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Hi all,

I have caught many Wahoo over the years and from lots of different coast lines, however these have all been caught while looking for marlin, so to say we were targeting them would be a fib of massive proportions.

I was sitting thinking today and it was just wahoo that came to mind as these really are a great fish to catch and one of the best eating around, so I starting doing some research on how to really target them.

now we have some prime areas for them on our coast namely the big drops at Vidal, Sodwana and richards bay and then the light came on and I remembered that these are the exact areas where we have always caught these fin-credible fish so clearly they are always going to be there!! And I truely believe that if we actually target them we will start seeing them in better numbers.

I came across this article by a legendery wahoo guru and thought I would share it with you, as the more people go out and target them the better we can see as to what numbers we have available to us.



Wahoo Fishing Secrets



by Capt. Ron Schatman
(three time winner of the Bahamas Wahoo Championship)]


In 1990 I picked up on the high speed trolling method. Because I fished with natural baits, mostly ballyhoo, my speed was limited to trolling at 14 knots. Only the best of baits would hold up at this speed. For several years we rigged between 40-100 horse ballyhoo a day when wahoo fishing.


Prior to the 1996 season, I decided not to use bait at all and strictly use artificial lures. This drastic change was not an easy transition for me. My success rate with double hooked baits was fantastic so why should I change. The year before my team even won the Bimini Wahoo Tournament.

In mid October of 1996 I took my first charter wahoo fishing out of Cat Cay, not telling my clients that what I was doing was not part of my normal program. We managed to boat 8 of 10 wahoo up to 60lbs that day. The numbers looked good to me, but I was not satisfied with the rig used in the lure. At high speed there was a problem with the skirt tangling or fowling on the back hook. I carefully looked at my problem and instead of hiding the back hook in the skirt, I dropped the entire rig back so the point of the back hook was 1/4 inch behind the skirt. That did the job.

As I have done with all the fisheries I have become involved with over 36 years, understanding the species sought, is top priority. Billfish, sharks, tuna, swordfish, dolphin, wahoo etc. are all unique to their environment. Each is sharing the same habitat. However, feeding habits of these species are all totally different. By asking the following questions about the target species, you will be able to focus on that species for more success in locating and catching them. This works with all species from small mouth bass to broadbill swordfish.

Let's start with the questions and see how it works to help understand the target species. Remember that your location in the world may give different answers to the same questions.

What is a wahoo?
a) A school fish
b) A high speed blue water predator
c) A mackerel


When and where do they occur?
a) Fall and winter wahoo migrate along the steep drop off of the Bahamas archipelago.
Smaller fish migrate through at this time of year.
b) During spring the largest fish are found in the eastern Bahamas.
c) Summer wahoo are found in both deep water and scattered along the drop off, but not in the vast schools of fall and winter.


How and what do wahoo eat?
a) Small to medium size wahoo eat all types of school baitfish. Ballyhoo, jacks, houndfish, flying fish and small bonito.
b) Large wahoo will seek larger prey like big bonito and tuna. The largest wahoo can slice and dice a 50lb tuna.
c) Wahoo hunt in packs. Small fish will usually be in large schools. The larger fish will be much less numerous.
d) Because of their incredible speed, a wahoo swims up on its prey, grasping it with razor sharp jaws and shaking its head, cutting its prey in pieces.


After several years of high-speed fishing I asked why do they eat so fast? While cruising down the edge at 15 knots, I watched flying fish skitter right on by. For sure bonito and tuna are even faster. A baitfish swimming at 30 knots to escape is no match for a hungry wahoo. A lure going up to 24 MPH turned out to be a natural speed to entice wahoo!

Successful wahoo fishing and the methods used will vary depending on the type of boat and the class of tackle used.

Outboard boats can fish at high speed only when sea conditions are flat to a light chop. In a following sea outboards will bog down to 6 or 7 knots one minute and then surf down sea at 20 knots or more. This unstable condition is a major drawback. A slower speed that allows your boat to maintain a steady trolling rate will not produce the number of wahoo strikes that high speed trolling does, however, you will catch wahoo. Slower speeds by the way are more effective when using natural bait rather then artificials.

