2008-12-12 - Bahamas Fishing - Wahoo Fishing, Bottom Fishing, and Rigging
Bahamas Fishing Update Wahoo Bite: With limited weather windows to get out, we were only able to fish for pelagics once this week. On our only day out, we had an excellent Wahoo bite with 4 hook ups at the end of the falling tide in front of Man O War cut. We went 3 for 5 on Wahoo. None of the Hoo’s were larger than 25 pounds, except of course, the one that got away. One of the Hoo’s in the 40# range spit the hook right near the boat. We have found the 30 to 80 pound Hoo’s get their second wind near the boat! Everyone knows the feeling. It’s always a bummer to have a fish so close, only to watch it swim away. That Hoo will be out there for us next time though! Another Wahoo report came from our friends on Cat Island. They have been doing extremely well with the Wahoo and boated a 91.3 pounder this week. Talking with Randy and JR at Hawks Nest, we all agree how much colder than normal it is this year. We’re all hoping it continues, because it seems that each passing cold front gets the fish going better and better. Bottom Fishing: While the Pelagic fishing was hampered by the wind, we were able to do some bottom fishing. The yellowtail fishing is very productive here in the Abacos. The reef systems of the Abaco Cays are superb, and far better than anything I have experienced in other parts of the Islands. We have been told that the barrier reef system of the Abaco’s is the third largest barrier reef in the world. We are trying to perfect our yellowtail spots, looking for the coral heads and depth ranges that produce the largest tails. We’re working a lot of structure and getting a good feel for the reef. We are releasing most of the tails, only keeping the ones that swallow the hook and would end up being barracuda or shark food. Needless to say, the dock masters at Orchid Bay on Guana Cay have been eating well. While tailing, we have been dropping some grouper bombs and larger baits out for Muttons. We have managed to bring in a few Groupers and Muttons, but would have liked to have seen a couple more that lodged themselves in rocks! Next week we plan on trying some deep dropping. While Wahoo fishing the edge, we have seen some spots that have great potential. It is always fun to deep drop. The taste of deep water snapper is unmatched. Another goal next week is to try grouper trolling at a couple of spots that were recommended to us by a friend. All reports indicate that the Grouper trolling is very productive here. Stand by! Rigging spotlight: We caught our first Wahoo on our cedar pug chain this week. Our chain is always out run way, way, way, back, in the shotgun position from up on the bridge. All species of pelagics fish love this lure. It’s especially easy to run, since the lure rarely snags up weed. We build our chains in two sections, to be easily fixed. In the first section, we use 6’ of 130# mono. About 4‘down, slide on a crimp, and then crimp it on the mono to act as a stopper for the first plug. Then string on a blue and white cedar plug so the crimp stops the plug. Going to the end of the first section slide another blue and white cedar plug and crimp on a 130# Spro swivel. The second part of the chain is take 2’ section of 130# mono ended with a mustad 10/0 Needle Eye Hook. Slide a natural cedar plug down and crimp the second section to the swivel at the end o the first section. When sharks, cudas or wahoo end up cutting off or damaging the chain, it is almost always the last section that gets wrecked. We always have full spares ready to go, but usually all you have to do is crimp on a new natural plug (trailing lure), as opposed to re-rigging the whole chain. The chain of plugs seems to attract fish much better than the single plug. The downside is that sometimes toothy critters will attack the plugs ahead of the hooked lure, leading to cut offs. This is a risk we’ve decided to take over the years, as we catch so many more fish using the chains than singles. We do buy our cedar plugs in bulk quantities though. Usually 100 at a time! So expect to loose some, it’s just part of the game over here. Here in the Abaco's, we run our cedar plug daisy chain on a Penn 50 rod and reel combo, with a wind on swivel. The sharks are less of a nuisance here than down in the Southern Islands. When we are fishing San Salvador and Cat Island, we usually run our chains on a Penn 70 rod and reel combo with a 250# Spro snap swivel, due to the “shark problem”. You only have so much time to work a fish in those areas before the sharks move in. We use the “3 minute rule”. If your fish isn’t in the boat in 3 minutes, you are at risk! Wrap Up: All in all, the fishing continues to improve throughout the islands of the Bahamas. The water temperature is hovering around 76 degrees ….. a two degree drop in just a week! We suspect, that with each passing cold front the Wahoo will continue to be on the chew! Tight Lines, Captain Joe Trainor – LOW PROFILE Over Under Adventures