Commonly called mahi-mahi, dolphins are one of the most beautiful and spectacular sports fish caught off the coast of Clearwater. Catching dolphin is so thrilling because they are known to leap and jump out of the water when hooked on our lines, and it is not uncommon for our Clearwater fishing charters to have three or four them baited at one time.
Mahi-mahi in Clearwater is extremely easy to recognize. Bright yellow bellies, blunt-shaped heads and narrowing bodies tapering into their tails are perfectly offset by their blue and green fins. These gorgeous fish are caught anywhere between 15lbs and 30lbs in weight. They are found in schools, swimming close to the weed lines and feeding on their favorite flying fish. Our Clearwater fishing captains all use ballyhoo as bait with fantastic success and we catch them while trolling offshore or kite fishing.
In Clearwater, mahi-mahi season begins in May and ends in October. This is the time that we target dolphin and we do it on our ¾ day and full day fishing charters. This allows us to reach their feeding grounds and troll there. Often when birds are around it is a sign that there are dolphins nearby, so we always keep a very sharp eye out for birds. All of our Clearwater fishing captains and crews specialize in catching mahi-mahi. Their knowledge is continually shared with every angler onboard and will give you the added advantage when targeting dolphin in Clearwater.
You are welcome to contact us anytime for the latest dolphin fishing report in Clearwater. Catching a legal size mahi-mahi will ensure you have a truly delicious dinner. The white meat of the dolphin is absolutely divine and we recommend it in tacos. Several seafood restaurants in Clearwater will be thrilled to turn your catch into the ultimate taste sensation – at set prices below any dishes on their menus.
Contact us to book your Clearwater Dolphin Fishing Charter and experience true ocean adventure.