Light to medium tackle also has drawbacks when attempting to high-speed troll. At 18 knots for instance I set my drags on 50w reels loaded with 80lb line at 22lbs. No failure ever occurs. You simple cannot apply the proper drag on 30lb or 50lb line to fish ultra high speed. Adjust speed to be compatible with your tackle class.

Perfecting a fishing method takes time. The average angler is limited to how much time he can spend actually fishing. Trial and error can take forever. A problem I see with many blue water fishermen in this day and age is confusion on what works best. The variety of tackle and techniques used to accomplish the same thing varies from one expert to another. The average angler may try a method related by a professional via magazine, video, seminars etc. If that angler uses that method with little success, the next time he may try another method. You must focus on a method and carefully tune in and develop it to your advantage. Know your limitations and pick techniques that you can master. A good example is the variety of ways to rig a ballyhoo. I use maybe 3 or 4 different rigs that work for various types of fisheries. Marlin, wahoo, grouper and dolphin all require different ballyhoo rigs. I don't need to rig a dolphin bait 10 different ways. Pick a rig style that you are comfortable with and master it for maximum success.

Rigging for wahoo is simple. I highly recommend my Double Hook Pro Rig with Wahoo King Lures. Short shank ring eye 10/0 to 12/0 hooks work best. The hook should be positioned as mentioned before with the point of the hook just behind the skirt to avoid fouling on the hook. If natural baits are used, the hook should be placed as far back in the bait as possible.

Anglers that can properly twist stainless or music wire leader should use at least #10 or heavier. Novice anglers will be glad to know that multi strand stainless cable works well and is much safer than leader wire that is improperly twisted. The sharp edge left by not properly breaking off the free end of the leader wire can be as dangerous as wahoo teeth. If cable is used, hard black heat shrink should cover the sleeve and protruding end of the cable. This practice will eliminate nasty cuts and stop the skirt from fouling on the rig.

To eliminate "Bite offs", I use only 3 feet of leader to my lure. A 20lb wahoo is about 4 feet long. When hooked the fish runs off with the lure against it's body. A lure on a longer leader will trail behind the fish and become a target for the next wahoo in line for lunch, usually resulting in the first fish being cut off at the leader. This can become costly. Last season I had only 3 or 4 bite offs out of some 500 wahoo bites.

The short leader has another advantage. We target the larger wahoo. When using wire leader, only one fish is caught on that leader and it is discarded. Any bend or kink in that leader may cause the lure not to pull perfectly strait if reused. When a fish is caught, the fish, lure and rig is put in the box and dealt with later. Another lure and rig is then returned to the water. This practice will allow you to get back to fishing quickly and the crew can remove the hooks after the fish is dead. A much safer practice.

A simple shock leader of 400lb mono 12-15 feet in length is used. A double ring ball bearing heavy-duty snap swivel at one end of the shock leader fastenes to the lure leader. Mono although vulnerable to wahoo teeth works best for your shock leader. Handling the fish at the boat, especially when so many multiple hook ups occur, is easier on mono. When tangles do occur from time to time, mono leaders most often come threw intact and may be reused. When tested, wire or cable shocks were a problem often resulting in lost fish in a tangle. Always the wire and cable had to be replaced.



Next an inline cigar lead is rigged with 2 feet of #19 stainless wire or stainless cable on either end of the lead to repel bite offs. A heavy-duty snap swivel that fastens to our shock leader is sleeved to one end and a loop to fasten to your rod at the other.



Trolling leads come in all sizes up to 3lbs. Selecting the size for your tackle will depend on sea condition and speed. As I mentioned before, I use a 50w reel with 80lb line. A 2lb lead allows me to troll in calm seas up to 20 knots. As the sea conditions build we slow our speed accordingly. Fishing in 3-5 foot seas during winter months at 14-16 knots is an average. Of course boat size may also be a consideration. Know your limitations.

When using lighter tackle, smaller leads should be used at slower speeds. Remember that the faster you go, the more drag it takes to keep the line from slipping off your reel. When a strike occurs at high speed the line is ripped off so fast it may break. I use just enough drag at high speed to keep the line from slipping off the reel.

