big island fishing

Fishing in Hawaii: Mahi Mahi

The warm waters of Hawaii are known for stunning beauty and the massive fish that swim freely and grow to extraordinary sizes. Big game fish thrive in the deep waters and are able to find plenty of smaller fish to feed on, providing the perfect environment to thrive. Isolated way out in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii has always relied on the fish of the Pacific Ocean as a source of food, and even today, fishing is one of the primary food sources.

One of the most sought after fish is the Mahi Mahi. Known for its unique look and colorful scales, the Mahi Mahi is a versatile fish to cook with, and is found off of the coast of all islands. The Mahi Mahi is commonly known as the Dolphinfish, though it is not related to the porpoise that most of us are familiar with. Found throughout the world, the Mahi Mahi is a powerful fish, and its name actually comes form the Hawaiian word for “strong”.

The Mahi Mahi grows to about 50 pounds and commonly exceeds 5 feet in length. Most fish that are caught are 3-4 feet in length and weigh in at about 30 pounds. Despite not reaching full maturity, they still put up quite the battle, and reeling one in is a difficult task. Physically, the colorful fish is striking and makes for a great photo opportunity when finally on board.

Sustainable fishing is vital to the health of the ocean, and fishing boats in Hawaii pride themselves on keeping the oceans healthy. Methods of fishing that are used ensure that the ocean continues to provide food to residents and visitors of the islands for many generations to come and a fishing charter in Hawaii not only keeps the ocean healthy, but helps to boost the local economy.

Head out for a day on the ocean and have the chance to hook a Mahi Mahi. Local boats depart daily and will be a highlight of your trip. The open ocean is beautiful and once you’ve battled the strong Mahi Mahi, you’ll have a whole new respect for the size and strength that these beautiful fish possess.

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