Barracuda, Wahoo, Pacific Needlefish & Other Species Below
Wahoo is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prized game fish. In Panama, the Wahoo is known to be caught during the rainy season or when sea temperatures are under 78 degrees. Hoo’s are not big in Panama but often available not too far from land. It is also a very good fighter on light tackle. Anglers love eating hoo as it is a very good eating fish. The flesh is rather dry but white and mild. Excellent smoked. The teeth of Wahoo are similar to those of king mackerel but shorter and more closely set together.
Scientific name: Acanthocybium solandri
- Wahoo is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas.
- It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh makes it a prized game fish.
- The flesh of the hoo' is white to grey, delicate to dense, and highly regarded by many cuisines. The taste has been said to be similar to mackerel.
- Its body is elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales; the back is an iridescent blue, while the sides are silvery with a pattern of irregular vertical blue bars. The mouth is large, and the teeth of the wahoo are razor sharp. Both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance than those of king or Spanish mackerel.
- Hoo's have been recorded at up to 8 ft 2 inches in length and weighing up to 183 pounds. They are among the fastest fish in the sea.
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