WHICH WAHOO BOMB

Dexter Outdoors

Workplacesafety

Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Feb 20, 2010
    3,531
    2,936
    Long Beach Ca.
    Name
    Jeff Bruner
    Boat
    14ft Valco, San Diego Long Range Boats
    What pound test and what kind of knot? I was thinking maybe 80# with a spider hitch and a three turn uni as the bomb connection. Does that sound about right?

    My thoughts on your bomb connections with 80 mono of flouro are that you are going to be bit off. Might not happen on the first cast, but it will happen. I'm pretty much back to wiring everything.
     
    Upvote 0

    Workplacesafety

    Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Feb 20, 2010
    3,531
    2,936
    Long Beach Ca.
    Name
    Jeff Bruner
    Boat
    14ft Valco, San Diego Long Range Boats
    I bought some titanium wire to use on my bombs this next trip. Normally I fish 130# floro and take my chances. But as a insurance policy I'm going to wire up some with the titanium this trip and give it a try. That's if those stupid [email protected]÷×r F₩☆♧in Wahoo are around and can be caught! My Name is Tom, and I'm a wahoo junkie! They made me say that at a meeting I went to last night!!!

    That is spot on what I did last October. First jig strike of the trip was a good one. 1 cast with a bomb on 130 flouro, 1 fish. I'm thinking, "that was easy!" Next cast same stop, bit off on the sink. Next cast sea strike 33 on 130 flouro 6 or 8 cranks, bit off. Back to wire and did pretty well for the rest of the trip.
     
    Upvote 0

    Cubeye

    I Post A Lot But I Can't Edit This
    Jan 26, 2007
    3,768
    2,830
    Los Angeles
    Name
    Kub
    Boat
    17' Gregor
    Although Titanium wire is tricky to use it is almost impossible to kink......I caught 3 bait wahoo on one leader and it could have still been fished. Need very specific crimps, need to pass through three times and need specific Niopress crimpers.......plus the investment of time to learn how....... the end product is very impressive and they work!
    Interesting. I am very careful when crimping nickel-titanium (NiTi) wire, but I use plain old brass crimps and a nonspecific crimper and they seem to come out ok.

    One guy that I fish with uses brass crimps, runs the wire thru three times and crimps with his needle nose pliers.......and they hold! He caught 4 wahoo on one NiTi leader. Then it kinked up bad enough to replace.
     
    Upvote 0

    Cubeye

    I Post A Lot But I Can't Edit This
    Jan 26, 2007
    3,768
    2,830
    Los Angeles
    Name
    Kub
    Boat
    17' Gregor
    That is spot on what I did last October. First jig strike of the trip was a good one. 1 cast with a bomb on 130 flouro, 1 fish. I'm thinking, "that was easy!" Next cast same stop, bit off on the sink. Next cast sea strike 33 on 130 flouro 6 or 8 cranks, bit off. Back to wire and did pretty well for the rest of the trip.
    Yeah. When they get aggressive, it's time to switch to wire. One guy that I fish with lost four Raiders in a row with fluoro leaders, on the sink.
     
    Upvote 0

    Fincutter

    Member
    Oct 3, 2016
    595
    601
    60
    Bartlett, IL
    Name
    Greg
    Boat
    Looking for a new one
    Interesting discussion. Lots of guys swear by 130# fluro. Some say double fluro. And then there's wire. But maybe context matters. Are Raider jigs better for non-wire? They're a bit longer . . . wouldn't a mid-jig bite be further from the line? Also, maybe it makes sense to have a layered approach, depending on if it's a hot or scratchy bite (agree with Cubeye above). Start with wired bombs, then move to less visible options? I'm no expert but if there's one thing I've learned it's that details matter and one size does not fit all. That said, I tend to err on the side of getting more bites (and losing more jigs).
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Workplacesafety
    Upvote 0

    Workplacesafety

    Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Feb 20, 2010
    3,531
    2,936
    Long Beach Ca.
    Name
    Jeff Bruner
    Boat
    14ft Valco, San Diego Long Range Boats
    Interesting discussion. Lots of guys swear by 130# fluro. Some say double fluro. And then there's wire. But maybe context matters. Are Raider jigs better for non-wire? They're a bit longer . . . wouldn't a mid-jig bite be further from the line? Also, maybe it makes sense to have a layered approach, depending on if it's a hot or scratchy bite (agree with Cubeye above). Start with wired bombs, then move to less visible options? I'm no expert but if there's one thing I've learned it's that details matter and one size does not fit all. That said, I tend to err on the side of getting more bites (and losing more jigs).

    You got it Greg, same deal with the Raiders. I use the 200's and 250's they all get bit, and bit off. Wahoo make their livin biting things in half. That's why their hard to hook and land. Unless you're lucky to get a new bunch of fish and really hungry, good luck.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Fincutter
    Upvote 0

    Yellowtail Dan

    I Post A Lot But I Can't Edit This
  • Apr 10, 2006
    3,700
    4,163
    53
    Roseville Ca
    Name
    Dan
    Boat
    Excel, American Angler
    I stick with the bigger size jigs when fishing wahoo like the Salas 6x tied with 130lb flourocarbon. The smaller the jig size you fish the more chance you have getting bit off. The bigger jig gives the fish more to grab hold of and hang on to.

