Dolphin (Mahi Mahi, Dolphinfish, Dorado)











    What Charter Fishes For Them:

  • Light Tackle Wreck and Reef Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fun Fishing Charters

    When Is Best:

    Catching Dolphin All year is not uncommon here in the Florida keys. The best months though to
    ensure a good chance at a large one is March, April, May. Dolphin are here in great numbers in
    June, July and August as well.

    About These Fish:

  • The most prolific (fast growing) fish in the ocean that we know of. Dolphin can grow to 20
    lbs in one year. Reports have them swimming from the Florida Keys to Virginia in as little
    as two weeks.
  • They eat constantly. They Love blue water, weed lines and fresh food.
  • Dolphin can be caught using live bait, fly fishing gear, trolling (preferred method) and sight
    fishing.
  • Charters for dolphin fishing can also be for Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Sailfish.
  • Food Value is EXCELLENT!!!

    Physical Description: The body of the dolphin is quite slender but fairly deep, with a noticeable
    tapering from head to tail. The male of the species is distinguished from the female by its high,
    vertical head. The anal fin has approximately 30 soft rays and stretches over half of the length of
    the body. The distinctive dorsal fin is long, covering almost three-fourths of the body, and has
    around 60 soft rays. The caudal fin is deeply forked and contains no spines. -- A blaze of blue and
    yellow or deep green and yellow when in the water, and sometimes shows dark vertical stripes as
    well when excited. Small dark spots on sides. Dorsal fin extends nearly from head to tail. Head is
    very blunt in males (bulls); rounded in females (cows).

    Range: While the greatest concentrations of dolphin are believed to be in the Indian Ocean and the
    western Pacific, they are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters and warm water
    currents. All offshore waters of Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

    Feeding Habits: Dolphin are known as voracious predators. While their favorite prey is the flying
    fish, they also consume squid, shrimp, crustaceans and even smaller dolphin. Using a keen
    sense of eyesight the dolphin locates most food near clumps of floating vegetation and objects.
    Sporting Qualities: The dolphin is considered one of the top offshore game fish and is highly
    targeted by anglers around the world. It is famous for its leaps and flips over the surface when
    hooked. Because of their speed and agility, dolphin provide for an exciting catch as they run long
    and jump often.
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