Every year, many Floridians travel to the Florida Keys to fill their freezer with Dolphinfish (a.k.a. Mahi Mahi) filets. Because of this, we often get asked what are the best months to catch large quantities of Dolphinfish. As a fishing charter fleet, that fishes 300+ days a year, we typically advise our customers that April through August are typically the best time to produce large catches of Dolphinfish. However, this year we are still seeing Mahi well into November.
This past November 13th, 2018, Captain Marty Lewis and first mate Dylan Johnson caught eighteen Mahi, varying in size from ten pounds to twenty-five pounds each. We call the larger Mahi “slammers” and the nice ten to fifteen-pound dolphin “gaffers”, any fisherman’s dream!
Not only did they catch Dolphinfish that day, but they also managed to live-bait large blackfin tuna, ending the day with an additional eleven fish.
One theory why the Dolphinfish may still be around is because of the rather warm weather. On that particular day, it was 90 degrees out and very warm waters. As the cooler weather rolls in that theory will be put to the test but even if the Mahi move on there are fantastic eating Yellowtail Snapper available on the reef all winter along. And for sportfishing, Sailfish season is right around the corner, creating a whole new set of exciting Florida Keys fishing conditions!