The wahoo bite in South Florida was good leading up to the full moon on July 9 and for the week following the full moon.
Capt. Chris Fay had two trips that produced wahoos of 60 and 40 pounds last week.
The 60-pounder was caught fishing on a friend’s boat, Off The Hook, out of Boca Raton Inlet. Fay said they were trolling blue-and-white Sea Witches with bonito strips on 12-0 long shank hooks on No. 4 and No. 6 planers at 8.5 knots when the big wahoo hit at 7:45 a.m. in 260 feet.
“My longer planer rod just started screaming,” Fay said. “I got the planer up after about three minutes and I hand-lined the wahoo up while my friend Mike Tarmey put the gaff in him. What a day, what a fish!”
Fay, who works on the Poseidon Too charter boat at the Cove Marina in Deerfield Beach, said the 40-pounder was caught on the same lure and strip bait with Capt. Mark Danley. That fish ate in 250 feet off Boca Inlet.
Wahoo fishing will peak again before and after the next full moon, which is Aug. 7.
Fish of the week
Mike Perez and Jose Melendez caught five snakeheads weighing a total of 26.72 pounds Saturday and had the big snakehead of 9.88 to win the JD’s Custom Baits Snakehead Round-Up and $730. The duo brought 16 snakeheads weighing a total of 51.72 pounds to the scale at Oriole Park in Margate.
Hunter Stouffer and Justin Walker were second at 22.88 to win $170, followed by Austin Newland and Nicholas Chandler at 21.82 ($60), Brian and Colby Grossman at 21.76 ($40), which included a fish weighing 8.42, and Mike and David Barth at 21 ($20). The 17 teams weighed a total of 129 snakeheads and also caught 54 bass. The next tournament is Aug. 12.
Thomas Mueller of Coral Springs caught a 13.5-pound, 27-inch snakehead fishing in a local canal.
Paul Walansky caught 11.16 pounds of fish Saturday using spinnerbaits and Senkos to win the Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida club tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Belle Glade. Ed Knorr was second at 10.39 using topwater lures, followed by Bob Gallik at 9.92, Michael Laviolette at 8.89 and Tom Phelis at 8.7.
Neil and Robyn Naber of Pembroke Pines each tagged and released an amberjack fishing on wrecks in 250 feet, Robyn tagged a sailfish, their son Jesse caught a mutton snapper and they also caught six dolphin Saturday trolling in 1,000 feet out of Government Cut on Bouncer’s Dusky 33 with Capt. Bouncer Smith. On Monday, Smith guided Scott Barlow and his friends to five yellow eye snappers up to 5 pounds, a red grouper, three dolphin and 10 sculpins.
Fishing out of Chokoloskee Island, Capt. Brian Sanders of Davie guided Frank Galluzzo of Plantation and his son Matt to four keeper tripletails and a 30-pound goliath grouper on 20-pound braided line.
Karen Thurman of Marathon caught a 17.5-pound dolphin on Blue Magic to win the Marathon Marlin Tournament. No marlin were caught in the tournament, which was Saturday and Sunday.
Hunter safety: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a hunter safety Internet-completion course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Deerfield Beach. Students who complete the online portion attend the course, which includes shooting instruction and a written test. Register at myfwc.com/huntersafety or call 561-625-5122.
Pier clean-up: An Anglin’s Pier Underwater Clean-up is July 29 in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Sponsored by local dive shop Gold Coast Scuba, the event is 8-9:30 a.m. with a free barbecue following the dive at the Surf & Yacht Club on El Mar Drive. In addition to beach divers, who must bring a pair of sea snips and gloves, non-diving volunteers are needed to haul buckets containing fishing line and other debris collected by the divers onto the pier. To participate, call Gold Coast at 954-616-5909.
Goliath workshop: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has scheduled an additional public workshop in Lake Worth to gather input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest. The workshop is 5 to 8 p.m. July 31 at the Lantana Road Branch Library at 4020 Lantana Road. Visit myfwc.com.
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