Distribution & Size
The Wahoo is found offshore around all the
coast of Florida, especially in the Keys. But is far more plentiful in the Bahamas and
Caribbean Islands. Common in size at 10 to 50lbs. Often grows to 80 to 90lbs.
World record is 184lbs which was
captured by 15year Sarah Hayward from
Nacogdoches, Texas in July 2005.
The Florida record is 139lbs and the
|This Wahoo was captured by Steve
on "ELECTRIC BLUE" some 50 miles offshore on
Ballyhoo and weighed in at 93 lbs.
May strike a surface bait in spectacular
fashion, but seldom jumps, instead streaks off at great speed after being
hooked. The fight is characterized by great streaking runs on or near the
surface. It is one of the fastest of all game fish. Could have been better
named perhaps the 'ROCKET". I believe I read have somewhere that it
can reach speeds of 56 mph.
Tackle & Baits
Wahoo are often caught when trolling for
other game fish such as Marlin and may be taken on much heavier tackle than is
necessary. The most productive bait for Wahoo is jigged feathers or similar trolling
type lures. The fish is difficult to target specifically.
Some skippers are able to target these fish by trolling at
very high speeds i.e. 16 knots. which is hard to believe but
it works. The theory is that you cover more ground and these
fish have no problem swimming at this speed to attack your
It is a white meat that is considered tasty
but rather dry. A good smoking fish.
Limits and Regulations
Rec. Bag Limit
||2 per per per day.
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