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Mahimahi, or Dorado, is a species of fish that you’ll find in just about every seafood restaurant you go to. This fish can easily be identified by it’s yellow and greenish color. This fish has bean classified as the world’s fastest growing fish.
The males, or bulls, can be identified by
their square heads.
The females have a more rounded head.
These fish are attracted to almost any lure, but fishermen get more Mahi hits on pink lures. They also hit casing plugs and/or live bait. The fish has a lot of speed but only a medium supply of stamina. The Bulls will fight much harder because of their square heads. When they are hooked, they angle their heads so their heads catch the current and provides easy speed. They will often act like outriggers and spread to one side of the boat.
While gaffing, take extra precautions. Once the gaffs touch the fish, they will either jump up and/or land in the boat, or they will get a sudden burst of energy and run off with the gaff.
While filleting this fish, you want to check the stomach of the fish for any of it’s previous meals. It may seen gross, but the rewards can be astonishing. When you cut open a fish’s stomach, you will often find squid or ballyhoo. This will tell you that the fish are eating and set out your lures/bait accordingly. This will lead to more strikes because you are putting a bait that they are feeding in front of them.
You will catch more females than males. Sometimes, you will get the occasional big one. The best time to go for these fish is in the morning and afternoon. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is if you come across a floating log or piece of debris. Mahimahi will always congregate around these items along with other pelagic fish such as Ono, or Ahi. Another sign of Mahimahi are birds that are dive-bombing the water. This means that there is a bait ball under the area of birds. Fish also congregate around bait balls for food so your lures should blend in.
Ono, also known as wahoo, are a fish with a speedy reputation. They will often go for purple lures. If your lures have eyes on the skirts, cover the lure head’s eyes and use the ones on the skirt. Ono will strike or the eyes so the closer your hook is to the eye, the more of a chance you will have at catching a Wahoo!
These fish look like blue, overgrown, mackerel. They have scissors sharp teeth that will cut through mono or fluorocarbon leader. You must use cable or wire if you want to catch them. If you want to catch then on bait with light tackle, I would suggest using a circle hook. These hooks sometimes puncture the mouth of the fish. The circle hook is designed to hook the corner of the mouth where it doesn’t hurt the fish if catch and release is intended.
These fish, however, are excellent table fare and you don’t want to put them back. Their fillets can be fried, BBQed, cooked in whatever way you want.
They can be located around floating debris, and are commonly found with the Dorado, or Mahimahi. Ono like to travel and hunt in groups of three. They can occasionally be found alone, when thy are young. Some infant Ono can easily get cut of from the rest of the school when attacked, hence, growing up, alone.
Their teeth are very sharp and will cut you like you aren’t even there! I encourage caution while unhooking this prized fish.