How to Catch Wahoo Anywhere In the World

One of the great things about wahoo fishing anywhere in the world is that it’s a never-ending learning experience. Even if you’ve been doing it for years, you can always fine-tune your techniques and learn new ways to catch more wahoo. In this blog post, we’ll look at how to catch wahoo, specifically focusing on how light transitions(sunny to cloudy conditions) wahoo fishing conditions.

How to Catch Wahoo in Cloudy Condtions

Light Transition Period-Sun to Cloud

It’s essential to pay attention to the light transition from a bright blue sky to a cumulus cloud cover. This transition can be crucial in figuring out when the best wahoo bites tend to occur. Low light early morning hours or sunset are typically the best times to fish for wahoo because the cumulus clouds cast grey, black, and silver shadows across the sea surface, which can help to break up the bright shades of blue and make it easier for wahoo to spot their prey. On the other hand, when the bright sun is replaced by cumulus cloud cover in the middle of the day, it’s not a great time to be a baitfish. During this light transition, baitfish lose their ability to hide from predators and become more vulnerable to attack. This is because they can no longer reflect ocean colors at wahoo and lose their pigmentation, allowing them to blend in with the color of the water. As a result, wahoo can more effectively target baitfish during this time. So if you’re looking to catch wahoo, it might be a good idea to focus on fishing during these light transition periods!

Vision Adjustments 

If you’re planning to go fishing for wahoo, it’s essential to remember that these fish need time to adjust to sudden changes in light. When the sky darkens during the day, their vision can take over an hour to adapt. Just like when we step outside in low-light conditions, and it takes a while for our eyes to adjust, the same thing happens with wahoo. So if you’re not having much luck catching anything right away, don’t give up hope just yet. The fish may need time to adjust to the new conditions before feeding.

The Wahoo Super Hero Power 

Wahoos get the best of both worlds when stalking prey under cumulus cloud cover. They can use their cones and rods to the best of their ability. Since it is not entirely dark, they can use their cones to see more blue and use their superior system of rods (nighttime vision) on these cumulous cloud cover days. Under a cloudy sky, the wahoo can also use the power of UV light to aid in his hunt.

Stabilized Conditions

The bite can be wide open on these light transition days, especially if you are in an area with 3-4 days of consecutive cumulous cloud cover and good water quality. Wahoos had time to adapt to these conditions and hold in spots for several days, feeding heavily on baitfish as conditions are optimum for an epic bite. 

Lure Color Selection

First, I recommend reading How Wahoo See Color before making lure purchases. Then, on cumulous cloud days, when flying fish are around, I use seawitches. I prefer the blue and crystal hair, witch rigged with bait strips, or a fresh double-rigged ballyhoo. Finally, I recommend using the best wahoo trolling lure plug, the Baitfish Halco laser Pro 190.


The science of cumulus cloud cover and wahoo fishing has been an exciting journey. I have learned a great deal about the clouds that bring us our daily weather and how those clouds can help or hinder our chances of catching a wahoo. So, add a cumulous cloud cover to the bite formula mentioned in The Best Solar-Lunar Secrets blog. By understanding how light transition affects fish behavior and what type of bait to use, you’ll be one step closer to reeling in that personal best wahoo!