Wahoo is the fastest fish

The wahoo is a predatory fish from the mackerel family

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It shoots through the water like an arrow, hardly any prey escapes it. The wahoo is a predatory fish that loads the fishing tackle to the limit, as pike angler John Watson tells us here.

The ability to catch a wahoo, that gigantic streamlined mackerel, barely kept me sleeping at night. I was already on the shore at dusk and waited for the sunrise here on the Indian Ocean. Finally the boat, the "Honeylulu", went out to sea in the direction of one of the reefs.

Ernest Hemingway, the author who loved the sea, described the wahoo as the most exciting fish on the seas. I wanted to see now if he was right. During a vacation in Kenya I learned that the East African coast is a preferred hunting ground for the Wahoos.

When we got near the reef, we put out the bait: ballyhoo fish, which are launched with plastic fringes on the head and a lead weight. These baits are dragged. I had been told that there were a particularly large number of Wahoos in this section of the sea. They hunt small bait fish that spawn here.

The wahoo hunts - like many other predatory fish - all over the Indian Ocean. John Watson fished off the coast of Kenya; he went fishing from the port of Watamu


John Watson

The Briton John Watson is known far beyond England. He is a pike specialist and has landed hundreds of pike up to 17.3 kg, as well as a 45 kg tarpon. The biggest fish he has ever caught was a 136 kg hammerhead shark. John Watson is committed to the conservation of fish in their habitats. He puts all fish back alive. This release of the fish is one of the most important principles of his angling.


Anticipation ...

For an hour my heart was in my throat. I did not let the baits that were dragged 50 m behind the boat out of sight, but for more than an hour all baits remained untouched. It wasn't until we left the reef and headed for the open sea that I calmed down. The captain was looking for hunting fish. The hours passed and with them all my hopes faded. Except for a small Dorado, no fish had been interested in the bait.

Suddenly, without warning, the brakes on the 30-pound machine screamed. I picked up the fishing rodwhen someone shouted, "Wahoo!" Now I knew why the fish are called that. In the first few seconds, there is nothing you can do but call Wahoo. The fish is unstoppable. In a few seconds he had pulled more than 200 m of line from the reel. It all happened so quickly that I didn't think the fish would come back.



John Watson tries to crank the line against a fleeing wahoo. A wahoo can flee for miles.

Death on the high seas

The wahoo shot through the waves, first underwater, then on the surface of the water. As the boat chased the fish, I was finally able to gain line - too fast. I looked up and saw that the fish was dancing on the water. Then the wahoo shot toward the boat, faster than I could crank the loose line. The fish came to the boat and I only saw the line hanging limply in the water. I was sure the hook had fallen out. But the hook hung securely, and the Wahoo started another escape away from the boat.

There was hardly any line left on the reel when the fish changed its direction of flight. I was amazed at the speed at which the fish took the line. It was the fastest fish I've ever hooked.

These are the perfect trolling lures for a wahoo, sailfish or other medium-sized big game fish. The bait here is the ballyhoo fish, which is fished with plastic fringes and a lead weight on the head so that it pulls through the waves like fleeing bait.

Then the escape was over, and the big fish lay on the side of the boat. He had a deep dark back, the sides were tabby in a light blue. As suddenly as the 30 kg Wahoo had appeared, so suddenly it was thrown onto the deck planks by the crew. In a few moments the fish was cut off and disappeared inside the boat - all without my consent. It's a shame, this fish deserves a different ending.

Later, on the way home from the Indian Ocean, I thought of the electrifying moments when the Wahoo was fighting when it lost the battle for its life. I was happy but sad at the same time.

It's hard to believe that this giant fish is a member of the mackerel family. In this photo, John Watson doesn't look particularly happy: he wanted to release the fish alive. But the fish was knocked off by the crew without his consent.

Category: International FishingTags: Mackerel Family, Predatory Fish, Wahoo