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Acanthocybium solandri

Mackerel Family

Saltwater Fish Identification


Common Name(s):
Ono, Oahu Fish, Pacific Kingfish, Ocean Barracuda
The Wahoo is steel blue above and pale blue below the lateral line. There is a series of 25 to 30 irregular, blackish-blue, vertical bars on the sides. The stripes are less noticeable in larger specimens, but may become more prominent when the fish becomes excited. A distinguishing characteristic is the toothy, movable upper jaw. Also, gill rakers are absent in this species.
Similar Fish:
No similarity to other fish.
Feeding Habits:
Wahoo are voracious eaters that will feed on a variety of open-water baitfish. Pilchards, flying fish, mullet, scad, small mackerel, small tuna, porcupine fish and squid constitute the larger portion of the Wahoos' diet.
Wahoo are found offshore of all Florida coasts, especially the Keys, but are more plentiful in the Bahamas and many Caribbean Islands.
Wahoo roam the deep blue water and are commonly found near drop-offs, seamounts, weed lines, and wrecks. Wahoo are migratory fish that are occasionally found in loose groups of 2 to 7, however they will never school.
Typical Size:
Wahoo are common at 10 to 50 pounds, but often grow up to 80 or 90 pounds. The can reach weights up to 150 pounds.
World Record:
158 pounds, 8 ounces (IGFA)