Any time stainless cable is used, zinc plated or nickel-plated heavy wall copper sleeves must be used. I use nickel exclusively. Electrolysis will eat aluminum or unplated copper sleeves in only several days of trolling. Your rigs will then fall apart.

Occasionally when a lead bite does occur, the shock leader will run threw the wahoo's mouth. The leader will be parcially cut or shaved. Inspect the shocker and have back ups ready for replacement. These bites almost always occur when you have multiple strikes during a "frenzy bite" rather then catching single fish, as you troll along the edge.

Lead bites are quite common. Some fisherman even attach a hook to the lead and occasionally will catch a wahoo on that hook. This practice is plain stupid. I am waiting to here the story when the lead hook catches that fisherman in the arm or face with a foul hooked 60lb chainsaw on the lure end. How greedy for a fish can this guy be?

As you can see I have a safety first attitude. When someone gets hurt, the fun is over. Wahoo can inflict serious wounds. Most of the worst stories I've heard over the years about someone being bitten or snagged by trailing hooks when boating a fish involved wahoo.

Once the basic rigging of the terminal tackle is completed, you should mark your lines at staggered lengths. Trolling 3 lines at high speed is very productive and the chance of a tangle is almost eliminated.

The marking of your lines is simple to do with a good heavy duty waxed lace. To avoid any slipping of the lace on the line, the mark should be made by half-hitching for at least 2 inches on the line.

Placement of lines, all fished flat should be at lengths of 100 feet, 150 feet and 200 feet. One back up rod is usually marked with all three marks in case there is a problem with any of the three rods being fished.

The practice of marking lines allows you to return your bait to the water to the exact position without guessing or hesitation.

Trolling the Edge

Wahoo as we know are a school fish. They will congregate in places along the drop off to ambush schools of bait fish passing by. If bait is scarce the school will scatter out over a mile or more to feed randomly. This break up of the school is common. Days when there are heavy concentrations of bait on the edge, multiple strikes, including triples, are common. When the fish scatter out we see many more single or double strikes rather than triples. Our best day last season produced some 60 bites in 5 hours. we caught 40 wahoo that day and had 15 triple strikes.

Fishing along the drop is accomplished by tacking across the depths in an "S" pattern from the outer edge of the reef in 150 foot of water to 500 foot of water and back in to 150 feet. Some days the fish are in tight on the drop, others they may be just outside. The tacking method allows you to find where and how wahoo are located on a given day. Now and then I find the fish on the reef in 150 feet. all my strikes come only from that depth on that day. Had I worked deeper, I would have missed them altogether.

Proceeding down the edge at 14 knots or faster while tacking will enable you to cover about 10 miles of bank in an hour. We often travel 20 or more miles before finding a pack of hungry wahoo. Once a school is located, repeated passes threw the area will usually produce more fish. If no more bites occur, keep going until another school is found.

"Handling the Fish"

My system of boating wahoo is truly awesome. Fish up to 100lbs are pulled threw the open tuna door and slid into a deck box or lifted into the 320qt SSI cooler on deck. No gaff is ever used except for a foul hooked fish. Our SSI cooler will hold fish up to 60lbs in a salt water chill. The deck box, that is refrigerated, is only used for larger fish or when the other box is full.

When a wahoo is fought to the boat, the captain, must always keep at least one motor in gear. By staying tight on the fish, you avoid the chance of the fish shaking the hook at the boat. When my mate takes the leader especially on a big fish, I put both motors in gear to keep the fish from trying to turn or dive. As he pulls the fish up short, he will take a double wrap on the leader as he walks backward to the forward part of the cockpit actually dragging the wahoo threw the door. Surprisingly the Wahoo will lie still on deck. The mate will then grasp the tail with a gloved hand, choke up on the leader and lift the fish into the cooler. Someone onboard in assigned the job as box man. He makes sure the box is opened at the proper time and as soon as the fish is placed in the box he closes the lid and secures the latch. Handling these fish could not be done any faster or safer. I have never had anyone on board hurt using the routine. Every Wahoo that is gaffed will go ballistic, no exceptions, and blood everywhere.

During a bite we are able to boat fish and rebait in a few moments. Sometimes catching up to 20 or more in under a hour.

