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Wahoo setup question

Old 01-09-2019, 03:28 PM
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I have probably been over thinking my setup but would like some opinions. I am trying to branch out to fishing for more variety. I went Sunday and caught 2 wahoo and missed a few others. I was pulling Bomber CD30's. My setups was a TLD50 on a Pinnacle bent but trolling rod. Line set up was 130 hollow core braid topped with about 100 yds of 100 lb mono and 18 inches of 135lb cable. Lures were pulled with about 200 -250 feet of line out. Any opinions to improve? we are going to try again in a few weeks.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:45 PM
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What color. I like hot pink and black/orange. I also prefer using #9 wire instead of cable. But the #1 secret is they have to have Wahoo at the rig your fishing.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:56 PM
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Not worried about lures or anything. I did as well as all the captains in the area. I have more questions about everything between the reel and the lure. Is line over kill? to much line out or not enough?
I was pulling lures around 6 knts
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:43 PM
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ditto on the #9 wire (Malin or the like) , I perfer 80lb mono top shot no more than 50-60 feet. Some make the wire leaders short like 2' but I use more like 4-5 feet. don't know why, I just do, but "short" , 2' would be easier to store without that wire to roll up.
I don't think wahoo are that picky, usually, but I like to gear my line set up that can easliy be used for tuna fishing, 100 lb is gett9ing up there but reallly so is 80.
Great job on your trip.
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:04 PM
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No expert by any means, but I ran 80 lb mono and 90 lb wire leader about 2í long. I finally caught my first wahoo last week after losing many over the years. Biggest thing that helped me (I think) was leaving the boat in gear. Before my trip last week I always came to neutral and the fish would run faster than I could pick up the slack and they would shake the hook. I watched a seminar on YouTube and the guy said you have to keep the boat moving forward while fighting. He said 5-6 knots. I didnít go that fast, but did try to keep the boat at 3-4 and went 6 for 8 on wahoo. The two I lost was I went to neutral by mistake and I got to much slack in the line.


Like someone else mentioned in this post and someone told me years back, only fish rigs that have wahoo on them. 😂😂
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:57 AM
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Good topic for this forum, I was kinda curious as to what people in this area are doing as well. With the popularity of high speed trolling out east I figured we are all basically pulling a variety of stretch diving baits around rigs. Anyone HST in our area of the gulf?

Iím no expert but for comparisons sake hereís what I do:
troll 3-4 baits, usually a mix that dives 20-35 feet. I do a count, so long bait usually 30 sec and 5 sec less for others.
Troll speed at 7-8. We usually circle a rig about 5 times if we donít get hit we may reset and circle the opposite direction.
I only have 6 rods that I multi purpose for wahoo and tuna. So my Talica 25ís have 80# braid with 80# mono 100ft top shot. For baits we use 4-5 ft 7 strand 108# wire.
For Baits I have a variety of Bomber CD 30, Stricker Tackle, Nomad, Rapala x-raps, and Mannís stretch 25/30ís.

I personally donít know that subtle differences make a big difference for what most of us are doing. Is anyone pulling anything different or doing anything drastically different with success?
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Sub'd - I've obviously been doing this wrong. Starting trying to high speed and not trolling so slow. Other other problem was fishing rigs that have no wahoo.....
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:14 AM
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I tried high speed trolling one time and didn't like it. It's not an enjoyable type of fishing. Its loud, you have to constantly be on your toes looking around. Burn ALOT of gas. It just seamed dangerous and pointless.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:13 PM
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I think high speed trolling is used alot out east because they are trolling edges not oil platforms, so they are trying to cover as much ground as possible.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by meaux fishing View Post
I think high speed trolling is used alot out east because they are trolling edges not oil platforms, so they are trying to cover as much ground as possible.
Relatively slow charter boats use it in the GOM to add to the box if possible with mixed results...
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:19 PM
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I tried high speed trolling 14-18 mph in the Ewing block along the shelf this past fall and didnít catch anything. Probably didnít come across anything to catch. Was trolling with 3 rods.
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If he's there, 6/8 knots will catch'em...
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by snapperkiller View Post
Not worried about lures or anything. I did as well as all the captains in the area. I have more questions about everything between the reel and the lure. Is line over kill? to much line out or not enough?
I was pulling lures around 6 knts
I run two tiagra 50ís on bent butts with 130 braid to and 80lb top shot. I prefer 175lb cable to the lure. One thing I will say, if you high speed troll a fair amount, your mono top shot needs to be changed out yearly if not more. Otherwise that mono will stretch and weaken quickly. I lost a spreader bar and a couple islanders the last time I went out due to this!
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by dryhydro View Post
If he's there, 6/8 knots will catch'em...
I can do that all day...

How far out are we talking? I saw some guys cleaning fish at about 0900 last Sunday, so I figured they did an all nighter.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:55 AM
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Around known structure that holds fish (flower gardens, etc) 5-7 lines, work all parts of the water, top and below. Yo-Zuris and or divers close, islanders w/ bally and or lures on riggers, something w/ bait on shotgun. If moving in between spots that aren’t far, 2-3 lines at a good pace to try and find a wandering pack.
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look up tail walker lures..( https://www.tailwalkerlures.com )... He is a great guy and can walk you though it.. plus has all the right lures you will need...
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