Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

The common dolphinfish, also referred to as dolphin, mahi-mahi or dorado, is of no relation to marine mammal dolphins. For the sake of clarity, we’ll refer to it simply as the dolphin.

The dolphin are voracious eaters that typically migrate throughout the Gulfstream waters. They forage through Sargasso weed and eat baitfish, seahorses, and microscopic creatures that are embedded in the weed. They also eat mackerel, crabs, flying fish, and other forage fish. The dolphin is one of the most colorful fish species in the ocean, and also one of the fastest growing.

The dolphin can be caught year-round off the coast of Stuart, Florida. But we usually catch the big ones in April, May and June. Although Stuart is best known as an excellent sailfishing destination, it’s also a great spot for dolphin fishing.

When it comes to catching the dolphin, the most common technique is by trolling artificial lures, flying fish or ballyhoo around weeds and debris floating in the water. The dolphin are very aggressive creatures and witnessing them race out from under cover and crash the baits is always amazing. As they near the boat, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful color of the dolphin and wowed at how many they are. They’ll also be jumping, running and flipping around the boat.

The dolphin travelling in schools typically weigh between 5 and 10 pounds and they frenzy when you get into them. And since it tends to get wild when running into a school, having everyone on board hooked up and ready to catch is a common practice. Larger dolphinfish either travel in pairs or smaller groups, some of which will weigh from 40 to 60 pounds. The male dolphin, which is called a bull dolphin, has a huge square head. On the other hand, the female is called a cow dolphin and has a rounded head.

Catching the dolphinfish is great, but eating them is even better. They always taste great no matter how you cook them!

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