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Thoughts On Wahoo

We don't have an abundance or large wahoo here in the SE.  Could it be because so many are caught by mahi fishermen when they are babies?  I just saw a photo from yesterday of 12 wahoo, not one made it to 10 lbs.  Smallest was around 2 lbs.  Is it really healthy to kill them that small?  Why not catch and release the little ones?  Thoughts?

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  • CaptJCaptJ Senior Member Key Largo (Mostly)/Miami(As little as possible)Posts: 1,901 Captain
    It's the same for everything isn't it?
  • xeniaxenia Member Posts: 1,175 Officer
    Swords, mahi, yellowtail, blackfins.....  yeah, I guess you're right.
  • aboveboredabovebored Senior Member IslandiaPosts: 1,401 Officer
    Since wahoo have no minimum size limit some people will keep them just because they can. 
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter Moderator New Port RicheyPosts: 5,582 Moderator
    I've got a 2 pound wahoo no m wall that I caught about 35 years ago.  It was my first wahoo, and it was the only wahoo caught during the tournament I was in so it won.  Under those circumstances, I'd do it again
  • CaptJCaptJ Senior Member Key Largo (Mostly)/Miami(As little as possible)Posts: 1,901 Captain
    My neighbor shot a nice one down in Marathon yesterday. Good eats!
  • rivamunstasteverivamunstasteve Senior Member Posts: 696 Officer
    I’m in the Mahi group with over 30,000 members. Ive seen multiple weehoos caught the past month and a half. I am disgusted that people keep so many, so small. They reproduce at 3 ft long. 
    Don’t forget, just about every pelagic fish is not in abundance in the SE. 
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Senior Member Fort LauderdalePosts: 4,181 Captain
    xenia said:
    We don't have an abundance or large wahoo here in the SE.  Could it be because so many are caught by mahi fishermen when they are babies?  I just saw a photo from yesterday of 12 wahoo, not one made it to 10 lbs.  Smallest was around 2 lbs.  Is it really healthy to kill them that small?  Why not catch and release the little ones?  Thoughts?
    There should be some shame in taking a fish not big enough to spawn.  There is a two fish limit, why not make a size limit as well?  
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,614 Captain
    xenia said:
    We don't have an abundance or large wahoo here in the SE.  Could it be because so many are caught by mahi fishermen when they are babies?  I just saw a photo from yesterday of 12 wahoo, not one made it to 10 lbs.  Smallest was around 2 lbs.  Is it really healthy to kill them that small?  Why not catch and release the little ones?  Thoughts?
    There should be some shame in taking a fish not big enough to spawn.  There is a two fish limit, why not make a size limit as well?  

    Just to be devil's advocate, some fish are regulated so only harvest of pre-spawning age fish is allowed. So there's that.
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Senior Member Fort LauderdalePosts: 4,181 Captain
    tankered said:
    xenia said:
    We don't have an abundance or large wahoo here in the SE.  Could it be because so many are caught by mahi fishermen when they are babies?  I just saw a photo from yesterday of 12 wahoo, not one made it to 10 lbs.  Smallest was around 2 lbs.  Is it really healthy to kill them that small?  Why not catch and release the little ones?  Thoughts?
    There should be some shame in taking a fish not big enough to spawn.  There is a two fish limit, why not make a size limit as well?  

    Just to be devil's advocate, some fish are regulated so only harvest of pre-spawning age fish is allowed. So there's that.
    But the majority are regulated so that the poor bastards get to mate at least once before harvest.  So there's that too.....
  • CaptJCaptJ Senior Member Key Largo (Mostly)/Miami(As little as possible)Posts: 1,901 Captain
    Hard for a fish to survive getting it's neck broken being caught by HS trolling. 
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Senior Member Fort LauderdalePosts: 4,181 Captain
    I've got a 2 pound wahoo no m wall that I caught about 35 years ago.  It was my first wahoo, and it was the only wahoo caught during the tournament I was in so it won.  Under those circumstances, I'd do it again
    Many tournaments today have a 5lb minimum weight for all submitted catches, so it would be like submitting an undersized fish. 
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter Moderator New Port RicheyPosts: 5,582 Moderator
    This was over 30 years ago and there was no minimum size
  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Senior Member S. FlaPosts: 1,718 Captain
    edited November 2021 #14

    Even back in the mid 1970’s charter boats at Pier 5 seldom caught large wahoo. I know this for a fact since I use to eat breakfast with most of the Captains when they were not out on a charter. Plus, on my late afternoon coffee breaks I would walk over to the docks and see what they caught.  One boat specialized trolling for wahoo and he would often return with a dozen or more. He seldom cangut any over 20 lb’s and most were smaller then that. He showed me exactly how he fished for them: Salted down ballyhoo (back bone removed) on Japenese Feathers (2 hooks) with a trolling weight.  


    Giimoozaabi
  • GotseaGotsea Senior Member Miami LakesPosts: 862 Officer
    I have caught a few hoos throughout the years and all of them were well over 4 foot long, only once I saw one that was about one foot long, I was on someone else's boat (from this forum) it was his first wahoo ever and it was release  
  • p007p007 Junior Member Posts: 18 Deckhand
    Just couth  two last weekend in 500' approx. 15-20 lbs on down rigger with skirted ballyhoo.
  • conchydongconchydong Senior Member Posts: 13,983 AG
    Back when I live baited a lot, the biggest Wahoo were caught stacking the downrigger with baits at 50'-100'-150' in +/- 300' of water. Too old and lazy now days to fish that method.

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

  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Senior Member Fort LauderdalePosts: 4,181 Captain
    Back when I live baited a lot, the biggest Wahoo were caught stacking the downrigger with baits at 50'-100'-150' in +/- 300' of water. Too old and lazy now days to fish that method.
    It's hard enough to keep one bait from fouling up, The challenge of stacking 3 baits seems like a potential disaster.
  • conchydongconchydong Senior Member Posts: 13,983 AG
    Back when I live baited a lot, the biggest Wahoo were caught stacking the downrigger with baits at 50'-100'-150' in +/- 300' of water. Too old and lazy now days to fish that method.
    It's hard enough to keep one bait from fouling up, The challenge of stacking 3 baits seems like a potential disaster.
    Trust me it can be done.

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

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