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Mahi Mahi Fishing

Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miami this week was great. This past week was the first consistent Dolphin fish (Mahi Mahi) fishing that we have seen. Miami begins to heat up right around Fathers-day. So the Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are right on track. The fish we are talking about are the smaller school fish. The Dolphin are typically about 3 to 10 pounds and are in large to medium schools. We find these fish migrating north in as shallow as about 100 feet of water on out to over 1,600 feet of water. The best fishing tends to be in about 750′ to about 950′. We find fish under almost anything floating. Patches of sargassum weed and a large piece of wood (palette) can be some of the most productive “floaters”. Working birds like Frigates, Shearwaters and Gulls will almost always put you on feeding fish.

Mahi Mahi Fishing on the Spellbound

When Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miami and off Miami Beach we typically “run & gun”. That means that we will get up in the Tuna Tower and head off shore. Scouring the Gulf Stream looking for signs of life. We keep 8 – 10 spinning rods at the ready. The lighter rods have 12 pound line and the heaviest has 30 pound line. We choose the rods to mach the size of the fish we find. The Dolphin are brightly colored and easy to spot under “floaters” or feeding beneath birds. We will also look under floating weed and debris for bait fish, blue runners & assorted jacks. Using Sabiki rigs we will catch an assortment of “match the hatch” bait to use.

Once we find the Dolphin we cast live baits and cut bait. As we hook fish always remember to keep at least one fish in the water at all times. We like to keep three fish on the hook, and rotate landing fish and re-baiting. Once the fish stop biting or move on, we get on the move and look for the next school of fish

Capt. Jay Cohen

Capt. Jay owns and operates the Miami fishing charter Capt. Jay’s Deep Sea Fishing. Capt. Jay has fished Miami for more than 40 years and holds several I.G.F.A world records and has won multiple tournaments, including the METT tournament and the fun fish boat in the Miami Billfish tournament. Capt. Jay discovered a new species of tilefish and had the honor of naming the fish (Bahama Tiger Tilefish).

MAHI-MAHI Fishing in Miami

Mahi Mahi Fishing Miami is almost a year round staple. Although we do catch larger fish in the Fall and Spring. With that said the best action with Mahi Mahi fishing Miami is in the Summer. In the Summer months Mahi Mahi aka the Dolphin Fish school up in large numbers. Although the typical “schoolie”Mahi Mahi is about 4 – 10 pounds. In the Summer we will also on occasion find larger Mahi that are paired up. These larger fish may be up to forty pound or more.

In the Spring and Fall most of the fish we see are a bit larger and the schools have fewer fish in them. The Mahi or Dolphin Fish may be from about eight pounds to about twenty pounds in small schools. Whereas encounters with the larger paired fish may be more common.

Where we find & catch mahi-mahi in miami

In the summer we typically find Mahi Mahi in the off shore waters. Although Dolphin spend most of their time close to the surface, we will find them in water depths of 300 feet to over 2,000 feet. Off Miami and Miami Beach that is from about 3 miles off the coast to about 20 miles. And every where in between.

In the Spring and Fall we find Mahi Mahi typically closer to shore. We have caught Dolphin fish in as shallow as 40 feet in these months. Although most of the Mahi Mahi we find are on the edge of the Gulf Stream in about 100 feet of water, and on out to about 600 feet of water. That about one and a half miles to about three miles off Miami and Miami Beach.

We find Mahi Mahi under floating debris, Sargasso weeds, current edges and birds. Mahi Mahi are aggressive feeders and are always on the lookout for food. Therefore Anything floating on the surface will attract bait fish, shrimp and crabs. A large “floater” or patch of weeds will become an entire eco-system to its self. Dolphin fish will pursue bait fish violently, chasing them out of the water. Birds like Shearwaters, Gulls and Frigate Birds take advantage of the Mahi Mahi to catch bait fish. Its is so effective that Frigate Birds will follow Dolphin Fish for miles waiting for them to chase Flying Fish, Ballyhoo and other small bait fish.