Mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish or dorado, are popular game fish found in warm waters around the world and off the coast of San Diego in the summer months. They are fast swimmers and can be quite tricky to catch, but there are a few methods that are particularly effective aboard the MV Horizon and MV Malihini.
Trolling: One of the most popular methods for catching mahi-mahi is trolling. This involves dragging a lure or bait behind a moving boat. The key to successful trolling is to keep the bait at the right depth and speed. Mahi-mahi are attracted to bright colors, so lures with pink, yellow, or green are effective.
Live bait: Another effective method is to use live bait. Mahi-mahi are known to feed on small fish, so using live bait like sardines or small mackerel can be effective. You can rig the live bait on a hook and cast it out or troll it behind the boat.
Casting: Mahi-mahi can also be caught by casting lures or baits from a stationary boat on structure like kelp beds. This method is particularly effective in areas where mahi-mahi are known to congregate, such as around floating objects or weed lines.
No matter which method you choose, it’s important to remember that mahi-mahi are strong and fast, so be prepared for a fight. Are YOU ready to go fishing with us this summer?
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