How fast do dolphin fish grow?
The dolphin fish is known by many names in the fishing circles – it is mahi-mahi in Hawaiian, lampuka in Maltese, and other names such as rakingo, maverikos, dorado, and calitos. Widely distributed across the world’s waters, it can be found throughout the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. A prized game fish, the dolphin fish is a favorite among anglers, especially those who go off-shore fishing.
The dolphin fish is the fastest growing wild fish species known to man. When the conditions are right, the dolphin fish can grow as fast as 1.3 to 2.7 inches in a week! That means that in about 1 year, the fish can grow to four feet long and could be as heavy as 40 pounds.
The rate of growth and the growth limit are dependent on the gender, with males growing faster and bigger than the females. Studies have shown that females rarely go over 40 pounds while males can grow to as much as 60 pounds.
As a fast-growing fish species, it is also among those which mature early. In fact, dolphin fish are sexually mature in as early as 3 months, some even maturing at just 14 inches long. In general, though, the young becomes sexually mature by the time they reach 22 inches in fork length.
With such a fast-growing fish that reproduces at an early age, it is not surprising that its population has never been endangered. Also, because it would need to feed for it to grow, the dolphin fish is known to be an aggressive predator – this can work to your advantage because it will be easier to bait and catch them if they are constantly searching for food!