Dolphin (Mahi Mahi, Dolphinfish, Dorado)
What Charter Fishes For Them:
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:
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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