top of page

Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi, also known as dorado or dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus), are vibrant and agile pelagic fish that captivate anglers with their dazzling colors, impressive leaps, and delectable flesh, providing an exciting and rewarding fishing experience.

Mahi Mahi

Seasons and Location

- Mahi Mahi are found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. They are commonly found in offshore waters, near floating debris, weed lines, and current edges.
- Areas Found: Mahi Mahi are often encountered in the open ocean, particularly near areas with structures such as floating logs, buoys, and mats of seaweed. They are known to congregate around these areas that provide food and shelter.
- Warmer Months: Mahi Mahi fishing is most productive during the warmer months when water temperatures are higher. They tend to follow warm ocean currents and are more active in these conditions.


- Feeding Behavior: Mahi Mahi are opportunistic predators that feed on a variety of prey, including small fish, squid, crustaceans, and flying fish. They are known for their aggressive feeding behavior and their ability to strike lures with enthusiasm.
- Pelagic Fish: Mahi Mahi are pelagic fish that spend most of their time in the open ocean, often far from shore. They are capable of covering long distances and are frequently encountered near the surface.
- Schooling Behavior: Mahi Mahi often travel in schools, ranging in size from a few fish to large aggregations. These schools can include fish of different sizes, from small "schoolies" to larger bull mahi.
- Acrobatic Displays: When hooked, Mahi Mahi are known for their acrobatic jumps and powerful runs. They are strong fighters and can put up a thrilling fight.

Lure choice

- Trolling Lures: Trolling is a popular technique for targeting Mahi Mahi. Use brightly colored lures, such as skirted trolling lures, diving plugs, or soft plastic lures with a daisy chain or bird teaser in front. These lures imitate small fish and attract the attention of Mahi Mahi.
- Surface Lures: Mahi Mahi readily strike surface lures such as poppers, chuggers, or walk-the-dog style lures. These lures create commotion on the water's surface and can trigger Mahi Mahi to strike.
- Natural Baits: Mahi Mahi can also be targeted using natural baits such as live baitfish, squid, or strips of bonito or mackerel. These baits can be presented on a variety of rigs, including under a float or with a weighted line.
- Fly Fishing: Fly fishing for Mahi Mahi can be exhilarating. Large, brightly colored flies tied to imitate bait fish or squid can be effective. Flies with plenty of movement and flash are often successful in attracting Mahi Mahi.

bottom of page