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5/19/19 Offshore

Old 05-20-2019, 01:34 PM
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Wen went 60 plus miles looking for mahi. We went 1 for 4 on the mahi. We then switched to bottom fishing and the bite was hot. Took a couple of friends with me. Tested out the new outriggers which I have never used before. We're still learning how to catch mahi. I enjoyed the fight on the one I pulled one. While fighting it we had a second hook up, but he spit the hook. The third one spit the hook and the fourth one bit through the guy's line. Or maybe he broke it. He was the only one not using a steel leader. The ride out was a little bumpy. We came back in fairly wet. On the way back in we were stopped buy dnr in little river. He checked over the fish we caught, safety equipment on the boat and our fishing licenses and told us to have a nice day.












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Old 05-20-2019, 02:30 PM
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Great report !
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Old 05-20-2019, 02:45 PM
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I'll take the pile of beeliners over the dolphin anyways nice day on the water

unless you're using really light leaders the dolphin probably just broke off, they've got teeth but they aren't crazy sharp by any means. Switch over to mono from those wire leaders and you'll probably get a few more bites
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:23 PM
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I'll take the pile of beeliners over the dolphin anyways nice day on the water

unless you're using really light leaders the dolphin probably just broke off, they've got teeth but they aren't crazy sharp by any means. Switch over to mono from those wire leaders and you'll probably get a few more bites
I like beeliners and dolphin almost the same. But dolphin edges it out for me. I've also, stopped keeping all keepable fish out there. We threw back several white grunts and scups and a few almaco jacks. If I have to clean a lot of fish, I prefer they be the fish I like a lot.
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Nice trip for sure! We’re you guys lure fishing or bait fishing for the dolphin? I use anywhere from 130-150# leaders for mahi with a bait spring and a “tooth proof” pin rig and it’s pretty standard for me and the guys I fish with when bait fishing. Maybe some hoo in the area that bit through. Anything out there loves ballyhoo. Best advice I can give you when bluewater fishing is make sure you drop the bait back if it is spit out. You will get them to eat! Drop it in free spool for maybe 10 seconds and then reel it in like a fleeing bait fish. We had one big bull spit a pitch bait 4x at the boat but finally ate and took off. When using no bait “lure fishing” don’t ever drop it back, reel it away from the fish hard to get another try. When the taste the meat they will want more, taste a rubber skirt and they need some extra coaching to eat it again. Congrats on getting out and nice bottom fish!
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Nice trip for sure! We’re you guys lure fishing or bait fishing for the dolphin? I use anywhere from 130-150# leaders for mahi with a bait spring and a “tooth proof” pin rig and it’s pretty standard for me and the guys I fish with when bait fishing. Maybe some hoo in the area that bit through. Anything out there loves ballyhoo. Best advice I can give you when bluewater fishing is make sure you drop the bait back if it is spit out. You will get them to eat! Drop it in free spool for maybe 10 seconds and then reel it in like a fleeing bait fish. We had one big bull spit a pitch bait 4x at the boat but finally ate and took off. When using no bait “lure fishing” don’t ever drop it back, reel it away from the fish hard to get another try. When the taste the meat they will want more, taste a rubber skirt and they need some extra coaching to eat it again. Congrats on getting out and nice bottom fish!
Two of us were using big nic's mackahoos with cigar minnows. I'm not sure what the other guy was using when he got broke off. I just know it was mono on his lure. We're noobs at mahi fishing. Other than catching only the one mahi it was a successful mahi trip for us as we learned some things and actually got 4 hook ups instead of just maybe one. That bottom spot usually, produces very well for us. All of the bottom fish were caught in an hour and a half. Several were thrown back. If we had more time for that spot, I would have been looking for the trigger and groupers that are there.
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If you lost 3 on Mackahoos, I would think it was possible that maybe the trebles are what pulled. We use the exact same rig that wickedfisha described.
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If you lost 3 on Mackahoos, I would think it was possible that maybe the trebles are what pulled. We use the exact same rig that wickedfisha described.
Only lost one that was on a mackahoo. No clue as to what the other guy was doing. His spit a hook the first time and the second time broke the lure off. It was probably the treble that pulled on the mackahoo. I think mine was on the treble when I brought him in. Either way I enjoyed the fight on the one that I pulled in. I have more to learn. The weeds were driving us crazy having to clean them off constantly and we had a hard time adjusting the tension on the clips for the outriggers.
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10-4. I learn something new every time I go out there. Bluewater is a different game but it sure is fun. And when the weeds are scattered, it can be a real pain. Y’all caught fish, learned a lot, and had fun doing it!! Sounds like a great trip to me!!!
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Great job!

One thing to keep in mind when trolling like that is that your spread should all work together. So its important to know what lures are in what positions and how they are working and where they are spaced in relation to each other. Additionally, its also good idea to have lures running right at the surface (occasionally skipping is not a bad thing) because dolphin are usually feeding on flying fish, so they are looking up most of the time and waiting for flying fish to reenter the water. That's why 1/4 ounce sea witches and ballyhoo are good, they run right at the surface. That's also why blue/white is such a popular/good color. It is a flying fish imitator. Pink is more of a squid imitator, and it is real popular and effective as well.
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Planning ahead of time what is going out on each line in your trolling spread is a common recommendation from most of the experienced bluewater fishermen. It is unusual for a dolphin to bight through a mono leader. The leaders will occasionally get some chafe from rubbing across the blunt teeth and when this happens it is a good idea to leaders.

Thanks for sharing your day and the photos.
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Nic’s Mackahoos work great on dolphin. I fished with him years ago when he was making the newest version head and caught over 30 mahi on day. Great hookup ratio but you can pull hooks since the trebles are smaller and unless they are swallowed they can pull out with too much angler pressure. As you get into it more you can buy pin rigs already made or even with sea witches on them like bluewater candy sells. Should have another 1-2 weeks hopefully before they start to spread out even more
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Nice report. We ended up with one all day as well. The mahi bite was very slow Sunday. We heard they were grouped up towards Hatteras and way south towards Wilmington. I guess that’s fishing.

Way to salvage the trip. Tasty red eyes!
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