GULF COAST MEDLEY
From Florida’s Panhandle to the South Texas coast, anglers find wahoo from November through February in wrecks and oil platforms in 250 to 300 feet (35 to 40 miles out), on underwater mounds and floating oil rigs farther offshore in late winter, and under floating grass in the summer, when weed lines gather in the Gulf of Mexico, along the edge of the Loop Current.
Boats out of Pensacola and Orange Beach troll the 100-fathom curve, where the most drastic bottom features are located. Other famous wahoo spots in the eastern Gulf include the Oriskany, the Steps and Alabama Alps. And in Texas, notorious wahoo grounds, like East and West Flower Gardens and Stetson Bank, lie 100 to 125 miles southeast of Galveston.
Some crews in the Gulf of Mexico opt for high-speed trolling with artificials on calm days, while others pull a sevenline spread comprising bullet-shaped lures with rigged ballyhoo, an Iland Express or Sea Searcher smoker on a long shotgun, and a pair of swimming plugs at a medium pace.
1. Lure and bait 350 feet back, off a rigger. 2. Lure and bait 300 feet back, off opposite rigger. 3. Lure and bait behind 24- to 36-ounce cigar sinker, 250 feet back, off closest gunwale to long rigger. 4. Lure and bait behind 24- to 36-ounce cigar sinker, 200 feet back, off opposite gunwale. 5. Yo-zuri Sashimi Bonitas 150 and 100 feet back. 6. Smoker lure 400 feet back, off the tower or hardtop.
FYI: Best speed is 8 to 12 knots.