Wahoo

WahooThe wahoo is a long, slender slim, streamlined fish. It has sharp-toothed, beaklike jaws and a tapered body ending in a crescent-shaped tail. The back is a brilliant, deep, blue sometimes described as metallic or electric blue. Blight blue vertical bands, or "tiger stripes," flow down the sides onto the silver. These bands are sometimes referred to as "tiger stripes." These stripes become more prominent when a wahoo is excited. It may grow to 6 ft long and weigh more than 120 lb.

The wahoo is known to be one of the fastest fish in the sea, reaching speeds of 50 mph and more. The first scorching run of a hooked wahoo may peel off several hundred yards of line in seconds, and the heat generated by the friction has been known to bum out the drag on some reels. Occasionally this fish jumps on the strike and often shakes its head violently when hooked in an effort to free itself. They make incredible runs that make you want to scream "wahoo"! The flesh is finely grained and sweet and is many believe it to be excellent eating.

Here is some information for those of you interested in scientific terms and additional details:

Family: Scombridae (Mackerels, tunas, bonitos)

Genus and Species: Acanthocybium solandri

Description: The first dorsal fin is long and contains 21 to 27 spines. It is separated from the second dorsal fin, which has 13 to 15 rays. The anal fin has 12 to 14 very small rays. The lateral line drops significantly at the middle of the first dorsal fin and extends in a wavy line back to the tail.