Charter fishing agencies in Port Aransas saw a lot of mahi mahi being caught in the last week.
Joan Hobbs of Dolphin Dock said snapper “bit like crazy” over the weekend in federal waters, and mahi mahi also figured heavily in the catches. Sharks were prevalent in state waters, she said.
Brianna Pool of Fisherman’s Wharf also noted that mahi mahi are “hitting really well” right now. She is also seeing snapper, kingfish and sharks.
Mahi mahi is also known as dolphin in the Atlantic Ocean and dorado, which means golden, in Latin American waters. The brilliant fish are the most recognizable in the oceans because of their vibrant green, yellow and blue colors.
They range from 10 to 30 pounds usually, but full-grown adults can reach up to 50 pounds. They have blunt vertical foreheads, although the females tend to be more round-headed than the males.
Spencer Brent of Deep Sea Headquarters said that agency saw Atlantic sharpnose, chicken dolphin, “pretty big” snapper, spinner shark and kingfish.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department advised that bull redfish are good at the end of the jetties, along with tarpon, kingfish and snapper.