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Go trolling for kingfish and catch a big wahoo

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Trolling catches big wahoo

Capt. Tom Oberrender of Killin' Time Charters was trolling for kingfish Tuesday morning out of Hillsboro Inlet Marina and also hoping to catch a wahoo.

The trip aboard his boat Texas Wireline accomplished those goals, as his anglers caught kings, a cero mackerel and a 49-pound wahoo.

Josh Berry of Foster, W.V., on his first visit to Florida and his first offshore fishing trip, caught the wahoo on 50-pound braided line. The fish ate a Sea Witch with a bonito strip that was down 55 feet on a planer in 100 feet off Hillsboro Inlet.

Oberrender said that as soon as the fish hit, he could hear the sound of the Spiderwire braid zipping off the reel. When he saw the fish's head shakes on the tip of the fishing rod, he knew it was a wahoo.

Berry got the planer to the boat and mate Joe Saracione started hand-lining in the fish when the wahoo ran out 100 yards of line. Berry reeled it back and Saracione hand-lined the fish close enough to the boat to gaff it.

In the meantime, Berry's girlfriend, Savannah Price, noticed line going out on the short rod and she reeled in a kingfish of 15-18 pounds. Also aboard were Art Shulman and Mitchel Bass.

"The fish weren't biting red, red hot," Oberrender said, "but we ended up with six nice kings and the wahoo."

Fish of the week

Mike Coletti Sr., Mike Jr., Steve Coletti and Justin Goldstein caught an 85-pound wahoo Saturday fishing in 160 feet north of Boca Raton Inlet on Seadaze. Bump-trolling with live goggle-eyes, they also caught a 12-pound dolphin and released a sailfish.

Capt. Alan Zaremba of Hollywood reported "a very good week of fishing" for largemouth and peacock bass and snook last week using a variety of hard jerkbaits, including Rapala suspending X-Raps, Strike King Wild Shiners and Berkley Frenzy lures, as well as topwater plugs such as Pop-Rs later in the week.

Fink Finkelstein of Toronto caught 28 peacocks up to 2 pounds, snook weighing 11 and 12 pounds and two largemouths trolling X-Raps and floating Rapalas around bridges in the C-8 Canal with Zaremba. Howard Kalka and his wife of New York City tried fly fishing, but when that didn't produce any fish, Zaremba had them troll X-Raps and floating Rapalas and they caught 13 peacocks, a largemouth and a jack crevalle in the C-4.

Zaremba guided Don Thompson of Swayzee, Ind., and Bill de Deugd of Fort Myers to 28 peacocks up to 4 pounds and four snook up to 8 pounds using floating and suspending Rapalas in the C-8.

In two days of fishing with Zaremba, Chris Hill, Chris Smith and Matt Mousen, all of Oklahoma City, caught a total of 51 peacocks up to 4 pounds, eight largemouths and six snook up to 3 pounds using Pop-Rs, Baby Torpedoes and floating and suspending Rapalas in the Lake Ida system and the C-8.

Parks trolley: On Thursday, NASCAR fans headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway can ride on the Homestead National Parks Trolley to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks.

The trolley provides round-trip transportation from the Speedway's RV parking lot. Trolleys depart to Biscayne National Park at 10:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. and to Everglades National Park at 9:00 a.m. and 1:54 p.m. Free guided tours are provided on the trolleys. Free admission to both parks also is provided.

NASCAR tournament: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has the annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event pairs NASCAR drivers with anglers to fish for largemouth and peacock bass in the speedway's infield lake. To fish in or sponsor the event, call 954-792-7223, ext. 113 or visit hotrodsandreels.com.

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