How To Catch Mahi Mahi In The Gulf Of Mexico


It’s Mahi Mahi time!

We were hanging out with Captain Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina the other day, and we got to talking about one of my favorite offshore species: Mahi Mahi.

Capt. Hubbard is one of Tampa Bay’s best offshore guides and knows a thing or two about catching Mahi Mahi off the gulf coast.

In the video below he drops some awesome tips about catching Mahi Mahi. He talks about trolling for them, his favorite pitch lures, the best time of year to find Mahi Mahi, and what scenarios you’re most likely to catch them in.

Plus, he reveals a secret tactic that helps you catch as many Mahi Mahi as you can handle.

Check out the video below:

How To Catch Mahi Mahi In The Gulf Of Mexico [VIDEO]

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Sandro Juric
1 year ago

Plan on going offshore for Mahi in September but a few days after hurricane Sally, how’s the fishing in general after a storm like that?

roy noblin
3 years ago

good to know as i have been told they ain’t in the gulf and that they are; so my question is how far out or does it very and can be close or out away

Dylan Hubbard
3 years ago
Reply to  roy noblin

I have caught them as close as 9-12 miles in as shallow as 30-40ft of water… and as far out as 120-140 miles from JP in 1,000 ft or more!

Hanny Castano
3 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Hubbard

Hi Dylan, I’ve gone out as far as 20miles off of Clearwater FL but never seen one. Is there certain bottom structure they stick to or do you have to just catch them on the move?

Dylan Hubbard
3 years ago
Reply to  Hanny Castano

they are most commonly in our area in the warmer months of May-september but we see them all year out deeper when warmer surface water currents bring them close to our area. They are a pelagic fish always moving and following the warmer currents and they love the edges of the tidal rips that hold weedlines together where they can find small prey fish hiding. We most commonly find them after fishing a spot for a long time and they will swim up our chum line after awhile and once you hook one you can keep the school around and catch more as the video states. They really don’t hang on the bottom, its all about the surface water temps and the prey present in the area. If you are out past 100 foot of water in the warmer months and you see anything floating like weedlines or trash or debris you can bet there’s mahi mahi around it, or if your out deep in the warmer months and you chum for awhile there’s a great chance you can chum some up to your boat. However, mostly out in that deep blue water but we see them as shallow as 30ft of water randomly.


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