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Dorado (Mahi-Mahi)

Dorado (Mahi-Mahi)

Dorado to the Spanish, mahi-mahi to the Hawaiians and dolphin to everyone else; no matter what you call them, they are quite possibly the greatest game fish on the planet. You can catch them on fly and conventional tackle, or with a spear gun; they patrol tropical waters all over the world and are intense fighters; they're big, beautiful and bizarre-looking creatures; and once you've caught, cleaned and prepared them for the table, they're one of the most delicious things you'll ever put in your mouth.

Distinguished by dazzling colors, dorado (which is Spanish for "golden") come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Mature males have prominent foreheads protruding well above a body that transitions from a golden belly into green along the back and an iridescent blue dorsal fin. Once out of the water, dorado slowly change color, going from dazzling yellow and green to a dark blue and finally a muted yellow-grey after death. Dorado grow extremely quickly -- up to 95 pounds -- but rarely live beyond four or five years.