Occasionally a fish pulled threw the door will go balistic. When this happens my mate will choke up on the leader to a point where he can hold the fish's head away by keeping his arm fully extended until the fish stops.

Once the fish hits the box, the lure leader is unsnapped, a new lure is snapped on and returned to the water.

If a door is not used, then the gaff must be properly placed in the fish's head. Do not gaff the fish in the body. Wait for the right shot and take your time. A lost fish is better then a fishing buddy with a 20 inch long bite from a wahoo.

"Lures and Bait"

The fact that wahoo prefer lures that do not bubble or smoke makes me wonder why a lure like a jet that has holes to create a smoke trail in used for wahoo fishing. When I pull a Wahoo King Lure behind a 2lb trolling lead, it does not smoke. Any Wahoo King high speed lure or Wahoo King lure and bait combination will work for catching wahoo. If you plan to fish at speeds up to 13 knots, then bait seem to work best. From 14 knots or faster, lures are the ticket. I try to match lure size with the type of bait that is common to an area. Wahoo King Lures are about 13 inches in length. They work great. Color is your preference. I fish a mix when starting out on any given day. If I see any color doing better, I will double up. Most of the time wahoo will eat whatever is presented. The fact that they eat the trolling lead shows us that they are not as selective as we might think.




To conclude, working at high speed in a choppy sea can be tricky. Take your time and develop your skills. This fishery although not difficult to master requires experience to perfect. The results are very rewarding. By catches of dolphin, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, blue and white marlin are regularly recorded. Tackle failure at high speed is the main problem with beginning anglers. If your not sure about which piece of tackle to use, use the heavier one to start. 


 

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note the big heavy head, with no jets etc.

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This is super interesting, especially the trolling lead. I've always believed we fish too shallow for many species.

I'm going to make myself some of these setups, but will have to buy some heavier tackle if I am going to fish at that speed!

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nicos wrote: This is super interesting, especially the trolling lead. I've always believed we fish too shallow for many species.

I'm going to make myself some of these setups, but will have to buy some heavier tackle if I am going to fish at that speed!
I may know someone who can help you there...:spite:spite

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Shagy boy! Nice stuff. Thanks for this. A very good point, nobody every specifically targets them. Interesting. Will have to pull out the new Tica 50, load it with 80Lb and head for the deap with some decent trolling lures!
Edit: May need some spare skirts though!

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John F wrote: Hey Shag,
Wahoo are still a mystery to me... at least in our area... here in Maputo bay, people will not target them directly, but some good catches have been made, especially during late winter early summer...

One thing I've noticed is that no one seems to catch smaller-sized wahoo. All wahoo I've seen around here are +12 Kg. What size wahoo have you been catching in Sodwana, Vidal, RB?

Where are all the babies? Is our coast just a feeding area for the teenagers?

Guys, any ideas?

cheers
Hey John,

I would like to say that we have only caught big ones but we have had some rats of 5-7 kg of of Vidal and sodwana, but your right the average of of here is around 12-13kg my biggest locally was around 20 and we got a belter of 28 of xai-xai.

again I think we just don't fish enough for them here, I am sure the juniors are here as well as those 100lb fish, I have had marlin lures attacked by fish that screamed of at such a speed on 80lb and then we have only had a neat trimmed leader to show for our efforts...I can only imagine they are big hoo's??

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benniejordaan wrote: Shagy boy! Nice stuff. Thanks for this. A very good point, nobody every specifically targets them. Interesting. Will have to pull out the new Tica 50, load it with 80Lb and head for the deap with some decent trolling lures!
Edit: May need some spare skirts though!
well you got the right gear mate!! and Im sure you know someone with some spare skirts!!

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Here is a rat from vidal around 5kg

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and an awesome pic of one making short work of a skirt...Airwolf

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22oz heads for trolling at 18 knots or more .these are sold though !!

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tw that is just the ticket!! then you tease by telling us they are sold!!

come now!!

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Great post Greg.

Last year we also had a number of big Wahoo as "by catch" while targetting billfish in Moz.  This past week we attempted to target them specifically with some of those very large williamson shiny heads retrofitted to skirts and some 7 strand.  Trolled as fast as we could but had no joy this time.

I have now got a bunch more ideas based on the article you posted.

