Is This Enough Wahoo Bombs for an October 10-Day?

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I'm headed out on Intrepid for the Variety Trip October 2 - 12 this year. Starting to put my gear together (first real Long Range trip; been doing a few 2 - 3 day trips for BFT this past few years). Is this enough Wahoo Bombs for a 10-day trip? I'm planning to use 80# braid and 130# fluoro leader.

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    First brother.... buy some replacment
    Mylar skirting. This allows not only repairs.... but the ability to change colors "on the fly". Heck.... you could even take one apart....of one color.... and turn it into another color... if that's what they're eating today.

    Second... you never know.... how many you'll need. No ....there's not a "set number" per day. I don't believe 5 will be enough. Could Make a repair box... with spinner blades... hooks.... swivels... wire... etc. as well.

    One last tip... and its a BIG one.... bring 2 or 3 Shiney Gold HOPKINS.... or RAIDER jigs. 4 oz or 6 oz ...I think are the sizes. When the skinnies get "sore mouths" after being hammered for a day or two..... whip out those gold HOPKINS. You'll slay em.... seen it dozens of times.

    DONT FORGET THEM....you'll regret it for sure.

    Good luck... have fun...be safe.
     
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    Hi TR,

    Great question.. My answer: This will undoubtedly not be your first or last Long Range Trip.. My suggestion is to purchase at least 2 trips worth of bombs.. On any one trip, you could go thru 3 bombs or 20 bombs assuming you are getting bit.. Most of the time it will be somewhere in-between.. Trying to beg, borrow or steal a hot colored bomb, in a hot Wahoo bite, once you run out rarely pays off.. Going to sleep, or thinking back on a trip where you should have brought more, will haunt you for a very, very long time.. Let's just call it insurance.

    Also, many trips, such as our 10 day, usually fish Wahoo 3 - 4 of the days.. Be it at the Rocks and Ridge or ?? we love Wahoo fishing.. This is combined with other species as well. The time of year you are going hopefully will yield a whole bunch of skins.

    P.S. You may go on a trip where you only need 1 or 2.. You might go home thinking why did I buy so many?? But.. go on a few Wahoo trips and You will undoubtedly change your mind.. Those near or far sighted skins can really put a dent in your arsenal.. The fish I love... to hate.. or Hate... to love..

    Best of luck..

    Jamie
     

    Steve K

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    Prepare to get bit off, no tears. Ask the boat you’re fishing if they will have bombs and jigs for sale. And if they eat 3 of the five, time to wire up!
     
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    Welcome to the world of wahoo. It can be addicting.

    Depends on how you rig them and how well you rig them. If you are not familiar with working with wire and crimping, have the deckhands help you as you travel south on day one. They should help you. A bad crimp and there goes a bomb.

    Floro is stealthier but also can be cut off easier

    I would reccommend NOT TO KINKY wire.

    Good hunting. What boat are you going out on ?
     
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    Lake

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    I’d buy at least another 6 pack. As was mentioned, if you lose 2 or 3 you start wiring them. I fished at the rocks one day with Jaime, and he lost 18 bombs that day. It was very good fishing. Last year at the rocks, the sharks were ravenous. They took 75-80% of our hooked fish, and that meant the bombs, trolling lures, Raiders, etc....
     
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    I like catching them on bait. That’s where you get the real wahoo fights. I still mostly throw bombs, Raiders, 6X jrs, and my new Hopkins.
    Yeah, I’ve never gotten one of those ripping the line out of the water at 70 mph on a bomb! I lose a bigger % on bait than bombs. I get more tired throwing bombs. I’ve switched to bait for a while just to get a rest.
     
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    Hmm, you might not even get a chance to throw one and they are heavy.

    I've had good luck with the dark green-green (you have two)

    Takes a little practice, but it has been my experience that they eat sardines really well. There will be a lot of this on board.

    I also like the pink-gold heavy raiders...
     
