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Old 02-13-2011, 05:18 PM
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I'm fishing out of a 26' center console of the North Carolina coast and I want to add a wahoo bait to my spread. I don't have the tackle that can handle a planer and I'm not interested in high speed trolling jets. I just want something to put in the spread to up my chances of hooking one of these fish. Should I run a heavy inline weight? A planer tied to a cleat with downrigger clips for the bait? For lures, I'm guessing an Ilander with wire? What about Mann's Strech baits or a similar lipped diving plug, is that too much drag at 6-8 knots? What color is preferred? thanks guys
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:25 PM
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Black and purple, black and orange and black and red are a few of the favorites and top producers. You can run a jet head, a braid maurader or you zuri bonito in those colors and you should catch your fair share of wahoo if you are in an area that is holding them.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:10 PM
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I don't have the tackle that can handle a planer
You don't have a cleat near the stern of the boat? Sure you do. And that is all you need to run a planer. A planer is deadly. Put a ballyhoo behind an Ilander or Wahoo Whacker or something like that and go fishing. Make or buy a pre-made planer kit. Attach it to your stern cleat. Use #64 rubber bands and a shower curtain ring to get the bait down the planer.
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I'm fishing out of a 26' center console of the North Carolina coast and I want to add a wahoo bait to my spread. I don't have the tackle that can handle a planer and I'm not interested in high speed trolling jets. I just want something to put in the spread to up my chances of hooking one of these fish. Should I run a heavy inline weight? A planer tied to a cleat with downrigger clips for the bait? For lures, I'm guessing an Ilander with wire? What about Mann's Strech baits or a similar lipped diving plug, is that too much drag at 6-8 knots? What color is preferred? thanks guys
We have always had great luck with drone spoons and Large Islanders(Islander with Ballyhoo. On the planer rod. As mentioned just cleat off a planer and send a bait down with another rod . Run the bait out about 100ft put a #64 rubberband around the line with the bait run a paper clip trough the rubberband and clip the paperclip on the planer lline and send it down. Keep it simple....Mark
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I love using Rapala Magnum 30 plugs and Braid Marauders. Magnum 30's will dive 30' at 10 knots. Get the sinking ones. I rig both with 3' of 300# fluoro leader.

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I'm fishing out of a 26' center console of the North Carolina coast and I want to add a wahoo bait to my spread. I don't have the tackle that can handle a planer and I'm not interested in high speed trolling jets. I just want something to put in the spread to up my chances of hooking one of these fish. Should I run a heavy inline weight? A planer tied to a cleat with downrigger clips for the bait? For lures, I'm guessing an Ilander with wire? What about Mann's Strech baits or a similar lipped diving plug, is that too much drag at 6-8 knots? What color is preferred? thanks guys
If you don't want to run a trolling sinker I would go with the Braid lures!!!
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:20 AM
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thanks yall. I thought I didn't have planer tackle because I don't have any 80 class reels but I guess the planer on the cleat works just as well.
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I like the shower curtain ring and paper clip tips. I've been fighting those planers all this time!
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we do the planer on the cleat trick but we use double snap swivels to send the line down instead of shower curtian rings. I dont like planer rods becasue it is no fun to fight a fish on a planer rod.

deep bait anything dark (mantza red/black, black/purple. islander with strip bait)

If you dont put a ballyhoo on your deep bait you dont have to worry about checking it so much plus you dont have to worry about pulling a screwed up bait or have a bait or a spinner.
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You have got the answers:

Planer on cleat

double snaps or curtain rod rings ( I use double snaps)

rubberbands ( I buy the fat ones in the bag at walmart for about a buck)

Ilandr lure or something similar ( I pull Calcutta UVI, Ilandr, Blue Water Candy, etc )

If all goes as planned, I should have some Iland IL400F "FLASHER" series lures in wahoo colors coming in shortly at STUPID prices, got some Blue Water Candy JAGS in now.

Shoot me a PM and I will take care of ya.

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Old 02-14-2011, 03:56 PM
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A well tuned Yo-Zuri Bonita will stay down without the assistance of weight or a planer to around 15 knots or so, and the hoos love them. Here's one that was orange/black before the paint was chewed off. I'm sure it has brought at least 20 wahoo to the boat. I usually use the 8 1/2" length.
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Bigbiteoffshore's Wahoobites also stay down well trolling 12 - 15 knots with no planers, rubber bands, weights, etc. They are similar to Island Ilanders, but have heavier heads and stay down better. They also cost less. I usually have a YZ Bonita on one side and a Bigbite on the other with the line through a flatline clip. This red/black Bigbite has also caught a lot of wahoo. About the tenth one took out the eye, but it kept right on catching fish.
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