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Where to Catch Mahi Mahi in Key West

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Also known as the Dolphin fish or Dorado, mahi-mahi is one of the most sought after fish in the sea. If you’re looking to wrangle in one of these majestic beauties then set your sights on the tropical waters off of Key West, particularly in the months of May, June and July, and you’ll find yourself in one of the world’s best locations to fish for mahi-mahi.

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Why Fish for Mahi-Mahi?

Mahi-mahi is the ultimate trophy fish, with rich blue and green coloring that is truly a sight to behold. Not only are they one of the most beautiful fishes in the sea, they are also a favorite among seafood lovers and are prized for their delicious meat. Another great thing about mahi-mahi is that, due to their large numbers, these fish are not currently in danger of being over-fished.

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Where do Mahi-Mahi Live?

Mahi-mahi normally live in tropical waters and can be found in various locations around the world, including parts of Asia and South America. However, when fishing for mahi-mahi in the US, your options are limited because the largest numbers of mahi-mahi are found in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and off Florida’s Atlantic coast.  

This is great news for folks visiting Key West because it is centrally located among these prime fishing grounds. Just past the barrier reef that lies off of Key West’s coast, the water depth plummets and makes way for the Gulf Stream, which pushes water around the Keys from the Carribean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico like a giant river. This is a prime location for mahi-mahi fishing and who knows, you could snag some tuna and marlin as well! The best way to catch fish in the Gulf Stream is by reserving your spot on a Split or Private Fishing Charter.

The Perfect Bait – How to Catch Mahi-Mahi

Mahi-mahi are carnivores and tend to feed on fish that are smaller than they are, like mackerel and, flying fish. They will also seek out crabs and squid, and have been known to eat zooplankton and crustaceans. When fishing for mahi-mahi your best bet is to lure them in with a squid, mackerel fish, or a good imitation of either.

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