The dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) commonly known as mahi mahi, or dorado, is a highly prized catch found in tropical and subtropical waters. These surface dwellers are known for their rich blue, green and yellow colors as well as their fascinating ability to change colors in the water. A male dolphinfish sometimes referred to as the “bull mahi mahi” has a larger more squared head and can weigh over 50 pounds, whereas a female “cow mahi mahi” features a more bulbous head and can weigh anywhere from 30 to 40 pounds. They both feature a long dorsal fin that extends from their head to their tail and the fish has a lifespan of 4 to 5 years. The vast diet of the dolphinfish includes invertebrates, billfish, crabs, and smaller fish. They feed during the day in surface water yet do tend to eat some bottom-living species as well.
Did you know that the dolphinfish is one of the fastest-growing fish in the sea? The population is stable and there is a low concern of overfishing. Among other fish, they can be caught year-round in Florida. These ray-finned fish are great for beginners and seasoned anglers, though you should know they are highly acrobatic and you may experience some flying action. Some of the most popular places to catch dolphinfish in Florida are the Florida Keys and the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
When fishing for these unpredictable fish, there are a few things to keep an eye out for. Weed lines, made up of sargassum produce a natural habitat for dolphinfish and other species. This species uses floating structures as protection, so if you spot something floating in the water, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check it out; it could turn out into an exciting day! Another useful technique to spot dolphinfish is to look out for seabirds, which typically indicates that there is bait around and like any other fish if theirs bait around you may run into some Dolphin fish. Besides being an exciting catch, the dolphinfish is also a healthy protein. They are low in fat and contain vitamins B-3, B-5, B-6, and B-12. They are rich in potassium and selenium.
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