In the Bahamas, San Salvador and Cat Island host a spectacular wahoo bite during the fall and winter months. A number of world records have been recorded in those waters. But excellent action also occurs off Grand Bahama’s West End, along the western edges of the Grand and Little Bahama banks, and the Navy buoys in the Tongue of the Ocean, in front of Andros.
A spread of five Ilanders with rigged ballyhoo, two off planers 20 to 30 feet down, works wonders on Bahamian wahoo.
A neat trick enhances the effectiveness of the offerings in the spread: Rather than troll straight along a dropoff or ledge, follow a zigzag pattern, alternating 20-degree turns to both sides. This maneuver allows the baits on the inside of every turn to slow down a bit and also sink a little before they again speed up and surge toward the surface as the boat straightens.
1. Iland and ballyhoo 250 feet, off a gunwale rod. 2. Same lure and bait 200 feet back, off opposite gunwale. 3. Two more lures and baits 150 and 100 feet back, both behind No. 12, 16 or 24 planers on bent-butt rods off transom corners. 4. Smoker lure 350 feet back, off tower or hardtop.
FYI: Best speed is 6 to 9 knots. Fish Joe Shute Cruisers or Flat Liners on gunwale lines and add cigar sinkers, if choppy.