Wahoo Fast Facts
This article is a list of interesting facts about wahoo.
Wahoo are related to mackerels and are members of the fish family Scombridae.
Wahoo live in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. During the summer, they may migrate
into temperate waters.
According to the International Game Fish Association, the official record (http://www.igfa.org) for
the largest wahoo caught on hook and line is 158.5 lb (71.9 kg). However, uncertified reports
indicate wahoo may grow as large as 200 lb (91 kg) or more.
Wahoo tend to be solitary, but they are occasionally found in small, loose schools.
Wahoo is a prized game fish due to its speed, fighting qualities, and excellent flavor.
Wahoo are among the fastest pelagic species (reaching speeds up to 60 mph) and are capable
of capturing a wide range of prey, including various fishes and squid.
Wahoo are thought to be relatively fast growing. In one study, a wahoo that was tagged, released,
and recovered ten months later had grown around 22 pounds in less than a year—from 11 lb (5
kg) to 33 lb (15 kg).
The giant stomach worm (Hirudinella ventricosa) is commonly found in wahoo stomachs, but the
worm does not affect the portion of the fish eaten by humans.
Wahoo have been included in the FWC-FWRI Mercury Program, which investigates total mercury
levels in the muscle tissue of various Florida fishes. The Florida Department of Health (http:
//www.doh.state.fl.us/) has issued a health advisory for wahoo in the Florida Keys and Florida
Wahoo are currently the topic of much scientific research in Florida. Scientists at the Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute are studying wahoo biology. Scientists at Florida Atlantic University (
http://wahooproject.org/wahoo) are conducting a genetic study to investigate the relationship
between individual wahoo from different parts of the world.
A recently approved management plan, developed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management
Council (http://www.safmc.net) in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic and New England councils,
will set limits on commercial and recreational dolphin and wahoo catches in federal waters
along the entire Atlantic coast.
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