Mick Devaney and son Ross caught these two nice Wahoo on the “Katherine B” last week. Two for two in a double header. The Wahoo have not been thick this year so far but they just might be coming in a bit late. The big one here caught by Ross went 22 kg.
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Right now the fish are here and the very few boats going out are getting action. 15 years ago September was the best part of the season with incredible catches. Looks like it might be happening again. For me, it will be Wahoo fishing and a late Marlin as a bonus. Katherine has gone back to school after a long had year with wonderful results. I am looking forward to her first Wahoo at half term.
Nuutti is from Helsinki, Finland. After the the most horrendous strike out of nowhere we were hooked to a fish that I had no control over. It was over two hours before I could get its attention. I realised that there was something wrong right from the start by the way this thing was acting. It was a big fish, no doubt — we all saw the strike. What we did not know was where it was hooked. This fish had crashed the lure but missed it and been nailed by the hook in the top of the head in front of the dorsal. The leader was then wrapped around the head under the gill plates and then came out from under a pectoral fin. In this situation we could not lead the fish so it had a mind of its own. It headed directly South as if it had a compass to steer by. I had to stop the boat and repeatedly let it burn off the drag until we were getting low on line. The speed of the fish was steady and unfaltering. Fortunately it was calm so I could back up and retrieve all back on the reel; then stop and repeat the process. If I got close to the fish and grabbed the leader it was out of control and would dive under the boat. We did that 10 times without success. I did not want to kill the fish by running it over so kept my distance. We literally had to stop the fish to the point where it could swim no longer. Young Nuutti had never been in the chair in his life. He was about to become an expert and do that – he did. The fish was still swimming 3 1/2 hours later when he pulled it along side. Norb grabbed it by the bill and held on. I had to cut the leader to retrieve the lure that was strapped on to the side of the head. I left the hook and a small piece of leader behind. That will be gone in no time as I use OWNER – JOBU steel hooks.
Chris is becoming a veteran angler in Madeira. Here he is hooked up right outside of town and that was the strike below. His wife and family were in their hotel when son John said Hey Mum that boat out there is going backwards. She looked out and recognised the “Katherine B”. Well thats your Dad you are watching there !! The fight went on and crewman Norberto got the leader. I tagged the fish and put the snooter on. That was it; the fish went ballistic. Norb got a whack in the face almost knocked his eye out. Most times these Blues are pussycats at the boat and give up for a quiet release with a minimum of fuss. Not this one. I had to cut the thing loose immediately before any further mayhem.