Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Description: Dolphin are very brightly colored fish; typically greenish blue with yellow on the sides but they can of flash purple, chartreuse, as well as a wide range of other colors with irregular blue or golden blotches scattered over sides. The body tapers sharply from head to tail and the single dark dorsal fin extends fully from just behind the head to the tail.
Aliases: Mahi Mahi
Habitat: OFFSHORE in warm waters. Around weed lines or floating objects.
Tackle Used: Conventional light tackle, trolling or sight fishing
Fight: Mahi Mahi are powerful, fast fish that give a strong fight with lots of awesome water clearing jumps
Vital Stats: One of the fastest growing fish, Dolphin are believed to live no more than 5 years. They typically range from 8 – 40 lbs. and swim at speeds of up to 50 knots.
State Record: 81 lbs. caught near Lantana
Limits: 10 per harvester per day not to exceed 60 per vessel per day with a minimum 20” fork for Atlantic catches
Flavor: Outstanding, white fillets with a very light fish taste. Dolphin is known as the “Florida Favorite” and is found on the menu of most restaurants under its alias Mahi Mahi.