David Ide

When targetting big wahoo, there really is no better bait than a chunk little bonita we call "bullets".  They are awesome slow trolled and the bites are epic.

In order to catch bonita, you will need to troll feathers. We do so around the whistle buoy in Fort Lauderdale with regular success.  Once you catch them, you will need "tuna tubes" to keep them alive.  They will not live in your typical baitwell.

We then head offshore to about 90 to 300 foot of water looking for rips, weedlines, birds, etc. Any signs of life before deploying baits.

We use a triple hook treble rig that places a bait t the roof of mouth, and each side of the bait.  This is the best way to get that hook set from a big wahoo or kingfish.  We set the drag light and let the fish take the bait before coming tight.

Fish on!

Check out this video exacctly how I rig up a live bonita.

David Ide

About The Author: Captain David Ide

Company: Lady Pamela Sportfishing

Area Reporting: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bio: My name is Captain David and I run the largest fishing fleet of professional sportfishing captains in the state. I always say we have the best crew in the industry because of our hard work ethic and passion for fishing including conservation of our oceans. Join me or one of our crew as we chase trophy Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, Sharks, Wahoo and much more!

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