    I still get bit off (last trip first cast got hit at the black swivel to the main line) but not as much as throwing a 6x jr size jig. Losing jigs is the price of admission when you go wahoo fishing but I love every minute of it
     
    Upvote 0

    Luke

    Uses alot of bait!
    Aug 19, 2006
    634
    736
    Laguna Niguel
    Name
    Luke
    Boat
    none
    I hate split rings......I pre-rig the bombs with the Titanium wire with a simple black welded ring. I tie spectra directly the ring with a double San Diego knot. I just do not like split rings...... I can change out bombs fast but I must invest more time pre-rigging. Good thing to do while traveling to the Rocks or the Ridge.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Shon and Bill W
    Upvote 0

    ripped

    I Should Upgrade My Account
  • Dec 5, 2007
    2,099
    1,943
    Santa Cruz
    Name
    Gary
    Boat
    Vagabond
    I hate split rings......I pre-rig the bombs with the Titanium wire with a simple black welded ring. I tie spectra directly the ring with a double San Diego knot. I just do not like split rings...... I can change out bombs fast but I must invest more time pre-rigging. Good thing to do while traveling to the Rocks or the Ridge.

    I agree Luke that split rings have there problems. I've made up some wire leaders with Tactical Angler style clips. No tools needed and if you look around they can be found in anodized black.

     
    Last edited:
    Upvote 0

    Montaukmaniac

    Thats my son, not me.
    Feb 8, 2011
    876
    797
    Westchester NY
    Name
    Steve
    Boat
    miss ion/fish on, "Wish on"
    What pound test and what kind of knot? I was thinking maybe 80# with a spider hitch and a three turn uni as the bomb connection. Does that sound about right?

    That would certainly do it!

    I usually use double 60 or 80 depending on the grade of Wahoo.

    On a variation, you can use the surgeons loop to tie the double fluro and I tie San Diego to 75 lb "TA" clip (Tactical Angler Clip). You won't find anything faster than a TA clip as far as switching out to another color, or even going to your brass or chrome Rader.

    I've always found that the double tied fluro to be good insurance Wahoo teeth.

    The titanium wire is great on the 'dines!

    Tight lines!
     
    Upvote 0

    MikeC.

    Member
    Jun 22, 2019
    277
    223
    39
    Torrance, Ca
    Name
    Mike
    Boat
    none
    I see a lot here on Bloody Decks about Wahoo Bombs. The Leaders are JRI and Captain Jimmy's. If you were buying some new Wahoo bombs for a upcoming trip, which one would you buy and why? It appears as if the Green color is the popular one to use, maybe because everyone is using the green color. Kind of like the Blue and White jigs for Yellowtail. They caught the most fish because everyone was using that color.
    Chime in here, as I am going to buy a few new Wahoo Jigs soon.
    Thanks.

    if interested, wahoo jigs are 50% this week at outkast fishing - the code is PREDATOR type predator in the search bar and they pop up
     
    Upvote 0

    Tuna-Sniper

    Tuna Sniper
    Oct 26, 2015
    1,337
    1,243
    Inland Empire
    Name
    tom
    Boat
    2018 Parker 2320 SL
    Newbie here and getting ready for 8 days in mid October. Are these colors be good, I need 15 bombs and deal with jigs later ?

    4 green dorado
    2 yellow dorado(looks almost green from picture)
    2 orange and black hollow weenie
    2 purple and black
    2 blue and silver
    2 pink and gold
    1 black and pink
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Bill W and Shon
    Upvote 0

    hucklongfin

    Deep release specialist
    Jul 3, 2003
    9,401
    7,641
    Mission Viejo
    Name
    MarkT
    Boat
    Blazer Bay 1860
    Newbie here and getting ready for 8 days in mid October. Are these colors be good, I need 15 bombs and deal with jigs later ?

    4 green dorado
    2 yellow dorado(looks almost green from picture)
    2 orange and black hollow weenie
    2 purple and black
    2 blue and silver
    2 pink and gold
    1 black and pink
    You're good. I've never needed that many on my 10 days... but I have more!
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Shon
    Upvote 0

    MikeC.

    Member
    Jun 22, 2019
    277
    223
    39
    Torrance, Ca
    Name
    Mike
    Boat
    none
    Newbie here and getting ready for 8 days in mid October. Are these colors be good, I need 15 bombs and deal with jigs later ?

    4 green dorado
    2 yellow dorado(looks almost green from picture)
    2 orange and black hollow weenie
    2 purple and black
    2 blue and silver
    2 pink and gold
    1 black and pink

    colors fine but you dont need that many
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Brad I
    Upvote 0

    Shon

    Fish til I can't fish no more
  • Jan 21, 2014
    1,171
    853
    41
    Redondo Beach/ Mammoth
    Name
    Shon
    Boat
    Spirit of Adventure/ Pac Voyager
    colors fine but you dont need that many
    You might not need that many, but I guarantee if you’re a wahoo fisherman, you’re gonna have way more then that over time. I’ve done 10 day trips for the last three years and I have around 25 bombs, 20 raiders and around 12 catchy tackle irons. My name is Shon and I have a wahoo addiction!!
    That’s a great start and those are all great colors. Remember, FAST is what gets bit. Good luck and report back when your trip is over.
     
    Upvote 0