Mahi-mahi have been making their appearance in our waters lately. Although commonly called dolphin or chicken dolphin, these fish are not related to the Delphinidae family of mammals, such as Flipper.
These beautiful fish are mostly recognized by their incredibly bright colored bodies. Typically, the top of their bodies are a vivid blue or green while the bottom half can range from a yellow to a white. However, once these fish are taken out of the water their colors can change completely in a short period of time. Their color usually weakens to a yellow-grey upon death.
This fish has a compressed body and a long dorsal fin that practically extends the length of their bodies. Their anal fins are curved in at a sharp angle. Males have a more prominent forehead while the females have more of a rounded head. On average, the females are smaller. They spawn in warm waters all year long and because of this, they are one of the fastest growing fish species.
Mahi-mahi can usually be found in weedlines or in floating debris. Patches of seaweed often encompass an entire ecosystem from the tiniest of organisms to seahorses & baitfish. The Mahi like this and are known to eat anything in this ecosystem not limited to flying fish, crabs, shrimp, and even garbage at times. They can be caught while trolling, on drift lines, or you can even cast to them with lures. If you are trolling, 30-50 pound equipment should be more than enough. You can pair a cheap spinning reel with your medium-power rod. Ultra-light spinning combos with tiny spinners will guarantee success in catching supper. Spoons, topwater lures, and trout jigs are also good for casting.
Once on a line, get ready because these fish are fast and energetic; you could even see a jump or two. When you do hook one and get it to the boat, keep it in the water until somebody else hooks another one. The school will usually stay with the hooked fish, allowing you to catch multiple fish in the school.
Captain Galen Pruett has been fishing off the Texas Gulf Coast for over 25 years. To book a fishing trip with him, call 409-457-2339 or visit his website at www.cowboybootsandbathingsuits.com for more information.