DORADO (MAHI-MAHI) Fishing In Costa Rica
Aside from being one of the most beautiful fish in the water – with their turquoise, green and yellow spotted patterns – pound for pound, Dorado is one of hardest fighting fish out there. When you combine their incredible fight with the aerial acrobatic show they put on when caught (if you don’t know, Mahi-Mahi are known for spectacular frenzied leaps when hooked) you can easily see why Dorado is a target species of many sporting anglers. Of course, they are also delicious eating – if you are into that sort of thing.
Type of Dorado In Costa Rica
Dorado are also known as Mahi Mahi or Dolphinfish, but don’t worry your not hunting ‘flipper’. That type of Dolphin is a mammal, whereas MahiMahi is a true fish. Both males and females have brilliant coloring and a small dorsal sail.
The males (referred to as ‘Bull Dorado’ or ‘Bulls’) are easy to identify because they have a conspicuously prominent – almost flat – forehead, whereas the female’s forehead is subtly more round as it curves into their dorsal fin. Males are also typically larger than the females, reaching up to a purported 88lbs.
Interestingly the Hawaiian name for this fish, Mahi Mahi, means “very strong”. And if you have ever caught one, you know that is exactly what they are; if you haven’t you are in for a real treat – they are fast, flashy and fun to catch!
Even if you are a more ecologically minded fisherman, you won’t have to feel guilty if you decide to keep your catch for dinner because they are one of the fastest growing and prolific fish in the ocean.
Mahi-Mahi Season In Costa Rica
As with Many fish species, Dorado can be caught throughout the year here in Costa Rica. They are known to be more prevalent from October to April, when it is routine to catch common specimens between 20-40 lbs with trophy specimens coming in around 50+lbs.
In many areas we are able to employ special techniques, methods and bait to increase your odds of hooking a monster Dorado; techniques that we have perfected over the decades which we have specifically found to be very successful in attracting Mahi-Mahi. We work hard for our clients to have a great experience. We want you to be able to go home and tell your friends great fish stories about how great the Dorado fishing is in Costa Rica!
Mahi Mahi Fishing Packages In Costa Rica
Dorado are known to be voracious predators, surface feeding during the middle of the day on just about anything that moves. Why do we mention this particular fact? Because it’s one thing that makes Mahi Mahi fishing, in particular, a great family or group activity. It is a common sight to see everyone on the boat, even those who aren’t avid fisherman or women thoroughly enjoying themselves.
If you have never experienced the thrill of catching Dorado, or would simply like to do it in the tranquil water and paradisaic setting of Costa Rica, then go ahead and book a tour with us today. We look forward to guiding you to the best MahiMahi fishing in Costa Rica!