Key West Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi is one of the most sought after trophy fish in Key West. This fish is not only delicious for dinner or lunch, it is also a beautiful sight to see when first reeled in to the boat. It shows a unique display by shimmering and changing its colors. This is due to the fact that Mahi Mahi has three-dimensional scales, which are tied to the fish’s nervous system. The scales are catching and reflecting light like a band of color. So when the Mahi Mahi is first caught it is in it’s excited state, shimmering its flecks of gold, green, and vibrant blues. It has a squared off head if male, and more rounded forehead if female, with a stunning dorsal fin that runs along it’s back, with a deep v-like tail. The Mahi Mahi is one of the fastest growing, and can live up to five years.

How to Catch Key West Mahi Mahi

The Mahi Mahi fish, also known as Dolphinfish , is a chase and a hunt to catch, but it isn’t impossible. These fish are a prize to nab, and after catching one, you’ll see why people become captivated with catching it. Since these fish are carnivores, and eat crabs, squid, mackerel, and flying fish, you’ll want to use a lure that mimics one of these, or use live bait. Be prepared though, these fish can grow really large, measuring up to 6 feet and weigh over 65 pounds, about the equivalent of female German Shepherd dog, to put into perspective. And because they grow so fast, and have a high reproductive rate, these fish are not in danger of extinction.

Where to Find Mahi Mahi

This fish, also known as the Dorado in some parts of the world, is one of two fish species that belong Coryphaenidae family (the other one is Pompano Dolphinfish, in case you were wondering). These fish are surface dwellers, normally found in tropical and subtropical waters found off shore. They spawn in warm waters, and can be found in the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific side of Costa Rica, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast of Florida, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Hawaii. They have been caught in other places in the world that were along the warm waters.

Catching the Gold

The main issue when it comes to fishing and catching Mahi Mahi, is persistence. It can be a little tiring and people have fought for hours before trying to reel this fish in, but tackling the Mahi Mahi is incredibly rewarding. Just work hard, and you’ll be happy with dinner that you caught.