GANGSTA WAHOO WEEK - GANGNAM STYLE (video and pics)
CAUTION: THE VIDEO HAS SOME FOUL LANGUAGE THAT I'VE TRIED TO "BLEEP" OUT AS BEST I CAN. IT OCCURS ABOUT HALF WAY THROUGH THE FIRST SONG. WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS, THAT MAY BE THE TIME TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME IF YOU GET OFFENDED AND/OR IF YOU HAVE LITTLE ONES AROUND.
I will keep the narrative to a minimum as the pictures and video tell the story. Here's the run down as it may be helpful to some. All the fishing happened off Boynton Beach between August 15 and 22.
I've been reading all the greats wahoo reports (congrats to all) so I decided last minute to go wet some lines. The wife and kids had been north for about 10 days visiting family and I stayed behind to complete some projects around the house (honey-do list). Got my high speed gear on the boat, 2 bags of ice and cleared the inlet solo at 9am. Ran a 4-line spread. Bite came at 10:30 am between Ritz and pier on the 300 line in 220'. A few minutes later, gangsta hoo #1 in the box. Took a couple of pictures and ran back home. At the dock by 11am. Cleaned fish. Found a spoon on mono in the belly (thanks for the tag and release). Rinsed boat. Jumped in the pool. Did a few projects.
Back on the boat at 3:30pm with 2 fresh bags of ice. Cleared the inlet at 4:00pm. Same spread. Same positions. Bite came at 5pm just north of pier in 260' on the 300 line again. Gangsta hoo #2 in the boat. Took a few pictures and ran home. Cleaned fish and boat. Called my brother over and we feasted on hoo sashimi.
Two more bags of ice and out through the inlet at 8:30am. Bite finally came at 11am off the Ritz under a frigate in 150' on the 400 line. Biggest wahoo I've ever slayed. Once I stuck him, I realized how big as I could hardly get him over the rail. Gangsta hoo #3 in the boat. I was pumped to say the least (E$ style - maybe a bit more!). I had a hard time lifting it for pics let alone high enough off the ground for the boga. I did take measurements. A picture of the girth is below. I'll tease you... you can guess the length and estimate the weight.
After resting over the weekend and finishing some more projects, I was ready for more. Out through the inlet at 8am. High speeding again. It was bumpy. I had brought a couple of dead baits. At 11am, I had enough of getting beat up by the seas, so I switched to dragging bait. A couple of mullets and a couple of ballyhoo. I noticed some birds working in about 200' just north of the Ritz. I turn that way and found a nice log. First pass and the planer pops. Nice little hoo #4 in the box. It was 11:30am and I had to be in Fort Lauderdale by 2:00 PM to pick up the family from the airport. I'll take it. It has stripes and it kept the streak going. Plus I had promised Joseph some fresh hoo sashimi for dinner. Back at the dock by noon. Cleaned fish and boat. Quick shower and at the airport on time!
Now I've got my first mate on board. Joseph and I head out to bumpy seas at 8:00 AM. We opted to troll dead bait. First bite came again on the planer at around 11 AM just north of the pier in 240'. Fish came unglued at the boat. An hour later, a hit and miss on the port flat. New bait out and we press on. At 1 PM, the planer pops again and we have a solid fish on. Joseph brings it to the boat only for me to lose it. Now I'm pissed but Joseph said let's keep going. I was determined to get him one in the boat and I would try until he says to stop.. At 2:30 PM, we get the bite we're looking for between the inlet and the Ritz in 250'. Joseph does a great job again bringing the fish / planer to the boat and runs back behind the wheel. I grab the leader, bring the fish boat-side, and stick it as I hear my little man yelling "you can do it dad." Hoo #5 in the boat. Happy boy. Happier dad. Wahoo flag goes up. Took a few pics and ran home. As we're approaching our dock around 3 PM. He asked me how long we were out. 7 hours I said. Wow it only feels like 2, he replied. To me too pal - best fishing buddy ever!!! He then reminded me of all the times I told him never to give up. Well we didn't give up today... Cleaned the boat. Sliced up the fish. First one to have food in its belly. A chunk of fish and a bit of squid.
After Tuesday's 7-hour rodeo, we decided to rest the following day especially since the seas had picked up some more. But today was better - about 3' seas. Out at 8:30 AM trolling dead bait again. Bite came just before 11 AM south of the Ritz in 190' on the planer. As usual, Joseph the wahoo slayer, brings the planer up. I leader it and stick wahoo #6. Wahoo flag goes up again. We took some pics and decided to head home early and spent the rest of the day in the pool after cleaning up. We opened up the belly again, and found... well you have to watch the video to see.
And here's the video... The kids wanted to make a fun video for a while... best kids in the world - and they're mine!