Wahoo are the raddest. I had heard the story of one getting airborne following a jig to the boat and going through the galley window of the Rooster, and then I got to go to Alijos one time.
First neat thing was on the first day, watching the trollers at sunset, a wahoo just materialized several feet out of the water; didn't even see it jump out, it was just suddenly suspended in space for a moment. The next moment it plunged back in and the middle troller went off.
The next day I was casting a jig at the bow and made the rookie mistake of just winding in all the way and readying to cast again. A wahoo materialized (again, seemingly out of nowhere), this time right in front of me at eye level. Somehow it grabbed my jig in midair, and I was slammed into the rail as it fell back into the water. I farmed that fish (among others), but was wowed ever after.
Wahoo....where to start....lol. Q105 (16 day) First boat to HURRICANE that year. November. 6AM arrival time.... we got troll stopped 5 times before we even got close to the high spot. Triples. ...or All 5 going off at once... better than any chemical or drug you can buy!! Bombs and jigs followed in fast flurries....As pandemonium ensued. Scary really.... cause when you've been waiting 3 days while traveling..... your SO READY...lol.
Adrenaline.....pandemonium. ....danger! People start getting sloppy....casting without looking back! A few guys got hooked by dumb asses....needing immediate medical assistance. Thank GOD we had a real doc. on the boat. Because the blood bath just getting started. Saw a guy....cast, got a backlash, started to get it unraveled with his thumb in a loop....got bit..... lost the top 3/4" of it..."plop" in the water. Another stop....maybe half an hour later saw the proverbial jig following wahoo, fly over the stern....right into the kill box. One wack....lunch. Crew took it. This wide open wahoo fishing lasted most of the day. No sore mouths that day. Sore bodies....ruined rigs.... hammered lures... All on that day. Total for the day 186 wahoo.... 11 YFT. 7 passengers and 1 crew member required butterfly stitches that day. Never saw anything like it....before or after that trip to this day. Done plenty of long ones on ALL the usuals....again best wahoo day ever! 10 fish total for me. Got 2....35 - 50lb wahoo while bow fishing....15# test....#2 hook, mono only corner mouth hook shot. May have got bit off by 10 others....but got 2 to everyone's amazement. Mine as well. Fished world wide since then...never seen it again. Ahhhh... The good old days.
This is from a trip many years ago fishing the Ridge on the Capt. Hook II. And yes, that is Todd Mansur on the right.
If you scroll in to the guy in the blue shirt you can see his toe all bandaged up... Yup, there was a Wahoo laying on the deck and as he was following his fish he put his toe into it's mouth, the thing was dead but still got him all the way down to the bone. I am still super surprised that he didn't lose it. Super Glued him back up, wrapped it up and a few beers and he was fine. I saw him a few years later and asked how his toe was doing, he said "every time I wake up and my big toe hurts I think of your ugly face." I about died laughing because I was the one telling him to follow his fish. Ahhhh memories....
I watched this video. Crazy. The wahoo were getting so aggressive the guys were getting scared and barely wanting to target them.. like 3-4 times did they launch like that out of the water and a couple times it was directed at them