Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Fishing
Off shore of Cape Canaveral we fish for Dolphin (Mahi Mahi or Dorado) year round. In the spring and summer the bite goes off When the Dolphin migrate past Cocoa Beach heading north, traveling the western wall and inside of the Gulf Stream chasing the massive schools of off shore bait. We find fish from the reef’s and wrecks out to more than 40 miles with concentrations of fish at about 20 miles. The spring and early summer is the best time to target the big Bulls and cows.
The fish are generally in schools, though we see small pairs of larger fish. It’s also a great time to target a big Bull Dolphin. The best technique to target these fish is with a combination of trolling and Spinning reels. Trolling with a large spread of rigged Ballyhoo is our weapon of choice. When we find the fish the action is on, we may switch to a different bait and jigs on spinners, depending on the size of the fish and how big the action is and Ocean conditions. Don’t forget to keep at least one hooked fish in the water; this will keep the school close for multiple hook ups.
In the fall and winter the schools of dolphin make their return journey back to the south. These fish tend to stay inside the western edge of the Gulf Stream and migrate along with the King Fish. Menhaden bait fish becomes a great way to target these fish. The winter school fish tend to be a bit larger, and the live bait is great for these fish.
The Gulf Stream and the migrating schools of Dolphin may be more than 120 miles off shore of the central U.S. when they reach the northern part of their journey. That’s what makes Cocoa Beach Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) fishing so great is that the gulf stream can be less than one hour from the beach. It doesn’t get any better than this!