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  • Dolphin -Mahi Mahi

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Dolphin or Mahi Mahi

    Dolphin or Mahi Mahi

    Dolphin: Coryphaena hippurus

    Appearance:

    • Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides and has the capability to flash a wide range of colors
    • The body tapers sharply from head to tail
    • Irregular blue or golden blotches are scattered over the sides
    • Female’s heads slope more than males

    Habitat:

    Dolphin are open-ocean fish. The young live in floating sargassum weed.

    Behavior:

    Dolphin are fast swimmers and fast growers that live no more than 5 years. Spawning occurs year round in warm oceanic waters.

    State Record:

    81 lb, caught near Lantana

    Fishing Tips and Facts:

    Adults eat squid, flying fish and other small fish while cruising weed lines in offshore waters. Troll natural baits such as ballyhoo rigged on #7 or #8 steel wire with a 7/0 or 8/0 hook. They can also be caught on artificial lures, feathers, or spoons. When a schooling dolphin is hooked, the rest of the school will often stay nearby. Chumming cut bait will bring them in and create a frenzy of activity. Dolphin is a favorite seafood item for many people.

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