Dolphinfish: Coryphaena hippurus


  • Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides and has the capability to flash a wide range of colors
  • The body tapers sharply from head to tail
  • Irregular blue or golden blotches are scattered over the sides
  • Female's heads slope more than males


Dolphin are open-ocean fish. The young live in floating sargassum weed.


Dolphin are fast swimmers and fast growers that live no more than 5 years. Spawning occurs year round in warm oceanic waters.

State Record:

81 lb, caught near Lantana

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Adults eat squid, flying fish and other small fish while cruising weed lines in offshore waters. Troll natural baits such as ballyhoo rigged on #7 or #8 steel wire with a 7/0 or 8/0 hook. They can also be caught on artificial lures, feathers, or spoons. When a schooling dolphin is hooked, the rest of the school will often stay nearby. Chumming cut bait will bring them in and create a frenzy of activity. Dolphin is a favorite seafood item for many people.

Additional Information:

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Bay scallops are bivalve molluscs occurring from New England through Texas. In Fla., they can be harvested in Gulf state waters from Hernando Co. to Mexico Beach Canal in Bay Co.

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