As far as fishing is concerned, reeling in Wahoo can make for one thrill-packed fishing trip. A super-fast species of fish native to the Bahamas region, Wahoo are a smart bunch of predators and are able to swim underwater at speeds up to 50 mph.
Migrating through the Bahamas in high numbers between the months of March and November, people usually opt for fishing in the waters of Bimini, West End, Grand Bahamas, and Nassau. Due to the sheer strength of Wahoo, the main hurdle fishermen have to pay attention to is the time in which they start to fish. Fishermen need to be casting in low tide water so the boat stays stable.
The Wahoo fish is a long and slim species that swim at record-breaking speeds and is truly a trophy catch. Able to grow up to 8 feet in length and 100 pounds in weight, Wahoo is deep blue in color with stripes all over their body. Not to be confused with the Mackerel breed of fish, nonetheless, they are easily distinguished by their large tail akin to a sharp blade. Usually found in tropical climates, this breed of fish is known to prey in groups which often leads to large catches of Wahoo. Wahoo densely populates the western end of the Bahamian Bank. In this general area, there are three spots in particular which are most popular for Wahoo Fishing; first off is the Sandy Cay Area, 8 miles to the north of West End, Memory Rock Area that sits around 20 miles north of West End, and is a long-standing landmark for fishermen. Lastly, the White Sands area is 35 miles north of West End. The White Sands area is commonly one of the more favorable spots. Being a steep edge area, it is said to be one of the best places to fish for Wahoo and is consistent with its high number of daily catches.
As for the Bimini area, fishing enthusiasts can head over to either the south or the north ledge of Bimini. Keeping up with the norm, experts recommend starting early in the morning if you wish to fish for some Wahoo. Veteran fishermen say that its most rewarding if you go after this breed around daybreak, and in addition, to turn off your boat engine and let the game come to you.
If you are fond of fishing and have never gone out to fish for Wahoo, you are in for a great treat. Even a single catch can get you coming back every year. The Hawaiian people called the Wahoo fish ‘Ono’ which roughly translates to delicious. If you manage to make this catch, rest assured, you’re in for a treat.