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Wahoo
(Aanthocybium solandri)


 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.
The Florida record is 139lbs and the
World record is 184lbs which was captured by 15year Sarah Hayward from
Nacogdoches, Texas in July 2005.

 General Information

50lb Wahoo

This Wahoo was captured by Steve Armstrong
on
"ELECTRIC BLUE" some 50 miles offshore on
a trolled 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 lures.

 Eating Qualities

It is a white meat that is considered tasty but rather dry.  A good smoking fish.

 State Limits and Regulations

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
None None 2 per per per day. None

 
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