Cheers. Peter

 

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Some of the Nomad's Wahoo catch at Ponta 2008 ... all decent size fish.

 

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And another

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These are great fish!!

Thats what I'm talking about!!

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either this guys a midget or this is a pig!!

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World record caught by a 16yr old girl, not sure if this still stands 83.46KG!!!!!!!!!!

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Used to be one of my favourite fish to target, explosive bite, fast clean fight and great steaks. Apart from high speed trolling many experts now also fish alot slower with downriggers and marauders / Halco GT's or livebait. You can fish much lighter this way (8-10kg class) and have a much better fight. A few pointers, always use new straight wire, stay away from trebles, run the bait / lure a long way back from the downrigger ball, fish at lighter drags. Rig the livie on a bridle with a stinger loosely cable tied / rubber banded to the tail. One thing to remember when trolling is that wahoo, even more than most other fish, swim into the current at a preferred temp / depth range. It is important to troll across the current in a zig zag rather than just one way as you will get the lures in front of more fish. Also, where there is one, there will be more. Keep a pitch bait handy.

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Thanks for your input Fin-s, when you were targeting them on Lures at speed, did you keep them tight to the boat wash or did you run the lures further back in cleaner water??

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That world record by the girl was caught without steel, amazingly. its an absolute snorter. The one with the guy was also caught in mexico, and was supposedly over 200lb but there was some or other discrepancy and not verified, but no matter, it is a huge hoo.
I unfortunately have never caught 1. spent plenty time in places where they are being caught, but never on the boat i have been on. sod. its on my to do list.

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We would run lures in a shallow W pattern way back, starting where the shotgun normally is. Remember that at high speed your wake and white water are much further back. Typically the closest one would be 40 - 50m depending on the sea. Even when trolling for marlin, most of our wahoo incidentals were on the shotgun.

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Caught this 18kg one in Tanz, thought it was a sizer but it's actually a baby! Thanks Shag for a brilliant report. Din't know the Wooo get that big....

The rig as shown in the report, can you buy them made up or do you make your own?

 

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I think Shag is right, there are plenty around, we just don't target them correctly! My mates who are big time into spearfishing shoot them as regularly as other gamefish, all the way up and down the KZN coast, but specifically on the shoal and northern KZN.

Here is a pic of one my mate shot in Malongane about a month and a half ago.


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Hi Shaggie

Nice post man. I love to learn. I have caught one of 22kg two years ago at Ponta. They are definately around as my friends caught three more over the same weekend. I have seen one coming out at Soddies that was around 50 kilos. What a beaut.

 The one I caught swam so fast of that I thought it was a sailie coming around the boat. Everybody was waiting in anticipation for the first jump but the fisrt time we saw it was when it was close at the boat. They are nice eating fish and excellent to fight.

Me must make sure to target them at the comp we are going to do. Looking forward.

Cheers mates

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BigVan wrote: Hi Shaggie

Nice post man. I love to learn. I have caught one of 22kg two years ago at Ponta. They are definately around as my friends caught three more over the same weekend. I have seen one coming out at Soddies that was around 50 kilos. What a beaut.

 The one I caught swam so fast of that I thought it was a sailie coming around the boat. Everybody was waiting in anticipation for the first jump but the fisrt time we saw it was when it was close at the boat. They are nice eating fish and excellent to fight.

Me must make sure to target them at the comp we are going to do. Looking forward.

Cheers mates
my thoughts exactly!!! its a species comp after all!!

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would that be the OET by any chance

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Tremosso that's a great pic!!

Rory: no mate I am busy at vidal over the OET this is a comp I am fishing with Big V next year...myn manne.

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Glider wrote: Caught this 18kg one in Tanz, thought it was a sizer but it's actually a baby! Thanks Shag for a brilliant report. Din't know the Wooo get that big....

The rig as shown in the report, can you buy them made up or do you make your own?

 
you can buy them rigged from the USA but they are easy enough to make up yourself.

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tkei wrote: That world record by the girl was caught without steel, amazingly. its an absolute snorter.

It was probably so old that it had no teeth left :)

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Amazing pic Tremosso! Thanks Shag, will give it a go! Is the Myn Manne a nice comp? I've had an invite but not the time.

