The mahi’s astonishing neon colors, wild aerial fight, and widespread abundance make it one of the world’s most popular game fishes.


There is no other fish quite like the mahi, starting with its amazing, brilliant neon hues of blues, greens and yellows that make it one of the most striking fish in the ocean. Add its appearance and delicious filets to its behavior, and it’s not surprising that many consider it the ideal game fish. When hooked, mahi often spend more time airborne than in the water. Whether 2-pound “chickens” or 40-pound bulls, mahi will quickly run down a bait or lure to strike aggressively.

Mahi, also called dolphin or dorado, roam the open ocean, often in packs or large schools. They tend to congregate around anything floating — weed lines, logs or even various bits of flotsam. Mahi are one of the world’s fastest-growing fishes, known to grow up to 50 pounds or more in one year. Their lifespan is only a few years. The IGFA all-tackle world record dolphin came from the Pacific off Costa Rica in 1976, weighing in at 87 pounds. Mahi rank #6 in the world’s top 100 game fish.