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Deep Sea Fishing Mahi Mahi

Picture of Mahi Mahi - Dolphinfish

Common Dolphinfish aka Mahi Mahi or Dorado (Coryphaena Hippurus)

Mahi Mahi, also known as a dolphinfish or Dorado is a colorful fish with a boxy hump at the head; the average weight is approximately 20 lbs but they can also get over 50 lbs. too! They tend to travel in school and are fast swimmers; they will sometimes jump out of the water when caught. Mahi Mahi is probably the fish most frequently associated with local Hawaii cuisine and has pink flesh with a nice, mild flavor when cooked. There are many ways to prepare Mahi Mahi including, in fish tacos, baked, pan-fried, or grilled and pair well with the local-style marinades and seasons.

In addition to the boxy hump on their heads, Mahi Mahi are easy to recognize with beautiful golden bodies with blue and green coloring on their sides. They tend to travel in schools and are attracted to floating objects.

Hawaii’s record for the largest Mahi Mahi is 82 lbs. set by Kathy Hunter on September 24, 1987 in Kailua-Kona.

Mahi Mahi Fishing Season

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Best Time for Mahi Mahi Fishing

Spring is the time in Hawaii for these fish.

Mahi Mahi can be caught almost year around, it just depnds on which island you are at.  So, if your goal is to catch Mahi Mahi, then you will want to check out the island fishing season you are going to fish.

Mahi Mahi (dorado or dolphin fish)
The most plentiful game fish in the ocean, Mahi-mahi means strong strong in Hawaiian. The distinctions between the males and females are obvious in the shape of the head, and they put on a spectacular aerial show when hooked. The Mahi-mahi displays incredibly vivid colors ranging from golden to green to aqua to silvery blue. They are particularly structure oriented, and if you happen to run across an old cargo net or log that has been in the water for a long time, there may be hundreds of these tasty fighters swimming around it. The Mahi-mahi is caught year round in Hawaiian waters, and range in size from 12-70 pounds.






Mahi-mahi is an exceptionally versatile fish, having firm, white meat and a delicate flavor. Broiled, poached, baked, sautéed, grilled, or pan-fried, mahi-mahi delivers a truly sensational taste. The National Fisheries Institute suggests that you try mahi-mahi as an appetizer. Cut the fish into squares, marinate them in lime juice, and broil them with garlic butter. As a main course, baked mahi-mahi served with a sweet-and-sour sauce is sure to win rave reviews from family and friends. Mahi-mahi is one of those fish that is wonderful just about any way you can think to prepare it — from the simple to the complex, minimal ingredients to multiple ingredients, subtle to strong flavors. We love to use seafood in traditional meat and poultry dishes, and we know seafood tacos are not new, but made with mahi-mahi, they’re great!

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