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Old 12-28-2007, 10:10 AM
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the moon is 75% full. should I still go wahoo fishing tomorrow? or should I wait for the new moon?
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Go fishing. Then go fishing some more when the moon is new.
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will do. thanks.
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the moon is 75% full. should I still go wahoo fishing tomorrow? or should I wait for the new moon?
Go, Go, Go!

The fish are here, not many times this time of year do you get the chance to run off shore with calm seas, light winds and warm temps. The moons aren't perfect, but if you wait until they are you will never get to go. The only time I let the moon keep me from going anymore is Otherside Tuna Fishing.

I will jeaslously be at my house washing my boat this weekend. I plan to have her ready for the next window.
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what is the best and worse moon to fish for tuna and wahoo
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:39 PM
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Got a report today from someone who I consider to be one of the best fishermen on the east coast. SHARK BAIT is the boat if that tells you anything. They trolled all day today for 1 little strike. It was a split second rod twitch and 1 second of drag...and absolutely nothing else. What can you say, it is fishing. There is a front coming through just before New Years and it would be nice to be able to time it and fish just in front of it. If you go, good luck.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:05 AM
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well we went. got one mahi in the boat and one strike from something with real sharp teeth, maybe a hoo. still happy we went. always nice to be on the water. and its like yall say if you don't go fishing you won't catch anything.

p.s. from what we heard on the radio no one had much of a day on the troll. oh well we'll try it agin as soon as we can.
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Heard alot of poor reports. Don't worry, they will be here, just be patient.
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I'd have to go back and check but it seems last year off jax, the full moon bite was awesome in jan and feb. That being said, if its 4-6 on a full moon weekend, I won't be out there. This time of the year, you just have to be ready to go when its nice.
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We went Thurs. and got only 1 strike. Had some good action from the blackfins and then red snapper later in the day.
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well we went. got one mahi in the boat and one strike from something with real sharp teeth, maybe a hoo. still happy we went. always nice to be on the water. and its like yall say if you don't go fishing you won't catch anything.

p.s. from what we heard on the radio no one had much of a day on the troll. oh well we'll try it agin as soon as we can.
Paying Dues.......some of the most fun days I've had on the water are when we have had slow fishing. Like you said, it is just fun being out there...best part is the phone never rings.

What kind of speed were you able to run going out and coming back in?
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We went Thurs. and got only 1 strike. Had some good action from the blackfins and then red snapper later in the day.
Were are you fishing at?Any place in the USA,all red snapper are closed season.Hope you are releasing those red snapper.
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We went Thurs. and got only 1 strike. Had some good action from the blackfins and then red snapper later in the day.
Were are you fishing at?Any place in the USA,all red snapper are closed season.Hope you are releasing those red snapper.

Paul..........I believe red snapper is open all year long in the Atlantic. Only the GOM is closed. These guys are all fishing from North Florida on the Atlantic side I believe.

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I am not an expert but have found a new moon sux's for fishing....add some fog to that equation and driving out in the am is like looking into a black hole.

FWIW - we fish just north of you JAX guys (South Ledge proper) and the fishing reports I am getting suggest the shelf is packed with bonita right now. We went a few weeks ago and the bonita were already starting to become a problem.
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I am not an expert but have found a new moon sux's for fishing....add some fog to that equation and driving out in the am is like looking into a black hole.

FWIW - we fish just north of you JAX guys (South Ledge proper) and the fishing reports I am getting suggest the shelf is packed with bonita right now. We went a few weeks ago and the bonita were already starting to become a problem.
Use the bonito for bait, Maybe not a lot of strikes on a live bonito, but the ones you get would be worthwhile
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Live bonito is a problem fishing for wahoo at least because the hook is bridled to the front and a wahoo will not hit the whole bait. It will cut it in half almost guaranteeing that you will not hook up. You then have to hope they come back for the pieces and hit the drop back. To me, that is low percentage fishing. I wish I could figure out how to fish live bonito for wahoo because I am sure they eat them but the hook placement becomes a problem.

On the other hand, I will take all the bonito you want to give me to make strips.
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Jag, the live bonitos should be deadly if you are fishing an exact spot. Main problem with them is that you can't cover a lot of water so you need to be quite precise. For wahoo go for a two hook rig similar to a two hook marlin lure rig with the second hook lightly hooked into the area behind the second dorsal fin. Some guys secure the hook in position with a rubber band. A single hook rig is ideal for billfish which you want to swallow the bait but if targeting any of the toothy fish the two hook rig works very well. I've found rigged dead bonitos trolled with a two or three hook rig (10/0 to 12/0 single hooks in line) are also very effective although a little time consuming to prepare.
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I need to do some experimenting with them this year. That is a big problem for us not being able to cover some ground.
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well we went. got one mahi in the boat and one strike from something with real sharp teeth, maybe a hoo. still happy we went. always nice to be on the water. and its like yall say if you don't go fishing you won't catch anything.

p.s. from what we heard on the radio no one had much of a day on the troll. oh well we'll try it agin as soon as we can.
Paying Dues.......some of the most fun days I've had on the water are when we have had slow fishing. Like you said, it is just fun being out there...best part is the phone never rings.

What kind of speed were you able to run going out and coming back in?


At first we ran threw the fog at 30-35mph keeping a close watch on the raydar. once the sun came up we ran 37-40mph. on the way home we ran a very smooth 50mph all the way.

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Wahoo feed upon the tides...The moon phase affects the tides....On or around the full/new moon = spring tides (strong tides)...the stronger the tide, the better...The tides dictate the time of the bite...What the barometric pressure is doing will dictate how strong of a bite there will be.

Create a log book per trip...Find the correlations per conditions; per bite location.

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