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Glider I have never fished it before, this will be my first time. I was invited by Big V, so I am going in Feb.
I believe it is a great comp, very social and a good laugh!!

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shagnrelease wrote: World record caught by a 16yr old girl, not sure if this still stands 83.46KG!!!!!!!!!!
Fook me!!!......thats a bomb!!

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I got this speeedster at Stretch reef off Linga in Mozambique on a 2kg downrigged kawa kawa.

(Sorry about the pic quality but it was taken from another boat at distance with a *** camera.)

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Glider wrote: Amazing pic Tremosso! Thanks Shag, will give it a go! Is the Myn Manne a nice comp? I've had an invite but not the time.

Wasn't my doing, I was busy holding the rod ::S

My skipper was so good that he had time to drive the boat, pull the fish inside and even take underwater photos: Daryl over at Desroches Island.  Thanks to him.

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Glider wrote: Caught this 18kg one in Tanz, thought it was a sizer but it's actually a baby! Thanks Shag for a brilliant report. Din't know the Wooo get that big....

The rig as shown in the report, can you buy them made up or do you make your own?

 


 

Glider, if yours weighted 18Kg, how much do you think mine weights? I didn't have a scale with me and the one in the pic wasn´t even the biggest I caught. I think I may have to change my record...

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tremosso wrote: Glider wrote: Caught this 18kg one in Tanz, thought it was a sizer but it's actually a baby! Thanks Shag for a brilliant report. Din't know the Wooo get that big....

The rig as shown in the report, can you buy them made up or do you make your own?

 


 

Glider, if yours weighted 18Kg, how much do you think mine weights? I didn't have a scale with me and the one in the pic wasn´t even the biggest I caught. I think I may have to change my record...
T this one looks between 8 and 10 at the most I would say.

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Yeah I think so too.

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tremosso wrote: Glider wrote: Amazing pic Tremosso! Thanks Shag, will give it a go! Is the Myn Manne a nice comp? I've had an invite but not the time.

Wasn't my doing, I was busy holding the rod ::S

My skipper was so good that he had time to drive the boat, pull the fish inside and even take underwater photos: Daryl over at Desroches Island.  Thanks to him.

Well done Tre,

Sometimes we forget the quality of the pictures in a fishing trip, but in the end that's really what we will keep and that will make us remember the trip.

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I'd have to agree, mine was bigger! ::S Just joking, still a beautifull fish Tremosso, I reccon about 10kg's.

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Nice topic and great pics, lets hope i get something in these deep angolan water, sounds like we are sailing tonight

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A few of my pals snuck of to Inhaca this past week, weather was not great but the lads persisted and focussed on marlin.

Report backs said they were spooled by 2 marlin, boated a saile and dorado, and a bunch of hoo again.

See attached pic, 32kg Hoo taken on marlin lure this past weekend at Inhaca.

Had all lures go off at once, 4 bitten off.

 

 

 

 

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Had all lures go off at once, 4 bitten off.

Thats when it starts getting expensive!! Marlin lures between R300-R600
Thats a fat hoo, Peter!
 

 

 

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Hey Greg,

Expensive indeed, add those 2 numbers you listed together to get closer to price per lure (black bart / pakulas etc)

Am making some Hoo traces as per the article you kindly posted and planning a trip to Inhaca for  round number two (hoo) to target them specifically

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shagnrelease wrote: On Strike wrote:
Had all lures go off at once, 4 bitten off.

Thats when it starts getting expensive!! Marlin lures between R300-R600
Thats a fat hoo, Peter!
 

 

 


Surely they can't be that expensive? I would have thought between R100 and R350 maybe!;)

On Strike, well done to your mates!

Guys what is your take on rigging steel with the intension of actually catching Marlin? Either running steel for say 8' or even just 1'. Would you get less strikes? Any thoughts?  I always belived Marlin were less line shy.

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On Strike: pity them hoo weren't there at the Closed.
If Nauti Boy had caught that hoo then, well it could have been a very different story...

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Hi Ian,

Ja you are right ... Nauti Boy and Mitchell just seem to pull wahoos more often than not ... remember those machines they weighed at last years closed!

