Species Data

Scientific Name

Acanthocybium solandri


Scombridae (Mackerels, tunas, bonitos), subfamily: Scombrinae


Perciformes  (perch-likes)


Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)

Fishbase name


Other known names

ono, oahu fish, Pacific kingfish, ocean barracuda,jack mackeral, peto.


Upper body dark blue or electric blue with waved stripes(25-30).These are less noticeable in larger specimens.

Lower body silver.

Overshot lower jaw.

Maxilla (jaw hinge) not visible.

Dorsal fin curved and highest at rear.

Razor sharp teeth.

Max. Size

50 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 30573); max. published weight: 83.0 kg (Ref. 168)


pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); marine; depth range 0 – 12 m


tropical; 45°N - 38°S, 180°W - 180°E


Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes


Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years(K=0.34; tmax>4; Fec up to 6 millions)


Atlantic, Indian and Pacific: in tropical and subtropical waters, including the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas.

Typical Location

Reefs where warm current is running close inshore.

In open ocean around bait fish, logs and current lines.

Over deep reefs and holes on the sea bed.


An oceanic, epipelagic species frequently solitary or forming small loose aggregations rather than compact schools. Feeds on fishes and squids. An important sport fish in some areas (Ref. 9340). Marketed fresh, salted or spice-cured slices of meat; also frozen (Ref. 9987). Flesh of very good quality (Ref. 9684).

Ideal Temprature

21-30 degrees celcius

Fishing Method

Trolling lures, minnows or feather lures close to reefs.

Trolling strip bait, often in combination with plastic squid.

Drifting live bait mullet, yellowtail scad or mackerel.


The Wahoo love to eat a variety of open water baitfish such as butterfish, pilchards, scad, flying fish, bonito, puffer fish, small mackerel, small tuna, mullet, porcupine fish and squid.

Fighting Characteristics

A very fast surface run (Recorded 96 km/h), often followed by shorter runs in mid water which earnt them the nickname the cheetahs of the sea

World Record

192 pounds