Wahoo madness

Report Date: September 8, 2015

Fishing has been very active this past August. The weather has been flat calm over the past few weeks with the occasional thunderstorm in the afternoon.

The first day of August I had taken some repeat customers aboard for an afternoon half. It was overcast and the current had been going hard to the north the past few days. I started the trip right out front of Govt cut and decided to troll to the north. On the trek up north we picked away at a handful of bonitas. Nothing of any great size. After I deployed the baits and made a turn to the east I heard a big splash. I looked over the side and it was my mate Crawdaddy. He had lost his balance and fell over board. Iíve never seen any one swim so fast, he practically walked on water to get back to the boat. After a few laughs it was back to work. It was getting dark so I decided to make one more pass by the Sea buoy. A few moments later into our last tack back to the west I looked back and both of the deep rods were bent over. The first fish we landed was a 12 lb bonita. The second fish fought a little bit different and stayed deeper. After grabbing the leader I looked down to see a striped up 25lb wahoo laying boatside ready to be taken. Luis reached for the gaff and boated the fish to end the trip. There was plenty of table fare for Luis and his sisterís family to bring home for dinner.

On the next four trips we landed wahoo every time. The biggest one was 44lbs. We also landed several sailfish on the troll with bonito, blackfin tuna and kingfish mixed in.

As the moon got smaller and the reef slowed down I started doing more mahi mahi fishing offshore. Towards the end of the month some giant weed lines rolled in about 12 miles out. On these lines we caught good numbers of mahi up to 22 lbs. with loads of small almaco jacks. The jacks are a blast to catch on light tackle with artificial lures.

Coming into the fall we enter our peak time for offshore swordfishing. Just the other day a friend of mine landed a 550 lb swordfish 18 miles out of Fort Lauderdale. There are also some good reports of swordfish in the night. If you have never captured a broadbill swordfish now would be a great time. September-November are the best months of the year for swordfishing Miami.

I still have plenty of dates open this September. If you would like to go fishing please give me a call or send me an email.
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Fred David

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