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Mahi-Mahi Fishing Guide

Want to know how to catch the elusive but beautiful mahi-mahi fish? Read on and learn how to fish for this out-of-the-blue beauty!

Getting to Know Mahi-Mahi

Having a sail-like dorsal fin extending nearly its entire length, the body of the mahi-mahi is iridescent bluish-green and yellow. Sportfishers favor this fish for its playfulness, size, beauty, and world-famous tasty meat just like the King mackerel. Mahi-mahi is a fast-growing kind of fish that has a short life span; averaging only about five years. Having a short life span, they are known for being productive fish that reproduce at just four to five months old or between 17 and 21 inches in length. This fish is a surface dwelling, ray-finned fish found in offshore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters around the world. They are also widely called dorado and dolphin fish but keep in mind that they are not related to dolphins. These fish are most commonly found in the waters around the Gulf of Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, the Indian Ocean, and of course, the Atlantic. Visit Fishing Charters Virginia Beach to book an offshore mahi-mahi fishing session with us!

Best Season to Catch Mahi-Mahi

Mahi-Mahi is incredibly rare, so don't expect to find one right off the bat. But if you're hunting for mahi-mahi exclusively, bring at least 20 buckets of fish bait of any kind to increase your chances of catching this fish as they willingly accept almost any baitfish available. Even though they are rare, hunting mahi-mahi isn’t that much of a hassle since they decide where to search for food in temperatures they prefer, so you might want to take note of this and go where the water temperature is ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They can be caught in the Mid-Atlantic areas such as the Navy towers off the Outer Banks and Triangle Wrecks off Virginia.

How to Catch Mahi-Mahi

Mahi-mahis are a rare fish. But don’t lose hope as this fish will willingly go to temperate waters and will most certainly accept any type of bait fish you throw at it, but it's good to know that this fish has its own set of favorite bait. Fishermen report that successfully catching mahi-mahi increases if you use ballyhoo, squid, or any variety of cut fish. Catching the mahi-mahi requires no special technique as you can catch this fish using the common fishing methods you can employ with any other type of fish such as trolling, jigging, and casting.

Enjoy a Mahi-Mahi Dish!

Aside from having savory and tasty meat, mahi-mahi is also an excellent source of healthy, lean protein. It is also rich in Niacin, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, and Selenium. Making a dish with mahi-mahi as the primary ingredient is so easy! You just need to have these ingredients on hand:salted butter, chives or parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon peel, olive oil, and of course, the mahi-mahi fillet. Just easily combine all the ingredients to marinate the mahi-mahi fillet then roast it in the frying pan or in the oven, the choice is yours. This recipe will be loved by any fish-lover, so go ahead, try it, and make your catching session worthwhile by culminating with a good and tasty dish!

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