What is working for the wahoo, please?

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  1. Jim Todd

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    Hello my fellow fisher persons and tackle whores,

    This “newbie” is going out on the SOA this Wednesday and am looking for my first wahoo. I am lucky to FINALLY not have to pay alimony anymore so I’m back and ready to rock. I went on a 5 day in August and shook the cobwebs off. Man, things have changed in 10-15 years. I totally had to re-outfit myself. I got a lot of tips from Mr. Jerry B.. Ben F. Is going to also fill me in on what else I need. I would just like to gather as much info as possible about the recent fishing.
    Thanks in advance!

    P.S., this BDoutdoors thing is Sweet. The last time I fished regularly I was blinded by the bright colors of Allcoast.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Uses alot of bait!

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    Just got back from the Bob Sand’s 9 dayer on the Shogun. We had over 60 wahoo. All the tradition wahoo approaches worked. We got a few trolling Marauders, non on Cowbells. Bombs and Raiders did well. Green and Halloween Bombs. The smaller size gold Raiders. Surface iron for those who could cast and had the right jigs. And of course bait. Titanium wire with J hooks. All the stuff that that is suppose to work, worked. Sorry, no top secret stuff on our trip.
     
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  3. Hismosa

    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Captain jimmy wahoo bombs in green helped me bag 2 a couple days ago while on a 10 day trip. Had a couple more strikes that didnt stick so it was definitely the hot ticket.

    Key is a fast retrieve, the reel I was using was 53inches per crank
     
  4. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    No bright colors on Allcoast anymore. It's all just shadows and silence.

    I got a Wahoo a couple of weeks ago cranking fast with a Seastrike 33.
     
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    Thanks bud
     
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    Thankyou
     
  7. Jim Todd

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    Thanks.
     
  8. Lake

    Lake I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Also just got back. Luke, as usual, is spot on. Jimmy bombs are good. I really liked the Catchy bombs in green. As was mentioned, fast cranking is mandatory, as is continued cranking once bit. I found that using a Shimano Tranx HG is pretty much cheating. I threw mine straight spectra to the wire on the catchy bomb. Raiders and SeaStrike 33's get bit well, but I think it's easier to hook them on bombs.
     
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  9. Tom Honaker

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    I would mix it up a little, if everyone is fishing green bombs, try another color, bloody runner or Halloween. I've done well on the black chrome seastrike 33's as well, 6xjr's are very effective at times, just dont get to locked into anything.
     
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    I've always been a fan of the old Newell style rubber skirts on bombs. Sansome's theory on why they worked(better hookup ratio to hits) so well was that when the wahoo hit it, the lure was soft, like a baitfish and they didn't just open their mouth and let go. Only anecdotal, but I have noticed more actual hookups on that style as opposed to the skinnier bombs with just mylar. YMMV ;)
     
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  11. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Seems like recent trips have either done well or not so much. First week in October, Royal Star had a total of five, my trip, one, and that one while flylining fluoro for Yellowfin.
    Rooster followed that up with an 8 day that fared pretty well on the Skins, at least in comparison to us. Looks like they got close to two dozen. ?

    They have tails and know how to use them.
     
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  12. eric harner

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    I caught 4 on bait two weeks ago . First time using bait but bombs, readers, tar baby's ect.. Just weren't working as well as bait. 2/0 J hook on 50 lb wire set your drag light at about 8 to 9 lbs my good old pro gear 545 on a 700h did the job.
     
  13. hucklongfin

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    Eric, you were the hot stick on the Wahoo on that trip. A quarter of the boat didn't get one at all.
     
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    apogee My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic

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    Between Robby and I, we managed to boat four (4) and farm two. If I would have known what I know now, we would not have gone through the rigging evolution and I think our success rate would have been better. Oh well, that's fishing.
     
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    Another thing I do, is take the stickers off my gold raiders, and with chrome polish buff them out on a grinder with a polishing attachment, I get them shiny beyond belief. It may just be a confidence thing, but they seem to get bit really well. They have a shine on them, far better than a stock Raider. Im probably way overthinking it, but having confidence matters.
     
  16. clemente_killa

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    On the same trip where Eric was like the wahoo whisperor, my cousin killed it on the black and pink Captain Jimmys bomb. I also threw the same bomb for jack shit, the only difference was he was rigged with 130 fluoro and i had the double 40 mono.
     
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  17. MikeyLikesIt

    MikeyLikesIt did you say F I S H I N G ???

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    Vagabond 8 day just got back with about 46 for 23 tanglers. I got 6 :)

    I agree with all the above. Chrome Raiders and bait caught the most on this years trip......but we never saw the rocks.

    While it won't help you this trip.......what worked really well for me this trip was "the thing". Its at the very bottom of this picture.

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    I acquired it, and the one like it in the middle, from a friend of Jamie (Fishordie) at the Long Beach Show this year. (sorry, can't remember his name, but another seasoned LR angler who made them)

    Its a Super 7x with a 10 or 11/0 single hook, fixed like a barracuda jig.

    NOT WIRED, its rigged with 150# floro. I got 3 in a row on 4 drops back on the slide............fully expecting to lose it due to no wire, but I still have it. :) The one in the middle is the same dealio with a different jig, a speedy something, but never got it wet.....didn't need to.

    Oh yeah, Intruders work pretty good too........IF ya can get your hands on one of them......

    Good luck man, and remember, its all about time at the rail.
     
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  18. Jim Todd

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    Thank you to everyone with your responses. I will use your Jedi knowledge. I’m a little nervous and totally excited. I will totally enjoy my “time at the rail”. It’s so good to be able to enjoy this great sport again. Once again,
    Thankyou,
    JT
     
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  19. Rodless_Jim

    Rodless_Jim I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I would give one of my long-winded replies as usual, but the answer is short. Other than trolling, what was working on our recent trip...as Mark mentioned before...was live bait on a stealthy wire. I used 35lb Knot-2-Kinky. My finished leaders are about a foot long, and that seemed to be good for both attracting a bite and getting the fish in the boat.

    Tight lines Jim!
     
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    Green and fast have worked well for me. Like all fishing though, watch what others are doing and what is working. Switch tactics or colors as needed. Have seen only bait or small purple and chrome raiders work while everything else was ignored.

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