Dolphin-fish (Mahi-Mahi) Fishing in Venice, LA
The “Bull Run” is a special time of year when fishing out of Venice, LA. Large schools of bull and cow mahi mahi ride the currents to the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, often following large weedlines, current rips, and floating debris. These powerful ocean-going predators are amazing to catch as they eat readily, roam in large schools, and display incredible feats of acrobatics once hooked.
Larger specimens are particularly aggressive and can pull hard for up to an hour. Fishing for mahi mahi in Venice, LA is particularly productive in the summer months as calm conditions afford the opportunity for sargasm weeds to ball up along current eddys or rips in the open ocean.
Fishing for Mahi Mahi is an exciting experience as these fish tend to hang around once one is hooked. Their schooling and “frenzy feeding” behavior makes them an entertaining fish to catch during deep sea fishing charters out of Venice, LA.
Mahi-mahi is the common name for dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus), not to be confused with the unrelated marine mammals (Delphinidae) that we might think of when we hear the name. Dolphin-fish are in fact fish, and bear no relation whatsoever to the mammalian dolphins.
The species is called mahi-mahi in the Hawaiin-native tongue, although the original English translation was €œmahimahiâ, the spelling was changed after the word was added to the English dictionary with the dash. Mahi-mahi are in the class of groupers, made up mostly of sea bass. They can weigh up to 70 pounds, usually ranging between 15 and 30 pounds.
They tend to be found in shallow waters, from 130′ to 700′ and are extremely swift and acrobatic. They’re known for their beauty and ability to display many different colors. While in the water, they will show bright blue, yellow, green, and sometimes red. Once fished out of the water, they shine a yellowish-gold. This earned them the Spanish nickname â€œdorado maverikosâ, meaning “golden maverick”. When they die, their color fades to a dull gray.
Mahi Mahi can be found in the ocean all around the world. They are especially prominent in the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. They are an excellent sportfish due to their sheer abundance and strength. They reproduce extremely quickly and are an abundant pelagic species which is thriving across the world.
While Mahi Mahi only live to be about 5 years old, both males and females are fertile after only one year, and females can produce up to one million eggs in a single event, while it is more likely that they produce about 100,000..
Mahi-Mahi Fishing Benefits
- Quick and agile swimmers present a challenge
- Can use a variety of different fishing strategies
- Beautiful colors and elegant look
- There is an over-abundance of them
- Great for cooking
There are a number of available fishing strategies that can be done when sporting dolphin-fish. Some of them include fly fishing, top water fishing, jigging, live lining, chumming, and harpoons (for some expert fishermen).
- Top water fishing
- In top water fishing, two kinds of lures may be used. The most common lure are the floating lures, which stay on the surface. The other option is the less buoyant bait, which does not float but rather the user must keep the lure at the surface by reeling and a series of jerks. In top water fishing, the fish are mostly lured in by the noise of the surface bait.
- Jigging is a fishing technique where a bait is used that is similar to but distinct from spinner baits. The bait (a jig) is rigged to sink. You lure the fish with a series of jerks, much like when using a spinner bait. Great for catching fish near the bottom.
- Live lining
- Live lining is just as it suggests. Your pole is baited with live bait, such as anchovy or other fish that tuna might find attractive.
- Chumming is a method used to attract schools of fish by throwing â€œchumâ€ into the water. Chum usually consists of fish parts that will attract the type of fish that youâ€™re fishing for.
- The bait-and-switch technique involves throwing live bait into the water (such as sardines) for the fish to eat, and after the fish have become comfortable, you rig your line with the same kind of bait and throw it into the baited area.
Mahi-Mahi for Cooking
Mahi-mahi is considered one of the tastiest and highest quality fish to eat. It provides a delicious meat that can be marinated, grilled, baked and broiled. It’s taste and texture is on par with white fish and has substantial nutritional value. Due to its exceptional quality and taste, mahi-mahi is often served in many seafood restaurants, especially in Louisiana and Florida.