Wahoo

Wahoo

  • Peak Season: July-November
  • Best Charter: Full Day Offshore
  • Best Technique: High Speed Trolling
  • Best Bait: Dark Lures, Vertical Jigs, Frisky Live Bait
  • Table Fare: Excellent cooked or raw

Wahoo Fishing Miami, Florida

Wahoo in Miami average about 20-50 pounds. Wahoo are always a possibility when fishing offshore Miami Beach. Wahoo fishing charters in Miami usually entail a number of techniques. Slow trolling large live baits in fishy areas or speed trolling dark lures are great ways to cover water and find the fish. Trolling large swimming plugs and swimming ballyhoo also get their attention, though bites are fewer and farther in between. All of these trolling techniques should be focused on the drop off from 150-300 feet. Working different contours in low light conditions during an outgoing tide can be very productive.

Wahoo Fishing Charters

Wahoo also congregate under floating debris though they typically hold deeper in the water column. Dropping a dark colored jig a few hundred feet down and then ripping it towards the surface is a surefire way to elicit a strike. Wahoo have the ability to swim almost motionless in the water column but at the same time can reach incredible bursts of speed in the blink of an eye. Their dark blue and purple tiger striped bodies make them nearly invisible in the depths. Big wahoo hunker below schools of bonito and tuna, waiting to strike with their mouths wide open. Wahoo slice right through their prey with surgically sharp teeth then return to the slowly sinking remains and gobble up the rest. Though they fight similar to large kingfish, a wahoo's initial run is much more impressive. Sharp hooks are a must as their mouths are hard as rocks, and constant head shaking allows duller hooks to lose their hold. 5/0 Matzuo and Owner SSW J-hooks attached to #6 wire are our favorite terminal rigs when fishing live bait or swimming ballyhoo. These rigs allow us to have shots at other species while also being prepared for a Wahoo's strike. Wahoo meat is delicious any way you prepare it, but many are unaware of their delicious sushi-grade quality.

Wahoo Fishing Miami