Sport Fishing Hawaii  
Mahi Mahi (Dorado, Dolphinfish)

Meaning "very strong" in Hawaiian the english name for the Mahi Mahi is dolphin fish but is not related in any way to our mammal dolphins, it is also known as dorado in other parts of the world. The mahi mahi likes to make its home near the surface of the waters in more tropical climates around the globe, they eat small fish, crabs and squids.

side view of the fish.

Hawaii has its share of these fish and more likely then not it is the mahi mahi that end up on the hooks more then the tuna or marlin. They are very fast swimmers and can elude fishermen in seconds, that is why it is very important to have an experienced captain and crew to help find and catch these beautiful animals and although mahi mahi means strong in hawaiian the fight that they do put on once hooked is not that bad compared to the bigger fish like the yellow fin tuna and marlin.

catching the mahi mahi on board.
Here on the Grand Slam you will catch these fish in the 5-20 pound range as that is their most common weight, however we have reeled in some big ones upward of 40-50 pounders. The really big ones that tip the scales at 80-100 are seen less but do show up in the hawaiian waters every now and then. These fish are very beautiful and once you pull one out of the water you will see how colorful they are. Their color seems to change as the hues are viewed under different lighting and angles, in fact the word dorado in spanish means golden and the reason why they are referred to as dorados.
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