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Old 02-20-2008, 05:47 PM
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Pics for this week.

Some Pics from this week. Still some nice Wahoo around. This one was about sixty and was the smaller of a double hook up. They tangled up and one got away. We also had a nice mahi jump off at the boat and save it's self from the grill! The bones are the resident Fish Cay school.













This is where the wahoo ended up.

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:59 PM
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Lookin' GOOD Bob.

Regarding bigger lines, I have a 12 floater, type 4 and intermediate (although it's not clear). Never having caught wahoo, I would imagine I need steel bite tips. I have caught mahi and roosters in baja without, but they're not toothy (and those were on floating lines). Your recommendations?

Got me stoked.

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Old 02-20-2008, 06:17 PM
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We use stainless steel aircraft wire that is about 900 pound test for wahoo trolling and 135 pound Surflon crimped to a Spro swivel above flies. For the cuda poppers and flies we use single strand wire with hay wire twists and swivels. The tuna and mahi don't need wire obviously, but a short bit does not hurt as toothy fish often show up with them.
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Great pics Bob!!!!
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nice pics! Mmm--wahoo is good stuff.
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Great pics! I've never had the pleasure of tasting wahoo.
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tef: wahoo delicious.

Hey Bob,
Do you tease the wahoo up? If not, what method do you use to locate them?
Got some great flies for them.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:30 AM
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We know what drop offs and points they frequent and troll lures over them. When the seas are calm, we have brought some in chuming with mullet or cuda chunks, but that brings the sharks in a hurry. Teasing does not seem to work as they tend to come up from below without warning. Trolling with large flies works great, but you have to hope the wahoo that hits is a smallish one, the big ones are a hand full on gear and are very hard on fly tackle...not that it's not fun trying! The mahi and tuna are better suited to fly fishing.
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Trolling with large flies works great, but you have to hope the wahoo that hits is a smallish one, the big ones are a hand full on gear and are very hard on fly tackle...not that it's not fun trying!
Why would you troll with a fly? I'm not wishing to sound upity or in any way insulting here but my personal love of fly fishing is from the technique of casting. Catching is secondary.

Is it that you just like fighting a fish on a fly rod instead of any other type? If so, that's pretty cool I guess. It would certainly be more challenging.

BTW, great pics! That wahoo must have been an awesome battle.

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Thats fine, I used to be a stickler about that sort of thing as well but it limited me. Its all about having fun down here. If someone does not want or have the ability to repeditivly throw 10 inch bundles of chicken feathers behind foam heads 80 ft on a 14 wt, then strip like hell... then draging them behind the boat catches a lot of wahoo! As I explained, the "established" meathod to IGFA them is to either chum them in, which is great for bringing in 30 or more sharks or troll a teaser then cast out while taking the boat out of gear, but still moving. Fighting them on fly rods is quite a challenge, is a very fun...trolled or cast! But we can do what ever the angler wants to do.

That said we do some scruples and draw the line at fishing the bonefish muds!
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Bob, you talked me into it. I'm bringing the 14wt, Gulfstream with 450yds of braid, and the foam head chicken flies.
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