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Tough Miami Fishing Report - Unintentional Release

Fished yesterday Saturday . Beautiful day but we were prepared for poor fishing…west breeze and zero current off Key Biscayne. Day started out with Pedro’s bait boat having to be towed to his home so we had to travel to his dock to get pilchards...and thankfully a few gogs. Initially he had several king cut offs and got one snake king, about a 6-8 pounder. So we headed to Triumph Reef hoping for some current…none found but we had a little better drift. After a bit we went to plan B ...slow trolling gogs. Shortly after, an extraordinary hit. Had a newbee on the outfit and although not a fisherman he followed directions well and did an admirable job. What follows is an exciting recap with a horrible ending. Initial run was well over 300 yards of brad at lighting speed heading directly away from the boat while set with heavy drag. After 20+ minutes …maybe 30….he charged the boat. When he was close extremely violent head shakes occurred. When he was roughly 30 ft away..just as the wind on leader appeared…he uncoupled. The end of the line indicated the following …the #4 trace wire had been cut thru…and just above the remanding wire trace the mono was shaved. There is no doubt ..whatsoever…the species was a big wahoo. While I didn’t actually see the fish…it was a wahoo as sure as when you see your jumping hooked sail break off. Having caught good size wahoo in the past I’d put this one in the 50 pound class….maybe 40 at a minimum if he took steroids…but to see the 300 yards melt off the reel with heavy drag…I’m thinking 50 easy.Was a very very special fish. Shortly after we lost another good fish on a trolled gog. Yes ..while it is better to have had and lost then never to have had at all…still hurts. 


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  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,586 Captain
    Would you reveal what depth the hit occured in. ?
    Giimoozaabi
  • JustKeepSwimmingJustKeepSwimming Posts: 256 Deckhand
    If you didn't see it. Isn't it possible it could have been a shark? especially if the leader was chaffed above the wire?
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 10,553 AG
    If you didn't see it. Isn't it possible it could have been a shark? especially if the leader was chaffed above the wire?

    Doubtful.  Shaved and chafed are different.The poster got it right. It sounds like a nice Wahoo from the accurate description of the way it acted.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • catchemupcatchemup Posts: 455 Deckhand
    "Would you reveal what depth the hit occured in. ? "
    -zigzag 150' - 180'

    "If you didn't see it. Isn't it possible it could have been a shark? especially if the leader was chaffed above the wire?"
    -not possible a shark for multiple reasons: sharks don't run away from the boat at lightning speed in a straight line, don't turn and charge the boat, don't do violent head shakes , and the fluro leader beyond the wire trace was not chaffed but rather shaved....what conchydog said.
  • JustKeepSwimmingJustKeepSwimming Posts: 256 Deckhand
    edited October 2018 #6
    If you didn't see it. Isn't it possible it could have been a shark? especially if the leader was chaffed above the wire?

    Doubtful.  Shaved and chafed are different.The poster got it right. It sounds like a nice Wahoo from the accurate description of the way it acted.

    I'm not saying he's wrong. But a shark can certainly chaffe a leader. 
  • catchemupcatchemup Posts: 455 Deckhand
    "I'm not saying he's wrong. But a shark can certainly chaffe a leader. "
    ...a "chaff" is like you took sand paper to the mono...a "shave" is like taking a razor a leaving tiny filaments hanging off 
    the mono or fluro. You can take that info to the bank...or not.
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 1,021 Officer
    300 yard run, head shaking, shaved line: wahoo for sure.  I'd bet good money on it.  Did you catch anything else?  No current makes it tough, I know.
  • rodzrodz Posts: 669 Officer

    . . .  and the guy from Iowa catches my Wahoo.

    I had some friends come down from the Midwest one Spring and wanted to try some fishing.  One had little experience with bass and catfish and the rest not so much.  The edge off Elliot Key was the general area targeted.  Getting out in some blue water is something they had never done before but just to get out was nice.  Reports were scarce, quick trip, only trolling artificials.   “The Fisherman” was up first and scored a knockdown bringing up a nice size Bonita - way sportier than a catfish.  If the other kid can get one then I’ve fulfilled my obligation - please Lordy.  We reset the lines and just that quick we’re off to the races.  Now, the kid who never caught a fish appears to have himself a Wahoo - a very healthy Wahoo.  Probably the one I never caught . . .  and on my boat no less.  They all left with smiles on their faces thinking that fishing down here is just like that.  Still looking for my wahoo. 

     :) 


    Just off Fowey Light trolling southbound in 130’

    30LB on Shimano TLD25 w/wired leader.  


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