Fall is Wahoo season here in the US Virgin Islands, with the largest hoo’s typically arriving near the end of December and into mid January. Since the beginning of October, it’s been a steady bite along the south drop, with 2-3 Wahoo in the 20-40lb range hitting the deck on recent 4-Hour or 6-Hour Offshore trips. High-speed trolling has been the most productive. Early reports of Yellowfin are popping up along the North Drop and one or two school-size Mahi are travelling under Frigate birds to the south…we’ll start to see the larger schools of Mahi arrive in the late-winter and early spring.
The inshore bite this fall hasn’t disappointed. A couple of slow days have been mixed in, typically around the larger fronts of weather we’ve experienced, but overall it’s been very consistent. Plentiful bait and a fresh influx of ballyhoo along the southern coast have really brought in a wide variety of species to our reefs and wrecks. Most notable are the schools of juvenile Mahi’s, in the 10-15 lb range as well as more exotic species for our area such as Cobia! Kingfish, African Pompano and Horse-Eye Jacks have also been in the mix, featuring line-peeling runs and rod-bending action.
We hope you’ll get out on the water with us if you’re planning a visit to St. Thomas or St. John this winter holiday season! You can keep up with all the upcoming action on our Facebook page where we post the latest pictures and reports from our inshore and offshore charters:
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Capt. Alvin Turbe