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Old 02-20-2011, 06:18 AM
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If you don't have live or dead bait, what is the best lure or jig to pitch out for dolphin?( Assuming you are in a school already) I am trying to get ready for this season.
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If you don't have live or dead bait, what is the best lure or jig to pitch out for dolphin?( Assuming you are in a school already) I am trying to get ready for this season.
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some times they are a little fussy when casting anything other then cut bait or live bait.

I always carry minnows as they cant refuse them. They with also eat cut squid. Try to cast a very small repala.

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I have had alot of luck throwing a white Hogy in schools. They cast far and you can work them fast. Also pretty much any jig or plug works.
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I like a pink jig.
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Believe it or not, try a C&H Alien jig...not the Alien lure, the jig in a weight big enough to cast.
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I start out throwing a jig, usually a yellow egg shaped pompano jig. When they turn off and won't eat that, I switch to a chugger plug. I make mine out of a broom handle, but commercially, a Chug Bug is great. After that is when I start chunking with pieces of bait or go to live bait
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red and white bucktail works for me.

And make sure to let it sink a little if you're after the bigger fish, or even whatever's feeding on the schoolie dolphin!
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any type of bucktail jig tipped with an uncle josh's pork strip. deadly
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I use Dolphin Candy (I think that is the correct name) rigged on a spinning rod. But if they are hungry they'll eat anything for the first 4 or 5 fish.
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Squid tube with a 5/0 hook to schoolies up high if I don't have cut bait ready. I keep pink, blue, and green/yellows ready on smaller rods always. Have used plugs and even those storm lures too. Then have someone drop a jig down beneath the school and usually pick up something a little bigger if it makes it through the schoolies.
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Any lure that is quick and shinny...also big enough to keep away from the chicken dolphin...retrieve it back to the boat extremly fast and it really seems to intice them
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i've noticed that typically if you hook a fish and it jumps you off, you don't hook another in that particular school. however if you don't jump one off, you can catch every last fish in the school.
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Any lure that is quick and shinny...also big enough to keep away from the chicken dolphin...retrieve it back to the boat extremly fast and it really seems to intice them

That is my observation at well. When I'm in a situation where dolphin are biting on top I use a small spoon with a pink or yellow "trailer". Cast past the fish and retrieve the spoon with the rod tip up and high at a speed fast enough that the lure skips across the surface of the water. This imitates a fleeing bait fish and the fast top water retrieve doesn't give the fish a lot of time to inspect the lure--this is good given the dolphins wonderful vision. It's key to entice a bite out of instinct with this method. Also, I notice that the bite will drop off very dramatically without a trailer on the spoon.
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That is my observation at well. When I'm in a situation where dolphin are biting on top I use a small spoon with a pink or yellow "trailer". Cast past the fish and retrieve the spoon with the rod tip up and high at a speed fast enough that the lure skips across the surface of the water. This imitates a fleeing bait fish and the fast top water retrieve doesn't give the fish a lot of time to inspect the lure--this is good given the dolphins wonderful vision. It's key to entice a bite out of instinct with this method. Also, I notice that the bite will drop off very dramatically without a trailer on the spoon.
Yep, I regularly cast for Dolphin (we call it Dorado over here) and the most consistent lure is something that "splashes" the surface of the water.

I am currently using stickbaits and I also point the rod tip up to get that effect.

Have also used regular jigs but I think surface lures works best, I like stickbaits that can also be used subsurface and sometimes I change from surface to subsurface action depending on the conditions.

This is this year my shinny "to go" lure for Dorado, I allways have the casting stick at hand rigged and ready, also like pink/white colour for Dorado.

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chunk of ballyhoo/bonito/false albacore/bluefish/mackeral/clam... etc.. any meat .. it's a given..

we usually always have additional ballyhoo, or a false albacore fillet on the boat just incase we run into a school around a pot or other debris..
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I use bucktails mostly, white Spro and blue/white Spro, but when the school gets lock jaw a yellow bass spinner bait (don't laugh) gets a couple more fish in the box.
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my goto lure for nearly any species is the yo zuri crystal minow. It is shiney with great action.
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If you don't have live or dead bait, what is the best lure or jig to pitch out for dolphin?( Assuming you are in a school already) I am trying to get ready for this season.
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Hookup Lures > Bucktails > ST-X Pompano Jigs > Model #216 > 1/2oz #2/0 Stainless Hook

Color wise I use SILVER/YELLOW or PINK/WHITE

Always have one on a spinning reel size 6000/7000 ready to cast for Dolphin with excelente results.
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get a box of dead sardines. If you catch a fish on the troll, have someone at the ready to pitch out a chunk or whole 'dine when the fish is almost to the gaff. Also, dead sardines are good to have if you don't have live bait but get into a school of fish that don't want to eat plastic. There's also really no excuse to NOT have a pack of dead 'dines.. put them at the bottom of your drink cooler and re-freeze as necessary!

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