Wahoo

(Acanthocybium solandri)

Commonly referred to as Wahoo!

The Wahoo is the most fearsome member of the notorious razor gang and possesses a set of dentures capable of scissoring in the corner of the jaw to create the perfect cutting tool. They are infamous for slicing through monofilament leaders and large skirted lures intended for marlin etc. The wahoo is one of the fastest fish in the ocean and can reach line melting speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour making them one of the most highly prized game/sport fish in our oceans.

Distribution

Wahoo can be located from as far south as Rottenest island right up to the Rowley Shoals region throughout Western Australia. They are also found from Sydney to far north Queensland along the east coast of Australia and are often encountered in water depths of over 100 meters plus.

Growth

Wahoo are a rapid growing, pelagic species that has been known to grow as much as 15kg in its first year of life. Wahoo can grow to around 60kg in weight and reach a maximum length of around 2 – 3 meters although a typical size specimen is around 10 – 15kg in most Australian locations and anything over 25kg is considered large. The western Australian state angling record currently stands at 30.6kg and was landed on 8kg line by John Edwards fishing out of the Mackerel islands back in 1986.

Habitat

Wahoo are typically encountered in warm, tropical waters with depths of over 100 meters or more. They also prefer these areas to have large numbers of bait fish as well as strong, oceanic currents in which to chase them in.

Identification

Wahoo are easily identified by their long, torpedo shaped bodies which have light striping extending down from the top of the flanks towards the belly. They are typically silver to blue in colouration with silver to white under bellies. Wahoo have razor sharp teeth that are famous for injuring anglers even when the fish is dead! The tail is small and forked but still provides the velocity necessary to chase down super fast bait fish such as tuna.

Taste rating

  • Eighty Taste Rating
    80%

Wahoo are superb eating especially when cut into thin cutlets and cooked simply on the BBQ!

Sport rating

  • Eighty Sport Rating
    80%

Wahoo are great sport on any tackle and are notorious for their lightening fast bursts of speed!

Tackle requirements

Medium weight fly, spin or overhead tackle is well suited to targeting Wahoo from a boat with light to medium strength braided, gel spun or nylon lines with a breaking strain of 20 – 50lb proving ideal. Nylon leaders should be attached to bright braided or gel spun lines to prevent fish from seeing the line and also to help prevent chafe offs on rough structures such as boat hulls and F.A.D‘s. Short, wire traces should then be attached to the nylon leader to prevent bite offs.

Recommended baits, lures and rigs

Wahoo are vivacious feeders and will readily take a variety of whole, dead and live baits such as garfish, mullet and flying fish. Trolling lures, fly’s, surface and sub surface lures and metal jigs are not only incredibly effective on Wahoo but also a lot more fun to use.

Handy hints and tips

Keep your fingers and toes away from the pointy end of  Wahoo at all times!

Preferred fishing times and tides

Rising or full tides are best suited for targeting most fish species around most areas although some deep water locations will also produce good numbers of fish during low and falling tides. New moon phases are also preferable for most fish species including deep water pelagic’s such as Wahoo.

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