My family had traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to fish on the Happy Boy, a Sportfisher co-owned by my Dad and his best friend. Everyone was catching lots of fish; marlin, sailfish, wahoo and dorado. Dorado are the same fish that are called Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish depending on where you catch them.
I flipped my baitfish out, and saw a big shadow come straight for it. The line started to strip off and I set the hook. There is nothing quite like the sound of a reel whining from the strain of a great fish! Almost immediately the fish started acrobatics, jumping and twisting to throw the hook. My rod was bent almost in half as I fought this green and blue giant! After an extreme battle, I was able to bring the dorado alongside the boat, and we were able to land him.
This dorado was the biggest one I had ever landed! I am 5’5″ tall, and this fish was only 5 inches shorter than me. This fish fed my family for quite a few wonderful meals.
Photo Credit: Shannon Best