Sunday Offshore Wahoo!!!!

My neighbor's son was turning 8 and wanted to go fishing, along with his 3 sisters. I decided to go alter and try to avoid some heat. The plan was to hit some grouper spots in 100-120 ft.

Threw 1/4 " inside CWP - loaded up with chummers and a couple dozen 3-4 " ones.Saibikid up some pins and runners by the tripod and off we went.

Generally i don't like grouper fishing after the full moon and today was no different. Managed a few shorts. However the AJs, and snappers provided non stop action for the kids.

About 5pm i was really up a grunt and something was right on him - holy crap a Wahoo! I missed 4 last summer , learned my lesson and now im always ready.

By the time I got the wire rod down and blue runner on he was out of site so i tossed him straight off the back - 5/0 circle hook, 12" of 90lb wire , 50lb flouro leader and 50lb braid on shimano baitrunner.

30 seconds later Wahoo explodes on the runner , shooting out of the water like a missile. He made 2 serious runs before I was able to work him to the boat and put the gaff in him.

Wahoo - 56.5" 44lbs
4 mangos, 8 Vermillion




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Replies

  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 308 Deckhand
    Way to be prepared! Super Dad!
  • Kokosing LoverKokosing Lover Posts: 510 Officer
    A wahoo like that makes the whole trip.
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 2,981 Moderator
    That's one helluva Hoo, we've been weighing fish for the Triple Crown Billfish series for 4 weeks, in the fun fish division that fish was a winner. Congrats on that, still on my list. Could be one of the best table fare from the Gulf.
  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 1,281 Officer
    That ain`t no weehoo! Nice fish for sure! Time to fire-up the grill.............
  • Mako171Mako171 Posts: 33 Deckhand
    Very nice! I was out Sunday as well and swear I saw a wahoo bust through a school of small mahi that were under the boat at high speed. Looked like a gray torpedo. Threw out a large livey and felt a single tap, reeled in and my line was just shredded. Threw on a wire leader and nothing...Because of your post, I'll choose to believe it was a wahoo! ha
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  • SofthammerSofthammer Posts: 59 Greenhorn
    ****, I need a bigger boat to get out there!
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Wow that is an awesome fish! Congrats
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  • stpetebaitmanstpetebaitman Posts: 893 Officer
    Are you kidding me? That is awesome. Congrats on a great fish!
  • SJCSJC Posts: 2,562 Captain
    Hell Yeah, don't see many Wahoo on this coast that shallow
    The Beatings will continue until moral improves!
  • Al_hmsAl_hms Posts: 200 Officer
    ****! that is a monster hoo
    thanks for the report
  • swordawetswordawet 337 miles WNW of GTCPosts: 626 Officer
    WOW stud wahoo for sure! Great catch......nice reward for being prepared
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  • 2WayCenter2WayCenter Posts: 225 Officer
    Wow, nice work. Even if I had a rod ready, don't think I'd have enough ice for that monster on an afternoon grouper trip.
  • releasegearreleasegear Posts: 693 Officer
    2WayCenter wrote: »
    Wow, nice work. Even if I had a rod ready, don't think I'd have enough ice for that monster on an afternoon grouper trip.

    Thanks Guys !
    2way - Thats where the Yeti pays off! I did have to cut his tail off
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  • Thumper363Thumper363 Posts: 92 Greenhorn
    **** nice!
  • BryanCBryanC Posts: 622 Officer
    Awesome fish! I'd love to hook into one of them someday. Good job being ready for it!
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 1,684 Captain
    Nice report and photos ! Congratulations on the lunker wahoo !
  • TiburonOfTampaBayTiburonOfTampaBay Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Awesome, loved hearing how excited the kids were!!!
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