Mahi Mahi

PC370mahimahiOrigin – Vietnam, Pacific Islands, Peru

  • Presentation – Fillets, Fletches, Steaks, Portions


Mahi-mahi can be found in the Caribbean Sea, on the west coast of North and South America, the pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Gulf of Mexico, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and many other places worldwide.

Fishing charters most often look for floating debris and frigate bird near the edge of the reef in about 120 feet (37 m) of water. Mahi-mahi (and many other fish) often swim near debris such as floating wood, palm trees and fronds, or Sargasso weed lines and around fish buoys. Sargasso is floating seaweed that sometimes holds a complete ecosystem from microscopic creatures to seahorses and baitfish. Frigate birds dive for food accompanying the debris or Sargasso. Experienced fishing guides can tell what species are likely around the debris by the birds’ behavior.

Thirty- to 50-pound gear is more than adequate for trolling for mahi-mahi. Fly-casters may especially seek frigate birds to find big mahi-mahis and then use a bait-and-switch technique. Ballyhoo or a net full of live sardines tossed into the water can excite the mahi-mahis into a feeding frenzy. Hook-less teaser lures can have the same effect. After tossing the teasers or live chum, fishermen throw the fly to the feeding mahi-mahi. Eco-w Once on a line, mahi-mahi are fast, flashy and acrobatic, with beautiful blue, yellow, green and even red dots of color.

  • Commercial fishing – The United States and the Caribbean countries are the primary consumers, but many European countries are increasing their consumption every year.

Japan and Hawaii are significant consumers. The Arabian Sea, particularly the coast of Oman, also has mahi-mahi. At first, mahi-mahi were most bycatch (incidental catch) in the tuna/swordfish long line fishery. Now they are sought by commercial fishermen on their own merits.

In French Polynesia, fishermen use harpoons, using a specifically designed boat, the poti marara, to pursue it, because mahi-mahi does not dive. Poti marara is a powerful motorized V-shaped boat, optimized for high agility and speed, and driven with a stick so that the pilot can hold his harpoon with his right hand.

Use as food

Dolphinfish are excellent eating table fish. Grilled, blackened, or baked are the most common ways to prepare Mahi fish. Dolphin is low in saturated fat and is a good source of vitamin B12, phosphorus, and potassium and a very good source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, and selenium.

flake and a sweet yet slightly strong flavor.

Mahi Mahi offers a tender but firm flesh with a large moist flake and a sweet yet slightly strong flavour. The meat is smooth and firm with a pink to creamy white appearance. Typically, there is a small bloodline along the center of the fillet that is a slightly darker tint than the meat.

Well-wrapped Mahi Mahi can be frozen up to two months in a refrigerator freezer, and three to four months in a deep-freeze.