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Old 02-11-2019, 05:43 PM
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I'm on a mission to get my first Wahoo via HST. I targeted them last spring. Put in 6 trips with lines in just before sunrise or at sunrise. Never picked one up. I put a 4 line spread, staggered weights, bullet lures, extra large bonita yozuri, Roller rods, TLD 50 2spd, aim for 15-18knots, and zig zag from 150-250.

Anyone have any tips for the STUART area?

Any reports would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by lmannyr View Post
I'm on a mission to get my first Wahoo via HST. I targeted them last spring. Put in 6 trips with lines in just before sunrise or at sunrise. Never picked one up. I put a 4 line spread, staggered weights, bullet lures, extra large bonita yozuri, Roller rods, TLD 50 2spd, aim for 15-18knots, and zig zag from 150-250.

Anyone have any tips for the STUART area?

Any reports would be greatly appreciated.
Head about 55 miles east and you shouldn't have a problem.
Unfortunately, wahoo are not that common on the this side of the stream.
The few that are caught in that area, are usually caught on a full moon in July and August using
huge wahoo lures and natural baits as well at a much slower speed.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:16 AM
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Fishing off Stuart specifically, the best depths I've found for wahoo overall would be the 175'-350' range, with the 250'-275' area seeing the most bites overall. With that said, I've caught them as shallow as 58' and as deep as 825' off Stuart. I've also been bitten off by them on mono while sailfishing more times than I care to admit in the 125'-150' zone. You just have to find the best overall conditions to fish on any given day.

The biggest trick with the high speeding off Stuart is avoiding the sargassum weed and finding a zone to fish that has either flying fish or small blackfin tunas. Pushbutton Hill and just inside of it on the western edge (which is deeper than the top of the hill) has always been a pretty good area with the bait there fairly consistently. Generally speaking, the moon phases see them chewing better, so that's something to factor in. Although speed kills and it's quite effective, it's not always all about high speed trolling. Anytime you're trolling slower for sails or dolphin, you'd be surprised just how many wahoo you'll catch if you run a swimming splittail mullet or a orange/black Yo-Zuri Bonita on one of your flatlines 30' behind the boat. I've caught at least a dozen wahoo off Stuart with that technique alone while trolling around 5 knots, and the majority of them were over 35 lbs.

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Thanks for the tips so far. Post some pictures!!!
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:56 AM
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I've gotten a handful on the west wall of PBH as well as a few around the FPL reef.
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Originally Posted by cntdr View Post
Head about 55 miles east and you shouldn't have a problem.
Unfortunately, wahoo are not that common on the this side of the stream.
The few that are caught in that area, are usually caught on a full moon in July and August using
huge wahoo lures and natural baits as well at a much slower speed.
C’mon Jeff - you make it sound like wahoo are like unicorns... I totally disagree as plenty of hoos are caught this side throughout the entire year. And the Jan and Feb new and full moons are also highly productive. This past one produced a pretty sick local bite for a couple days.

I agree we might not get a consistent shot at multiples like the Bahamas, but not everybody on this forum has that luxury.
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:23 AM
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C’mon Jeff - you make it sound like wahoo are like unicorns... I totally disagree as plenty of hoos are caught this side throughout the entire year. And the Jan and Feb new and full moons are also highly productive. This past one produced a pretty sick local bite for a couple days.

I agree we might not get a consistent shot at multiples like the Bahamas, but not everybody on this forum has that luxury.
Totally agree, also wholly unresponsive. There were actually a bunch caught last week out of BBi too, some dudes caught 2+ and that's epic for this side. Not as many as in the BS sure, but certainly worth targeting under the right conditions.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:06 AM
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Try trolling some live bonitos and hold on.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:30 AM
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Okay, now the secret is out. Be prepared for an additional onslaught of HST boats from 6 am - 9 am and just before sunset on any given full moon. lol
With any luck, one boat may boat an "epic" two fish :-)
I have friends who charter over 250 days a year and wahoo are unfortunately a rare but highly desirable catch. When they do catch one it is all over social media
so people think that it is a common catch.
When we target a specific fish, we have to travel further and that usually pays off.
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C’mon Jeff - you make it sound like wahoo are like unicorns... I totally disagree as plenty of hoos are caught this side throughout the entire year. And the Jan and Feb new and full moons are also highly productive. This past one produced a pretty sick local bite for a couple days.

I agree we might not get a consistent shot at multiples like the Bahamas, but not everybody on this forum has that luxury.
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Totally agree, also wholly unresponsive. There were actually a bunch caught last week out of BBi too, some dudes caught 2+ and that's epic for this side. Not as many as in the BS sure, but certainly worth targeting under the right conditions.
I agree with these guys. Lots of guys here in boynton that would identify primarily as wahoo fishermen. To the OP...I’d slow it down and pull planers over any drop offs you can find in your target depth zone.
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All good info. The tactics are not new. There are a few VERY informative videos on the specifics on times, moons, tackle, depth, etc. No need to get bent out of shape for that.

Any new info that I find, fine tunes my tactics to get on the helps though. Thank you for those willing to help. I fully understand the “other side” is more productive but I don’t have time to quickly run over for a quick 3 hour HST session.


Post uo some recent pictures.
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To the OP, most of the hoo, across the stream, have been caught on natural bait at slow speeds just like here.
It is unlikely that you will get a wahoo hit on the surface. Keep those artificials and natural baits under the water and be prepared for the fight of your life.
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