Guys and Gals, we just got here after our 480 mile crossing and... fishing is off the hook! We just arrived on Friday and after a good night of R & R and unloading, Thomas and I decided to wet our lines on Saturday.
Well, it didn't take long as our deep line started to sing! Just an hour into it we had our first Bahamas wahoo of the season, although not a large one it was a good eating one at about 18lbs. Shortly after we had another deep rod bite which seemed to be the identical fish, just a shade more at 22 lbs. We had about five bites in our short three hours of fishing, boating two wahoo and one tuna.
Here our deep rod consists of a bent butt 80lb class Penn rod and reel connected to a bimini to a snap swivel. After that the snap swivel is connected to a three foot strand of cable at 600lb with 54 oz. of lead. The way to connect the lead is snap swivel then one foot of space then a crimp (this is to prevent your weight from rising or lowering on the cable). Then you connect the 54 oz lead followed by another crimp with a 1/2 oz lead in front to prevent slippage. This is followed by 12 inches of the remaining cable then to a snap swivel. Ok, so after the snap swivel you will have 20 feet of 400lb shock leader before the next snap swivel. Then after that you will have your YoZuri plug with six feet of 600 lb cable attached to the snap swivel. Best YoZuri plugs are the large blue blacks or the mini black orange. However, on sunny days it seems red/black large seems to work.
Well, we were back at it today with our first charter of the season just being a short half day. Strong winds were around us this morning as we approached 8 foot seas towards Hope Town where our better bite was the previous day. After trugging down to Hope Town, with just a dolphin to speak of, I decided to pound the edge in calmer seas off of Guana Cay . This proved to be the ticket as we quickly went 1-2 and 1-1 on 27 to 45lb wahoo. Once again the deep rod is the ticket here guys as all the wahoo in the past two days, six hours of fishing, have been on the deep rod. I expect the fishing to continue to get better with each passing cold front as the wahoo aggressively feed in colder waters. Today our water temps were in the 77.8 range down from 78.2 yesterday.