 

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benniejordaan wrote: shagnrelease wrote: On Strike wrote:
Had all lures go off at once, 4 bitten off.

Thats when it starts getting expensive!! Marlin lures between R300-R600
Thats a fat hoo, Peter!
 

 

 


Surely they can't be that expensive? I would have thought between R100 and R350 maybe!;)

On Strike, well done to your mates!

Guys what is your take on rigging steel with the intension of actually catching Marlin? Either running steel for say 8' or even just 1'. Would you get less strikes? Any thoughts?  I always belived Marlin were less line shy.
fair point, we have used wire up to 10ft long on some skipbats,The Aussie's use steel single strand daily and we all know what sort of results they get?
I think the only challenge will be in the connection, having a bulky swivel or crimps are very hazardous for the wire man when your up close and personal like that, as well as trying to reduce the amount of connections in your leader...

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Hi Shaggie

I made a couple of wahoo traces and baits ready. I am off to Ponta next week. I know where I caught wahoo previously so this time will the speed just be much higher. I could get 1 Kg lead weights in a cigar shape which a mate of mine casted for me. So check it out I am going to run the sea flat next week. I will phone you if it works well.

Cheers

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Lekker my man!! I wish I could have made it this trip!!

but please let me know how you get on!!

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Inhaca is a great hoo spot

 

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So, SnR, are yo uready for Vidal next week? What special plans have yo umade to catch the hoo?

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Now that would be telling!!!!!  however I want to share!!!!! I got some trolling weights made up from 350g up to 1.2kg, some real monsters and I managed to get some serious bullet heads, the biggest was 850g!!!

so it looks like some deep dredging is going to happen, lets hope those ho's play with!! Did I say Ho's?? I meant Hoooooooo's!!

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Hi Greg,

I'm looking for some "c4serius" bullets and some trolling weights - any pointers where to get commercially ?

Tnx Peter

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Who made the trolling leads for you bud? Love to get at least a few and can then make a mould.

Other option: ask Bennie to help me make a dummy and then make a mould :)

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A mate of mine made some up for me, I will try and persuade him to make some more for us!!!

Peter I brought the heads in from Meltons tackle, I could not find anything local that I fancied.

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nicos wrote: Who made the trolling leads for you bud? Love to get at least a few and can then make a mould.

Other option: ask Bennie to help me make a dummy and then make a mould :)


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nicos wrote: Who made the trolling leads for you bud? Love to get at least a few and can then make a mould.

Other option: ask Bennie to help me make a dummy and then make a mould :)
I can make dummies in 2 parts. 1 will be for casting lead and the other for the resin shell, that's easy. The main thing will be the skirts. I will have skirts arriving here end November to beginning December. But you need the skirts to measure for the neck diameter.

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I think the leads are more important than the trolling heads at this stage, You can troll any cone shaped lure behind a weight.

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Ya, making a sinker mould is almost too easy. Nico, I will make one for us but I still want to pursue the lead head option for us. I got some good ideas for that.

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benniejordaan wrote: Ya, making a sinker mould is almost too easy. Nico, I will make one for us but I still want to pursue the lead head option for us. I got some good ideas for that.
Cool. Will give you a call later today, need to get the jigs sometime.

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Awesome info Greg. Thanks for sharing.

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nicos wrote: Who made the trolling leads for you bud? Love to get at least a few and can then make a mould.

Other option: ask Bennie to help me make a dummy and then make a mould :)

Gladiator Lures in Durban make super trolling weights.

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Fishing Adventures wrote: nicos wrote: Who made the trolling leads for you bud? Love to get at least a few and can then make a mould.

Other option: ask Bennie to help me make a dummy and then make a mould :)

Gladiator Lures in Durban make super trolling weights.

FA, who sells them? Can I get them at the usual suspects? (KF, BM etc)

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nicos wrote: Fishing Adventures wrote: nicos wrote: Who made the trolling leads for you bud? Love to get at least a few and can then make a mould.

Other option: ask Bennie to help me make a dummy and then make a mould :)

Gladiator Lures in Durban make super trolling weights.

FA, who sells them? Can I get them at the usual suspects? (KF, BM etc)

You can buy them direct from Gladiator at the factory which is off North Coast Road, speak to Daniel.

