Wahoo Fishing in Venice, LA
The wahoo is the biggest, baddest, toughest mackerel that swims in the ocean. These torpedo like carnivores travel at speeds in excess of 60mph and can slice their way through any prey. They are aggressive, fierce, and relentless pelagic predators that will put your angling skills to the test.
Venice, LA offers world class wahoo fishing due to the abundance of deep water oil rigs and pumping stations – an oasis of structure that provides productive feeding grounds for wahoo of all sizes. Paradise Outfitters utilizes high speed trolling, vertical jigging, and live bait tactics to catch monster wahoo every year.
Wahoo fishing in Venice, LA is incredibly consistent as these fish are present year round and hang tight to the oil rigs. The wahoo fishing in Venice, LA is regularly compared to the wahoo fishing in exotic destinations like Cay Sal, Cuba, Panama, and Baja Mexico due to the abundance of fish and unrivaled opportunity to fish deep water structure.
If your goal is to catch the wahoo of a lifetime, booking a wahoo fishing charter with Paradise Outfitters is as close as you can get to guaranteed opportunity.
In Hawaii, the wahoo fish is known as “Ono”. The name “Ono” was coined when the fish was first discovered off of the coast of the Hawaiian island Oahu, which at the time was labeled on maps as “Wahoo”. Wahoo are long slender fish with a beautiful iridescent blue color to their scales – often resembling tiger stripes. Their color fades quickly upon death, but while in the water they are bright blue, iridescent purple, and grey. They can get up to 8 feel long and weigh up to 180 pounds.
Wahoo are the fastest species of mackerel in American waters, and they are one of the fastest swimming fish in the ocean. They can swim up to 50 miles per hour! They are also the largest type of mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico.
A Fishing Challenge
Wahoos are a quick and agile fish considered a big game trophy. Their migration behavior tends to be unpredictable, making them difficult to track in the open ocean, but they do hold to structure extremely well (like oil rigs or floating debris). They typically roam the ocean in small groups of 20 or less, but in some conditions they will swim in schools of 100 or more. They reproduce and grow extremely fast, making them a safe target for fishing without endangering the population.
Wahoo are known, first and foremost, for the dangerous rows of razor sharp teeth which line their mouths seamlessly – making it difficult to keep them on the line. While they do occasionally saw through strong wire leaders, for the most part they can be caught using steel or titanium wire.
- They are fierce swimmers and put up a good fight
- A real challenge to track down
- Can use a variety of fishing strategies
- Puts up a good fight on light to medium tackle
- Can be caught using shallow or deep lures
A number of fishing strategies can be used when fishing for wahoo to give the experience more versatility. Light or medium tackle is usually used for catching wahoo, and sometimes a special kind of string is useful to withstand the fish’s sharp teeth.
- Top water fishing
- In top water fishing, two kinds of lures may be used. The most common lure are the floating lures, which stay on the surface. The other option is the less buoyant bait, which does not float but rather the user must keep the lure at the surface by reeling and a series of jerks. In top water fishing, the fish are mostly lured in by the noise of the surface bait.
- Jigging is a fishing technique where a bait is used that is similar to but distinct from spinner baits. The bait (a jig) is rigged to sink. You lure the fish with a series of jerks, much like when using a spinner bait. Great for catching fish near the bottom.
- Live lining
- Live lining is just as it suggests. Your pole is baited with live bait, such as anchovy or other fish that tuna might find attractive.
- Chumming is a method used to attract schools of fish by throwing â€œchumâ€ into the water. Chum usually consists of fish parts that will attract the type of fish that youâ€™re fishing for.
- The bait-and-switch technique involves throwing live bait into the water (such as sardines) for the fish to eat, and after the fish have become comfortable, you rig your line with the same kind of bait and throw it into the baited area.
Wahoo for Cooking
Wahoo is a high quality fish for eating. They’re a popular dish and are common in many seafood restaurants. As mentioned earlier, in the Hawaiian language, the wahoo fish is called â€œonoâ€, which means â€œdeliciousâ€ or â€œtastyâ€. Because of their exceptional quality, they are a common target by commercial fishermen, although not as common as other fishes like tuna.