Dolphin fishing florida

Dolphin (Coryphaena hippurus)

Dolphin fishing florida

Description: Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides, with capability of flashing purple, chartreuse, and a wide range of other colors; body tapers sharply from head to tail; irregular blue or golden blotches scattered over sides; anterior profile of head on adult males is nearly vertical; head of females more sloping; the single dark dorsal fin extends from just behind the head to the tail; anal fin margin concave and extending from anus to tail.

Similar fish: Pompano dolphin C. equisetis. The pompano dolphin has squarish tooth patch on tongue (oval tooth patch on dolphin) and fewer dorsal rays (48 to 55 vs 55 to 65 on dolphin).

Where found: Offshore in warm waters.

Size: Common to 30 pounds. Often reaching 80 pounds.

Remarks: One of the fastest growing fish, thought to live no more than 5 years; swimming speed estimated at 50 knots; spawning in warm oceanic currents throughout much of the year; young found in sargassum weed; feeds on flying fish and squid. [back to top]

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