Mahi mahi are a fast growing, fast moving fish that’s found in warm ocean waters around the world. Because they currently have strong populations they are a target species in the commercial fishing industry and end up on restaurant menus everywhere. Half of all the world’s commercial catch originates from Japan, although they can be found in warm waters in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and many other places, like when on a Roatan deep sea fishing charter.
Mahi mahi are prized by sports fishers because of their strength and willingness to fight. Their name originates from the Hawaiian word for “strong.” Mahi mahi are known to go for long runs when caught and often jump out of the water showing off their colourful bodies. Although the average catch is between 15 and 30 pounds, the world record for a rod and reel came off the coast of Costa Rica at 87 pounds.
Sports anglers will typically look for floating beds of seaweed or other debris as possible spots for catching mahi mahi. Frigatebirds overhead can also lead anglers to good mahi mahi fishing as the birds look to similar environments for their own feeding habits.
Mahi mahi work well in the kitchen because of their lean white meat which doesn’t have a particularly strong fishy taste. The fillets are firm, leading to large, but moist and tender flakes. Because the skin is quite thick it needs to be removed. The fish lends itself well to grilling and doesn’t need a lot of flavouring beyond salt, pepper and possibly a squeeze of fresh lemon. Come out with Blue Cool Runnings on a Roatan Deep Sea Fishing Charter and try your luck at catching a mahi mahi for dinner.