Florida Regulations:

    Gear Requirements:

    Legal Gear: hook and line, spearing
    Habitat and Fishing Tips:

    Dolphin, commonly known as Mahi-Mahi, is a pelagic, off-shore species that prefers warm
    waters (above 68 degrees) and water depths greater than 80 feet. Adults eat bait fish, flying
    fish, squid and crabs. Like many other pelagic species, dolphin are attracted to floating
    objects and are commonly found in association with floating mats of sargassum. Dolphin
    are fast swimmers and extremely fast growers reaching nearly three feet in length in their
    first year of life. Large, solitary dolphin are commonly caught while trolling natural baits
    such as rigged ballyhoo or cigar minnows, but they can also be caught on live bait, cut bait,
    artificial lures, jigs or spoons. The tackle used to catch dolphin ranges from light spinning
    tackle for smaller schooling dolphin, to heavy trolling equipment.  Chumming with cut bait
    or leaving a hooked fish in the water can keep schooling fish near the boat for multiple
    hookups. Dolphin is undoubtedly one of Florida’s most beautiful marine species and a
    favorite seafood item for many people.

    State Record:

    81 lb, caught near Lantana, Florida

    Florida Rule   

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