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Islamorada Mahi Mahi Mayhem

Dorado, Dolphin, Mahi Mahi....the fish so nice they named it twice. Whatever or however you refer to this color pelagic species, the season is upon us!

Fishing for mahi mahi in the Florida Keys involves several techniques, lots of fun, lots of bent rods, multiple hookups, and plenty of smiles!


Dolphin (Coryphaena hippurus), or Mahi-Mahi as they are sometimes called, are one of the great gamefish of the oceans. They are found throughout the tropic regions of the world. They are one of the most colorful, hard fighting, cooperative and sought after species throughout the Keys. Dolphin normally begin showing around Key West during the month of March and the numbers continue to increase as the warmer months progress. The larger fish are more common in the earlier months of the season where they may be targeted by a technique called “Run and Gun”.

Small birds, diving and traveling to the east usually indicate smaller fish, referred to as “schoolies”. The larger fish, sometimes up to 60 or more pounds, are ofter found under “Man-­O-­War” birds, traveling to the west. Working a single bird and then jumping up and running to find another bird is where the term, Run and Gun, comes from. These gamesters may be taken on most any type of tackle that the sportsman desires.

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