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Species Information

Scientific Name:Acanthocybium solandri
Common Names:wahoo
Ideal Temp:72-80°F (22-27°F)

About 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).

Wahoo Fishing

World Record:83.46 kg (184 lb 0 oz) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
# Fish Caught:225107 documented in database.
Earliest Record:7/2/1832 12:00:00 AM and located at -19.67833, 63.42027.
Latest Record:5/26/2024 12:43:16 PM and located at 23.05993, -109.67056.
Common Techniques:Trolling
Popular Lure Types:Trolling
Fishing Spots:5644 Wahoo fishing spots.

Latest Wahoo Fishing Reports and Spots

Meat Slam! Wahoo Dolphin and Tuna. - 6/13/2024 8:30:00 PM


Family Time on the Fannatic - 6/6/2024 3:55:17 PM

We have had some great trips this past week.  Nice yellowfin tuna blackfin tuna and wahoo have hit the dock.  Lots of families going offshore f (View)

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 31 May 2024 🎣 - 5/31/2024 2:20:50 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 31/05/24 Recfishwest spoke with the widely renowned and sk (View)

Mixed Grill - 5/23/2024 10:32:53 AM

Tuna Dolphin Wahoo for the meat slam for John and Ricky and a warm pretty day! Bout damn time its been a cold rough spring so far Thanks guys (View)

Wahoo Week! - 5/26/2024 12:43:16 PM

May 26th 2024GORDO BANKS PANGAS We are starting to see more visiting families as some schools are now off for summer break. Many visiting famili (View)

Pisces Fleet Fish Report May 17 – 23 2024 - 5/24/2024 2:10:47 PM

Pisces Report – 21st Week of 2024 Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 95% Catch Success Rate Billfish 75.00% Dorado13.33% Tuna 6.67 (View)

5-22-24 - 5/5/2022 10:24:00 AM

It looks like we’re in a transition period as we head into the Memorial Day weekend. Offshore anglers are catching Dolphin and some Sailfish in (View)

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 17 May 2024 🎣 - 5/17/2024 4:11:18 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 17/05/24 How many fish can you count cruising around King (View)

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 10 May 2024 🎣 - 5/10/2024 12:07:49 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 10/05/24 Chasing an easy and delicious feed? Not only are (View)

April Fishing in Ft. Lauderdale - 5/6/2024 1:20:30 PM

April has been a very productive month here in Ft. Lauderdale for sailfish and the mahi-mahi are starting to show up in bigger schools along wi (View)