Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish)

Join me and my mates, it’s a perfect day at the FADs

Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish) are a beautiful large fish that you can easily find around Mooloolaba fishing aggregation devices (FADs). At the FADs, you should be able to find Mahi Mahi all year round, even beyond the time when people usually fish for them in the region. Mahi Mahi put up a good fight and are fun to catch.

Catch Mahi Mahi!

Join Ben Glass and the SCF crew for some tips on catching Mahi Mahi off the Sunshine Coast.

MAHI MAHI Q&A: Mati Batsinilas, Bats Fishing

Why do you love fishing for Mahi Mahi?

The joy of chasing Mahi Mahi comes from how acrobatic and agile they are when they are hooked. There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of hooking a Mahi.

Where and when do you go to catch Mahi Mahi off the Sunshine Coast?

During the warmer months of the year Mahi tend to congregate around the offshore FADs.

What gear, bait and techniques do you use to catch Mahi Mahi?

We tend to live bait for them with unweighted rigs running to a 3000 spin outfit.

Why would you recommend fishers give Mahi Mahi a go?

To experience the true feeling of hooking a Mahi with friends/family. Everything from the visual aspect of seeing the fish around the FAD, casting out the live bait into the school and hooking the Mahi, it’s truly an amazing experience.

Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)

Also called Dolphin fish or Dorado.


  • Brilliant metallic blue-green on the back (colour fades rapidly upon death).
  • Sides are silvery with a golden sheen, with one or more rows of dark spots or golden blotches running below the dorsal fin (around the lateral line and scattered irregularly).
  • Black dorsal and anal fins (the anal fin has a white edge).
  • Pale pectoral fins.
  • Caudal fin is silvery with golden sheen.
  • In juveniles the tips of caudal fin lobes are white and the pelvic fins are black.


Common length: 100cm
Maximum length: 210cm


All Queensland open waters (pelagic species) and also approaches the coast.

Size limits

Minimum size: 50cm

Possession limits


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