Tips For Catching Mahi-Mahi

Mahi-Mahi are one of the most popular gamefish in the world for a couple of reasons.  People typically aim to catch Mahi-Mahi (AKA Dorado or Dolphin Fish) due to it’s fresh and delicious taste. Besides the world wide edibility of the fish, they’re also incredibly fun to catch due to their tendency to jump out of the water and fight hard once they’re on the hook. Mahi-Mahi can be found abundantly in tropical waters. Due to their large size and short life, these fish are usually hungry. Mahi-Mahi begin to die of old age at around 5 or 6 years, or near a maximum, yet impressive weight of 90 pounds.

Mahi-Mahi have the unique ability to change the intensity of their colors based on their mood. Unfortunately for anglers worldwide, Mahi-Mahi begin to lose their color the moment they leave the water. Words and pictures cannot describe the majesty of a beautiful green-blue toned Mahi-Mahi in the water. In most cases, Mahi-Mahi will lose their blue-green shade, and revert to a bleak gray color by the time they make it to the dock after they’re caught.

One of the most distinctive features of male mahi-mahi, commonly referred to as the “bull” is a large and iconic flat forehead. Males grow bigger than females, also called the “cow”, which often won’t reach more than 25 pounds.

What Tackle Should I Use For Catching Mahi-Mahi?
When fishing for Mahi-Mahi, any conventional rig designed to handle a medium sized fish should work just fine. Many anglers catch Mahi-Mahi by complete accident while trolling, and while using heavy tackle meant to catch much larger fish like Marlins. When this is the case, Mahi-Mahi is entirely outmatched, and won’t have the chance to show their true strength and power. For a great fight, try fishing for Mahi-Mahi using a lighter baitcasting rig designed for use in saltwater. Hook one of these spectacular fish and you’re in for what could very well be the most intense fight you’ve experienced while fishing.

What Lures Should I Use For Catching Mahi-Mahi?

Mahi-Mahi love trolling lures like rubber skirts that are typically designed to catch Sailfish and Marlin. Mahi-Mahi also like going after feathers designed to catch Tuna. Mahi-Mahi will go after lures that appear much too large for them – making them appear to be a greedy species of fish.

Mahi-Mahi have an affinity for floating objects and areas that have been chummed. When Mahi-Mahi concentrate in an area for one of these reasons, many styles of lures can be used. Mahi-Mahi will go after fast moving objects like poppers in a second. Get a school of Mahi-Mahi excited, and they’ll eat just about anything you put in front of them. Be careful when using heavier lures – Mahi-Mahi have been known to launch these back to fisherman at a high-rate of speed. can equip any fisherman’s arsenal with the bait, tackle, and gear needed to bag a few Mahi-Mahi. Visit our store location in Stuart, Florida to browse our wide selection of all things fishing.