That September full moon is starting to get close; with it should come some hungry wahoo for those venturing offshore. The August full moon bite was good, September has the potential to be just as good or even better. Anywhere from Jupiter Inlet south to Boynton Inlet are all good areas to look for those striped beauties. Depth will vary, but 150-400′ should be a viable range to find them. Methods for catching them will vary, but trolling(highspeed and regular) and livebaiting will be the two most productive. Here is a quick look at the two best tactics.
Trolling(Highspeed)- Highspeed trolling peaks in August, and produces some decent numbers in September and October. Lure choice will vary from angler to angler, but in general the rig stays relatively consistent. Fifty to Eight pound class tackle is a must. Heavy reels with good strong drags, and bent butt rods are standard. Wireline or heavy braid is the most popular for highspeeding, but some do still prefer heavy mono for the job (All will work, it’s mostly a personal choice). From the line comes a heavy inline trolling sinker (18-64 ounces depending on tackle), 30-100′ of heavy mono shock cord, and then lure of choice. Many different lures do well on the wahoo: Yo-Zuri Bonita, G-Fly Wolfs, Islander,…and the list goes on. As fas as colors go; blue/white, red/black, purple/black, orange/black, and pink/white are all good choices. Crank it up to 12-14 knots and cover some water. Try and cover about 90-300′ of water, and don’t slow down(much anyways) till your ready to sink the gaff in!
Trolling(Standard)- Many many wahoo are caught pulling baits at standard 6-10 knot speeds. The nice thing about fishing slower(and usually with some bait) is that it is much easier to get baits up on the surface, and get a bait or two down on a wireline, planer, or downrigger. For this deal nothing beats an oldschool Islander and large bonita strip or split-tail mullet. Dark color patterns seem to work best with this combo, but blue/white is also a great choice. Same depths are great for targeting wahoo(90-300′), but if you find dolphin farther offshore, keep those deep baits out. Wahoo love to stay underneath dolphin schools and pick off an easy meal from time to time.
Livebaiting- Nothing fancy here for catching a wahoo. I like to set up a little on the deep side of the normal range (250-300′) over some good bottom structure. Being a little deeper helps keep the bonita off your baits, and is a great place to look for dolphin and blackfin tuna as well. If you can find smaller baits like sardines, pilchards, or greenies use those. They are an easy target for a fast feeding wahoo, and provide good solid hook-ups. Goggle eyes and blue runners are good baits, especially for big fish, but will result in some chopped baits. If you have larger baits consider using a stinger rig, smaller baits a single hook wire leader will work out well.
The full moon is September 12, should be good this week and next week as well. Get after them now!
Good Luck Everyone,