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DOLPHIN FISHING MIAMI

Peak Season: June-October
Best Charter: Full Day Offshore
Best Technique: Running and Gunning
Best Bait: Palm Sized Jacks
Table Fare: Excellent

DOLPHIN FISHING MIAMI

The strikingly vibrant dolphin, also known as mahi-mahi or dorado, is one of the most visually stunning game fish found off the coast of Miami. Encounters with schools of dolphin are frequent while offshore fishing in Miami, particularly along current rips and Sargasso weed lines where these voracious predators prey on a variety of marine creatures. From tuna to jacks, sardines, squid, flying fish, shrimp, crabs, and even their own juveniles, dolphin are opportunistic feeders.

HOW TO FIND DOLPHIN / MAHI MAHI

Dolphin are a favorite among anglers for good reason. During the summer months, we venture offshore until we locate promising waters, looking out for key indicators such as birds working an area, the presence of seaweed, and current rips. Trolling along weed lines and current rips with a diverse array of lures and baits is an effective method for covering ground and locating fish. Additionally, we employ sight fishing by positioning a captain in the tuna tower to scout for fish while a mate stands by with live bait. Four main methods guide our quest for dolphin: chasing birds, working rips/weed lines, live baiting free swimmers, and finding floating debris.

CATCHING MAHI MAHI UNDER BIRDS

Different types of birds offer clues about the presence of dolphin. Observing their speed, elevation, and direction helps determine their likelihood of being associated with fish. For instance, if birds are flying at high speeds or low elevations, they may not indicate the presence of dolphin. However, slower-moving birds flying at moderate elevations or diving erratically are often indicative of fish below. Understanding bird behavior is crucial for maximizing your catch.

CATCHING MAHI MAHI ON WEED LINES

Weed lines or rips serve as productive hunting grounds for dolphin. Trolling along weed lines with a variety of baits and lures allows us to cover ground and determine the presence of fish. Paying attention to depth and bait abundance along these lines helps identify areas likely to hold fish. Dolphin are often found in blue water, particularly in depths ranging from 300 to 2000 feet.

CATCHING DOLPHIN ON FLOATING DEBRIS

Floating debris, such as buckets, pallets, or wood, can attract dolphin by providing shelter for baitfish. These areas often serve as hotspots for fishing, especially when located in remote areas. Switching from trolling to live baiting near floating debris can lead to exceptional catches.

TECHNIQUES FOR CATCHING DOLPHIN

Various techniques, including trolling, live baiting, dead baiting, and kite fishing, are employed to target dolphin. Trolling is effective for covering ground and locating fish, while live baiting allows for precise targeting of schools. Dead baiting can be useful for hungry fish or conserving live bait, while kite fishing offers the opportunity to present multiple baits at the surface simultaneously.

Dolphin fishing in Miami offers thrilling experiences and the chance to reel in these magnificent game fish against the backdrop of the open ocean.

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