Wahoo

Wahoo

Other Names: Ono, Ocean barracuda, Kingfish

Identification & Biology: the wahoo is a dark blue scombrid fish. The body is elongate and covered with small, scarcely visible, scales; the back is an iridescent blue green, while the sides are silvery, with a pattern of vertical blue bars. These colors fade rapidly at death. The mouth is large, and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance than those of King or Spanish Mackerel. Specimens have been recorded at up to 2.5 meters (8 ft) in length, and weighing up to 83 kilograms (180 lb). Growth can be rapid. One specimen tagged at 11 pounds grew to 33 pounds in one year. Ono can swim up to 75 kilometers (47 miles) per hour.

Range & Habitat: Found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas

Market Description: The flesh of the wahoo is delicate and white and regarded as very good in quality. This has created some demand for the wahoo as a premium priced commercial food fish. However, because of its solitary lifestyle, it is taken commercially only as a bycatch in the long-line fishery for Tuna and Dolphin. Wherever found, it is a prized sport fishing catch. Not always catchable, but otherwise it can be very delicious.

Flavor Profile: Large circle flakes, Sweet firm texture

Yield: 60%

Special Note: Can swim up to 47 mph

Suitable Sub: Swordfish, Albacore

Buying Tips: Filets usually sold frozen

Recommended Preparation: Suitable for many cooking methods, simpletas to grill with a seasoned rub

Seasonality

year round
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