We were fortunate to catch a large wahoo this past weekend. These are some of the best fighters in the gulf. They are extraordinary table fare and at speeds of 50-plus mph offer a great fight. They look very similar to a king mackerel, but taste much milder. They are a pelagic fish and for the most part will hit surface baits. The same baits intended for kingfish also work for wahoo. They are normally a blue water species, liking depths of at lest 180 feet. During May we seem to get a push of them in waters of 120 feet. This action will all coincide with the red snapper season that is about to start, so keep a flat line off the back while bottom fishing. We have been consistently nailing blackfin tunas in 90 feet and deeper. These fish are also scrappers and taste quite good. Anglers report great tuna action around the whistler buoy in 80 feet, due west of mouth of Egmont. Massive schools or sardines are bundled up luring pelagic action. Kingfish, tuna, barracuda, sharks and a few sailfish have been hooked in that area lately. Normally you'll spot numerous flying fish when a sailfish is present. The combination of sardines and flying fish migrating eastward lures these special catches.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.