(a.k.a. Mahi-Mahi, NOT flipper!) are basically a deep-water species, inhabiting the surface of the open ocean. This is a distinctive fish in the sea; the colors are quite variable and defy an accurate, simple description. Generally, when the fish is alive in the water, the dolphin is rich iridescent blue or blue-green dorsally; gold, bluish gold or silvery gold on the lower flanks; and silvery white or yellow on the belly.
Hooked dolphin may LEAP or TAILWALK, darting first in one direction, then another. Successful fishing methods include trolling surface baits, flying fish, mullet, ballyhoo, squid, and strip baits
or artificial lures; also live bait fishing or casting. If the first dolphin caught is kept in the water, it will usually hold the school, and often others will come near enough to be caught by casting.