Fort Lauderdale Dolphin Fishing

Written by Steve Seigel.

Fort Lauderdale dolphin fishing is probably the most common type of fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Don't panic when you hear about dolphin fishing in Fort Lauderdale - we're not trying to catch flipper. The dolphinfish (known by most Fort Lauderdale locals as Mahi Mahi or dorado) is one of the most gorgeous fish that you can catch in Fort Lauderdale.

Mahi mahi have comressed bodies and long dorsal fins that are adorned with brilliant shades of blue, yellow, green and silver. Mahi Mahi in Fort Lauderdale are a fast growing fish and most weigh between 15 and 30 pounds. They are also delicious to eat and have a clean mild taste. Because of the speed at which they grow and reproduce, many environmental organization and fisheries give a thumbs up to mahi fishing in Fort Lauderdale since the population has no trouble sustaining itself

How to Catch Mahi Mahi in Fort Lauderdale

Our Fort Lauderdale fishing captains favor kite fishing and trolling for catching mahi. Live bait and frozen bait both work well, and lures or skirts yield decent results as well. Live ballyhoo are the best bait when fishing for mahi near Fort Lauderdale. When fishing for dolphin in Fort Lauderdale, it's best to head out at least to the drop off or farther out into the gulf stream. Dolphin can generally be found swimming close to the surface and favor areas shaded by floating seaweed or other flotsam.

Dolphin move quick, so when trolling for Mahi Mahi off Fort Lauderdale it's best to keep your boat moving quickly - six knots at the low end, eight knots at the high end.

Fort Lauderdale Dolphin Fishing Charter

Our captains on our Fort Lauderdale dolphin fishing charters are experts in all aspects of dolphin fishing from where to fish, when to fish, what equipment to use, and what techniques to employ. We can arrange a half day, 3/4 day, or full day Fort Lauderdale dolphin fishing charter.