SatFish maps show you where to find ideal conditions for wahoo:
- Sea Surface Temperature: 70-85F / 21-29C (73-78F / 23-26C is ideal)
- Water Color / Chlorophyll: Clean purple-blue to off blue, 0.01-1.0 mg/m3 (near color changes is ideal)
- Bathymetry: Ledges, drop-offs, and canyon edges in 20-100 fathoms (20-60 fathoms is ideal)
How to find and catch wahoo
Wahoo (a.k.a. ono) like to cruise along the top and edges of drop-offs in 20-100 fathoms, especially along temp and color breaks where clean offshore water pushes in to the coastal shelf and canyon edges. They can also be found around offshore oil platforms and floating structure like kelp paddies, Sargassum weed lines, logs, and fish aggregation devices (FADs).
Use SatFish high-def SST, water color, and bathymetry layers to pick out areas where temp breaks in that ideal 74-78F range and color breaks to clean blue offshore water overlap with the top of the drop-off for steep walls and canyons, or anywhere from 20-100 fathom depth contours along more gentle slopes. When out on the water, track your location on the mobile app to stay along the breaks and contours.
Temp breaks within 73-78F range: Good
Color breaks within 0.01-1 mg/m3 Chl: Good
Drop-offs and ledges starting in 20-100 fathoms: Good
Temp & color breaks over drop-offs: BEST
Here are a few examples of what to look for on SatFish SST and Chlorophyll charts to find wahoo:
Watch for signs of life such as birds, flying fish, and schools of finbait to focus your efforts. Troll wired & skirted ballyhoo, skirted lures and jet heads, or diving plugs like Nomad DTX Minnows or Madmacs, Rapala X-Raps, Marauders, or Yo-Zuri Bonitas. Black/purple, black/orange, or natural baitfish patterns are great color choices.
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