Dolphin Trolling and Fishing – How to Catch Dolphin
Dolphin (mahi mahi or dorado) fishing is a favorite summer time fishing expedition. Many people find dolphin fishing the easiest fishing of all. Here is how.
Beginner Dolphin Trolling Basics
Owning a boat, maybe for the first time, and deciding to head offshore, maybe for the first time, a number of readers ask about getting into dolphin fishing. That’s dolphin fish, mahi mahi, not dolphin porpoise! I have answered some specifics, but now it is time to lay out some basics on fishing for these prolific, blue water acrobats.
Bulls Crashing the Bait
Nothing can be quite as exciting as watching a bull dolphin streaking through the air headed at a right angle for your trolling spread! And nothing can cause quite as much shear panic and confusion as when several of these big bulls all hit at the same time!
Watch the Water for Fish
Next time you head out, be aware of what is going on in the water. Baitfish attract predator fish, and there is no reason I can think of for not fishing the area around a big baitfish school.
A Big Bull for John
Johjn Beal and I did some dolphin fishing during the Cuban boat lift and came back with a big bull for John.
South Florida Dolphin
Leave it to me to create a controversy in areas I never meant to wander. Many of you wrote me concerning dolphin fishing, several of you very upset that we would fish for and eat this "wonderful mammal". So before I go into our dolphin excursion this past week, let me clear the air.
South Florida Dolphin - One More Time!
Let's clear up some misconceptions I seem to have fostered. Dolphin or Mahi Mahi?
Dolphin (Coryphaena hippurus)
Underwater photo of a nice cow dolphin from the University of Florida.