Insane Wahoo on JRI Surface Iron

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Those crazy ass wahoo will make you pull your hair out at times. Its all about risk vs reward with them imho. Do you want bites or do you not want to keep your "Stuff"..?? On last years trip I had it all, wire, heavy fluoro and doubled mono, the whole kit. I went something like 4 for 40. Had bites on it all but got bitten off, dog boned, spit the hook at the boat, you name it. Even went 10 bites on the wire with bait only to be bitten off every time..!! Talk about frustrating. Lost about $250 in one day BUT I got the bites. Just very little luck. This year was vastly different as my ratio was like 42% with straight 50# mono. Sometimes its better to be lucky than good..!!

I have come to the conclusion that for me, I will forgo the wire and take my chances. I would much rather get bites and risk losing my stuff than to drown a wired bomb and watch everyone else have the fun. The $250 in gear or whatever I may lose is pretty small in comparison to the $3 or $4k it costs to go on one of those trips to begin with.

As someone that I respect once told me "Gotta use all your tools in your tool chest..!" In the case of wahoo fishing that phrase means that I want every advantage I can get to get bit and that means no wire and high risk..!!

Isn't that what wahoo fishing is all about anyway..??!!!

Your mileage and opinions may vary..
 

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Those crazy ass wahoo will make you pull your hair out at times. Its all about risk vs reward with them imho. Do you want bites or do you not want to keep your "Stuff"..?? On last years trip I had it all, wire, heavy fluoro and doubled mono, the whole kit. I went something like 4 for 40. Had bites on it all but got bitten off, dog boned, spit the hook at the boat, you name it. Even went 10 bites on the wire with bait only to be bitten off every time..!! Talk about frustrating. Lost about $250 in one day BUT I got the bites. Just very little luck. This year was vastly different as my ratio was like 42% with straight 50# mono. Sometimes its better to be lucky than good..!!

I have come to the conclusion that for me, I will forgo the wire and take my chances. I would much rather get bites and risk losing my stuff than to drown a wired bomb and watch everyone else have the fun. The $250 in gear or whatever I may lose is pretty small in comparison to the $3 or $4k it costs to go on one of those trips to begin with.

As someone that I respect once told me "Gotta use all your tools in your tool chest..!" In the case of wahoo fishing that phrase means that I want every advantage I can get to get bit and that means no wire and high risk..!!

Isn't that what wahoo fishing is all about anyway..??!!!

Your mileage and opinions may vary..
I agree and the respect is mutual my good friend!
 

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Well I sure got fooled by the zoom in pic. That knot looked pretty bulky.
 

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I certainly don't care if my jig box goes on a diet as I'm out there to kill fish. Thanks Dustin, I'm loaded up pretty good on flouro so it think I'll be using that mostly. I have 2 reels loaded with mono for the jigstick, (40 izor for cookie cutter yellows and tuna and one with 50 moimoi diamond for HOO or when the yellows look big enough to use it). Can wait for Sunday and a good solid 10 days of fun!
 

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Bob Sands Knot on mono to braid, and San Diego Jam Knot mono to Jig
I still cant tie a Bob Sands worth a $hit..!!! Guess that will have to be my offseason quest to add to my tool chest... :)
 

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Why is it called a Bob Sand's????
I could be wrong but I believe they, or people affiliated with them, popularized using the uni instead of the overhand knot (ala Tony Pena Knot) as the stopper so they changed the name with the slight variation. Atleast that is my understanding of it. Could be totally off the mark but that is all I have ever known it by so that is what I call it. Still cannot tie it well. Cant get it to cinch well atleast to my liking. Have started trying to learn he FG knot but still don't like the way mine cinch down. Practice, practice, practice...
 

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Phillip,

Awesome post.. I know You, Bill and Al had a great time with the surface jigs... How fun it is using top water gear for the normal stuff like Tuna and Yellowtail but when it gets to Wahoo.... It's special... Too few folks have even tried it but maaan, it works. Having the right gear for the job is certainly a key but thinking out of the box like you guys do is just a bit of heaven.. Well done guys.. Thank you Phillip for showing what a great and exciting method using surface iron is for those skinny bastardos ..Stay tuned, Bob Sands Tackle is staying on top of new gear for top water fishing especially those wonderful Wahoo...

Jamie
 

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Phillip,

I am expecting another shipment by Jerry for Wahoo specific surface iron soon... These things have been selling out quickly.

Jamie
 
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Just in, some more JRI 2’s at Bob Sands Fishing Tackle to re-stock my jig box for the Wahoos. These jigs are KILLER!!!

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Just picked up some more JRI 2’s at Bob Sands Fishing Tackle to re-stock my jig box for the Wahoos. These jigs are KILLER!!!
(Thanks for the heads up on the arrival of these jigs Jamie).
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My Pleasure Phillip,

This latest shipment of JRI 2 has a new technique used on the painting process resulting in much more vibrant Wahoo colors... Stunning and the best I have ever seen... Damn, they are selling fast.. Folks have really been waiting for us to get more. Once here, they jump right on them... By the way, congrats to You and Bill along with Al on using your JRI surface jigs so successfully for Wahoo..

Jamie