Coryphaena hippurus
Mahi Mahi

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides, with capability of flashing purple, chartreuse, and a wide range of other colors; body tapers sharply from head to tail; irregular blue or golden blotches scattered over sides; anterior profile of head on adult males is nearly vertical; head of females more sloping; the single dark dorsal fin extends from just behind the head to the tail; anal fin margin concave and extending from anus to tail.

Size: Common to 30 pounds

Age at Maturity: Within the first year

Range: Florida to Massachusetts, and possibly a little farther north during the summer

Habitat: The open sea, usually hanging around floating seaweed or other such objects.

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle: Ocean gear with artificial lures or live bait work very well. Chumming the water with cut bait or keeping a fish hooked over the side also keeps the schools around and feeding. Larger fish usually only take live bait.

Fishing Method: Casting, drifting, trolling

Food Value: The best!

State Regulation

Daily Limit: 10 (not to exceed 60 per boat, except for headboats which are allowed 10 per paying customers)

Minimum size: 20″ FL

Season: All Year

Federal Regulation

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