View Full Version : Hunting pelagics ?
01-02-2003, 04:00 PM
Do any of you shooters have any experience hunting pelagic species? Particuarly dolphin or wahoo.I see those guys in spearfishing magazine taking wahoo,but that is usually in Mexico,or somewhere away from Florida.It's something I might like to try this year.It does'nt seem like it would be real hard to slip in the water when you find a nice carpet of weeds thats loaded with Dolphin and lay motionless on the edge and wait for a shot.But it's probably not that easy,looking for some input on techniques,etc.
01-02-2003, 06:01 PM
Yea. If ya take me on the big boat I'll learn ya how it's done.:D
01-02-2003, 07:18 PM
Dolphin are pretty easy, but the big ones aree sketchy sometimes. your best bet is to go in teams of two and while one person shoots a schoolie, the chaos will sometimes bring the big boys in. as for wahoo, freediving over wrecks and weedlines is the way to go. the thing about wahoo though, is that you have never seen such a curious, but sketchy fish. they will come close to you to check you out, but if you even turn your head in their direction, they will vanish faster than you can blink. just set yourself up ready to fire and wait for the fish to come to you, if you see a wahoo, you'll understand what i mean. i hope this helps
01-03-2003, 09:07 PM
I've got this killer french spearfishing mag that has a whole article with these guys killing 50+ lb wahoo...I'll try to scan-post them soon...
01-05-2003, 04:53 PM
Freedove to some 20lb dolphin this year.Past that size the held back too far.I once dropped into a school of wahoo in the Keys,I was so surprised I thought they were cudas til I focused and they drifted deeper.It was an awesome sight.Try www.spearfishingmagazine.com for some ideas.
01-07-2003, 03:03 PM
Wahoo are actually all over the place, Mexico, the Gulf, Hawaii, Florida, Etc. The key on these guys is to not make eye contact, and don't do anything aggressive. Dolphin are just mostly stupid, and hang around floating structure. I you do shoot one keep it down and let your buddies have a chance at the ones that will come in to see what happened.
01-07-2003, 03:19 PM
We're lucky to have ya, Kurt. Let me be the 1st of many to welcome you aboard.:D
01-07-2003, 03:25 PM
Welcome to the board Kurt. We are growing in numbers. Are you a freediver?
01-07-2003, 03:54 PM
Great to see representation here from spearfishing magazine. Welcome to the site.
01-07-2003, 05:00 PM
Thanks for the info Kurt,welcome to the board.I only wish I could get your mag. every month?
01-12-2003, 07:21 PM
I have shot a few dolphin but it aint exactly sporting. They really are stupid. They like floating objects and if you become one they will swim right up to your shaft. I got two on one shaft without pulling the trigger off the Keys last summer in 1200 feet of water. Then I got back in the boat and freegaffed the bigger ones in the school and swung them directly into the cooler. That blue water does creep me out a little. Make you feel real small. A wahoo would be cool I think. I almost pulled the trigger on a 30 plus kingfish with a freeshaft while freediving last fall. I still think I could have stoned him but if not it was $50 bucks for the shaft. I thought about it and by the time i decided to bust him he was out of range.
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