Dominican Republic Fish - the most interesting facts

Hello dear friends Dominican Republic fish is our topic of today’s post. I thought that if you fly to the Dominican Republic Punta Cana and want to order for example private fishing charter then you probably want to know what fish are found in this area. By making a small search and investing my knowledge, I wrote a short and informative post. The main types of fish and the most interesting about each:

Mahi Mahi

*Fish habits in the water

*What fisherman knows

*Mahi-Mahi Eating


*Fishing Season

*Wahoo Fishing

*Behavior in Water

*Is Wahoo meat good for eating?

Yellowfin tuna

*The season for catching yellowfin tuna in the Dominican Republic


*How does tuna live

*Tuna fishing
*Meet of Tuna

Dominican republic fish- Mahi Mahi

The first fish that I want to tell you about is Big Korifena or Mahi-Mahi. For the first time, this fish was seen many years ago, when fishermen went into the ocean to get some fish for the food. Then this fish was given the name Mahi-Mahi. This name fish received on island states such as the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, and others. So, let’s start from the description of this fish. The fish has a green-yellow bright color.

Mahi Mahi-Dominican republic fish

It lives in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Pacific and Indian Oceans. This fish can reach up to 2 meters in length and up to 100 liters in weight. In order to catch this fish most often fisherman uses the method of trolling deep-sea fishing. This fish belongs to the order of ray-finned fish. The life span of each individual is on average up to 5 – 7 years. They multiply, spawning. Both males and females spawn. The ability to spawn in males occurs when they reach a size of 90 cm in length, and in females when they reach a body length of 80 cm. Spawning occurs in this species of fish throughout the year. This fish is a predator. The main food: fly fish and other small living organisms. The teeth of this fish are small, frequent and sharp. The fish is very aggressive.

Mahi-Mahi habits in the water

If you are lucky enough to go on a deep-sea fishing method of trolling and you had Mahi-Mahi on the hook, then you know what I will talk about. When This fish gets hooked, it will resist and fight to the last, the males especially strongly resist, apparently from the fact that they are physically stronger than the females. In other words, this fish will apply all the tricks to get off the hook. Namely, the Mahi Mahi will jump out of the pipe trying to break the fishing line, this fish will also make very deep dives under the water, will try to go under the boat motors, again in order to break the fishing line. 

What fisherman knows

All these techniques have long been known to fishermen and those who are engaged in deep-sea fishing. The fisherman knows for not letting the Mahi-Mahi go off the hook, you need to keep the fishing line in a constant stretch, do not let this fish feel slack and everything will be just fine!

Mahi-Mahi Eating

The meat of this fish has a huge amount of nutrients. I would say that the meat of this fish is a kind of panacea for many diseases and for old age including, if you use this meat on a regular basis, that is, several times a week. In its structure, dense meat has a white or white and pink color. Cooked quickly, however, like almost all meat fish. Often eaten raw, considered a delicacy.

Dominican Republic fish- Wahoo

Wahoo is one of the fastest fishes in the Atlantic Ocean, of course, it is not as fast as Marlin, but definitely faster than Barracuda or Mahi Mahi. Wahoo belongs to the mackerel family. In addition, the body is very similar to mackerel. The color of the fish is also very similar to the color of Mackerel, but there are still differences. The body of the Wahoo is elongated, the skin is gray with bright blue vertical stripes. As I told you, Wahoo is a very fast and dangerous fish. It can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour. During its rapid movement, the Wahoo feeds on living fish. As well as Mahi Mahi, flying fish are a favorite food of Wahoo.

Wahoo fishing Season

The season for fishing Wahoo in the Dominican Republic is considered to be late autumn, winter and the beginning of spring. This can be explained by the fact that Wahoo certainly loves the tropical and subtropical waters of the oceans, but still, this fish rises higher to the surface of the water when the water temperature drops down to 22-23 degrees Celsius. This water temperature condition is comfortable for this type of fish. Usually, only during the colder period this Wahoo fish is raised to the surface in search of food like fly fish and can be caught in the sport’s deep-sea trolling fishing.

