Dolphin Fish - Coryphaenidae hippurus

Can be found in warmer waters from Rottnest Trench to Broome and around the top to Queensland.

Dolphin fish are only found in deeper waters, fishing by boat is the best way to target them. They love to travel in the wake of boats often in large schools.

Fishing for Dolphin fish can be hit or miss, once a school is located they might feed very aggressively or they can be very fussy. They are a pelagic species therefore put up a tough fight.

Dolphin Fish grow fast, up to double their size in 1 year, most fish average 7 to 13kg, however can grow up to 18kg.

Dolphin Fish grow fast, up to double their size in 1 year, most fish average 7 to 13kg, however can grow up to 18kg.

Experience boat anglers often look for floating debris and birds near the edge of the reefs, that should be around 15-40m deep. Dolphin Fish can often be found swimming near debris such as floating wood, palm trees and fronds, or weed lines and fish buoys. Sea birds dive for food accompanying the debris or sargasso. Experienced fishing guides can tell what species are likely around the debris by the birds’ behaviour.

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Towns & creeks to fish for Dolphin Fish

MooloolabaCoral BayGold CoastSteep Point / Dirt Harthog IslandExmouth

Regions to fish for Dolphin Fish

GascoyneSunshine CoastSouth East Queensland

Species list

AmberjackAustralian BassAustralian SalmonBarracudaBarramundiBlue BastardBlue GroperBonefishBonitoAustralian BonitoLeaping BonitoBreamBlack BreamSea breamYellowfin BreamCarpCatfishCherabinChinaman FishCobiaCodBarramundi CodBlack Spotted RockcodFlowery CodGold spotted rockcodRankin CodCoral TroutDartDhufishDolphin FishDrummerDusk FlatheadEmperorsBlue Spotted EmperorGrass EmperorLong Nosed EmperorRed EmperorRed throat emperorSpangled EmperorEstuary PerchFlatheadBar-Tail FlatheadBlue-Spot FlatheadDusky FlatheadFlounderGiant HerringGolden Snapper / FingermarkGrunterHarlequinJavelJavelin FishJewfish - BlackJewfish / MullowayJobfishJungle PerchLeather JacketLong-TomsLuderickMackerelBroadbar MackerelSchool MackerelShark MackerelSpanish MackerelSpotted MackerelMangrove JackMarlin / SailfishBlue MarlinMary River CodMilk FishMoses PerchMud CrabsMudcrabsMurray River CodNannygaiNo FishingPaddletailPearl PerchQueenfishRed BassRedfin PerchSailfishSalmonBlue SalmonThreadfin SalmonSamson fishSaratogaSharkSilver PerchSnapperPink SnapperQueen SnapperRed SnapperSooty GrunterSquidSquireSweet LipTailorTarponTarwhineTrevallyDiamond TrevallyGiant TrevallyGolden TrevallyPermitSilver TrevallyTriggerfishTripletailTroutBrown TroutRainbow TroutTunaLongtail TunaSouthern Bluefin TunaYellowfin TunaTuskfishTuskfish - VenusTuskfisk - VenusWahooWhitingKing George WhitingSand WhitingTrumpeter WhitingYellowfin WhitingWrasseBaldchin GroperTuskfish - blackspotTuskfish - BlueYellofinfin WhitingYellow BellyYellowtail Kingfish