Pickle Bank Overnighter

We are back from an epic wahoo bite we encountered all by ourselves at Pickle Bank out of Grand Cayman working on a 64′ Viking called AEI. The 82 mile run was slow and steady at 20 knots on Tuesday but we got there and got on the troll at the bank targeting wahoo. We ended up getting a bite here and there from wahoos throughout the afternoon mixed in between a lot of barracudas. By the time in was dark we had 5 wahoo in the 30 pound range in the box that we caught on the weighted “down rods” with split tail mullet and black/red Ilanders with ballyhoo. We also had two sailfish bites that didn’t come tight, but it’s tricky to catch them on wahoo gear.

The seas calmed down perfectly for us to drift thought the night but it was lifeless in the dark all night with no action. First light we got back on the troll and got right back to the edge in the blue 81 degree water on the northern end of the bank and it was wahoo mayhem. We landed 9 more wahoo and bait was showering everywhere from hound fish to flying fish and Bonita.

We were completely satisfied with the amount of wahoo we had so we spent. The last couple of hours targeting billfish. Right away we had a small blue marlin come up on the right teaser squid chain with a mackerel chaser that just never successfully switched off to a hook bait. That concluded the awesome trip to the infamous Pickle Bank.

We are hoping to get a few more days in here fishing around the island of Grand Cayman before I fly out on Monday.


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