Wahoo Fishing Basics

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Wahoo are found offshore in deep water.  They live in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world.  In the summer, they migrate into temperate waters.

How to Catch Wahoo

Trolling is very popular when fishing for wahoo.  You may need to cover a lot of water when searching for them.  Anglers can troll very fast because these fish can swim up to 60 mph.  You can also slow troll or set out some live bait rigs when the fish are near the boat.

Recommended Tackle

You’re going to use a wide variety of trolling gear when fishing for wahoo.  Depending on how fast or slow you troll and whether you are using heavy lures or live baits will dictate how heavy of gear you will be using.

Eating Wahoo

Wahoo is considered a good-eating fish.  The flesh is white and firm and there are several ways to prepare it.

Offshore Fishing for Wahoo

Wahoo are found offshore in water that is usually deeper than 100 feet.  These fish are extremely fast and it is not uncommon to see fishing boats trolling at speeds from 12 to 20 knots (approximately 13 to 23 mph).  Some anglers may think 20 knots is a little fast, but wahoo can reach speeds of 60 mph and they prey on other fish that swim over 20 mph.

Some of the better places to fish offshore are near steep drop-offs, around big temperature changes, floating debris and around schools of bait fish in open water.  If you find some diving birds offshore, you may want to hurry over to the spot.  The birds are feeding on bait fish and there’s a good chance that bigger fish have pushed the bait fish up to the surface.  There will not always be wahoo around these schools of bait fish, but there will be something available to catch and there may be a wahoo or two that are willing to eat your baits.


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