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Hot Wahoo Bite off Bimini

Austin Barnett and Rick Benitez with their wahoo catch at Bimini Sands Marina.

From Bimini Sands Resort & Marina Press Release

Wahoo season now is in full swing in Bimini and will continue through March. Although anglers lost a long weekend of wahoo fishing last month due to Hurricane Sandy, it wasn't long until they were back on the water with tight lines – especially off Bimini, which fortunately escaped the storm's wrath relatively unscathed.

Bimini is a mecca for wahoo fishermen due to its location in the fish-rich Gulf Stream. “It's not unusual to catch the boat's limit of 18 wahoo,” said Rick Benitez, an avid angler who owns a condo unit at Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on South Bimini. Benitez regularly makes the 50-mile run between his Miami-area home and his Bimini getaway in his 47-foot Riviera sportfish.

He usually fishes for wahoo with bullet-shaped lures such as Islanders. He puts out two rods with 130-lb wire and three more rods with 80-lb. test. “We start at 125 feet [depth] and go out to 500 feet, then turn and go back to 125 feet, then do it again,” he said, adding that he likes that fact that Bimini Sands Marina's entrance is not far from the 125-foot mark. “To get to the fishing grounds from the dock, it takes you literally five minutes.”

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