WAHOO

How to identify a Wahoo

The upper jaw is movable and the teeth are large, strong, and laterally compressed. The well defined lateral line dips noticeably near the middle of the first dorsal fin, further forward than on the similar looking tanguigue (Scomberomorus commerson), and is wavy back at the tail. The back is a brilliant, deep blue sometimes described as metallic or electric blue. Bright blue vertical bands, or tiger stripes, flow down the sides into silver and sometimes join into parts of the belly. Those stripes are not always prominent in large specimens and, occasionally, may be missing entirely.

Where to catch Wahoo

Wahoo are found worldwide in tropical and temperate seas. Pelagic and seasonally migratory, it tends to live a solitary life or travel in small groups of 2 to 6 fish. There are indications of seasonal concentrations off both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. They are found around wrecks and reefs that hold smaller fish that it feeds upon, but they may be found far out at sea.

IDENTIFICATION

How to Identify a Wahoo
 1 The upper jaw is movable and the teeth are large, strong, and laterally compressed

 2 The back is a brilliant, deep blue sometimes described as metallic or electric blue

 3 Bright blue vertical bands, or tiger stripes, flow down the sides into silver and sometimes join into parts of the belly

TARGET AREAS

  • Coastal Waters
  • Floating Foam and Debris
  • The Open Ocean


  • Deep Shore Water
  • Reefs, Wrecks, and Shoals

Acknowledgements:  We thank TAKEMEFISHING.org (www.takemefishing.org), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Natural Resources for their contributions to these FISH FACTS.

Acknowledgements:  We thank TAKEMEFISHING.org (www.takemefishing.org), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for their contributions to these FISH FACTS.

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