A comprehensive guide about how to catch Mahi mahi (dolphinfish) including info about bait, lures, tips and techniques and a whole lot more.
How to catch Mahi mahi
Gold coast Australia.
The Mahi-mahi is not related to the Dolphin, even though it is commonly refered to as Dolphin fish and Dorado. English language adopted the Hawaiian word mahi-mahi.
Large Mahi mahi are regularly caught off the Gold coast during the summer months.
Mahi-mahi live 4 to 5 years and are a very fast growing species. Catches average 4 to 13 kilograms (15 to 29 lb). They seldom exceed 15 kilograms (33 lb), and any mahi-mahi over 18 kilograms (40 lb) is considered a monster.
Mahi-mahi have streamlined bodies and dorsal fins that extend nearly the entire length of their bodies. They are distinguished by their blunt head shape and amazing colors: golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males have prominent foreheads protruding well above the body proper. Females have a rounded head. Females are also usually smaller than males.
Mahi-mahi are among the quickest growing fish in the sea. They spawn in warm ocean currents throughout much of the year, Mahi-mahi are carnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of smaller fish species including slimy mackerel, yellowtail scad, pilchards and flying fish.
On our Surfers paradise fishing charters we look for floating debris working sea birds and current lines near the edge of the local reef systems in between 18-50 fathoms of water. Mahi-mahi (and many other pelagic fish species) often swim near debris such as floating logs, palm fonds, or kelp weed. Lines and bouys around fish traps are also great fish attracting devices.
10 to 15 kilo tackle is more than adequate for fishing for mahi-mahi. Personally i prefer spinning gear to overheads, although overheads are great for trolling for Dolphinfish. Mahi mahi can be caught using a variety of techniques including trolling, spinning, live baiting, dead baiting and float lining. They respond well to small-medium skirt lures in a variety of colours towed at 6-8 knots and are often taken as a by catch while trolling for Tuna or marlin.
We also regularly take good numbers of Mahi mahi on live yellowtail and slimy mackerel during the months of December, January and February. Live baits need to be set at various depths below balloons preferabally fished in a burley trail along a current line.
If you cant get live bait floating unweighted pilchards down a burley trail can also be highly effective. Dolphin fish respond well to burley and will often swim right to the back of the boat in massive schools, when this occurs you can simply flick baits or spinners straight to them.
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