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Old 06-16-2019, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by joediaz View Post
Have fun guys. I used to fish off Miami but I quit. I only fish when I go to the Bahamas now. Too much work and money for too little fish. I remember when catching bulls and cows was routine on almost every outing. Now a guy wins a tournament with a fish little bigger than legal size. I personally don't enjoy doing it here any more.
Yep, still like to get out on the water but those days are gone. I'm embarrassed for the guys that post up pics of dinky little dolphin they catch.
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by joediaz View Post
Have fun guys. I used to fish off Miami but I quit. I only fish when I go to the Bahamas now. Too much work and money for too little fish. I remember when catching bulls and cows was routine on almost every outing. Now a guy wins a tournament with a fish little bigger than legal size. I personally don't enjoy doing it here any more.
That's a sad life u have
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:35 PM
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Found some huge schools today mostly lifters with some bigger ones mixed in. Found them on large mats in 1750 and again in 1450. We got most on live pilchards.
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:49 PM
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Wow that was out there deep today. What was the biggest
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:51 PM
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Wow that was out deep today. How big was your biggest ? Where did you depart from and did you have to catch or buy bait
​​​​​​​if you caught please pm me where you found pilchards. I have out of town guest and fishing Tuesday. Hoping to show them a good day
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Old 06-23-2019, 06:52 PM
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They've been in boca inlet. But I bought from Tyler in hillboro inlet at 17/Dzn. Spoke to a friend who got em today off Lauderdale they were 15 off dolphin that is not pilchards lol.
all the fish were small 22-26 with couple bigger ones.
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:24 PM
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That's a sad life u have
Funny you would say that without even knowing me. My life is extremely happy and blessed. I'm healthy, have great family and friends, financially stable, nice home, nice boat and all the toys I care to have and I don't need going out to catch 22 inch dolphins to be happy. As a matter of fact, I'm heading to the Bahamas this week and will get some quality fishing time while there. I'm also happy that you get to voice your opinion, even if it's inaccurate and 100% based on ignorance.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by joediaz View Post
Funny you would say that without even knowing me. My life is extremely happy and blessed. I'm healthy, have great family and friends, financially stable, nice home, nice boat and all the toys I care to have and I don't need going out to catch 22 inch dolphins to be happy. As a matter of fact, I'm heading to the Bahamas this week and will get some quality fishing time while there. I'm also happy that you get to voice your opinion, even if it's inaccurate and 100% based on ignorance.
Not ignorance.
We have a great fishery here.
You choose to not fish bc "Too much work and money for too little fish".
It's supposed to be fun. Concluding from your post, it's not fun unless you can catch.
And not sure how you don't spend money going to bahamas

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Old 07-01-2019, 02:21 PM
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Can you girls stop the bickering and lets get back to fishing reports. I know people went out this weekend any Dolphin reports?
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:39 PM
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Look around and u will find reports

