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Panhandle Wahoo in a 21' CC?

Old 03-11-2019, 02:11 PM
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Default Panhandle Wahoo in a 21' CC?

I have had my CC for a less than a year and caught over 15 species inshore and offshore. I am new to boat ownership but not to offshore fishing. I have a goal of trying to HST and targeting and catching wahoo this summer..

Am I being overly ambitious to think I can gear up and successfully target wahoo from the FL panhandle in this size craft with no radar and 64 gallons of fuel? How far offshore would one typically run to target them?

I live in TN btw and I have 2 weeks in June/July...
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:21 PM
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Your fuel is going to really limit you. Trolling will burn a good bit o fuel. Here in Pensacola it's a pretty good run to the edge and you would run out of fuel for sure.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:35 PM
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Your fuel is going to really limit you. Trolling will burn a good bit o fuel. Here in Pensacola it's a pretty good run to the edge and you would run out of fuel for sure.
Yeah how far is the edge from Pensacola? I’ll be in Port St Joe specifically. I’ve ran over 100 miles on a good day but that was with a fuel stop in MB and carrying 3 extra tanks. Honestly I’ve never even let it run below half tank offshore.
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:04 PM
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From Pensacola pass to the edge round trip is about 120 miles. Use your rule of thirds.
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It's a similar distance from Port St. Joe, and with summer thunderstorms, there's no way I'd attempt that trip in that size boat.
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
From Pensacola pass to the edge round trip is about 120 miles. Use your rule of thirds.
Right. Is the edge the norm for wahoo? I am sure they’re a few stragglers closer in but are they worth targeting? Do they move closer in on certain tides, moons or winds? I’ve caught kings, dolphin and a 15# ARS less than a mile from the beach.
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Anything is possible but I would not run out there inyour boat.
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It's a similar distance from Port St. Joe, and with summer thunderstorms, there's no way I'd attempt that trip in that size boat.
Nope I wouldn’t. I have to pick my days but when conditions allow I send it...
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:12 PM
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Anyone fish for wahoo closer to shore?
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:13 PM
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Forget HST it will burn too much fuel. I usually drop lines at 250' and run a normal pelagic spread. 8 knots of so. Out of OBA.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:39 AM
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I fish the edge out of Destin all of the time and it's only 28 miles one way for me. Here's one I caught off of my old boat and I was on about 3 miles out.
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We get them on the 240 break south of you on regular trolling gear and plugs. Be out there when the sun comes up. That is the magic hour.

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I fish out of MB an fish a lot around the Madison Swanson it's around 45 miles. It's a good place to troll
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