MAHI TACTICS: Secrets and techniques to saving the day. | BDOutdoors

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Dolphin Fish, Mahi Mahi, Dorado, Dorito no matter you name them there isn’t any denying that they’re absolute staples of the offshore fishing world. Essentially the most seasoned fishermen nonetheless get giddy once they encounter this species. Superbly coloured, acrobatic, exhausting fighters with a ferocious urge for food, and most significantly they supply nice desk fare, Mahi what’s to not love about them.

At present most anglers know the fundamentals of finding and catching Mahi and if not, a fast search will convey a plethora of fine, detailed info. The fundamentals come right down to temperature and forage. On the East Coast of Florida, the place I run my charters, something across the 80-degree mark is good. Mahi should consistently feed as they’ve super metabolism, if there isn’t any bait you’ll be hard-pressed to seek out Mahi within the space. Finding alerts on the ocean is a essential element to discovering Mahi, by finding coloration modifications on the ocean, weed traces, birds choosing on the floor, discovering floating particles, or colleges of flying fish fleeing, these are all related alerts of potential Mahi within the space. 


Being a constitution captain all my life I’ve had numerous days the place my total journey (catch smart) was made inside a small window of time. When it’s time to concentrate on Mahi trolling we use what we name dink rigs about 95% of the time. A dink rig consists of a couple of 6ft. part of 60-pound mono tied to a 6/0 or 7/0 Gamakatsu O’SHAUGHNESSY fashion hook rigged with ballyhoo and a 1/4 ounce egg sinker for a chin weight. 

It’s endorsed to pre-rig all of your ballyhoo forward of time. I brine my ballyhoo first and normally have 3 dozen able to go and with a little bit care, it is possible for you to to freeze them a further time within the case that you don’t use all of them. The rationale I like to make use of the dink rig is that it’s efficient and will get bit, additionally it is very best for when issues get quick and livid. As soon as your fish is boat facet you merely toss it in your kill bag or cooler and minimize the chief and re-tie a brand new one on. All you must do after that’s tie a single knot to the swivel attaching one among your pre-rigged baits and you’re again to fishing. There may be simply one thing a couple of trolled ballyhoo a Mahi can’t resist.


There are such a lot of methods to focus on Mahi’s from reside bait, utilizing lures, skipping lifeless baits, and extra, when the chunk will get robust although you’ll need to have a field of what we in Port Canaveral name poof minnows. That is a budget field of sardines that almost all sort out retailers on this space are inclined to have. They’re good for chumming a couple of items out to maintain the Mahi across the boat. They’re additionally good for whenever you skinny down the college and the Mahi begin to get line shy. When the remaining fish get line shy or when you pull as much as some flotsam that has already been hit it’s time to deploy the poof minnow. When resorting to the poof minnow I’ve a few mild spinning rods hidden away with a 20lb fluorocarbon prime shot rigged with a 3/0 Gamakatsu reside bait hook. The Mahi will reluctantly eat the minnow items with out hooks however draw back from the items with hooks. Similar to utilizing a dough ball, you smash that poof minnow across the hook fully hiding the hook, and place it within the water letting it drift down with out placing any stress on it that may expose the hook. This trick will normally choose off the remaining fish.

Hopefully, the following pointers will assist make it occur on these days the place your total catch depends upon your success in a brief period of time. I do know making use of these methods has saved a couple of for me all through the years.

These are simply two of the numerous methods we use to entice a chunk from our favourite gamefish, the Mahi Mahi.

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