Out of Boca yesterday...found some decent size fish 28 off but tight lipped. Got 3.
Lots of slicks but not a lot of weed in them and not as many big mats yet still a LOT of weeds and LOTS of cleaning.
Was running in and around 16 off see a boat to my south and there is a guy on the bow waving what looks like a big landing net so I turn towards him and he stops so I figure they need help and sure enough they are broken down.
They only have a hand held and they do have sea tow so I contacted sea tow for them and told them I'd stay in touch too.
They had already been drifting for 3 hrs out of Ft Lauderdale.
Head in and about 2 miles from them I see a bucket. Drop the rattle jets and on 2nd pass hook up to a decent fin.
Hooked one more on a chunk but the other 2 wouldn't eat.
So went back on troll and caught 1 more.
During this I kept in touch w the disabled boat and also sea tow until they could communicate.
Looks like good karma paid back quickly on that one!
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by mgd View Post
Not ignorance.
We have a great fishery here.
You choose to not fish bc "Too much work and money for too little fish".
It's supposed to be fun. Concluding from your post, it's not fun unless you can catch.
And not sure how you don't spend money going to bahamas
We have a great fishery here? I guess tha's a matter of opinion. There is still a good fishery in South Florida for some species, but dolphin does not seem to be one of them. From the multiple posts I see on social media from South Florida fishermen, the average size of dolphins caught today would have almost been too small to keep years ago. Don't be offended by my reluctance to fish in South Florida. If you have fun going out and catching barely legal size dolphins for fun, have at it. I'm happy for you. My post did not encourage anyone to stop fishing. I merely said that I didn't enjoy it any more because compared to what we used to catch years ago to what is being caught today, it's not worth it for me. And, it has nothing to do with money. I spend more money going to the Bahamas than fishing off Miami, but I use my boat for a lot of fun activities, not only fishing. Don't get so upset and defensive. Go fishing and contribute to the reports on this thread.
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Originally Posted by b1gdog83 View Post
Can you girls stop the bickering and lets get back to fishing reports. I know people went out this weekend any Dolphin reports?
Don't you remember the song "Girls just wanna have fun?" That's all we are doing big dog... How about this report...I went 15 miles off Fowey Rocks, found a floating mattress with weeds all around it and caught 3 big dolphins, measuring 21", 24" and almost 20"....It was a great day. Oh yeah, we saw a big bull and cow on a photo album my old friend showed us when we got back to his house.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:54 AM
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15-miles out in Key Largo under weeds. Need to throw a spoon Or live bait cause anything cut will get attacked by the small fish first.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:55 PM
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15-miles out in Key Largo under weeds. Need to throw a spoon Or live bait cause anything cut will get attacked by the small fish first.
Happy for this young man who caught what is considered a nice size fish by today's standards. Funny how the caption reads "...use live bait because anything cut will get attacked by the small fish first...". Well, in my book and in most of the minds of people who are old enough to remember big dolphins, that fish in the picture would have been considered a small fish, big enough to keep, but definitely not big enough to brag about or win a tournament. And that's what I and others were referring to on our previous comments.
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Old 07-10-2019, 04:29 AM
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i walked the docks at Bud n Mary's saturday and the charter boats must have caught dozens of schoolies along with some big fish. I dont keep them, but folks who only fish once a year from out of town want anything they can get for their trip.
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joediaz, I agree with you. I'm happy for the young man in the photo, but that fish did not have to be gaffed. Again, happy for his happiness.

Rod27, catching dozens of schoolies is not sport fishing. As a retired charter capt. I'm embarrassed for those that feel that they have to kill tomorrow's stock in order
in order to make a living today. I've seen the garbage pails of small dolphin in the keys myself. It's disgusting.
The charter guys have to learn to practice catch and release and stop filling the coolers of the greedy ( non-sportfishermen ) .
If they don't change soon, they will fish themselves out of business . Just my humble opinion . Capt. Billy/ Right Stuff
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Old 07-10-2019, 04:24 PM
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Got 5 this past Sunday out from Fowey around 1,300 feet. Decided to move back in closer to the reef to troll for Wahoo. Had a pretty big one take the bait, but let go shortly after.

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Old 07-10-2019, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by joediaz View Post
...Funny how the caption reads "...use live bait because anything cut will get attacked by the small fish first...". Well, in my book and in most of the minds of people who are old enough to remember big dolphins, that fish in the picture would have been considered a small fish, big enough to keep, but definitely not big enough to brag about or win a tournament. And that's what I and others were referring to on our previous comments.
Thanks, my son loves fishing and nothing makes him happier than catching fish.

By smaller fish I didn’t mean Dolphin. I meant the small jacks and others that pounce on the cut bait and don’t allow it to drop. The fish was legit enough to gaff, so we did gaff it to make sure we got a meal. Plus gaffing is part of the fun. This is a Dolphin Reports thread, not a fishing ethics policing thread and this is why people don’t post reports anymore.

To get to the really big ones, we usually troll but the scattered weeds didn’t allow for it. And also, go deep 1000’+ offshore.

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