Dolphinfish is known for its shape and distinct features. This fish is not related to Dolphins despite sharing the same name.

They are mammals, while Dolphinfish belong to the Coryphaenidae family, which is a group of ray-finned fishes. In restaurants, this fish is referred to as mahi-mahi to avoid public confusion.

Dolphinfish grow fast, and within a year, it grows to a length of over 4 ft. and 6 ft. in over four years. This fish weighs up to 88 pounds and is mainly found in warm waters.


This fish had a sleek and long body with dorsal fins extending from head to tail. Dolphinfish is one of the most vibrant colored marine fish.

The top of its body has green/blue shimmery, while its belly is white with a silver and yellow tone. Females Dolphinfish have round foreheads and are smaller than their male counterparts.

Adults dolphinfish have a sloping and high forehead. This fish has a forked tail that allows it to swim fast at 40 miles in an hour.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Dolphinfish are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans.

They prefer to live in temperate waters and feed on crustaceans, zooplankton, squid, and all forms of fish.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

This fish is found in open waters and is often seen underneath structures, including docks, floating debris, buoys, etc. Juveniles are mostly seen around boats, debris, floating kelp mats, and logs.

Night fishing, saltwater trolling, drift fishing, and saltwater jigging are effective methods to catch Dolphinfish.

Peak Season

The peak season to fish Dolphinfish varies in different regions. April to September is the best time to catch Dolphinfish on the Atlantic coast. While in the Florida Keys, October is the best month to catch this fish.

Best Bait

These are the baits you can use to catch Dolphinfish:

  • Squid
  • Spoons
  • Mullet
  • Plugs