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Old 24-02-2012, 20:04   #31
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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

I need to ask a question; it may sound silly. My biggest fear is catching a dolphin accidentally while trolling. Dolphins are hunters and chase for preys. So they may go for the lure
Is this possible or my fear is vain? If possible i will get rid of all my fishing tools.
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Dolphins are too smart to chase a lure.
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Nice Schoolies CabezonBD. I learned a long time ago when you bring in school dolphin that if you leave one in the water the others will continue to hang around so you can increase your chances of picking up a few more.

How fast were you trolling?
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Old 24-02-2012, 21:27   #34
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I have had countless rigged hoo. taken by porpoise . They have mouths of solid bone and as said before are too smart to ever get hooked. Plus the ones I have seen grab on for a joy ride will strip nearly any line off any reel effortlessly then let go. Favorite offshore lure for trolling. Is a rattle jet. They catch everything from dolphin (mahi, dorado, etc) to tuna, kings', and blues in the winter.
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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

trgy, just to clarify: US fishermen use word "dolphin" to describe mahi-mahi or dorado, not a dolphin that is related to whales and porpoises.

Fishermen from other continents use word "dolphin" to mean dolphin.

True dolphins are usually caught with industrial strength nets, not lines (too smart for that). See Dulcesuenos's reply for more info.
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Old 26-02-2012, 04:43   #36
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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

With regards to the thread title, i got this from Santa, does it count....

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That is a beauty set up!
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trgy, just to clarify: US fishermen use word "dolphin" to describe mahi-mahi or dorado, not a dolphin that is related to whales and porpoises.

Fishermen from other continents use word "dolphin" to mean dolphin.

True dolphins are usually caught with industrial strength nets, not lines (too smart for that). See Dulcesuenos's reply for more info.

Oh!!! I did not know that. Thanks for clarification Katiusha.

Of course I meant those cute friendly mammals. Fishing was a bit nervous for me while trolling. Many times I pulled the lines back in the boat when i see dolphins (our dolphins not US dolphins)

I am now relieved knowing they are too smart not to go for lures.
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Old 26-02-2012, 09:41   #39
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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

I was charter fishing one time in Hawaii and during the day I saw dozens of dolphin all around our lines. I asked the crusty charter captain if he had ever caught one and he laughed. Dolphin are way too smart to ever take a hook.
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Different colours of plastic tape, line and hooks.. and a fender.
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Nah, with a center cockpit you can only fish on the aft deck during calms... too easy to go overboard in any kind of weather otherwise.

We even have a real filleting station in our aft cockpit:


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Ahh... a Sierra mackeral. Great tasting fish!
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Ahh... a Sierra mackeral. Great tasting fish!
Or a juvenile King mackerel. Some even say they are one and the same...

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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

[QUOTE=Katiusha;895911]trgy, just to clarify: US fishermen use word "dolphin" to describe mahi-mahi or dorado, not a dolphin that is related to whales and porpoises.

I'm officially an old fart. I fished Dolphin in Florida 40 years ago. Nobody ever heard of Mahi. I figured later that Mahi was the PC name given to avoid having to explain the facts to the average uneducated non-fisherman and so they could be put on a restaurant menue - same reasons. I always order, "Dolphin" when we are out. Never any confusion noted.

Way too many perfectly good words abandoned or corrupted because they might offend someone somewhere. sigh.
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Nice Schoolies CabezonBD. I learned a long time ago when you bring in school dolphin that if you leave one in the water the others will continue to hang around so you can increase your chances of picking up a few more.

How fast were you trolling?
Our trolling speed was often what the wind and sails gave us. I think finding floatsam is way important if you are looking to target Dolphin fish (dorado). Correct speed in my experience can as 5 1/2 knts to 7 1/2 knts. Also in saying that I think we have caught fish in all speeds.

As far a hooking Dolphins (porpoise), I have never hooked one including often trying to troll in their schools as the yellow fin tuna can swim with the dolphins. If fact last week we were trolling under engine power in the school of small dolphins (porpoise) and picked up this Yellow Fin out of Puerto Vallarta Mexico.
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