM   #4
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Purp/black and blue/white islanders with hoos rigged with wire ,purple yozuri Bonita's( well any dark colors will suffice if you loose all the purples on the water
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Don't overlook bright colors too. I've caught plenty of hoos on bright colors as darks. You'll always catch the most fish on what you pull the most.
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Sounds like you have the right boat and the right gear. Not sure where you are leaving from, but if OB/Pensacola/Destin, head south and start trolling (a wahoo will eat anything) in as little as 150' (I've caught them in less). Run over as much bottom structure as possible (rocks, ledges, artificial reefs) and keep your eye peeled for surface activity.

Or, just head straight for the ledges NW of the nipple...

I say this, but I should also say that I've caught more wahoo on weedlines than anywhere. Also, they seem to have been a little scarce during the summer the past few years...
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The main thing with Wahoo, as with most fish, is keep it simple. The simplest of spreads will catch them as long as you're in the right area. Sharp bottom contours and large areas of natural bottom account for a lot of Wahoo. Debris and weedlines will of course be magnets for Hoos and other pelagics, but finding and catching them when the obvious markers aren't there is the key to consistent success.

I do the majority of my Wahoo fishing in depths of 250-600ft. I watch the sounder like a hawk for bait schools or suspended fish and always look for schools of bonito or small tunas, a Wahoo's favorite food. I pull basic spreads with ballyhoo/lure combos, straight plastics and at least a single plug if not two. In the winter, I usually resort to pulling full spreads of plugs around deep structures and rigs. If you've never pulled a spread of plugs before, it's not like pulling surface baits. They need to be staggered "In-Line", not the classic "W" type pattern you would use with surface lures. Make sure they're at least 30ft apart or you will have some of the most blood-boiling tangles imaginable. It takes practice but its worth it.

I do some high speed fishing for them but still find 6-8 knot trolling speeds favorable and just as productive.

If you find a rip, debris or any structure/area holding a good concentration of Hoos, try casting large spoons, sinking plugs and live baiting. This is the "fun way" to Wahoo fish IMO. You can use lighter gear and sometimes sight cast to them. Big hardtails are usually best in the live bait department.
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That's my main target!
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Love me some wally....
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I love Wally too Wade! Unfortunately, there are other groups who love em too :/
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