A species of fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas
Physical Description
Elongated body, iridescent blue back, silvery sides with blue bars, razor-sharp teeth
Up to 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length and weighing up to 83 kg (183 lb)
Circumtropical distribution in Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans
Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is a highly prized game fish for recreational anglers due to its speed, strength, and high-quality flesh. The wahoo has an elongated body with an iridescent blue back, silvery sides with irregular vertical blue bars, a large mouth, and razor-sharp teeth.


The wahoo's white and/or grey flesh is highly regarded by many cuisines, with a taste similar to mackerel. This creates demand for wahoo as a premium commercial food fish, supplied by artisanal fishermen in areas like Hawaii, Bermuda, and the Caribbean through trolling. While local populations can be affected by heavy fishing pressure, wahoo as a species is less susceptible to overfishing than more abundant schooling fish like tuna. It is regularly caught as bycatch in commercial longline and purse seine fisheries targeting tuna, billfish, and dolphinfish.

Recreational Fishing

The wahoo is a highly prized recreational catch due to its good size, availability near land, and reputation as an excellent fighter on light to medium tackle, known for its speed and strength during the initial run. Recreational anglers sometimes sell their catch. In the Gulf of Mexico, wahoo are successfully targeted around deep-water oil and gas platforms during winter using live bait.

Other Names

In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as "ono", while in the United States, it is sometimes called "hoo". Wahoo is also the name of a company that manufactures smart trainers, bike computers, and other cycling accessories and equipment. However, these products are unrelated to the fish species.
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