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Old 10-24-2019, 03:40 PM   #16
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Re: New Wahoo Charter - Key West

Looks rad. How long of a run is it each way and how bad are the shark? I've done the TX wahoo thing a few times but the run is very long and sharks are relentless.
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Re: New Wahoo Charter - Key West

Most of the areas are 22 miles or closer and that is what the trip includes. If it is really rough we can make 2/3 of the trip in 4' of water then we only have to brave the seas for 7 miles or so. There are some areas further, up to 40 miles, that I will go if requested.

Having dove Louisiana and seen enough TX wahoo videos I can tell you it is nothing like that here. We have bulls that can be there or not. Some days we shoot wahoo all day without seeing a shark. Some days we have to stop using chum because the sharks start to come up and when we do stop, they leave.
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Old 10-24-2019, 06:30 PM   #18
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Most of the areas are 22 miles or closer and that is what the trip includes. If it is really rough we can make 2/3 of the trip in 4' of water then we only have to brave the seas for 7 miles or so. There are some areas further, up to 40 miles, that I will go if requested.

Having dove Louisiana and seen enough TX wahoo videos I can tell you it is nothing like that here. We have bulls that can be there or not. Some days we shoot wahoo all day without seeing a shark. Some days we have to stop using chum because the sharks start to come up and when we do stop, they leave.
Sounds great. I'll try and put it together with my regulars. Will be in touch
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Sounds good. If you have any questions at all let me know.
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Old 10-28-2019, 03:10 PM   #20
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We had to do a little work for them yesterday but it paid off. I took Commander of the Army Special Forces Dive Team and good friend James Blackburn yesterday. We started out west and only had one school of 2 come through from 7:30 - 9:30 or so. We had a half day planned to went east and after about 30 minutes had a single 30# fish come through. Then a single very nice fish that we couldn't get into us either, probably over 65#'s.

About 10 minutes later the mother load came in. I look down and Blackburn is lined up on a very nice fish. I hold my dive not to spook the school. While watching him aim I could see about 15 fish. He shoots and I turn around to see another 20+ fish coming in. I dive down but all the fish near me seem small so after 30 seconds I surface as they swim away. There are now fish completely surrounding me but 30' away. I wait until I see some nicer fish, face them, then dive and hold. Now that they don't feel threatened they all come in. The biggest comes directly below me. I didn't think it was much more than 30-35# until it ran.

I got a new 80# darkwaters skinny float line I wanted to try. This fish took me at least 400 yards from the boat. After Blackburn shot his fish went south and the boat with him. I shot later and the fish took me east. I don't think I've ever swam so hard. The fish ripped the float from my hands so hard, 3 times in a row, I thought there was no way it wasn't a large bull shark. Until 10 minutes later it finally tires and I start pulling it up. It was just the wahoo. My wahoo calibration meter is off I can tell you that.

We ended the trip after landing the 2 fish. They went 38 and 44#'s. Not giant but very nice fish.

I also finally sanded down and polished my dome port so I took a few photos of James with his fish.

I have Nov. 10 and 11th booked but still have the 9th and 12th around those dates for the next full moon.
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