We had pretty clear winners and losers in the bait vs. lures contest during Got Bait? The Hunt for Flounder, and Got Bait? The Search for Stripers. But the debate goes into overdrive in the latest episode. This time we’re chasing after mahi-mahi (properly called dolphin fish and also known as dorado, doe-does, or simply mahi). But there isn’t much of a “chase” because from the moment fishing begins, the mahi-mahi go absolutely berserk. Just wait until you see what I’m talking about with your own eyes—it’s absolutely shocking.


Even as we filmed, we didn’t realize just how many of these fish were swarming under the boat. Then we played back some of the spectacular underwater footage we shot, 60 miles off the mid-Atlantic coast in Poor Man’s Canyon. Wow. Sure, we had a slew of double, triple, and even quadruple hook-ups. Yes, we were swinging fish over the gunwales from the moment we started fishing to the moment we stopped. We were also tagging and releasing fish for the CSS Dolphinfish Research Program, and we caught so many fish we actually ran out of tags.

Mahi changing colors

The outcome of the bait vs. lures contest is, IMHO, a bit lop-sided. And I’m not saying that because of which team won and which team lost. Nope. I’m saying it because some of us spent so much time helping other anglers land, tag, and de-hook fish that we hardly got a chance to do any real fishing of our own.

Still, results are results. Want to know which is better when it comes to fishing for mahi-mahi? The score board says it all.

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Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.