Wahoo Fishing-Dominican republic fish

Most often, the Wahoo can be caught in deep-sea fishing by trolling. Tackles for Wahoo are prepared in almost the same way as for other fish, the only difference is that instead of fishing line, fishermen use metal leashes. This is because Wahoo’s teeth are much sharper than Mahi Mahi’s and in the process of fighting Wahoo often tries to bite a leash on which the bait thereby liberates itself. Wahoo as well as Mahi-Mahi will fight to the last if she got on your hook. If the fish is large (reaches 1.8 meters in length), then it will be very difficult to reel it out from the water. The Wahoo will also try to do first flips over the water, and then quickly and abruptly go to the maximum depth. Wahoo will try to use all the tricks in order to free itself.

Wahoo Behavior in Water

The fish uses many techniques to make a line break, two of them I described to you. If the fisherman is not experienced, then 50% of fish may fall off the hook. At the moment when Wahoo flips over in the water, the fisherman needs to be especially careful, you need to keep the fish in constant tension. I also want to note that Wahoo is especially dangerous when she is wounded but has not yet fallen asleep. It often happens that when this fish is taken out of the water with a harpoon, it is wounded, but not completely killed. At this point, the fish is most dangerous, all its fins become razor-sharp, and even a light touch is enough to leave a deep cut.

Is Wahoo meat good for eating?

Yes, it is good for eating I can tell you even more. The meat of pretty much any ocean fish is good for eating and many times it is very expensive. Wahoo meat is especially appreciated. The structure is fibrous and dense. The color is white. With any kind of cooking turns out very soft and gentle. Its nutritional value is not as enriched as that of Mahi-Mahi, but very useful nonetheless. For the price is valued more expensive than Mahi meat.

Dominican Republic fish- Yellowfin tuna

Yellowfin tuna or sea cow – the nickname that fisherman gave to this type of fish. It belongs to the mackerel family and lives in tropical and subtropical seas and oceans. Commercial fishing of this fish is conducted in Japan. Currently, it is known that this fish can be up to 2.5 meters in size. In the waters of the Dominican Republic, this type of fish usually does not exceed one meter in length. This type of tuna got its name due to its color. Bright yellow rays diverge throughout the body of this fish also go to the fins. Younger individuals most often occur not far from the coast and do not descend to a depth of more than one hundred meters, in contrast to more adult individuals, who prefer to dwell at a depth far from the coastline.

The season for catching yellowfin tuna in the Dominican Republic

You can meet and catch yellowfin tuna in the waters of the Dominican Republic throughout the year. But the season for catching tuna is considered the summertime. As I would explain that it’s due to the fact that in summer the water in the ocean (in the coastal zone up to five nautical miles) warms up and the tuna come closer to the shore. This type of fish loves warm water.


Yellowfin tuna breeds by spawning. Spawning this type of fish is possible all year round. The survival rate of eggs is great. And the population of this species of fish is not in danger. Despite commercial fishing, these types of fish multiply rapidly.

How does tuna live

Young individuals prefer to live in flocks. There were such experts who argued that the young tuna could be added to a flock of completely different fish similar in structure to it. Adults can live alone. But we must remember that an adult individual of tuna lives up to its name “sea cow”, since it can reach 680 kg in weight.

Tuna fishing-Dominican republic fish

Unlike all other types of fish that are found in the waters of the Dominican Republic, we always prepare tuna gear separately. Yellowfin tuna is probably the only kind of fish that we fish without natural bait. In other words, just using a special lure.

Meet of Tuna

I think that all people living on earth are well aware that tuna meat is a delicacy. The structure of the meat is dense red. Unlike Wahoo meat, Tuna meat is very difficult to cook and not to spoil. Very often when cooking this meat turns out to be dry to the taste. Many gourmets prefer to eat tuna meat raw. Raw tuna dishes are very popular in Japan.

How to track down tuna

Tracking down tuna is not difficult; you just need to be attentive. When you see hunting birds, do not hesitate, direct your vessel in their direction. Usually, when bird attacks begin, what do I mean by this? I mean, when 3 or more birds simultaneously rush into the water from the air in an attempt to grab a fish, this means that there is a flock of tuna. When you crash into a flock of tuna, then 2-3 rods usually work at once. Reel out a tuna from the water is not difficult, of course, if it is not more than 1 meter in length. Usually, this fish is mobile, but it does not resist as much as, for example, Wahoo.

Well, that is pretty much all for today’s blog. I hope the article was interested and you enjoyed reading. If so feel free to check up other articles as well as fishing trips or boat trips.