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Old 04-09-2007, 02:49 PM
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Whats the best way of finding and catching schooly size dolphin in miami. I have the rods and reels but as far as tackle, whats the best?
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:18 PM
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for trolling i use small feathers, spoons, and cedar plugs.always look for floating objects(wood, weed lines, etc)

if you find a log or something thats holding mahi and they wont hit your lures, drift a bait into the area where the fish are. where i fish many guys just cut up a ballyhoo and drift small chunks to them. my favorite bait is using live minnows. the mahi go crazy for them.


some people will also tell you to throw a small bcktail or jig at them but i find the minnows are your best bet.

i fish up north out of NJ. i am sure there are different ways down south where the mahi is more plentiful
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Live bait is your best bet at anything. I rarely go off shore without it. Run and gun.....run until you fuind something and the live bait it. Pu a bait down deep, 150' or so to see if anything is lurking around down there.
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In Miami the best way to catch schoolies is to wait for a couple other boats to find them, then run up on them hard right through the center of the school and stop. The closer to the other boats you can get, the better. Toss some chunk baits or live pilchards right at the transom of the other boats, splashing within 4-5 feet. You should get hooked up immediately. This is the common strategy employed by most commercial and private fishermen, seems to work well.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:18 PM
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that's the best way - for sure
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:33 PM
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Carry some thawed out hamburger offshore, when you find structure and dolphin holding under it, pitch little pieces of burger to them to get them eating again, then pitch a bucktail on spinning gear and hold on. They usually are not picky.
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All of the lures in the pic caught phins last weekend.


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Tireless, whats your secret to keeping those lures so organized?
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Tireless, whats your secret to keeping those lures so organized?
It's a fine art......I call it the "get one, get all of them" stacking system.

What you see is how I brought them home after washing them at the marina. They are sitting in my world famous $2.50 bait tray.
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Yea I noticed your signature bait tray right away,but the pic must have been taken before it suffered the shotgun blast. That is a nice lookin mess of lures you have. I may have to get a cedar plug or two now.
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