The wahoo is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. There are indications of seasonal concentrations off the Pacific coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Baja California in the summer, off Grand Cayman (Atlantic) in the winter and spring, and off the western Bahamas and Bermuda in the spring and fall. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as ono. Many Hispanic areas of the Caribbean and Central America refer to this fish as peto.

The body is elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales; the back is an iridescent blue, while the sides are silvery, with a pattern of irregular vertical blue bars and have razor sharp teeth.These colors fade rapidly at death. The mouth is large, and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance than those of king or Spanish mackerel. Specimens have been recorded at up to 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) in length. Growth can be rapid. One specimen tagged at 5 kilograms (11 lb) grew to 15 kg (33 lb) in one year. Wahoo can swim up to 60 mph (97 km/h).  They are some of the fastest fish in the sea.

The wahoo may be distinguished from the related Atlantic king mackerel and from the Indo-Pacific Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel by a fold of skin which covers the mandible when its mouth is closed. In contrast, the mandible of the king mackerel is always visible as is also the case for the smaller Spanish mackerel and Cero mackerel. The teeth of the wahoo are similar to those of king mackerel, but shorter and more closely set together.

The barracuda is sometimes confused with mackerel and wahoo, but is easy to distinguish from the latter two species. Barracuda have prominent scales, larger, dagger-like teeth, and lack the caudal keels and blade-like tail characteristic of the scombrid (mackerel).

Wahoo tend to be solitary or occur in loose-knit groups of two or three fish, but where conditions are suitable can be found in schools as large as 100 or more. Their diet is made up of other fish and squid.

It is found around wrecks and reefs where smaller fish that it feeds upon are abundant, but it may also be found far out at sea. The first scorching run may peel off several hundred yards of line in seconds. Occasionally this fish jumps on the strike and often shakes its head violently when hooked in an effort to free itself. Fishing methods include trolling with whole, rigged baits as well as with strip baits or artificial lures. Live bait fishing and kite fishing are productive, but the wahoo is a relatively scarce species and is usually taken incidentally while fishing for other oceanic species. The wahoo has commercial importance in some countries. The flesh is finely grained and sweet and is considered excellent eating.


Ballyhoo rigged behind Islander type lures trolled near the surface are popular methods. Purple/Black and Red/Black lures are most popular. Run at least 50# mono or braid with shock leader. Run 5 baits/lures in the spread with 2 teasers (squid/daisy chain).

Species Information

Scientific Name:Acanthocybium solandri
Ideal Temp:72-80°F (22-27°F)
Lure Type:Trolling
World Record:83.46 kg (184 lb 0 oz) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Other Names:wahoo

Latest Wahoo Fishing Reports and Spots

9/19 - 9/22 - 9/23/2021 5:34:17 AM

Body:  While the weather has caused several cancellations offshore boats that have gotten out have done well with Dolphin Tuna and Wahoo catche (View)

Mon 20 Sep 2021 21:22:00 +0000 - 9/20/2021 5:22:00 PM

The guys caught a couple nice Wahoos and a few Dolphins. It was a good first hour and slowed after that. Breezy N.Easter but not terrible with (View)

Good Times Even Better Fishing - 9/19/2021 10:11:00 PM

After a couple of day of big swells and high winds the ocean stirred up some meet for our fisherman today! Good amounts of tuna and mahi across (View)

9/16 & 9/17 - 9/18/2021 1:52:03 PM

Body:  We had limited offshore trips on Thursday and Friday due to weather and rough seas. A couple of Wahoo Dolphin and Tuna on the dock for b (View)

9/13 & 9/14 - 9/14/2021 6:16:00 AM

Body:  Great fishing inshore and offshore the last two days! Offshore boats brought in catches of Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna scattered Dolphin (View)

9/15/21 - 9/15/2021 5:33:00 AM

Body:  Offshore boats continued to bring in nice catches on Wednesday with Blackfin Tuna Wahoo King Mackerel Dolphin Barracuda Triggerfish and (View)

Back At It - 9/14/2021 9:41:07 AM

Back on the water today with new friends from Virginia We caught a nice wahoo on the high speed that took three anglers to catch it. pretty day (View)

Sunday Fin-day - 9/12/2021 10:34:00 PM

Fishing picked up today offshore! The guys brought back good amounts of yellowfin and mahi. Others had flags flying with releases of sailfish w (View)

Tuna Tales - 9/14/2021 11:19:00 AM

Why do fish sing off key? Because you can't TUNA FISH! Offshore came back in with a catch consisting of black fin tuna yellow fin tuna mahi-mah (View)

9/11/21 - 9/11/2021 5:51:00 AM

Body:  Saturday brought in some decent catches for offshore boats with a mix of bailer and gaffer Dolphin a few Blackfin Tuna and some very nic (View)