It’s a great time of year to catch monster wahoo when offshore fishing in Venice, Louisiana! Here we take a closer look at this prize game fish.
Wahoo is a scombird fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. Mostly popular amongst sports fisherman, they are known for their speed and high quality flesh (white to grey, delicate to dense, and highly regarded by many gourmets). The taste is similar to mackerel, though arguably less pronounced. Wahoo has recently been in high demand and is becoming a premium-priced commercial food fish. In many areas, such as Hawaii, Bermuda, and many parts of the Caribbean, commercial fisherman can be found trolling for wahoo to meet local demand, as well as recreational sports fisherman who often sell their catch.
Wahoo are elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales with an iridescent blue back, slivery sides, and an irregular pattern of vertical blue bars. As they age and approach death, these beautiful colors fade rapidly. They have razor sharp teeth, have a large mouth, and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance than those of king or Spanish mackerel.
Wahoo have been recorded up to 8 feet in length, weighing up to 183 pounds. Growth is rapid. For example, one specimen tagged at 11 pounds grew to 33 pounds in one year. Wahoo can swim up to 60 mph, and are some of the fastest fish in the sea.
In recreational sports fishing, wahoo is a highly prized catch. Here’s why. They reach a very healthy size, they are often found not too far out, and they are a challenge on light to medium tackle. With their aggressive habits and razor sharp teeth, they often put up a good fight making this specimen a worthy opponent and prize catch.
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