Dolphins Migrating in Large Schools this Summer July 5, 2015

Some of the nation's largest Dolphins are being caught in Florida this summer. The months of May, June and July are when you find  large schools migrating in the Atlantic. Some of the trade secrets to finding Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi / Dorado) include looking for patches of seaweed or floating wood combined with the birds flying above.

Some of the large ones recently caught are in the 45+ pound range. 

Mahi-Mahi can live up to 5 years, although they seldom exceed four. Catches average 15 to 29 lb. They seldom exceed 33 lb and mahi-mahi over 40 lb are exceptional.

Mahi-Mahi have compressed bodies and a single long-based dorsal fin extending from the head almost to the tail. Their caudal fins  are sharply concave. They are distinguished by dazzling colors: golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males have prominent foreheads protruding well above the body proper. Females have a rounded head. Females are also usually smaller than males.

The pectoral fins of the mahi-mahi are iridescent blue. The flank is broad and golden. 3 black diagonal stripes appear on each side of the fish as it swiftly darts after prey.

Out of the water, the fish often change color "golden", going though several hues before finally fading to a muted yellow-grey.

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