The striped bass fishing quiz from last month stumped a lot of anglers, but we’re guessing that this month’s quiz is going to be even tougher. Dolphin fish are a far more mysterious species, found farther from shore and in far less predictable circumstances. And once you find these fish, it’s easy to be stumped by their behavior.

dolphin fish

The coloration dolphin fish display is shocking – neon blues, greens, and yellow are a common sight on mahi-mahi.

In the third episode of Got Bait? this species is our target fish, and there’s plenty to learn—about how to catch mahi-mahi, and about just what it is that makes this fish special. So let’s test your mahi-mahi knowledge with this fishing quiz.

Fishing quiz question #1

Circle hooks work best when fishing for this species, and there’s a very specific reason why. You should always use circles and not J-hooks for mahi, because:
A. J-hooks lead to more missed bites
B. It’s easier to hide a circle hook in the bait
C. Circle hooks prevent leader chafe.

Fishing quiz question #2

One of the most amazing thing about these fish is their coloration—sometimes they change color while you’re looking right at them. Do scientists believe they change color to:
A. Communicate aggression
B. Communicate fear
C. Attract a mate
D. All of the above

Fishing quiz question #3

What does "mahi-mahi" mean in Hawaiian?

Fishing quiz question #4

How can you tell the difference between a male and female mahi-mahi?

Fishing quiz question #5

True or False - A dolphin fish can travel over 100 miles in a single day.

Okay, have you written down your answers? Then it’s time to watch Got Bait? Mahi-Mahi Madness, to find out how many you got correct. And when you do, you’ll also learn some other fish facts and angling tips like these:

  • What is “bailing,” and how do you use this technique to catch a pile of dolphin fish?

  • How do anglers tag and release one of these fish, to help understand their migration routes?

  • How do you rig a pair of lures so it appears that one fish is chasing another (to trigger a mahi-mahi feeding frenzy)?

Watch all the Got Bait? episodes

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, 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.