Wahoo fishing

Wahoo (Acanthocybium solanderi)

Wahoo fishing florida

Description: Long, slender fish, slightly compressed; dark greenish or steel-blue above, paler below, numerous dark vertical bars extending below axis on sides. Pointed head, with snout half the length of the head; posterior part of maxilla hidden under preorbital area; strong, knifelike teeth. Dorsal fins not well separated.

Similar fish: King mackerel, Scomberomorus cavalla; Cero mackerel, S. regalis. Both lack bars on sides and have shorter snouts.

Where found: Near the surface offshore, in open waters and near reefs. Found in Atlantic waters from New York to N. South America, including Caribbean (where commonly referred to as Kingfish) and Gulf of Mexico. Also found in Pacific from California to tropical South America.

Size: Common in the 20 to 30 pound range, can reach over 100 lbs.

Remarks: A very fast swimmer, feeds on squids and small fishes. It is respected by anglers for its speed and hard fighting abilities. Also makes excellent tablefare. [back to top]

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