The spring and summer months (April – August) are the best time of year for Mahi-mahi fishing in Florida, but summer time is the most consistent for these bad boys! There is usually a mix of smaller ‘schoolie’ fish along with bigger ‘bulls.
Depending on where you live, or cast your line, the same fish can have different names. Mahi-mahi is a good example of this. Mahi is a popular entrée on many restaurant menus, however, it is also widely known as Dolphin. That’s Dolphin fish, not Flipper the mammal. The name “dolphin” most likely came about because of the fish’s early scientific classification in the genus dolfyn. Mahi-mahi is the Hawaiian name for this fish, and Dorado is the Spanish name. Regardless of what you choose to call it, it’s a great sport fish and absolutely gorgeous in the open ocean.
The mahi-mahi is a surface-dwelling, highly migratory schooling fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide. They are swift, acrobatic fish with brilliant colors and can be found at depths up to 250 feet, but more typically are found near 120 feet. They typically like to feed on mackerel and squid. Check out our gallery for pictures of some of our Mahi catches!