John-can’t wait for the next Team Hoo Cow Hunt. Hope the Wahoo and Grouper fishing is off the charts! Haha! No really I understand why you are after cows and the rest is by-catch-that was a beautiful cow you caught!Great -
Another thread about catching bycatch.
Please Tim, give us some more.
Russ - There is a method to my madness.John-can’t wait for the next Team Hoo Cow Hunt. Hope the Wahoo and Grouper fishing is off the charts! Haha! No really I understand why you are after cows and the rest is by-catch-that was a beautiful cow you caught!
Howdy. from your observation ,I believe your a good wahoo slayer. Good write up.View attachment 1084022 I returned from the Malibu Tackle 10 day on the Excel on 10/19. I’d call what we experienced very good wahoo fishing; 127 for 26 passengers.
The grade of wahoo on The Ridge this year is very good; not many fish less than 30#. Lots of fish over 40#. We had two over 70#; a 74+ and a 73+. I had a 65#; a new personal best.
A few observations on methods/techniques:
Trolling: The DTX Nomads worked well if you got one that swims. Too many of them don’t swim out of the box and I saw too many break after a few fish. Marauders and Intruders worked; we had one Intruder cut off and lost in a tangle...
Bombs: Captain Jimmy’s in green worked very well as did the JRI bombs. Other colors also worked, but the greens seemed to work best. I fished all of my bombs (and jigs) straight tied on double 50#; no wire. And I cut the spinner blades off of all my bombs. Why? So I can wind them faster.
Jigs: Gold Raiders worked well as did Salas 6X Jrs and the smaller Salas Christy 2s. The 74.4# wahoo was caught on a black/orange Salas Christy 2 (rigged with the single hook replaced by a sharper/stronger Owner ST66 treble hook). I personally like smaller jigs like Salas 6X Jrs, the even smaller Salas Christy 2, and Megabaits. Why do I like the smaller jigs? Because I can wind them faster.
Bait: A few caught, but not that many people fished bait. Most of our bait was generally small (4”) and not all that strong. When fishing bait on the drift I almost always use a small (1/4 or 3/8 ounce) sliding sinker. And a very light drag is key to success when using light line/wire for wahoo.
One last point that I’ve posted previously, the most effective technique for wahoo when fishing with bombs/jigs is fast; a fast retrieve is the key to getting bit. If you can’t wind fast for the entire length of your cast, then make shorter casts. It’s much more effective to make two or three shorter casts that you can wind full speed than a longer cast that you’re unable to wind full speed for the entire length of the cast.
Just my observations and opinions. Good luck to those leaving soon and I hope that this info helps.
Been having better luck using the speed pro 180’s. They track better than the Dt minnows. The plus of the Williamson speed pro is the price $14 bucks, just need to switch out the trebles for j hooks.Good Info. I have a couple buddies out right now and I hope they are loading up on those big skins. What I noticed most about the DTX was the amount of time the crew spent untangling them on the troll teams. Seamed like every troll team got tangled up with a DTX that wouldn't track. I was happy to put my cowbell way back in the pattern and stay out of their way. Once the DTXs were all out of commission, everyone went to the Marauders and we did just a good and way fewer tangles.
Been having better luck using the speed pro 180’s. They track better than the Dt minnows. The plus of the Williamson speed pro is the price $14 bucks, just need to switch out the trebles for j hooks.
I get better results fishing both the speedpro and the dt minnow when I put a 150# swivel in the eye ring and use 180# single strand wire leaders