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

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).

Latest Wahoo Fishing Reports and Spots

Wahoo and dolphin - 9/20/2022 6:00:18 PM

Friends from Delaware on board today. We caught a couple of wahoos out of several bites sometimes that is how wahoo fishing goes but we batted w (View)

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 197 (Trolling Lures for Wahoo) - 9/22/2022 9:03:25 AM

Welcome back to another episode of Tackle Tip Thursday anglers! As we approach our fall long-range trips we thought we would talk about trollin (View)

Fall Forecast Overview and Tackle Tips - 9/20/2022 5:14:03 PM

Captain Art here to report on current conditions and field reports from Alijos Rocks and The Ridge which could be destinations for our upcoming (View)

Thu 15 Sep 2022 21:58:00 +0000 - 9/15/2022 5:58:00 PM

We caught a few Wahoos and jumped off a Sail today. Ocean was a lot choppier/rougher with more N.E. wind. Not very pleasant but the guys hung i (View)

Wahoo n sushi at the dock today! - 7/26/2022 8:58:47 PM

The post Wahoo n sushi at the dock today! appeared first on (305) 744-7957. (View)

Wahoo! Good start today. - 7/26/2022 10:28:33 PM

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Tuna Wahoo and a dolphin - 9/18/2022 11:04:05 AM

The Gregory clan on board today from Virginia. I little prettier weather today. We caught a wahoo on the high speed missed a couple of bites cau (View)

Weekend Fishing Outlook (9/16-9/18/2022) - 9/15/2022 7:29:19 AM

OFFSHORE- Reports were a bit slow this week offshore; largely due to the large swell early in the week (and also it's just that time of year...) (View)

Wahoo fishing in your future? - 9/12/2022 12:27:56 PM

Are you booked on a fall long-range trip? If so you'll want to get ready for WAHOO fishing! Check out a recent Tackle Tip Thursday with some id (View)

September Is Slow Season for Key West. But not for fishing. - 9/10/2022 8:45:14 AM

September 9th 2022 – Hot.. I should just stop here and leave it at that. With the heat dome here on top of Key West we have seen some hotter th (View)