Mahi Mahi is a fun and exciting fish to catch, but if you don’t have the right equipment or know what speed to troll at, you’re going to have a hard time catching them.
The best trolling speed for Mahi Mahi is quite a bit faster than that of other species. And you’ll find that with most bigger game fish.
When it comes to trolling, choosing the right speed always depends on where you’re fishing and what kind of fish you’re trying to catch.
For example, if you’re fishing in shallow water or near the surface of the water, a slower troll is better because it will attract more attention from smaller fish. But when you are fishing deeper waters and want to target bigger fish like Mahi Mahi then speed is key!
You’re going to have to push that throttle forward to get any consistent action from game fish like Mahi Mahi. They are no slouches!
Let’s take a look at the best trolling speed for Mahi Mahi and what depth you should be trolling at to get the most bites. We’ll also give you a few expert tips for catching Mahi Mahi that we’ve picked up over the years.
The Best Trolling Speed for Mahi Mahi
I consider the 7 to 10 mph range as the best trolling speed for Mahi Mahi. This range allows your baits to swim through the water with enough stability that they won’t get blown around by wind or wave action. The fish will be able to see your bait clearly and investigate it thoroughly before deciding whether or not they want to latch on.
One thing about Mahi Mahi is that if you are going too slow, the fish will lose interest and not bite. If you’re going too fast, you’ll scare off the fish!
PRO TIP: Trolling between 7 and 10 mph will give you the most success with Mahi Mahi
It’s important to remember that there are no hard-and-fast rules about what trolling speed will guarantee you the best catch, but I’ve had a lot of success in the 7 to 10 mph range and it’s what I recommend.
When you find yourself out trolling and not getting any bites, my advice to you is to change it up. If the same thing worked every time there would be no fun would there!
Some days you’re going to have more success at the top end of the range closer to 10mph, and others days you’re going to have to slow it down to get a bite.
Such is the life of a fisherman!
Mahi Mahi Trolling Tips
- Skip your lure along the surface! Mahi mahi feed heavily on flying fish and squid, so they are attracted to lures that resemble those foods. If you’re fishing in clear water, skip your lure along the surface and you’ll definitely bring in any interested Mahi Mahi to the area. They just can’t resist that action
- Cast out multiple rods! If there’s one thing Mahi Mahi can’t resist it’s a school of fish. So make your bait look like one and you’ll increase your chances of a catch. The more rods the better, as the multiple baits cruising through the water begins to resemble a school of fish. Or add a dredge to your line which will create the illusion of a bait fish school. And remember, when you get one hit you’ll often get another. So leave those rods in the water while you reel in and you have a decent chance of doubling or tripling your catch.
- Use 30 to 50 pound gear! If you want to catch a big Mahi Mahi, then you need some heavy duty gear. A 30-50 pound test line will give you the strength needed to pull the fish in if they start to run. Their tendency for acrobatics will put a lot of stress on your fishing gear and if you don’t have the line to match it your rod could break. And that is a sure fire way to ruin your day.
- Target areas with floating objects! Mahi Mahi love feeding in areas where there is floating seaweed or debris. They use this to hide from predators and it’s also where their favorite flying fish live. If you see any floating objects, then fish in the area around them. You are likely to get a bite sooner or later.
The Last Cast
So there you have it! If you’re looking for the best trolling speed for Mahi Mahi, you should be trolling at 7 to 10 mph.
You may not think that’s very fast, but when you’re traveling through the water at a rate of 10 mph and a fish jumps out of the ocean right in front of you, well… let’s just say that you’ll be glad you chose the right trolling speed!
Remember that this is just a starting point and that there are many other factors at play when it comes to landing a decent sized Mahi Mahi besides trolling speed.
You need to be using heavy duty gear, and you need to be imitating their favorite foods like flying fish that hide in around floating seaweed and surface debris.
Put it all together and you’ve got the makings of a memorable day of offshore fishing landing big dolphin fish, as some us call Mahi Mahi. Good luck out there!