The speeding bullet of the sport fish world, wahoo can swim up to 80 km/h (50 mph) and are found in tropical and subtropical seas. It is sought after for its high quality flesh and is considered one of the best tasting fish to eat. It is not considered overfished as a whole but local wahoo populations can suffer since it is so delectable.
Wahoo are sometimes confused with barracuda and mackerel but wahoo have an elongated body covered with small scarcely visible scales and a blade-like tail. The back is iridescent blue while its sides are silvery with a pattern of vertical blue bars. Wahoo’s have a large mouth filled with razor sharp teeth and both the upper and lower jaws have a sharper appearance than that of a mackerel. They can grow up to eight feet in length and weight about 180 pounds. They are very fast growers, some growing 22 pounds in a single year. Wahoo’s also have a distinctive fold of skin which covers its jaw when its mouth is closed.
Wahoo are normally a solitary fish, usually occurring in loose-knit groups of no more than three fish. Sometimes, where the conditions are good they can be found in schools of 100 or more. They eat mainly other fish and squid and have a trematode parasite living in their stomach. This parasite does not cause them any harm.
What does The Keel SystemTM do?
Wahoo are best caught on a trolling charter. Because of their speed of swimming it is very difficult to catch them with a reel and rod method. Charters who have caught more than three wahoo have more luck than charters who have not brought a wahoo on deck. They recommend a lure that is three to five inches in length and that is strong enough to withstand the wahoo’s sharp teeth.The Keel Difference - Trolling
The Reel Keel is made for trolling with its patented cut-bait body and brass double nickel-plated lure. The Reel Keel will hold up in the worst possible trolling conditions in salt water so it will catch any wahoo if they are around. The 400 series is four inches in length which is perfect for tempting wahoo. The body of the lure is made out of patented Polyphloataline material that is so strong that the Reel Keel will withstand the pressure of a wahoo’s teeth.
These are what our Pro Fishermen recommend for Wahoo. You may find other colors that work for you in your particular location. The lures listed below are the #400 SERIES ONLY. For our full color listing and #300 Series, head over to our Fishing Store.
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