From the looks of it this is one of the biggest Mahi Mahi Dorado, Dolphin fish I’ve seen and makes me look forward to the coming Season for them at home. Big ones like this are still surpisingly young fish as Dolphin can grow as much as 20+ lbs in one year. One this size is still probably less than ten years old.
I have seen a few other monsters caught in the Florida Keys a friend caught one that was in the 70+lb range, Panama I know there are some giant ones and I have heard claims even from Spearo’s that say they have gotten them over 80 lbs!! There was another story rolling around on the internet a few years ago about a 100 lb Dolphin caught by a tug boat off the coast of Florida but once again it wasn’t weighed and it just continues to fuel rumors about the biggest one ever caught… I can easily call BS on this one as it is about the same size as ones I have seen put on the boat and reckon its in the 60+ lb range. Either way it is a great fish and I’m stoked for these guys but as fisherman and Spearfisherman unless you are a commercial fisherman who’s livelihood depends on the exact weight of fish day in and day out and you are dead accurate guessing weights I want to see it on an official scale! I have been guilty of this many times and way way way off on some of my claims of sizes of fish so having a Certified Scale has take some of the BS out of my claims:)
A 100lb Dophin would be damn near 7 1/2 ft long if not bigger. That is a big damn fish! The head on a 65 lb one is as broad as your shoulders!
Here is another one from Mexico that was weighed:
A buddy of mine Bill Delabar caught what we could start claiming as a World Record Dolphin had it not been for him actually weighing it. If you are looking to dive in Central America Bill is the best kept secret there. He grew up in Panama and has a charter operation there that is better and more knowledgeable than anyone south of Mexico. He as speared more 100+lb Tunas and 80+ lb Wahoo than anyone I know of down there and knows where and when to fish and has good boats. He is a world class diver and a great guy. He will set you up to experience the best Central America has to offer, send him an email email@example.com or www.panamafishingcharters.net Check this one out:
AS the water gets warmer and the bait shows up in force the Dolphin will follow. I caught a 25 lb one yesterday and I can only dream for now of the chance to get a 80 or even 100lb one down the line. As one of the easiest Pelagic fish to shoot they are a blessing for us bluewater Hunters. I can’t wait to get home and get on it!
If these pictures of World Record Mahi Mahi, Dolphin, Dorado or whatever you want to call them hasn’t done enough to get you fired up to go hunt them, check out some of our past dives in the video section.
Lastly is the current spearfishing world record for Dolphin also taken in Mexico
So what do you think of the sizes of each of these fish if you had to guess for #’s one through five above?