The August wahoo bite has been in full bloom off the coast of Boynton Beach, Florida this year. Fish like the 31 pounder taken by William Sherman of Lake Worth, Florida while trolling between drifts aboard the Lady K are the average size being caught this week. During the 21st Annunal Kid's Fishing Day, funded by the Palm Beach Fishing Foundation for under-privledged children, 10 year-old Melvin, part of the West Palm Beach PALS group, caught a 40 pound wahoo while drifting a dead sardine aboard the Lady K. He managed to reel in the fish by himself after a 25 minute battle on 50 pound test using a 4/0 Pann Senator reel on one of the boat's rods.
The wahoo have been holding between 180 to 240 feet of water, just outside the kingfish and bonito schools. Most of the sport charters have been catching their fish while deep trolling in water from 200 to 400 feet. Most of the fish are being caught on either fast trolled plugs or Islander lures used with a bontio strip and a 16 oz cigar weight to get the baits under the surface.
Kingfish like this 18 pounder caught by this young angler during an evening trip, have been the mainstay for the summer bite and should remain until the fall. Many of our trips have been limiting out on kingfish with most of the fish being in the 8 to 12 pound range, but fish up to 25 pounds or more are being caught by those who are using larger baits and bucktail skirts.
Black-fin Tuna are still around, holding under the bonito schools and hitting light spinning outfits inconjuction with flurocarbon leader and circle hooks. These fish, along with wahoo, will tax out gear and anglers as well. The fish pictured above is 32 pounds and was caught on a boat rod aboard the Lady K by this young man visiting from New York. Snapper have also been biting well on the bottom under the kingfish and bonito schools, but watch out for the toothy Barracudas lurking around, just waiting to take those tasty fillets from you and leaving only a fish head.
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