In general, the Dorado’s body shape is similar to a salmon, with a golden body, black stripes and a somewhat scalloped tail. Dorados, which can grow to over 50lb, have enormous heads and their powerful jaws are full of small, gleaming, razor-like teeth. They generally roam in groups, feeding on schools of sabalos and other baitfish.
Unlike the salmon, Dorado do not die after spawning and never venture beyond the river mouth into the open sea. They grow huge and are tremendous battlers when hooked.
Not only does the Dorado possess teeth sharp enough to puncture through plastic lures, chomp wooden lures to bits and strike a lure or fly with great ferocity. It also performs aerial gyrations that are more reminiscent of acrobatic saltwater species. Interspersed between these high flying leaps are drag-screeching runs.