Spring Fishing is Heating Up – Wahoo, Kingfish, Dorado & Ling

Posted on March 4th, 2018 by shannon

Since January we’ve only run a handful of trips due to the cold and windy weather but they have all produced quality fish. We were given an unexpected (but short ) window of opportuity with Amberjack season in January and caught fish between 50 and 90 lbs. Hopefully we will see a late summer season for Amberjack, but it is usually announced on short notice and hard to plan. If it does reopen we are ready. 

One of my favorite species to fish for is the Wahoo. When a Wahoo hits your bait in the spread it is usually not hard to tell. They will peel about half the line off your spool without slowing down … and that’s just their first run! Not only are they one of the fastest and best fighting fish in the Gulf, but the firm, mild, white flesh of a Wahoo also makes a great meal. In late winter in early spring when the water temp is in the low 70’s the Wahoo bites turns on. We will troll deep diving plugs, ballyhoo or live blue runners and small bonita if we can find  them. We even found a small blackfin tuna in the belly of the one this year.  January brought us Wahoo while trolling and amberjack on live bait. February brought us more Wahoo up to 60 lbs on the troll.

Kingfish are a backup plan if the Wahoo bite is slow. If we have another year like last year we can expect the Wahoo bite to continue through early summer. Shrimp boats out of Port Aransas have started making their way back offshore. Once the shrimpers make a regular appearance we will have the opportunity to catch blacktip sharks behind the boats.

Ling(Cobia) and Dorodo should start to show up with the warmer spring waters as well. Spring winds can make it tough but if we can catch a calm day the fishing will be great!  See you on the water!