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Great Time for Mahi Mahi During Early Spring if the Ocean Cooperates

Saturday July 23, 2016

Words cannot describe the colors and beauty of a fired up mahi mahi chasing the teasers and bait spread in the cobalt blue waters off Port Canaveral, Florida just east of Orlando. Almost immediately upon boating the dorado loses it's fantastic colors and changes too a paler version of it's spectacular rainbow colors as it's thrown to the cooler headed for the dinner table as one of the world's most renowned fish species and it's flavory flesh.

Orlando Florida has great dolphin fishing in the spring time, specifically in April and May and becomes much less consistent during the rest of the year until November when a smaller run follows the fall and ends the warmer weather fishing and calmer water of the summer. Canaveral's dolphin run usually marks the end of the annual run of cobia but there is always a few stragglers around to keep you busy when your pursuing king mackerel or other offshore species.

The dolphin fish (not to be confused with the mammal) has several names that have developed over the years into a more commonly used names for ease on unknowledgeable anglers. The Hawaiian name Mahi Mahi is the most dependable name in restaurants and in other parts of the country the Spanish name for the dolphin fish is dorado. A dolphin by any other name is still a dolphin to the old timers in Florida and often gets a few eyebrows raised as the unknowing are caught by surprised when an anglers declares they've caught and killed a dolphin for the dinner table.

Enough about the names of dolphin already! Just east of Orlando a few minutes is some of the best dolphin fishing in the USA when the run is on during April and May. These fish are hard fighting, high jumping and great tasting fare for the table and for those willing to take a chance and head out to the deep blue sea in pursue of the ocean's bounty off Port Canaveral during the spring, you'll have a blast bringing in some of these brutes for a day of fishing fun.

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Orlando's Best Bet for Dorado and Trolling Offshore

Dolphin fishing off Port Canaveral is "as good as it gets" in April and early May east of Orlando in the Atlantic Ocean. "We grow em big during the month of April off Port Canaveral" explains Port Canaveral's longtime charter fishing Captain Brent Hancock. And big they are... during one afternoon one of our charter captain friends boated two over 60 pounds and we managed to land a few in the thirty pound range.

I'm no longer taking large parties offshore fishing, but manage to take one to three anglers out a few times each spring for mahi-mahi fishing off Port Canaveral. When the seas are larger than 2-3 feet, and the weather still permits we'll set you up with larger boat and an experienced charter captain for a smoother ride and a little more cost, but if it's dolphin you're looking to catch... you'll often need a bigger boat as the gulf stream off Orlando is often 30 miles offshore.

For the anglers wanting a smaller more intimate trip, I have a 24 foot boat equipped with everything needed for a successful day of fishing in the deepest blue seas off Florida's east coast if the ocean is calm.

When visiting Orlando next time... Look us up for an offshore fishing trip trolling for dolphin and I'll promise you a great time in the Florida sunshine (if it's not too cloudy ;-). We provide the best professional Orlando fishing guide service for you and or your family while visiting Orlando and trolling and sight fishing for dorado.
Hope to see you soon,
Captain Richard Bradley

Mahi-mahi are one of the best tasting and most sought after gamefish in the world. When hooked they "light up" with bright blue green and yellow colors that are the envy of any other species.

Lagooner Charter Fishing Captains and Guides have developed time tested methods of trolling, sightfishing and live-baiting tactics to target these fast and agressive fish species. We generally target these fish in the months of May - June and then again in November and December. Remember that the fall is a tough month for recreational offshore fishing because of the winds and rough water, but the rewards for catching dolphin are tremdous for those fortunate enough to get a good day for offshore fishing for dorado off the coast of Central Florida.

OFFSHORE in warm waters in or near the gulf stream. Dolphin are migratory peligic fish that are found in every ocean in the world. They like to hang around floatsome and debre and are often found cruising large weedlines of sargasso seaweed or rip currents.

Months to pursue Dolphin
April - Big Fish Month
May - Loads of Mahi-Mahi
June - Smaller School Dolphin
November - Southward Migration


One of the fastest-growing fish, thought to live no more than five years. A dorado is capable of a swimming speed of over 50 miles an hour. Dolphin spawn in warm ocean currents throughout much of the year where their young are found in sargassum weed and they feed on flying fish and squid.

Trolling is the most traditional way of catching dolphin, but we've found that sight fishing has been producing very well the last few years and gives anglers something to do rather than sit and wait for the bite.


20" minimum to fork of tail, 10 fish per angler and not to exceed 60 per vessel possession limit.

State Record

77 lbs, 12 ozs.

Dolphin, Mahi Mahi Fishing East of Orlando

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 02 2015 20:06:32.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

To find out more about dorado fishing in the Orlando, Florida area and it's inshore and offshore angling opportunities in Central Florida? Call (321) 868-4953 and Ask for Captain Gina. She'll be more than glad to talk to you in length about setting up a mahi mahi trip trolling for dolphin while you're visiting the Orlando area.

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Fishing Reports

July's are hot and fun at Port Canaveral and the tarpon are rolling in the surf, the jacks are roving the coastline and there's plenty of king mackerel both nearshore and offshore. Occassionally you can find a few cobia swimming in the prop wash or hanging over wrecks and reefs, but the lemonfish are not typically abundant as they are during the spring run. Look for some flounder, spanish mackerel, and ladyfish to be somewhat plentiful if the water is clear and calm along the beaches and don't forget to bring your suncreen if you're planning to stay on the water fishing any length of time.

Fishing Forecast

July tripletail fishing can be excellent if the conditions are right. Tripletail at this time of year are post spawn and looking for food, the key to having a great July for these delicious fish is having enough food source to make them active for anglers. Many of us talk about the clear waters of mid and late summer typically shutting the bite down, but if the conditions are right July can be as good as any month. The year of 2016 is looking to be a pretty good year for those wanting to target these gamefish called the tripletail at Port Canaveral Florida.

Where can I go Trolling for Dolphin near Orlando Florida?

Dolphin fishing near Orlando Florida can be found by driving directly east of the Orlando International Airport approximately 38 miles on SR 528/Beach Line. You can find directions on our Maps page to all the offshore fishing areas east of Orlando Florida on our Orlando Fishing Map page.

Where are the Dolphin in July?

Summer is generally not the most productive months to go fishing for dorado off Florida's east coast near Orlando. Dolphin have traveled northward and have been picked over very hard by the time the summer rolls around. If you're thinking of going offshore fishing our summer month's are a great time for many other species, but the dorado is more than likely not going to be the best choice as they have passed us by during the summer months. Look to the spring of next year to make your plans with Lagooner Fishing Guides and call Captain Gina to set up your trip in April or May for better chances of catching a Mahi Mahi off Orlando.

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