Ono, also known as wahoo or peto in some regions, is a fish species found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. It is highly sought after by sport fishers and commercial fishers for its delicious meat and challenging fight.
Ono has an elongated body with a long, pointed snout and sharp teeth. Its body is a metallic blue-green color on the back and sides, fading to silver on the belly. The fish can grow up to 8 feet in length and weigh up to 180 pounds.
Ono are found in warm waters in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. They prefer to stay close to the surface in offshore waters, often around floating debris or areas of upwelling. Ono is known to make long migrations and can be found as far north as New England and as far south as Australia.
Fishing and Seasonality
Ono is typically caught by trolling with lures or bait, or by using live bait. They are often found in schools and are known for their speed and powerful fighting ability, making them a popular game fish. In the United States, ono season typically runs from May through September, but it can vary depending on the region and local regulations.
Ono is highly valued for its firm, white meat that has a mild, sweet flavor. It is often served grilled or baked with a variety of seasonings and sauces. The fish can also be used in ceviche or sashimi dishes. Ono is a popular ingredient in Hawaiian cuisine, where it is known as ono or as wahoo.
Ono populations have been relatively stable in recent years, but they are still subject to overfishing and habitat degradation. Management measures, such as size and bag limits, have been put in place to help conserve ono populations. Additionally, ono is a recommended sustainable seafood choice by organizations such as Seafood Watch and the Marine Stewardship Council.