Mahi-Mahi (Dorado, Dolphinfish)

Mahi-Mahi (Dorado, Dolphinfish)
Top Record:
87 lb IGFA
Trolling, Fly Fishing, Kite Fishing


Coryphaena hippurus goes by many names including mahi-mahi, dorado, and dolphinfish. They're numerous in temperate and tropical waters the world over, often found in huge schools under offshore weed drifts. Known for their aggressive bites, they strike hard and often, then fight like the devil when hooked with deep dives and acrobatics flights over the surface. Dolphinfish can swim up to 50 miles per hour and tend to cluster under seaweed, driftwood, and other floating debris. They can grow as fast as 18 inches a year and make remarkably good table fare. The largest bull dolphinfish can eclipse 80 pounds and are differentiate from cow fish by size and their telltale flat, broad head. Quite possibly the most pursued saltwater species in the world, dolphinfish are often caught by trolling bluewater with surface baits like squid. When found schooled up or feeding on a bait ball, they willingly strike at pitched baits and flies. Considering their abundance, aggressive nature, fight when hooked, and flavor on the grill, dolphinfish maybe the perfect saltwater game fish.