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Dolphinfish: Coryphaena hippurus


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Appearance:
Also known as mahi-mahi or dorado.
Bright greenish blue back with yellow on sides
Single dark dorsal fin extends from above the eye to the tail
Capable of flashing purple, chartreuse and a wide range of other colors
Body tapers sharply from head to tail
Irregular blue or golden blotches scattered over sides
Profile of head on adult males is nearly vertical
Profile of head on females is more sloping
Similar Species: Pompano dolphinfish, C. equiselis (has square-shaped tooth patch on tongue; dolphinfish have an oval-shaped tooth patch on tongue)
Size: Up to 63 inches (88 pounds); common to 30 pounds
Habitat:
Offshore in warm waters. Young live in floating sargassum weed.
Behavior:
Fast swimmers and one of the fastest-growing fish, though to live no more than 5 years. Spawns in warm oceanic currents throughout much of the year. Diet includes flying fish and squid.
Additional Information
State Record:External Website 81 lb, caught near Lantana
Fishing Tips and Facts: Adults eat squid, flying fish and other small fish while cruising weed lines in offshore waters. Troll natural baits such as ballyhoo rigged on #7 or #8 steel wire with a 7/0 or 8/0 hook. They can also be caught on artificial lures, feathers, or spoons. When a schooling dolphin is hooked, the rest of the school will often stay nearby. Chumming cut bait will bring them in and create a frenzy of activity. Dolphin is a favorite seafood item for many people.

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