||Open Year Round
||No Size Limit
|Daily Limit / Person
Private vessel – 10 per person, no more than 60 per trip
Headboat – 10 per paying person
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
|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.
|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.
|Commin 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.
|Cintation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 41 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 38 inches minimum
Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 15 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 11 pounds minimum
|Delaware State Record
56 pounds 9 ounces
William D. "Butch" Emmert