Species of The Mexican Caribbean Ii: Wahoo

COw a delivers more on the species that can be found in the Mexican Caribbean now we discuss the Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), clarifying that these writings are not meant to be a guide but rather a compilation of information on some species and some aspects of sport fishing that I’ve been able to put into practice. In my case, blue water fishing, is not something you can practice constantly so experiences, can well serve as a mere reference.

The Wahoo:

Wahoo is a blue marine fish of the family scombridae, which can be found in tropical and subtropical seas around the globe. Some authors say that the term “wahoo” is a derivation of the name of the Hawaiian island Oahu, which is spelled “wahoo”. This fish also known as Ono, which is used to say “delicious”, after another word in Hawaiian. In general this fish is known as Wahoo in all over the world, as well in different countries can identify the same fish, not as the other species, having a common name in each place.


Like the first species that we discussed in this section (“some data and curious things about el Dorado”) distribution is in all tropical and subtropical oceans of the globe. So in our country can well meet you both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific, and in our case in the Caribbean Sea.

You can also find you in the Indian Ocean and in the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas.

The body of the wahoo is elongated and covered with small scales giving them a very characteristic coloration; the back is a blue green iridescent, while its sides are silvery, with a pattern of vertical blue bars. The mouth is large, and lower and upper jaws have a rather sharp appearance, your denture is powerful and may well cut the fishing lines, so it is recommended the use of metal leaders in sport fishing, your teeth are small triangles edged higher to other pelagic. Specimens that have been recorded have been until now up to 2.5 m (8 ft) long, weighing up to 83 kg (183 lbs).

Unlike some of its relatives such as the tuna, large Wahoo tend to be solitary or perhaps walk in small groups, couples, rather than in schools, move quickly and usually is a kind of open and deep waters.

Their prey and food:

Their diet consists mostly of other fish and squid, being an active predator and that for sports fishing can mean a trophy.When children eat fish as the flying fish (exocoetus volitans), ballyho (hemirampus brasiliensis), needles or needlefishes (tylosurus cocodrilus) and even small Tunas, when larger then look for food in other larger species and larger tunas and bonitos (sarda sarda). When they are small usually walk in small groups and you can locate them behind the schools of fish, which are an essential part of their diet.

They usually attack their prey from the depth, climbing and attacking with a speed impressive, since they are characterized by being very fast, using his teeth, they take their prey and can cut cleanly with a facility and incredible speed.

Wahoo is delicate and white and of very good quality, for it has been created a commercial demand for the species, and thanks to their secluded habits commercial fishing of the species is not very effective, not in sport fishing, which seeks him as one of the combative species to offshore or “fishing”. Similar to other pelagic species should be careful because it can also be a carrier of Ciguata toxin since as mentioned above, between your diet can ingest other fish or even some algae that may contain this toxin.

Family Scombridae

Scombridae is the family of the mackerels, Tunas, and bonitos, and includes many of the most important and most commonly used as a food source for humans fish. The family consists of about 55 species in 15 genera. One of the primary characteristics of this family is that some of its members are different for being endothermic, i.e., are warm-blooded animals.This phenomenon occurs mainly in the tuna.

Some scientific facts about the species:


Thorns dorsal total: 23 to 27; It has dorsal soft rays between 12 and 16; as a feature not has spines annals and in the bottom has soft instead being 12 to 14; his bone structure is conformed by a total of 62 to 64 vertebrae. As already mentioned account with a blue color and gray sides, having as feature a cobalt blue stripes that are generally from 24 to 30. Its dentition consists of very sharp triangular small teeth, which can very easily cut their prey.

One of the morphological characteristics of this species is that its upper jaw is superimposed at the bottom and hides the jaw, unlike other fish in that corner of the jaw is symmetrical.

To date, the species is not declared as endangered, it is considered that the population of it is still abundant.

Of fishing for wahoo:

Some anglers who participate in major tournaments, such as which takes place annually in the Bahamas and distributed millions of dollars figures winners, ensure for wahoo fishing there as trolling fast, fast to say, they are up to 20 knots. Using this, pulling lures armed with metallic or mono leaders up to 400 lbs of resistance, on large reels and heavy lines (80 lbs).

Spoken of fast trolling and the use of lures that do not generate bubbles, so you dismiss those who have holes in heads that generate a trail, might use them if we use them burdened, so will have to place a “cigar” lead before the lure and the leader.

Being jagged and with a reputation for having a powerful bite, the use of a good leader is advisable, there are those who prefer the use of metal leaders and recommended that depending on what you hope to catch, is the same length. Both monofilament and metal is recommended to be at least the length of the fish that we are looking for, since this will allow us a proper management to bring closer it to the boat.

It is always better to use padlocks and swivels of good quality, with bearing, those type Sampo and preferably not use insurance aluminum (Swivel), but of nickel or bronze, aluminium soon will be damaged by corrosion, perhaps are more simple to achieve and to assemble, but is better material since we will bring us a good dislike losing a dam because our insurance opens the corrosion.

Still recommend the use of a leader’s impact, to have an army that will then have three sections, one with the lure and its metallic leader, this, together with a leader of impact that can be monofilament and finally, in the image that appears here, they are the components of a complete army, according to recommendation of a brand in particular that has a line complete wahoo fishing , ACE Fishing Lures. Where segment I is the leader and lead that can reach up to 3 Lbs weight. Segment II is the impact of Nylon monofilament leader and recommended some 400 lbs. And the segment III is the Navy itself, which carries metal leader, our decoy and double hooks.

The other option is the use of bait, which can be a ballyhoo or clerk, well secured and who can resist a fast speed, the Assembly must be done with caution and should be such that it allows us to drag our lure at a considerable speed, there is no single way to do the Assembly of our baits and we must make sure that any type of mooring guarantees that it will resist a moderate speed bait is not recommended 13 or 14 knots faster, since any natural bait will break and will lose in drag. It is recommended that if we use bait, we try to hook out as close as possible to our bait tail.

The use of lighter equipment, say 30 to 50 lbs lines will not allow us to increase the speed of trolling, as easily tangles will result in the array. For fast trolling also must take into account the amount of lines that we can use, more three-surely they will cause us problem and easily tangles between them. Distance you will go on our samples or bait, if it is in trolling fast (more than 14 knots) then we recommend using lures and at different distances, for example, one to 30 meters, one to 45 and another 50. In occasions and when passed near a school it is possible that all three have a pique.

One of the things that we need to make rapid recovery, this fish attacks quickly and with very fast moves, sometimes moving toward the boat, which can cause that we part the line and lose the dam.

In my experience (and I am not an expert or anything) the use of lures combined with bait is good and if it is possible to catch a wahoo in a trolling half-speed. Here a wahoo caught in the Riviera maya, back in 2004. This wahoo was captured with a team Penn International V line of 80 lbs, a lure with bait and leader of monofilament 300 lbs.

The line went down it with a down rigger to 80 feet deep and was not in fast trolling. Personally, I made over the equipment to the dam and easily could control and charge or a leader lead to give depth to our arrangement. All sections connected by swivels. Here is a sample image: