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probate-rprobate-r Posts: 419 Deckhand
I am beginning to think about the Fall Wahoo run over in Bimini and West End. I have a free customs clearance that we are not going to use on a family trip, so I was thinking about trying to sneak over before that clearance expires. If anyone can give me some general guidance on the following, that would be great! Unfortunately with work I have to plan trips a month or more in advance, so I cant wait until the bite picks up to plan a weekend trip unfortunately.

1) Is there a better moon phase, generally, than the others? Does the moon phase change the bite to an afternoon bite like it does with a lot of the other pelagics?

2) When does the bite usually begin to pick up? After the first cold front?

3) I know the bite can move around a lot from day to day, but are there any general rules as to running north or south of Bimini, and east or west of West End?

4) Can you get away with 50's loaded with braid and topped with mono, or are 80's a must?

5) Favorite wahoo rig or color that you don't mind sharing?
Intrepid 370 - "My Favorite"


  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,648 Captain
    do some searching on here and on the hull truth and you'll find a lot of useful information.

    yes. full or new moon.
    generally after the first cold fronts, but last year the early fishing did not seem to correspond with fronts
    many. cowbells are popular, Bost lures.
  • GettinthereGettinthere Posts: 55 Deckhand
    1) People generally say a few days before or after a full\new moon. The bigger moons (harvest moons etc) have bigger tides typically better bite.

    2) I like the first or last couple hours of the tide as the flow is the strongest. If that lines up with sun rise or set its even better. Also on full moons I prefer the afternoon bite as the fish feed all night and dont bite as well in the morning.

    3) Generally if the wind is out of the north I like the drop off by the Isaacs\Gingerbreads. The wind pushes everything on that edge. South is good any other time particularly with a West or SW wind.

    4) I troll all 50W Tiagras and have never had a problem up to 18mph.

    5) I like to put out a variety of colors and see what seems to be hitting and then switch them out. Tend to put darker colors short so they stand out in the propwash. Black\Red Black\Purple Blue\White and Pink\blue is a usual start for me. You want your main line clipped to the weight followed by 25-30ft of 250lb + shock leader then clipped to the lure. Spend the money on good heavy ball bearing clips. This type of fishing will test you tackle and knots to the max. Stagger you weights and the distances of the lines, heaviest closest. 150ft -200ft-250ft is a start and adjust. I would fish 3 lines till you get the hang of it

    This is just me I am not a pro but have definitely put a good amount of time in. You cant catch anything without a line in the water. So give it a shot! From Bimini south to South Cat produces as well. If you see a few boats working move along b\c too much noise in the water turns the bite off.
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    I'm in Shawn, October has been good last couple of years
  • probate-rprobate-r Posts: 419 Deckhand
    dpdash wrote: »
    I'm in Shawn, October has been good last couple of years

    Ok lets pick a day or two and do it. I think last time I was over there wahoo trolling was on your boat!
    Intrepid 370 - "My Favorite"
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