Dolphin Fishing Tips - How To Catch Dolphin
The dolphin or mahi mahi has beautiful colors of yellow, blue and green and is a super hard fighter. It is probably the best tasting fish of all! Dolphin seem to be attracted to floating objects in offshore waters. Boards, rope and other debris will likely hold dolphin. They frequently congregate around sargassum, a brown algae, which serves as a hiding place and a source of food.
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- Offshore Gulf waters. Dolphin get excited when they see another of their kin struggling on a hook, so don't pull that fish in until another angler has hooked up.
- Feeding offshore birds, such as petrels or frigate, may show the way to success with dolphin. If you see them diving into floating grass the dolphin could very well be underneath.
- Catch dolphin by trolling dead and live bait or small artificial lures.
- Match the lures to your cruising (trolling) speed. Use lures that act, sound and look lifelike.
- Once you have caught a dolphin fish, leave it boatside. Dolphin fish tend to run in schools and the rest of the school will be attracted hooked fish.
- Toll with vividly colored man-o-wars, feathers, skirts, and other lead-headed lures rigged with 6/0 to 9/0 hooks baited with squid or mullet strips.
- To get to the big dolphin, use a heavier lure or add several large 1/2- to 1-ounce sinkers to the leader to pull the lure down quickly past the smaller schoolie to where the mature fish are.
- For best results,troll baits at about 4 to 6 knots adjacent to weed lines.