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    I’m more of a jig guy and bring a LOT of options. Bait is fun on light set ups and bombs work well but I prefer the Salas 6x in a couple different color options. The Hopkins jigs are also proven hoo killers in bronze and silver

    lots of choices and options, try them all and find what you like best and go with it
     
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    Another note. Small bombs have a high hook up ratio and can be wound with little effort at max rpms. The fish gets the hook and it's wired so no chew offs. If fatigued or not so easy to wind fast all day. They sink slow so imo once the boat is established drifting or anchored. Is a good time to fire them. On the slide a heavier jig

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    Once off the bombs and skittish. This straight tie

    On a 52 wahoo for the boat trip at HB. High percentage of troll fish. I captured 12 of the wahoo on this style casting jig

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    Steve has a great suggestion and seeing what the boat has to offer. However if the wahoo fixing been hot, they can run out. It’s happened. I like your color choice, a blue one might. Be another option. Go on Captain Jimmy’s web site and get a six pack, usually at a reduced price for six. I like at least a dozen, and 11 would be good.
     
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    Dug up some old braid guppy style heads. Hmmm the orange bead could get keyed in on like a orange bead above a carolina rig. When fishing barred surf perch, bead gets bit, looks like sandcrab roe LOL


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    I’d buy at least another 6 pack. As was mentioned, if you lose 2 or 3 you start wiring them. I fished at the rocks one day with Jaime, and he lost 18 bombs that day. It was very good fishing. Last year at the rocks, the sharks were ravenous. They took 75-80% of our hooked fish, and that meant the bombs, trolling lures, Raiders, etc....
    I’d buy at least another 6 pack. As was mentioned, if you lose 2 or 3 you start wiring them. I fished at the rocks one day with Jaime, and he lost 18 bombs that day. It was very good fishing. Last year at the rocks, the sharks were ravenous. They took 75-80% of our hooked fish, and that meant the bombs, trolling lures, Raiders, etc....
    Lake was on that Bob Sands Tackle trip where I thought i was dealing with bad arthritis in my hands while my head was spinning..Turns out I had developed a medical condition that causes these sorts of side effects and worse.. Though I spent some time up on the second deck waiting for the the spins to go away and my hands to work, when I went down to fish i was getting bit amazingly well, on bombs, but my hand pain was keeping me from being able to crank even half assed.. 18 bombs lost that days sounds about right as, at first, i was keeping track and then others started catching on and keeping tabs on the numbers of jigs I got back after being bit.. I still landed my share of skins but that was a cluster f...k, especially since i am used to landing skins in under a minute... Sometimes the fish wins and sometimes we win.. For me, Wahoo fishing is my favorite time of the trip..

    Anyway, Best of luck in however you handle this

    Respectfully,

    Jamie
     
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    In most applications you'd look like you're good to go Rod! Another consideration is how long (10 days!) you're going to be on the water and to what extent your going to be fishing Wahoo. (We were on a 10 day a few years back and finished the Hoo intermittently for 4+ days. Some of those bombs definitely were worse for the wear, most especially the ones that were effective! The trip got like 73 in one day & finished up with 128 that year.)

    (Consider checking in on the most recent reports a couple of days before casting off, to determine which colors are currently running "hot" and perhaps add to your line up… ...green and pink always seem to be effective... )

    As mentioned above some prefer "knot to knot kinky" wire connection. I find the wire is very good for the live bait application. The 130 Fluro is another good recommendation. However, a few years back someone on BD SDLR recommended double tied flouro. Using double fluro may be considered overkill by some, due to the reaction bite nature of Hoo fishing. Using doubled line virtually guarantees that one of the strands will be more slightly more slack than the other. In the years that We've been doing this type of rigging I have never had a lost bomb or jig. (there have been nicked the lines from time to time.) The Hoo are toothy critters indeed, and nick in the line could result in being broken off. Should the tighter line been nicked, the other one always holds. Using double 60 pound (or even 80 pound given the grade of HOO) gives at stealthy but "for sure, for sure" connection. I usually tie a FG to the Fluro & use a surgeons loupe to double it. Another possible innovation is using a Tactical Angler type clip, at the end of your double Fluro, which allows you to quickly switch out, to different colored bombs/ jigs in a few seconds, to accommodate conditions in a hot bite.

    Catch'em up!
     
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