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How to fish for Mahi Mahi?

Old 05-05-2019, 05:09 AM
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We catch a lot of live bait on the weeds before fishing for Mahi Mahi. I started using circle hooks since they always swallow the live bait and the hook sticks in their gut. The circle hook increased my hook ups and I rarely retire now. This also increases the chance the fish will survive if he is a shorty. The Key is to use a 6 or 7. Not sure how it will hide in a chunk bait. Always use fleuro liter too. Usually 6’ of 30 lb is plenty. My favorite lure to quick troll a group is the Tormentor Mini Tuna dart in Pink. Then whenever they quit eating live speedos I jump in and shoot the rest of them!! The keys to spearing Mahi imho is to wear Mahi colors. I wear Mahi guy Harvey or pelagic shirts and pants every single time we go and the fish swim right up to me. See for yourself!!

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Just don't catch dolphin - they are protected...
We use left over parts from cleaning manatees for dolphin.
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:04 AM
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We use left over parts from cleaning manatees for dolphin.
Manatee season ended March 31st don't get caught.
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Keep a bag of chum in the water. also get a big sponge and soak it in menhadden oil. Throw that in the bag with the chum.
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We use left over parts from cleaning manatees for dolphin.

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Old 05-12-2019, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by cp10415 View Post
Saw a school of nice size mahi mahi showed up near my boat in my last trip out. But they didn't stay around long for us to fish them. What's the best way to fish a school of mahi mahi?

Depends on size of said mahi...

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Old 05-12-2019, 03:55 AM
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Dolphin are probably the dumbest pelagic fish in the ocean, sometimes you’ll run in to a school with lock jaw and have to get creative but I’ve also seen them so jacked up they’ll eat a bare hook.

Lot of good advice on this thread but I can’t help myself - if you want to catch “Mahi Mahi” the Joe’s Crab Shack menu may be a good place to start
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:20 PM
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Mahi will eat almost anything. IMHO opinion the trick is to be ready, if you are not they may move on before you even get after them.

Of course trolling is popular, but if you are talking about drift or anchor and they show up... well like other said keep a few ballyhoo ready, cut a hunk and put it on a hook. I have never seen the need for fluro with them, and 20 LB line is fine, depending on the size of course. But typically when a school shows up they are normally 30" and smaller.

I keep a 3/0 bare jig head on a spinning rod. Add a piece of hoo and toss it in front of them. Once you have one hooked, Leave him in the water till the second one is hooked. This way they will stay nearby. If you bring him in right away, the others may leave before you get a shot at them. If it is a smallish one, I have even just put the rod in the rod holder with 20' of line out and then start fishing a different rod. It also works good if you have more than one person on the boat, then you can alternate who brings theirs on next.

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Old 05-17-2019, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by highflier1 View Post
Mahi will eat almost anything. IMHO opinion the trick is to be ready, if you are not they may move on before you even get after them.

Of course trolling is popular, but if you are talking about drift or anchor and they show up... well like other said keep a few ballyhoo ready, cut a hunk and put it on a hook. I have never seen the need for fluro with them, and 20 LB line is fine, depending on the size of course. But typically when a school shows up they are normally 30" and smaller.

I keep a 3/0 bare jig head on a spinning rod. Add a piece of hoo and toss it in front of them. Once you have one hooked, Leave him in the water till the second one is hooked. This way they will stay nearby. If you bring him in right away, the others may leave before you get a shot at them. If it is a smallish one, I have even just put the rod in the rod holder with 20' of line out and then start fishing a different rod. It also works good if you have more than one person on the boat, then you can alternate who brings theirs on next.

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I was doing that with the rod holder and a schoolie when the biggest lit up Wahoo I ever saw came flying buy, took a swipe at my Mahi and missed, then disappeared.
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