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Old 09-19-2018, 09:16 PM
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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?
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:25 PM
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Put literally any smallish bait on a not too big hook in front of them. For schoolies a 1/0 circle hook and squid or pieces of pogy/spanish sardine/etc works just fine. Bring the first hooked fish to the boat but leave it in the water and the school will usually stay with you.

As mahi tend to congregate around the same floating objects as triple tail the same small hook with 2' of fluorcarbon leader is appropriate.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:33 PM
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Having chunk bait ready is crucial. As soon as you see one toss it some scraps. It will get fired up and attract others that may be nearby. Follow the advice of others as said above.
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:49 PM
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Trying to catch a whole one (Mahimahi), two front halves (Mahi Mahi) or just one front half (Mahi)?
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:27 AM
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Just don't catch dolphin - they are protected...
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:30 AM
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Like finatic said always have a small bucket of chunks handy so you can toss some in when the fish show up. That would have kept the school right next to your boat and given you time to get some hooks baited up. I always keep a spinner with a 1 ounce bucktail ready for when Mahi or Cobia suddenly appear. What were you doing when they showed up? Moving? anchored? chumming?
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I caught my first Mahi this summer near a lobster trap flag on a skirted lure that I had ready to go on a rod already before my son was pulling out the chunk bait and hooks. If you see them and want them, don't give up even if you don't have any chunks to toss them. I've heard people get them on spoons, bucktails and other things.
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if you get a small one on, keep it in the water near the boat, they love seeing their buddies struggle
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by porcha View Post
if you get a small one on, keep it in the water near the boat, they love seeing their buddies struggle
This ^ when u see them throw in some chunks hook one and keep in water until u hook another than keep that one in water. It will keep them around your boat but once the one in water begins to change colors get him out as the others will swim away.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:57 AM
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I was keeping a small one in the water two years ago off fort pierce when a 6 foot long wahoo came flying out of no where and tried to eat him.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:01 AM
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They love small jerkbaits like Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows as well.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
Like finatic said always have a small bucket of chunks handy so you can toss some in when the fish show up. That would have kept the school right next to your boat and given you time to get some hooks baited up. I always keep a spinner with a 1 ounce bucktail ready for when Mahi or Cobia suddenly appear. What were you doing when they showed up? Moving? anchored? chumming?
Thanks for all the tips! We were drifting when they showed up.
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The conga line works well with the advice given above. Small hooks, flouro leader, chunks can be big. Assign one person to chunk slowly. Just enough to keep their interest. Then have another person drift their bait back with the chunks. When they hook up have them go to the other side to gaff the fish and have another person drop into the spot and repeat the chunk trick. As long as one healthy fish is in the water at all times, you can do this until every fish in the school is in your boat.

It takes some organization and timing between each person, but you can just keep catching this way.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
The conga line works well with the advice given above. Small hooks, flouro leader, chunks can be big. Assign one person to chunk slowly. Just enough to keep their interest. Then have another person drift their bait back with the chunks. When they hook up have them go to the other side to gaff the fish and have another person drop into the spot and repeat the chunk trick. As long as one healthy fish is in the water at all times, you can do this until every fish in the school is in your boat.

It takes some organization and timing between each person, but you can just keep catching this way.
I don't see them as this picky
Wife and I get into a school and we will hook up 4 at a time...then start bringing them in..usually the 1st that was hooked comes in 1st.
AS soon as one is in the box, a new pre made leader w hook is attached, another chunk (or live bait) and back in...then repeat.
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sounds like I need to go get prep for my next trip out ...
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Originally Posted by cp10415 View Post
Thanks for all the tips! We were drifting when they showed up.
Always have a bag of chum in the water when drifting. We dont leave the inlet without 20 pounds of chumblocks
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:33 PM
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really good information in this thread... nice thing about mahi is how fun they are to catch and relatively easy to stack your cooler with meat. You can usually find them around the weed lines and lead them with a good chunk. Just like porcha mentioned, you can leave a small one in the water and create some excitement.
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If they are feeding, they will eat anything. Caught a few using pieces of hot dog! A few mouthed chocolate chip cookie piece, but spit them out.
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How to catch mahi depends on where you are and where the fish are and what the available structure is. If you're in the northeast and the fish are by the pots, that's one thing. If you are running across the Gulfstream to Bimini and you run into a big weed line that's another. If you run across a big wooden pallet in blue water, you can troll around it or you can stealthily approach and throw out live bait if you have that or some dead bait if you have that. There's too many variables to give a generic answer. Provide more specifics on where you're going to fish and how you're planning to fish and people can give you better advice. There are some good general comments to start out though.
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:54 AM
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This will literally work for mahi everywhere on the globe:

1) Throw chunks of bait (live baitfish are even better)
2) Bury a small circle hook on 40 lb fluoro in a piece of bait (or live bait)
3) Throw it out to them
4) When you hook one, keep it in the water. Throw a hooked bait and there is a 99% chance another will bite

Repeat.

One time when they were super skittish we took a small box squid and used that. It was game over.
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