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Also known as Anfalous, Mahi Mahi, Dorado, Dauphin dorade, Dorade Coryphène, Llampuga, Pappagallo or Goldmakrele

Coryphaena hippurus (Linnaeus, 1758) of the Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Coryphaenidae (Dolphinfishes) has a long, slender, tapered body specialized for swimming at high speeds. There is a square supraorbital region, and the dorsal fin runs nearly to the bright yellow caudal fin. A Dolphinfish (or "Dolphin" as the anglo-americans call them, which caused quite a bit of confusion) is iridescent gold, green, silver, and blue, and so dazzling it is hard to believe that more than one of such a marvelous creature exists. Sexual dimorphism is evident, Males are physically larger and heavier than females of the same age, and males have prominent foreheads. Mature males protruding well above the body proper. Females have a rounded head. Females are also usually smaller than males. Males, often called “Bulls”, have a large distinctive flat forehead.  They grow bigger than the females, which are called “Cows”.  While you do need a boat to find and catch Mahi, they are the easiest blue water fish to catch for the average angler.

Dolphinfish commonly reach one meter in length, but can reach up to two meters. Catches average seven to 9 kilogram. Weights over 18 kg are exceptional. but they can reach 1,6 meter and weigh more than 30 kg, Dolphinfish are one of the world’s most popular gamefish and it’s no mystery why that is. They are spectacularly colored, fight hard, jump when hooked, and taste delicious. Words and pictures cannot adequately describe the magnificence of a fully lit up Dorado in the water. Sport fishermen seek Dolphinfish due to their beauty, size, food quality, and healthy population. They are fast swimmers and extremely fast growers reaching 90 cm in length in their first year of life. Dorado is a pelagic, off-shore species which prefers warm waters and greater water depths. As the sea temperature exceeds 21 C° in Summer they enter the northern part of Red Sea. Large, solitary Dolphin are commonly caught while trolling natural surface baits, but they can also be caught on live bait, cut bait, artificial lures, jigs or spoons. Trolling speed is between 4 ad 7 knots, just fast enough to make the bait work properly. A properly working bait will be skipping along just under and on the surface. A Mahi caught casting on lightweight tackle is one of the most exciting experiences in all of sportsfishing.  Their high metabolic rate has been attributed to physiological adaptations that conform to the lifestyle of a fast-moving pelagic predator. Mahi-Mahi (Polynesian for "strong") are fast swimmers with an estimated top swimming speed of 90 km/h.

Successful fishing methods include trolling, jigging, casting, chunking as well as live bait fishing. Smaller sized fish are likely to school together and can be found around any little bit of floating debris. Look for gulls and frigate birds, they  follow schools of dolphin waiting for them to find a school of baitfish. You can spot a school of feeding fish by watching out for a flock of diving birds. As you move to the birds, you may find that the feeding fish are not Mahi. Never mind that – just get some baits out. If you spot a cruising frigate bird, make an effort to stay with it for at least a while. They will find and lock onto a big bull or cow Mahi and follow them high overhead for miles, waiting for them to feed. This is where most of the really big Mahi are caught. Larger Mahi will follow schools of other fish. Flying fish are perhaps the all time favorite food for dolphinfish. So never ever pass up a school of flying fish. May be you are lucky enough to get them jumping into your vessel at nighttime. Like sardines flying fish are attracted to light. if near the edge of the reef at depth of about 40 m of water. Once you locate them, they are going to accept just about any kind of bait presented to them. Research has shown that Mahi eat primarily during the day, but have been know to feed at night when the moon can provide the needed light to see its prey. Bigger fish turn into lone rangers or even can be found in male-female pairs. They are very fast swimmers and cover wide areas looking for food.

Dolphin usually prefer what I call a semi-hot bait. That is, not too slow and not too fast. I place a rod in a rod holder and let line back behind the boat. These are flat lines – ones that are not attached to an outrigger. I put one on each side of the boat back thirty to fifty yards. I run the trolling speed of the boat up until the bait is one the surface and “skipping” with the front of the bait just out of the water. Sometimes I will troll four rods, two way back fifty to sixty yards, one half way back and one bait right up close to the boat in the prop wash.


IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Status: LEAST CONCERN

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the best-known worldwide conservation status: least concern (LC).

they are a fast-growing, short-lived fish they are hungry more often than not.  They die of old age around 5-6 years and attain a maximum weight of around 90lbs.This species is reported to live only about 5 years. 

But these pelagic works of art thrive in the warm waters off the Hawaiian, Japanese and Indonesian archipelagos, the coasts of Central and South America, and in the Red Sea, and Eastern Mediterranean. Also known as Mahi Mahi, they come to our tables from commercial, sport and artisanal fishing fleets, taken by baited single hooks or longlines either intentionally or as bycatch in fisheries for marlin, tuna, sharks and swordfish. Between 30,000 and 40,000 tons of Mahi Mahi are delivered into the global market each year. Dolphin fish are prolific spawners, grow quickly, and have short life spans. Mahi Mahi means Strong Strong in Polynesian.


Dolphinfish Rigs and Techniques

Dolphinfish Tackle

There are no really heavy duty tackle requirements, and the dolphin are usually quite eager to eat your bait – even if it happens to be presented a bit wrong. They generally cooperate and make you look good! The line should be fixed with a 3 ft length of 30 to 50 lb fluorocarbon leader utilizing a 50 pound barrel swivel. The small body of the swivel practically eliminates any chance of picking up debris and offers a quick connection place between the line and leader. The angler must be cautious to not reel the swivel into the rod because it can damage the guides. Many anglers use an albright or uni-knot in place of a swivel. This knot is generally challenging to tie properly with braided and fused lines.

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Conventional trolling rods and reels work well, but medium to heavy spinning tackle will work equally as well. Just make sure the reel holds several hundred yards of line.

I use twenty to thirty pound test monofilament line on my dolphin reels. But, remember, I am specifically targeting dolphin. Charter boats will usually be trolling fifty or even eighty pound line. The beauty of trolling the Gulfstream is that you never know what you will find

Any medium weight conventional set up should work fine.  A Shimano Trinidad 16N is a good reel for casting.  Unfortunately, Dorado are often hooked when trolling with heavy tackle meant for larger fish such as Marlin and so they are totally outmatched and really don't get a chance to show what they are made of.  This is one of the great tragedies of sportfishing.  If you hook a 30lb+ Dorado on a lighter saltwater baitcasting rod and reel you are in for quite a fight.  Click here for tackle recommendations .

Most Dorado are caught on trolling lures such as rubber skirts meant for Marlin or Sailfish or feathers meant for Tuna.  They also hit trolled plugs such as Rapalas.

If Dorado are concentrated in an area, either through chumming or because there is a piece of floating debris, a wide variety of lures may be cast to them.  My favorite is a popper, which they will readily eat.  If they are fired up they will pretty much eat anything.  Whatever you cast to them, make sure you watch out with heavier lures as Dorado jump wildly when hooked and the lure could come flying back at you at a high rate of speed.

Dorado mostly eat fish so traditional baitfish such as sardines and Pacific Mackerel work well.  Larger fish will eat larger baits.  Dorado have relatively small mouths but it always amazes me how they can somehow still engulf relatively large baits.  When they are fired up they will eat almost anything, alive or dead.

Like many other pelagic species, dolphin are attracted to floating objects and are commonly found in association with floating mats of sargassum.

Mahi-mahi typically are taken by trolling ballyhoo on the surface with 30 to 50 pound line test tackle. 30- to 50-pound gear is more than adequate for trolling for mahi-mahi. Fly-casters may especially seek frigate birds to find big mahi-mahis, and then use a bait-and-switch technique. Ballyhoo or a net full of live sardines tossed into the water can excite the mahi-mahis into a feeding frenzy. Hookless teaser lures can have the same effect. After tossing the teasers or live chum, fishermen throw the fly to the feeding mahi-mahi. Once on a line, mahi-mahi are fast, flashy and acrobatic, with beautiful blue, yellow, green and even red dots of color

Terminal Tackle

  • Leaders usually made from 50 to 70 pound test wire, or 80 pound test monofilament. The reason for a wire leader is that other species than dolphin (like barracuda) may strike your bait. These leaders are usually six to eight feet in length.
  • Hooks for dead or live bait – usually in the 6/0 to 7/0 range in standard hooks for trolling and 7/0 circle hooks for live baiting.


