Man Point Awarded: Fisherman Harpoons Huge Dorado From a Moving Boat

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The quick and oh-so-acrobatic mahi-mahi is notoriously difficult to catch, due, in part, to its unique coloring. The fish’s golden sides are marked with iridescent blues and greens, which, by catching the light, can quickly confuse even the most talented of fishers. Typically, the mahi-mahi catching process involves taking a boat to the edge of a reef and then tossing teasers into the water alongside feeding fish. This standard fishing approach is known for its physically strenuous nature, with many fishers pursuing mahi-mahi solely for the bragging rights.

Man Point Awarded: Fisherman Harpoons Huge Dorado From a Moving Boat

As entertaining as a standard fishing session can be, another mahi-mahi approach is currently taking the world by storm: harpoon fishing. Although this Tahitian technique is incredibly effective, many fishers remain unaware of its existence. Still others insist on standard reel fishing even after experiencing the ease of spearing mahi-mahi with harpoons.

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Harpoons: The Tahitian Answer To Mahi-Mahi Fishing

Mahi-mahi may be able to keep fishers at bay with their acrobatic capabilities and spectacular coloring, but they do possess a huge weakness, capable of making them a surprisingly easy target: when pursued, mahi-mahi do not dive — they swim near the surface! This means that, if they are chased by specially-designed poti marara fishing boats, the fish can easily be speared. While fishers from all around the world have struggled with their standard reel fishing techniques, Tahitians have gained the upper hand with their very clever pursue and harpoon approach. Finally, old school fishers are paying attention — and those able to successfully maneuver boats while spearing fish are reaping the rewards.

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