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I think this is also some sort of record. Not sure where exactly it was caught

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Well here you go gents, I have managed to spend a couple of ours using some of these methods and here is the results, I got a couple of fish and am waiting for some more of the pics to come through.

There does seem to be a fair number of them around at the moment so get out there!!



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Last edited on Tue Dec 1st, 2009 09:59 am by shagnrelease

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Hi Shag,  Got this one in 20m of water of the point the day after you got yours.  Got it on a hole squid drift.

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I have a few of these rigged with cable and a cigar lead wich im going to pull while running up to leven cant wait

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Before you guys reinvent the wheel - Pulsator make a lure called the Silver fox which has a very heavy conical head - Its chrome plated brass so is very heavy and can be trolled at high speed. Whats also cool is that the head has a threaded shaft behind it with a removable female "grommet". Effectively you can unscrew the grommet and replace the skirt in seconds if you want to change colors etc.

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Here's a pic of Pulsators Silver Fox I mentioned. I have two of them and plenty skirts to match depending on my preference for the day. Can trawl these while the boat is on the plane without tumbling since that head is very heavy.... They advise a chain gang which is great for the toothy critters - like wahoo.

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what are the prices of those they look good

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They are about R300 unrigged then add about R100 for the chain-gang. They are rather long (about 30cm with skirt)

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Rory wrote:

I have a few of these rigged with cable and a cigar lead wich im going to pull while running up to leven cant wait

Are these lead?

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Also these:
They Cost R 100 each unrigged or R275 rigged with a chain gang.
* Head length: 75mm
* Overall length: 350mm
* Head diameter: 28mm
* Insert: Abalone shell
* Head weight: 100g
* Recommended hooks: 9/0


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they weigh 5 ounces and have a rattle in the head not sure if they lead will have to check

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Rory wrote: they weigh 5 ounces and have a rattle in the head not sure if they lead will have to check

That's nice and heavy! I like...

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Can those be towed at 25-30km/h on TLD 30's?
21kg line

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that may be a little tight for those reels pulling mine on big sticks 50w and 80 with 12kg drag

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My personal favourite.

Mr. Big by C&H Lures.

9" and 16oz. of mayhem!

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that look like a machine lure at that weight you can really pull at speed

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C&H specifies 10 - 20 knots. Fastest I have pulled is 15 on a toilet bowl sea of Richardsbay

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Lice lure, like the weight!

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dont forget the cedar plug purple/black its a killer in Florida for wahoo .

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During billfish season we always manage a few wahoo on konas and jetheads. I have used the hi-speed trolling technique and it also works wonders using a 2 lure spread set way back, but there is another lure that deserves mentioning as it has accounted for many many wahoo while fishing for general gamefish.

The Halco Laser Pro 160 (Chrome Pink) in the shallow diver or deep diver format rigged with 30cm of no.7 wire and trolled just behind the transom (5m) in the propwash is a lethal weapon especially around Aliwal Shoal. It is a standard lure in my trolling spread if trolling for gamefish at slower speeds (i.e. pulling plastic). There is something about the pink/silver/black combo that drives the Hoo nuts!

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Some pictures off the internet of Giant Hoooo !

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Bwana wrote: During billfish season we always manage a few wahoo on konas and jetheads. I have used the hi-speed trolling technique and it also works wonders using a 2 lure spread set way back, but there is another lure that deserves mentioning as it has accounted for many many wahoo while fishing for general gamefish.

The Halco Laser Pro 160 (Chrome Pink) in the shallow diver or deep diver format rigged with 30cm of no.7 wire and trolled just behind the transom (5m) in the propwash is a lethal weapon especially around Aliwal Shoal. It is a standard lure in my trolling spread if trolling for gamefish at slower speeds (i.e. pulling plastic). There is something about the pink/silver/black combo that drives the Hoo nuts!

Great lure not just for Wahoo...

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I found this video on Youtube while browsing around. http://youtu.be/YjH3hrvME6o . Apparently these guys have found that Wahoo are often associated with hunting schools of Dorado. After they catch a few Dorado they switch to target Wahoo in that area. Maybe it works the same here??

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We got stuck into a couple hoo last weekend at vidal :)

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