When we lead fishing trips in the Gulf of Chiriquí and around Hannibal Bank, Wahoo fish are a type of sportfish we often target and catch. However, these are also excellent fish to take home and eat because they are delicious and a rare treat that you’ll never forget if you love seafood.

Here are some details about Wahoo fishing in Panama and what Wahoo tastes like so that you can make it at home. Or better yet, leave the preparations to our expert chef at our Panama sport fishing lodge!

Wahoo Fishing in Panama

The Wahoo is part of the Scombridae family of fish, which is the same family as the Tuna and Bonito. Wahoo fish have long bodies that are grayish in color and have zebra-like stripes. This is a prized game fish because of its fast swimming speed, desirable size, and availability not too far from the shore. But be prepared for a fish that fights hard and takes a long run as soon as it gets hooked!

Wahoo fish are drawn to Hannibal Bank to hunt for food, so this is a common area we go when were looking to catch Wahoo. We catch Wahoo during all times of the year, but the best time for Wahoo is typically November to December and then again from June to August.

Eating Wahoo Fish

Yes, Wahoo fish is good to eat and can be grilled or eaten raw as sushi. It is not a common fish to find in supermarkets or on restaurant menus, so it is a really special experience to have this type of seafood on your plate.

What Does Wahoo Taste Like?

Many people wonder what Wahoo tastes like and then are pleased to discover that it has a mild and sweet taste with a firm and meaty texture. It becomes flaky if cooked and stays white in color even after cooking. Not only are Wahoo fish delicious, but they are also nutritious with many vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy diet. Wahoo is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and niacin.

How to Prepare Wahoo Fish

Since Wahoo are one of the best eating fish in Panamanian waters, we like to keep and eat them for dinner when we go out on Boca Chica fishing trips. You can prepare Wahoo by grilling, baking, or broiling it. Grilling is often the preferred method, but it’s important to not overcook the fish so that it doesn’t become tough and chewy. To make Wahoo on the grill, prepare it simply with butter, onion, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

Wahoo is also great for sushi because it has a light taste that will please any palate. You can season raw Wahoo to really make the natural flavors stand out and taste the amazing fish that you worked so hard to catch.

At our Panama fishing lodge, our onsite chef knows all the best ways to prepare Wahoo so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy it. Book your trip today to experience Wahoo fishing and dining for yourself!