Dorado or known as the “Mahi Mahi” is arguably one of the most sought after fish in the ocean. Mahi range from 5 pounds all the way to 90+ pounds and can be found in abundance in tropical waters. Fun fact is Mahi only live about 5-6 years and have specific names for male and female. Male Mahi are called Bull Mahi named for the flat forehead compared to the Cow for female Mahi.

Mahi are an exciting fish to catch and fight with. They are fast moving and love to put on a show breaching the water and thrashing through the waves. If your lucky enough to experience a fight with one of these talented species you will be amazed by their colors and be surprised by the electrifying greens, blues and yellow colors they emit while trying to spit your hook. As seen below.mahi-fishing-1 Mahi also taste great and can be cooked multiple ways. Blackened with a Cajun seasoning applied lightly to their skin and then grilled or blackened. Also fried with home made batter if you prefer and fried to crispy golden skin or last but not least grilled or backed with your own concoction.


(Blackened, Fried, Grilled)

So now that you see the thrill of catching this species and most importantly how good they could taste the big question is how do you catch them? Obviously depending on ones skill set for some you will hear “I can catch a thousand of those or why would I even want to catch one I have caught so many” WELL this message is not for you so you can stop reading here and move on. For our fans we are going to give you some pointers on how to get out there and have a good time!

First we start with tackle and bait

You want to make sure your using salt water reel and rod with at least a 20lb test monofilament. Don’t be scared to ask questions at your local tackle shop. For bait you can use a variety of bait but we will stick with two of the most used baits practiced one is the ballyhoo and the other is a lure.


Ballyhoo are a treat for Mahi and are used at there best while being trolled behind the boat around 4-7 knots depending on the conditions. You can purchase these at your local tackle frozen. Once purchased make sure they are rigged “already have a hook and leader” and make sure to get them back into a freezer or thawed out on the boat. A tip on buying ballyhoo if it isn’t pooping green don’t buy it.


Lures are great and work very well. The lure in the image is our very own mold and it can be used as a skirt or a lure. A skirt is a lure that goes over the ballyhoo and allows the ballyhoo to swim with a little commotion is most cases. If you look closely the lure has a concave head that allows for just the right amount of air and water to pass around the head giving it a bubbly type of movement.


The top locations will be in tropical water their you will troll. Make sure you have a good spread of lines minimum of 4 lines depending on the size of the boat. Make sure these lines are staggered different lengths from the back of the boat.

I hope this helps a little if you have any questions or need me to elaborate on ANYTHING on different types of target species or overall fishing questions just sent me an email and I will get back to as fast as possible! ([email protected])

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Tight Lines,
Thomas Desernia
President SA