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West Palm Beach, Fl Dolphin Mahi Mahi Fishing

Best Time of Day to Catch Mahi in West Palm Beach

There are a few different way to catch Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) in West Palm Beach, FL depending on the time of year, weather conditions, amount of fish around and your tackle. If there is a lot of floating debris, many anglers will use the "run and gun" technique to cover water, find some structure and locate some fish. This is a great technique if there have been a few days of East winds, which tend to blow a lot of debris closer to shore. This is also a great technique in West Palm Beach for when it is flat calm because you can quickly run the boat around and locate floating structure or large weed patches easily. Once you find some schools of Mahi, either pitch to them with spinning rods or troll around the debris to raise some fish. If the fish are more scattered about, or there is no floating debris or weed lines, then trolling is a great way to cover some water and find some fish. When blind trolling, it is always important to find something different before sending the lines out, whether it be a current break, temperature change, or baitfish. You want to make sure you are in an area that could potentially be holding some fish before starting to troll.

Trolling spread for Mahi in West Palm Beach

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are primarily day time feeders. The best time of day to catch Mahi Mahi is when the sun is up high in the sky. Lowlight conditions are often not the most productive times to catch Mahi. Many anglers in West Palm Beach will spend the lowlight hours of the day targetting other fish then transition over to mahi fishing once the sun is up high in the sky. The reason for this is that when Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are most active and can best be seen by the angler. A large part of fishing for Mahi is seeing them. Locating them under floating structure, weed patches or in your spread is essential to getting your bait infront of the fish and presenting it properly. If there is a lot of glare on the water and you try to look underneath a weed line or floating pallet, you will not be able to see them, even if they are there!

Best Time of Year to Catch Mahi in West Palm Beach

Trolling is one of the most effective ways to locate schools of Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) in West Palm Beach, especially when there is not a lot of floating debris, weed lines or the fish are just scattered throughout a certain depth range. The reason for this is that you can cover a lot more water and you can offer the fish a variety of different baits and lure combinations to really key into what the fish want to bite on that specific day. Every day on the water in West Palm Beach is different and dialing in on the action, color, and size profile that the Mahi want can be the difference in catching just a few or no fish at all and filling the cooler with your limit! We have found lots of success while trolling two lures down deeper in the water column off the corners, two skirted jet head lures rigged with ballyhoo off the short outrigger clip in the middle ground, two small skirted lures rigged with bonita strips off the long rigger clips way back and a cedar plug daisy chain way back down the center.

The best time of year to catch Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) in West Palm Beach is summer time. Usually, in the summer, anglers in West Palm Beach are greeted with flat calm seas, so there are many great opportunities to run and gun to locate strucutre the Mahi will be hiding under. Also, in the calm, clear summertime conditions, it is extremely easy to locate floating pieces of debris on the surface. Not only is it a little easier to target them in the summer but also becuase the fish are here in large schools! West Palm Beach is home to large schools of Mahi throughout the summer months so they are one of the top choices for deep sea anglers. Later in the summer, towards the middle of August, West Palm Beach usually sees a big push of big bull Mahi migrating up from the Florida keys. For this reason, August is considered one of the better times of year to catch Mahi in West Palm Beach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I fish for Mahi Mahi?

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) push in closer to West Palm Beach than any other location in Florida. This is because the Gulf Stream Currents come closer to shore here than anywhere else. Mahi are commonly caught just a few miles off the beach. The current conditions including wind and swell direction will determine where the bait, structure and most importantly, the fish are. Mahi are caught anywhere from 60'-1000+ feet of water off West Palm Beach. Most commonly though, they are caught in 300-600 feet of water off West Palm Beach.

How do you fish for Mahi Mahi in Florida?

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are fished for using a few different techniques here in West Palm Beach. Trolling, Chunking and Run & Gun are the top three techniques used to cover water to locate and catch the Mahi Mahi in West Palm Beach.

When can you catch Mahi Mahi?

Mahi Mahi can be caught year-round in West Palm Beach. However, the best action is during the summer months. August in the best select month for Mahi Mahi fishing in West Palm Beach because many of the larger fish from the Florida Keys begin migrating north right by West Palm Beach.

What bait do you use for Mahi Mahi?

Squid and Sardines are the top bait choices while chunking for Mahi Mahi in West Palm Beach. For anglers trolling, Bonita strips and Ballyhoo are the best bait to use.

What is the best lure of Mahi Mahi?

Mahi Mahi will strike a variety of both trolling and casting lures. The number one best lure to use for Mahi Mahi is the 1.5 oz sinking Shimano SP Orca Baby Jigs. These jigs are extremely versitile so they are extremely effective. Pitch one along a weed line, let it drop down deep in the water column then work it back to the surface, or cast it out and skip it along the surface for an aggresive topwater strike.

How do I fish a weed line for Mahi Mahi?

Mahi Mahi love congregating in schools underneath weed patches and weed lines off West Palm Beach. Many anglers will troll the perimiter of the weed patch or up and down the weed line with great success, but there are more effective and efficient ways to catch them when they are tight to structure. Pitching and Chunking are much more effective techniques for catching Mahi on structure. Trolling is a great way to cover water, but the fish are already located so casting directly to them is the way to go. Cut up some chunks of frozen squid or sardines and chum the water to attract the Mahi away from the floating debris then bait a chunk on a hook and let it free fall naturally with the other chunks. Casting lures is also extremely productive on weed lines, especially when the fish are fired up. Cast a small jig or spoon near the weedline. Either let the jig fall down deep and work it back to the surface or skip the lure across the surface for a visual strike.

What is the best bait for Mahi Mahi?

Cut up ballyhoo vhunks is by far the best bait for Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) in West Palm Beach. It stays on the hook well and the fish will quickly dart over to pick it up. Whether it is a small chunk or strip, the Mahi absolutely love it and will almost always take a weighless piece of squid falling naturally with the current.

Why should I keep the first Mahi I hook in the water?

Keeping the first Mahi you hook in the water near the boat is a great way to keep the school close by. The remainder of the school will follow the fish to investigate as Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are curious by nature and keeping a light but steady flow of cut bait to the school will keep them around the boat. Often times, this leads to great opportunities to pick off an entire school in a very short period of time. Move on to the next school and repeat the process!

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