Wahoo Live Bait rigs

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im posting a lot of questions after last week's 8 day trip. I do this each year as a sort of "debrief" to be better prepared for next year's trip.

To say we got into a wahoo bite would be an understatement. I bought some live bait rigs from the boat worked but I think they could have been more stealthy.

Their rigs were 60# 1x7 wire. A barrel swivel on one end and a ringed hook on the other.

What do you use?
 

Tim Turis

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Hi Jon:

I use both single strand and multi strand wire for my wahoo bait rigs; 12-15" in length.

Single strand from 27-44# if the fish are picky/or sun is bright.

Multi strand 40-60# if the fish are biting good.

I use non-ringed hooks from about #2 up to about size 4/0; Mustad 92677 or 94150. No circle hooks.

One crimp per connection (three times through sleeve) on the multi strand; Haywire twists on all single strand.

Black welded rings on all wahoo leaders; no swivels.
 

reel man

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Hi Jon:

I use both single strand and multi strand wire for my wahoo bait rigs; 12-15" in length.

Single strand from 27-44# if the fish are picky/or sun is bright.

Multi strand 40-60# if the fish are biting good.

I use non-ringed hooks from about #2 up to about size 4/0; Mustad 92677 or 94150. No circle hooks.

One crimp per connection (three times through sleeve) on the multi strand; Haywire twists on all single strand.

Black welded rings on all wahoo leaders; no swivels.
Ditto
 

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Hi Jon:

I use both single strand and multi strand wire for my wahoo bait rigs; 12-15" in length.

Single strand from 27-44# if the fish are picky/or sun is bright.

Multi strand 40-60# if the fish are biting good.

I use non-ringed hooks from about #2 up to about size 4/0; Mustad 92677 or 94150. No circle hooks.

One crimp per connection (three times through sleeve) on the multi strand; Haywire twists on all single strand.

Black welded rings on all wahoo leaders; no swivels.

Perfect…..
 
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One long strange brand name, Knot2Kinkey. Thank you BD and all who have recommended this wire. I am a newbe to wahoo fishing but I used this last year and killed it to say the least in my book. Love this stuff, holds up to multiple fish and used 25lb, at the ridge when scratchy but had to switch to 45lb. at the rocks due to the sharks and the need to get them to the boat in a hurry. I am now a firm believer in this wire and will not leave home without it!
 

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One long strange brand name, Knot2Kinkey. Thank you BD and all who have recommended this wire. I am a newbe to wahoo fishing but I used this last year and killed it to say the least in my book. Love this stuff, holds up to multiple fish and used 25lb, at the ridge when scratchy but had to switch to 45lb. at the rocks due to the sharks and the need to get them to the boat in a hurry. I am now a firm believer in this wire and will not leave home without it!
How did you rig the wire?
 

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Perfection Loop at both ends. easy and fast. After making the overhand knot, I made sure to bring the line back through the overhand from the other side of the knot. When done, the knot will not cinch up but will not fail. I left a tag end of about 3 -4 mm for some insurance but have not noticed it getting shorter. Besides it's thinness, if you get into a bunch of skippies they don't trash your leader. This stuff is not cheap but worth every penny. I fish the Vagabond and left a few with Mike to try and when I saw him at the Fred Hall Show he told me a guy caught 6 wahoo on 1 leader and it was only lost when a second Ho bit the line connection.
 

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I've used the Titanium Tooth Proof wire a lot for king mackerel and a little for wahoo. It is pretty good but the Knot too Kinky holds up better. I generally use the 50 lb test. I like the 75lb test for jigs and bombs.
 

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What crimps are you using fishy? I used knots with it but just didn't like the looks of them!
 

rodblder

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I caught 4 nice hoo at the rocks last month on the Intrepid, 2 on JRI hooicide bombs(1 orange and 1 red) and 2 on 45# crimped titanium wire and 2/0 hoodlum hooks, all on the first day at the rocks. On the 2nd day, i lost both bombs and 3 jigs plus 6 wired hooks to the dirty rotten teethy bastards...:mad:
 

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I caught 4 nice hoo at the rocks last month on the Intrepid, 2 on JRI hooicide bombs(1 orange and 1 red) and 2 on 45# crimped titanium wire and 2/0 hoodlum hooks, all on the first day at the rocks. On the 2nd day, i lost both bombs and 3 jigs plus 6 wired hooks to the dirty rotten teethy bastards...:mad:
Sounds like that is about par for the course, I was able to catch three this summer while straight tying without losing any jigs, and meanwhile others were losing jigs and bombs left and right. Just the luck of the draw.

-Connor
 

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Been using the Knot2Kinky wire for 6 or 7 years great stuff……does not kink up after catching a fish like single strand stainless wire. I crimp it.
l like the Titanium wire best, not near the shine that not2kinky has, just sayin. YOOO Fishy, whens your next trip?? Jimmy
 

Fishybuzz

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l like the Titanium wire best, not near the shine that not2kinky has, just sayin. YOOO Fishy, whens your next trip?? Jimmy
Jimy …….Not till January and another in March……have to do two spousal non fishing trips this Fall…..gotta pay to play…..lol

What brand wire Jimy…..???
 
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fishordie

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I highly suggest each angler learns how to make a haywire twist.... I have yet to get a crimped connection on wire to break anywhere close to where a properly made twist breaks. Twist onto the hook and the ring. Make them at home rather than on the boat so you do not poke holes in your fingers which can lead to infection.... Unfortunately you cannot use the Haywire Twist on Titanium wire.

Jamie
 

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I highly suggest each angler learns how to make a haywire twist.... I have yet to get a crimped connection on wire to break anywhere close to where a properly made twist breaks. Twist onto the hook and the ring. Make them at home rather than on the boat so you do not poke holes in your fingers which can lead to infection.... Unfortunately you cannot use the Haywire Twist on Titanium wire.

Jamie
I can't listen to this recommendation as you've never fished bait for wahoo in your like! LOL
 

fishordie

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I can't listen to this recommendation as you've never fished bait for wahoo in your like! LOL
Jon,

That is not true... This one time.. In Band camp.... 1964.... I used bait for Wahoo... LOL