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Dolphinfish

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
Private vessel – 10 per person, no more than 60 per trip

Headboat – 10 per paying person
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Generally an oceanic species, Dolphinfish are typical found in schools, sometimes near the coast. They are attracted to virtually any floating debris.

They feed on fishes, shrimps, squids, and crabs.
General Description
The Dolphinfish is quite dramatic with golden hues on the sides, irregular blotches of metallic blues and greens on the back and sides, and white and yellow on the underside.
Did You Know?
Mature male Dolphinfish (known as "bulls") have prominent squared foreheads protruding well above the body. Females (known as "cows") have a rounded head.

Dolphinfish ,are also known as mahi-mahi. The name mahi-mahi means “very strong” in Hawaiian.

This fish is not related to the marine mammals also known as dolphins.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Trolling with lures or casting lures such as bucktails or jigs near floating debris account for the majority of Dolphinfish catches.
Typical Sizes Caught
Dolphinfish are commonly caught in the range of 15 to 30 pounds by anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 41 inches
or
Weight: 15 pounds
Delaware State Record
56 pounds 9 ounces
William D. "Butch" Emmert
2014