Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. Its 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. These colors fade rapidly at death. The mouth is large, and the teeth of the Wahoo are razor sharp. 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 m (8 ft 2 in) in length, and weighing up to 83 kg (183 lb). Growth can be rapid. Wahoo can swim up to 60 mph (96.5606 km/h). They are some of the fastest fish in the sea.
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As a global species, Wahoo are caught at several lodges we represent around the world from the west coast of Central America to Australia.
Most are caught trolling with conventional stand-up gear. Fly fishing is possible casting into balling bait or in bays where fish are stalking food. Bigger Wahoo can be solitary fish, but they also move in groups formed by 2 to 3 fish to as many as 100 fish. These big groups of Wahoo are known by some anglers as “wolfpacks.” You will want 11-13-weight rods with huge reels with plenty of backing and an incredible drag system. These fish are rockets! With their razor sharp teeth, a steel leader is required!
Use large bait fish imitation streamers. Articulated patterns work well with double hook rigs.
Senior Program Manager
Specializes in Belize, Cabo San Lucas and American West fishing programs.
Specializes in saltwater fishing and big game hunting.