Mahi season has arrived

We had a bit of a slow start to our mahi-mahi fishing here in Key West. In the past few days finally the fishing has gotten much better. Hopefully the bite continues to get better and better and we can start catching some really nice fish. Here a few pictures of some of the recent Mahi fishing trips.

Key West, a paradise for fishing enthusiasts, offers an exhilarating experience in pursuit of the vibrant and acrobatic Mahi-Mahi. Also known as dolphin fish or dorado, Mahi-Mahi are prized for their striking colors, fierce fights, and delectable taste. If you’re ready to take on the challenge of fishing for these ocean gems, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to score big in the waters of Key West.

**1. ** Gear Up: Before you hit the waters, ensure you have the right gear. A medium to heavy-action spinning rod or conventional reel combo is preferred. Opt for a sturdy 20-30 lb test line, as Mahi-Mahi are known to put up spirited fights.

**2. ** Lure Selection: Mahi-Mahi are known for their attraction to bright colors and flashy lures. Popular choices include feather lures, skirted trolling lures, and artificial bait that mimic small fish. Their curious nature often prompts them to investigate and strike these eye-catching offerings.

**3. ** Natural Bait: Live bait is a strong contender when it comes to Mahi-Mahi fishing. Small to medium-sized live baits like pilchards, ballyhoo, and squid can entice these predators. The lifelike motion of live bait can trigger Mahi-Mahi strikes even from a distance.

**4. ** Fishing Techniques: Trolling is a prevalent method for targeting Mahi-Mahi. Set your trolling speed between 5 to 8 knots and cover different depths to find where the fish are congregating. Keep a variety of lures and baits at different distances behind the boat to increase your chances.

**5. ** Spotting the Signs: Mahi-Mahi often travel in schools beneath floating objects like seaweed, debris, and buoys. When you spot these, slow down or stop your boat and cast your lures or bait near the structure. These floating objects act as natural havens for baitfish, making them prime Mahi-Mahi hunting grounds.

**6. ** Surface Action: Mahi-Mahi are known for their vibrant colors as they dart near the surface. Look out for their acrobatic displays, which include leaping out of the water. If you see one, chances are there are more nearby. Cast your lure or bait towards the fish to provoke a strike.

**7. ** Hook Set and Fight: Once you feel a strike, don’t immediately jerk the rod. Give the fish a moment to fully take the bait before setting the hook with a solid pull. Mahi-Mahi have soft mouths, so maintain steady pressure to avoid tearing the hook loose. Their vigorous fights are what make them a prized catch, so be prepared for some reeling and maneuvering.

**8. ** Size and Regulations: While catching Mahi-Mahi is a thrilling adventure, it’s important to adhere to size and bag limits set by local regulations. Mahi-Mahi have minimum size requirements to protect their population and maintain a healthy ecosystem.