It’s rumored that Wahoo fish got their name from early European explorers’ misspelling of the island in Hawaii since the fish is abundant in the area. The other common name for it, Ono, is derived from the Hawaiian word that means good to eat.
Wahoo Fishing: This is the fastest fish In the Gulf of Mexico. A wahoo can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour and can spool a reel in seconds. Wahoo is a prized game fish due to its speed, fighting qualities, and excellent flavor. We fish for Wahoo year round, although, the best months for landing ones of these great fish are January, February, March, June, July, and November. There are currently no quotas or limits on Wahoo.
January is usually the best month to fish for grabbing a monster sized wahoo, and this is when we catch our 90+ pound fish. Not only is this the best time to catch the big ones, but it is also an extremely active season. It is not unheard of catching ten or more Wahoo on any given day during the weeks at the beginning of the year.
The technique we use for fishing Wahoo fishing is trolling and live baiting. Trolling is the preferred method and usually delivers the best results. However, if they get finicky, we can use live bait hard-tails, bonita, and mullets, depending on the time of year. In July, smaller Wahoo, mostly in the 20 to 40 pound range, can be found near the rip lines; rip lines are areas where the water is disturbed, usually where two bodies of water are colliding or currents are moving over an uneven object such as a shoal, reef, or wreck.
While Whaoo fishing provides excitement and a thrill, eating them is also a treat! They have a mild to sweet taste with a firm texture. They retain their white color when cooked, and grill beautifully.
Fish that can also be caught while fishing for Wahoo are Yellowfin tuna, Black Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi(seasonal), Amberjack (seasonal), and Marlin(seasonal).