About This Fish


The Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a ray finned fish which is also known as Pacific king fish. It belongs to the family Scombridae under order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is found in tropical and subtropical waters of Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans including the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas. It is usually seen as solitary or in small groups of two or three but where conditions are suitable it can be found in schools as large as 100 or more. The Wahoo is one of the fastest moving fish in the world which can swim up to 97 km per hour.

The Wahoo is a streamlined fish with elongated body. Body is covered with tiny scales. The back is iridescent blue green; the sides are silver gray with 24 to 30 cobalt blue vertical bars which extend to below the lateral line, some of which are double Y shaped. The head is pointed with large mouth and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance. Mouth has strong, triangular, compressed and finely serrate teeth. Snout is about as long as the rest of head. It has a very elongated continuous dorsal fin. Dorsal fin has 23-27 spines and 12-16 soft rays while anal fin contains 12-14 soft rays. 8 to 9 finlets are present behind second dorsal fin and anal fin. Pelvic fin is located below the pectoral fin with 6 rays. Two small keels are present on each side where the main body meets the tail section. Interpelvic process is small and bifid. Its diet is made up of other fish and squid. It becomes sexually mature when it is reached 85 to 105 cm in length. It grows up to 250 cm in length and 83 kg in weight.

It is reputed to be one of the fastest fish in the sea, attaining speeds of 50 mph (80 km) and more. The first scorching run may peel off several hundred yards of line in seconds. Occasionally this fish jumps on the strike and often shakes its head violently when hooked in an effort to free itself. Fishing methods include trolling with whole, rigged baits as well as with strip baits or artificial lures. Live bait fishing and kite fishing are productive, but the wahoo is a relatively scarce species and is usually taken incidentally while fishing for other oceanic species. The wahoo has commercial importance in some countries. The flesh is finely grained and sweet and is considered excellent eating