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Old 07-13-2014, 10:58 AM
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Well its that time of year for my favorite, wahoo fishing. Yesterday pulled a horse ballyhoo and a splitail mullet on bent butts 80 pound line 32 oz inline weight and 30 foot shock leader around 7 to 8 knots no bites unfortunately. My question should I use an ilslander lure (had a blue/white one on it) with the mullet or troll it plain. The ones im using are large double hooked mullet with a 1/2 ounce chin weight Thanks Eric

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Those split tails are hard to beat!
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Those split tails are hard to beat!
... Kings/Wahoo like to cut'em off short, but if you drop back after a hit there's a good chance he'll come back for the head.
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Leave that extra 32 oz. weight, shock leader, and mullet at home, bump the speed up to 12 - 15 knots, and catch some wahoo.
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Agree with Bill, but it's hard to do if ur pullin' a horse ballyhoo or any kind of mullet. You might get a hoo to stay inside of an Islander (like in Bills picture) at that speed, but I don't know how long it would last? ;?
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Lures are easier and just as effective at Wahoo speeds.
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When I use ILanders, which is often, I use them over a 4 oz. egg sinker inside two squid skirts and look for wahoo feeding near the surface. Sometimes, however, there is no action on the surface but a lot of marks down a hundred feet, or so. I've been planning for years to go down for them with a downrigger which would limit trolling speed to no more than 4 or 5 knots. At slow speeds live bait, or even dead ballyhoo, etc. would probably be a lot more attractive to a hungry hoo. Maybe this year......
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Tormentor lures has a good article on wahoo fishing:

http://www.tormentertackle.com/fishing_tips_for_wahoo
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At 12-15 kts that bait comes by and it is 100% instinct. At 6 knots they have time to make a decision.

Plus at $10 buck a piece for rigged split tail mullet that can get pretty expensive
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Lots of different techniques that will catch wahoo but first and foremost you have to be fishing where wahoo are located. Summertime in Jupiter, FL, the wahoo are scarce. There are still a few hanging around but you have to get lucky.
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Can't you guys answer his question? Apparently he likes to pull mullet, a perfectly acceptable strategy. Just b/c someone likes a different method don't make it wrong. In fact, the biggest wahoo at the Big Dog Fat Cat tourney this past weekend out of Palm Beach was caught on a mullet (Congrats LORI JO!)

A: Usually pull it naked or with a seawitch over it, can't go wrong with blue/white, many would use black/red or black/purple too. I would not use an ilander on a mullet, IMO.
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Can't you guys answer his question? Apparently he likes to pull mullet, a perfectly acceptable strategy. Just b/c someone likes a different method don't make it wrong.......
Didn't mean to jack the thread.
When using mullet or other live or dead bait for wahoo is it common practice to use in-line weight to keep the bait down, slow troll it near the surface, or both?
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Live and dead is two totally different things. Dead, like a mullet, you would pull either on top or down on a planer usually. Could use a cigar weight as well, but most guys would use a planer in that application to get down.

Live bait you would also pull very slowly up and down, down you would use a downrigger or simply rubber bands on a lead wrapped around your line. I do not believe it would be advisable to use any sort of planer or cigar weight in front of a live bait.
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Split Tails are one of my favorite baits for wahoo's. I like a med 8" silver mullet with a wire leash (like a dredge bait) and a 8/0 almost to the tail. Add a rubber skirt. Put it down about 5 to 15 feet at 6 to 7 knots and hang on
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Lots of different techniques that will catch wahoo but first and foremost you have to be fishing where wahoo are located. Summertime in Jupiter, FL, the wahoo are scarce. There are still a few hanging around but you have to get lucky.
If they're there, they'll hit just about anything you're pulling 5 to 20 kts.
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Originally Posted by REDWEISER View Post
If they're there, they'll hit just about anything you're pulling 5 to 20 kts.

I normally laugh at these general responses, but this one is spot on. We've hooked and caught wahoo on everything... dink naked ballyhoo, swimming mullet, Islanders/bonita strips, Ilander/horse ballyhoo, to yo-zuri and CD-30 plugs. At the end of the day of you troll over top of them you are more than likely to get bit - as long as your baits are swimming effectively. I'd ideally use swimming natural baits if I was concentrating in a small area, but high speed trolling with lures is extremely effective and covers a lot of ground when you aren't seeing a concentration of fish in a given area.
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Originally Posted by Paramount21fla View Post
Well its that time of year for my favorite, wahoo fishing. Yesterday pulled a horse ballyhoo and a splitail mullet on bent butts 80 pound line 32 oz inline weight and 30 foot shock leader around 7 to 8 knots no bites unfortunately. My question should I use an ilslander lure (had a blue/white one on it) with the mullet or troll it plain. The ones im using are large double hooked mullet with a 1/2 ounce chin weight Thanks Eric
i have not really targeted wahoo with mullets but i used to marlin fish with them before we had to switch over to circle hooks or lures. If i were in your shoes, i would put an islander over the ones you put on your shortrigger, behind the teasers. I would put a little heavier weight on the long riggers, say an ounce and then i would really kick up the weight (3 or 4 oz maybe) on the ones on the flat so that they run silent and deep. run them under the teasers.

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