Wahoo

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Excellent, but may contain high mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    No established size limit or bag limit. See appropriate state regulations.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    Size Limit: None
    Trip Limit: 500 pounds (landed head and tail intact)
    Allowable gear to be used in the fishery will include: hook-and-line gear including manual, electric, and hydraulic rods and reels; bandit gear; handlines; longlines; and spearfishing (including powerheads) gear. Longline fishing for dolphin and wahoo is prohibited in areas closed to the use of such gear for highly migratory pelagic species (HMS);
    Owners of commercial vessels and/or charter vessels/headboats must have vessel permits and, if selected, submit reports; Dealers must have permits and, if selected, submit reports; Operators of commercial vessels, charter vessels, and headboats that are required to have a federal vessel permit for dolphin and wahoo must have and display *operator permits.
    Longline vessels must comply with sea turtle protection measures
    For a commercially permitted vessel fishing north of 39 degrees N. latitude, that does not have a federal commercial vessel permit for dolphin or wahoo, there is a trip limit of 200 pounds of dolphin and wahoo, combined.
    To apply for a vessel, dealer or operator permit, interested parties should contact the Permits Office, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, or by phone at 727-824-5326.
    *Note: An operator permit card issued by NOAA Fisheries' Northeast Region is valid for the South Atlantic Dolphin/Wahoo fishery. Similarly, persons who already possess an operator permit card to participate in the South Atlantic rock shrimp fishery do not need to obtain a separate operator card. For information on how to apply for an operator permit from NMFS Northeast Region, visit their web site.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: SAFMC Wahoo Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Additional Notes
    No established size limit or bag limit. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only. No minimum size limit. No daily bag limit.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit Must be landed with head and fins intact. Citation 35 lbs

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit or size limit.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Additional Notes
    Sale of recreational catch is prohibited.

  • Vessel Limit 18

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Migratory Limit: 18

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for migratory fish is 18 fish.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

For a list of official country and state regulations, visit here