Underwater View of High Speed Trolling Wahoo Lures

Underwater View of High Speed Trolling Wahoo Lures


Wahoo fishing is a ton of fun. It’s one of my favorite fish to catch. They’re fun to catch, they make line just
scream off of drag, and they’re really good to eat too. Now wahoo are fast fish and one of the ways
that I really enjoy to fish for them is to high speed troll. Trolling really fast around 15 mph. I’d love to see what the fish are seeing as
close as I can, so we decided, let’s go under water and take our scuba gear down and do
some troll overs as I call it. Have the boat troll over us so we can see
what these high-speed lures look like as they’re being pulled at 15 mph. The first thing I wanted to try is this new
device I’ve been using called a high-speed planer. I like using planers when trolling like 8
or 9 or so knots with ballyhoo and I saw that they made one for high speed trolling, so
I wanted to give it a test. I’ve used it early in the year I got to use
it on 1 trip and I caught a wahoo on it which was good it was a slow day and that was the
only wahoo I caught so that made me happy. It seemed to be working of course I’ll have
to test it some more, but it was pretty neat to see that being used underwater. Now this planer is rigged with 45 feet of
300-pound mono. According to the manufacturer at that distance
it should get 15 feet down, 1/3. We do a troll over and I think it looks pretty
good. The planer gets well below the white wash
from the motors. It’s great. One thing I like about it is it can be seen
on either side. Sometimes the higher lures closer to the white
wash–you can see them if you’re on the same side. Like if the boat is going here, your lures
being pulled on his side of the boat and the white waters running down the middle. Well fish over here won’t be able to see it
but fish over here won’t be able to see it through the white water. But with this planer, it gets plenty deep
enough. Now one issue that I noticed with my setup
is that you can see the planer is down deep and my lure is half way between the surface
and the planer. Still very deep and easy to see by fish but
it didn’t quite get all the way down. And that would be my fault. What I’m going to do fix that, is I’m going
to put a floss loop on my line the same way I would do it for a tag line. I’m going to mark off exactly 45 feet, the
length of the planer. I’m going to put that loop there and I’m also
going to use a bigger ring. I was using double snap swivels to run it
down in a #64 rubber band. But I think I’m going to go to a big shower
curtain type ring. So, between the floss loop and that I’ll be
sure to get it all the way down to the plane so that my lure can go deeper. The other thing I wanted to test and compare
it to was the more traditional setup of using an inline trolling weight with a lure being
pulled on the back. So, I used an 80 wide with 80 lb. mono 48
oz. torpedo sinker and 300 lb. shock leader between the sinker and the lure. And this was about 120 feet back. This is the setup I’ve been using for years
and I’ve caught a bunch of fish doing that so I know it works, I’m just curious to see
what it looks like. So, pulling this, one thing I noticed it definitely
didn’t get as deep as the planer. It was kind of right at the bottom and the
white wash. I could see it clearly, unless we were making
a turn. If you would turn that lure would dart into
the white wash and you couldn’t see it. And that’s one thing my brother told me when
he was down there looking and filming these lures. Now that’s a good tag a lot of fishermen like
to use. A little zig zag and your lure will go in
the white wash and go out. Kind of popping in and out. I’ve caught fish on this setup, so I know
my setups doing that, popping in and out and I’m still catch fish. If you want it to go deeper though, the advantage
to going deeper and getting below the white wash is fish can see it on either side of
the boat. So, you might get a little more exposure. If you want to do that you can probably try
doing a 64 oz. torpedo sinker and I’m on mono 2 braid or wireline will probably get that
a little deeper. But overall, its still pretty cool to see. I could see the lures very well, you would
think going that fast they would just, whoosh, you’d be like oh was that them? What happened? No, I could see them very easily. Also remember your further lines can be run
further back well behind the white wash so I’m sure they’ll get good exposure too. Well I hope this was really informative for
you guys. It gives you an idea of how these lures troll
and what you need to do to tweak your lures. Just make sure they’re not totally being covered
up by the white water and have some run further back, have some closer with a good heavy weight
like a 48 or 64 oz. and they should be fine. If you have any questions about other things
I saw or have any comments or advice or suggestions, I’m all ears. Just leave a comment below and we’ll see you
all in the next video.

20 thoughts on “Underwater View of High Speed Trolling Wahoo Lures”

  • Would it be possible to do a video on your actual setup for trolling for us that are new at this type of fishing that would be great thanks for the excellent content mate it’s all ways very helpful cheers from Australia mate 🤙🤙

  • Super interesting. Thanks for posting. Is it possible that you hadn't let enough line out at the reel to let the lure drop tomorrow same depth as planer? Curious because I use the same set up (planer, double snap, rubber band) and always assumed that the snap pushed all the way down to planer.

  • Excellent Captain, I am very curious how much my new wireline setup is getting below the whitewash as i use it for my short line. The good news is i caught 4 hoos last season on it 🙂

  • I've caught way more hoo's on my back 2 line and now I see why. They can see them better. I may drop my whole spread back 100ft

  • Amazing, thanks for those awesome videos. I am from Panama and we have our wahoo season pretty close in the Pacific Ocean. I would love to deploy a HST planner but does it works at 15knots?. If the answer is a yes. I'll be using it. Thanks again for the video.

  • i'm curious how this works. i's there actually a bait fish in nature that swims 15mph ? or is this more of a kind trick that triggers the fish to attack bait. my question is about trolling in general

  • Nice video. Love your stuff. Question for you. Any thoughts on painting your weights white to blend in with the whitewater so as to not draw attention to the weight? I’m wondering what they would actually look like?

  • Wow this explains alot ,I cant wait to try using this planet on the spread thank you for making thi and now I am going to share this lol

  • Some of the biggest Ono I get is from running my lures right in the middle of the prop wash, second wake back. Always seems to work. I do you weights as well. Fish can see everything…..I definitely like the video, cool to see.

  • I can't believe someone hasn't thought of doing this before. I reckon you are the inventor of the "troll over!"

  • Please tell us more about the planer
    Who makes it ?
    We are in Fiji so will need to order some from USA or internationally

  • Nice video. It’s a small thing but I never thought to use a hand line reel to store and deploy my shock leader. I love an organized deck so that one is going in the tool kit.

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