I have to say I am pretty proud of this fish. This was the first time I have ever attempted to target wahoo. I made the chin-weighted ballyhoo rigs out of Malin, prepped and rigged the ballyhoo (thanks youtube) and made the run to what I hoped was a good area. We ran 40 miles out of Panama City Beach, in a 23 CC. Seas were a bit rough in early hours but smoothed out to 1-2 and made for nice easy run to deep water. Left the marina at 5 am and headed south to a beautiful sunrise.
We had stretch 30s on the inside and 2 islanders/ballyhoos on the outside. We didn't see a single flying fish on the way out and the recent string of cold weather had me a bit worried we had made this run for nothing. Finally around 9:30am the outside reel starts singing. About 10-15min later and a near miss with the gaff we had this little 30lber in the box.
We trolled aournd for a few more hours and had a couple more knock downs but no fish. So we heading in to hit some live bottom spots inside state waters and landed a nice 15lb grouper.