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May 21, 2013

Wahoo Fishing in Bermuda

Bermuda's reefs and banks might offer some of the world's best wahoo action.

The Southeast Corner

Speaking of the southeast corner, Capt. Peter Olander, who runs the charter boat Albatross with his brother Hans, spends most of his days there. Albatross is based at St. George’s on the east end, and is only 20 minutes from the drop.

“We fish close in to the edge, usually in 30 to 55 fathoms of water,” Olander said. “That’s where the fish are.” He will sometimes deploy live baits, but he typically opts for a more conventional trolling spread. “We use small ­flyingfish that we have flown in from Florida because our flyingfish are too large.” Olander explained. “We rig them on a pin rig with a chin weight just like a ballyhoo, and run two deep on outriggers with three flat-line baits.” He likes Ilander Junior lures in front of the fliers, but is not a fan of skirts.

Olander says Bermuda often gets a late-winter bite preceding the spring migration, but he also says the fish run somewhat smaller in spring. The bigger fish show up in fall, and he agrees that live baits will usually attract ­larger fish.

With Bermuda’s wahoo, you can choose your tactics (trolling or live-baiting), your time of year, even choose the tackle with which you  engage them. I can’t think of any other place in the world that consistently offers as much incredible opportunity for one of the more interesting fish that swims.

 Bermuda Wahoo Tackle Box

Tackle can be suited to choice. Many charter boats fish heavy gear, so you might wish to bring your own if you prefer lighter tackle.

Rods: Conventional trolling rods to 50-pound class, stout spinning rods designed for 20- to 30-pound-test

Reels: Conventional reels to 50-pound class, large spinning reels with smooth drags capable of handling 20- to 30-pound mono or 30- to 50-pound braid

Leaders/Terminal Tackle: No. 7 or larger stainless wire leaders with stinger rigs for live baits; pin rigs with chin weights for ballyhoo and flyingfish, rigged with J-hooks

Baits: Live robins (redtail scad) or small mackerel (little tunny), or dead baits including small flyingfish or ­ballyhoo

Bermuda Wahoo Planner

When: All year, but best in spring and fall

Who: Capts. Delvin and Allan Bean, Paradise One, 441-734-9409, snikisus@yahoo.com, www.paradiseone-fishingcharters.com

Capt. Sinclair Lambe, Mega Bucks, 441-234-3081, megabuckscharters@gmail.com, www.megabucksfishing.com

Capts. Peter and Hans Olander, Albatross, 441-331-8089, albatross@ibl.bm, www.fishwithalbatross.com

Log on to www.gotobermuda.com, where you'll find a complete listing of area hotels and charter boats.