Pomacentridae, Labridae, Caesionidae and Scaridae make up the majority of the Coral Trouts diet

They feed on flying fish, crabs, squid, crustaceans, mackerel and other fish. (flying fish

Adults eat bait fish, flying fish, squid and crabs.

The young feed mainly on crustaceans and larvae of other pelagic fish whilst larger, more mature fish, feed on flying fish, mackerel, triggerfish, and just about anything else


King Mackerel

The tackle used to catch dolphin ranges from light spinning tackle for smaller schooling dolphin, to heavy trolling equipment. Chumming with cut bait or leaving a hooked fish in the water can keep schooling fish near the boat for multiple hookups. Click here for tackle recommendations

Once a school of Mahi are encountered, casting with small jigs or Fly casting using a bait-and-switch technique can be successful.

Ballyhoo or a net full of live sardines tossed into the water can be used to excite the mahi-mahis into a feeding frenzy. Hookless teaser lurescan also be employed in the same manner. The teasers or live chum are tossed into the water, the fly is thrown to the feeding mahi-mahi. Once hooked, mahi-mahi are acrobatic game fish displaying spectacular blue, yellow and green colours.

The Tackle Requirements

Most anglers will have the following tackle on board when seeking dolphin:
  • Rods and Reels
    • Trolling rods in the 30 pound class.
    • Matching conventional reels spooled with 25 to 30 pound monofilament line.
    • Spinning rods and matching reels in the same line class,
    • Lighter spinning or casting rods and reels for shoolies near the boat.




Coral Groupers IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status is: least concern (LC). Most Coral Trout mature as females when they are about 22cm long and about 2 years old.   At this time a mature female Coral Trout can product 83,000 eggs a year.  A 4 year old female can produce about 458,000 eggs a year.


Yellowfin Tuna

are highly migratory and seasonal to the Red Sea.

Blue fin tuna, Yellow fin tuna, Black fin tuna, Dogtooth tuna, White tuna, and Skipjack tuna. 

these tuna often feed near the surface so topwater techniques can be used. For trolling, you can try tuna feathers, cedar plugs, and plastic skirted trolling lures.  Rapala type plugs also work. For trolling, you can try tuna feathers, cedar plugs, and plastic skirted trolling lures.  Rapala type plugs also work.


Jack or the Giant Trevally

Giant Trevally love large poppers such as those made by Heru, Halco, and many other manufacturers.  You cast them as far as you can, and then retrieve them with long sweeps of the rod so that the poppers kick up a lot of water.  You should vary your retrieve speed to figure out what they like.  Give it a pause to give the fish a chance to strike; you don't want to pull it away from them.  The strike is often dramatic as they launch out of the water in a shower of spray trying to annihilate your popper.  As with all topwater lure fishing, you have to wait until you feel weight on the end of your line before setting the hook as the fish often miss the lure on the first try.

Giant Trevally: also known as the GT is a species of large marine fish classified in the jack family. The giant trevally is distinguished by its steep head profile, strong tail scutes. It is normally a silvery color with occasional dark spots; however males may be black once they mature. Giant Trevally can grow to a maximum known size of 170 cm and a weight of 80 kg. The current IGFA World Record stands at an outrageous 145lb


Dog Tooth Tuna

Dogtooth Tuna are generally caught either trolling or jigging.  For trolling for large ones a 50 W type trolling outfit with 100lb braided line should be sufficient.

Dogtooth Tuna can because caught trolling Rapala type lures.

 reef drop-offs and ofshore structures

It does have many similarities to the tunas though in some respects it differs considerably. Teeth for example. The reason the dogtooth tuna is called as such are its relatively large widely spaced Conical teeth.



Sailfish: reaching 1.2–1.5 meters (3 ft 10 in–4 ft 10 in) in length in a single year, and feed on the surface or at mid-depths on smaller fish and squid. Individuals have been clocked at speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour (68 mph), which is the highest speed reliably reported in a fish. Generally, sailfish do not grow to more than 3 meters (9.8 ft) in length

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