checked forecast and figured it was last opportunity to catch some wahoo near this full moon phase. Invited my fishing buddy Lee, from SC to come down for some high speed fun. Left the inlet before fist light and headed out to 105 feet and had the spread in shortly after sunrise. Headed out to deeper water looking for signs of life. 2 hours later with no fliers or birds we notice the winds picking up and the seas getting sporty. 4-5 at 3 seconds. Our plan was to fish out to 140 and now we decide to push further out with the wind at our back and riding the waves at 18-20 knots and falling off the waves backing down to 11-12 knots. Hit 155 depth and start noticing some good signs. At 11am the fun starts, the long 50 wide goes off hard and line peeling off fast. The spreed is 4-50 wides staggered with cowbells up close and mrbigs out med and long with a shotgun tld25 pulling a weighted feather in black and purple. Lee gets set to take the 50 wide and the shotgun goes off and starts dumping line. I grab the tld while Lee starts reeling in his fish from the gunnel and we work his fish on a slow turn. Keeping the boat around 7 knots in rough seas 2 fish on, Lee gets his fish close and grabs weight and leader to work the fish up closer so l can gaff it. With one fish on the deck going batshit crazy I start gaining back some line on the other. 20 min later my fish gets close to the boat and makes another hard run that pulls me tight to the gunnel sliding on the bloody deck. Lee gets his fish in the box while I get mine closer for a gaff shot. Lee sinks the gaff and pulls another slob over the rail. Fished to the ledge and wind picked up with seas around 5-6 at 3 seconds. No luck at the ledge so we headed back into the wind trolling to 105 feet before picking lines up.
I fish out of a 23 single engine contender 06 model. We stayed dry all day and never saw the bilge run. Yes it works fine, pics we’re taking after pulling lines in, notice the garmin inreach on my belt loop. Never fish without it and the eperb.