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Old 06-25-2014, 08:46 AM
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You think this dolphin wants to take a bite out of my redfish?

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Old 06-25-2014, 12:29 PM
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That is a cool photo!
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:22 PM
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I have had them follow my boat on the indian river on the treasure coast when I was catching ladyfish fast and furious. They ate well !
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We lose bonito to them almost every trip out. And kingfish. Sometimes all you get back is a crushed bonito head with scrape/tooth marks all over it.

Scary how powerful of a predator they really are.
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I was fishing off a wreck 20 miles out the other and was killing the AJs. Out of season and when I threw them back we would watch the dolphins take a bite then drag it away. MFers were waiting just like that. We ended up splashing the back of the boat and nose dive the AJ at the front of the boat. Had some Cobia come up with some fish and my buddy thought it was a remora(a 50 inch remora??) and ripped the bait out of his mouth yelling get the F outta here you stupid remora. .I threw mine down and got his smaller buddy a 44 incher. He wouldn't shut up about ripping a bait out of a cobias mouth the rest of the trip.
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my grandfather used to be a sailor and he had dolphins and whales follow their boat once. amazing photo this one you posted!
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I have seen two Dolphin rip a 100lb Tarpon in Half like it was made of paper in the middle of big pass in Sarasota. The one with the head came out of the water and showed it to us, just like the one in the photo.

Blood was just pouring down it's face, I have had a completely different view of them ever since.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Danyelfell View Post
You think this dolphin wants to take a bite out of my redfish?
Yes, but make sure he does a trick first.
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They are getting very brazen....I actually hooked a large dolphin on June 16 in Gordon's Pass. He actually took the mango while I still had it hooked. They usually wait till you throw them back....now they are eating them while they are hooked?!?!?!
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by tomfl View Post
We lose bonito to them almost every trip out. And kingfish. Sometimes all you get back is a crushed bonito head with scrape/tooth marks all over it.

Scary how powerful of a predator they really are.
I agree, have seen them circle in pods and feed on snook. If they attacked people I would never swim anywhere but my pool
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A couple of resident orca pods up in Alaska have learned to steal salmon off of the hook. They seem to wait until the fisherman have them almost to the boat just as a joke. I have also heard that some of the open water fish eating orcas have learned that once you figure out where the hook is, fish caught on longlines are an easy and pretty safe meal. Smart critters!! The best story or myth that I have heard is the one about the pair of bottle nose dolphins in Tampa Bay that knocked a couple of stand up paddle boarders off of their boards just for giggles. Can you imagine the ultrasonic conversation? Hey Flipper. Let's see if we can make these yuppies crap their board shorts.
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Sea lions here have stealing fish off the hook down to a science. If it is bait like a sardine they will bite it off just behind the head. If it is a yellowtail (no not your right coast yellowtail) , bonito etc they will grab it and try to rip it off the hook.

Every once in a while I hear about someone hooking a dolphin. Seems to happen trolling for YFT on the "porpoise" schools. Around here they are usually common dolphin. Hook one and there is NO stopping it.
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In Alaska, orcas actually listen for the drone of a long line winch and move in to pluck halibut off the line. It's like a conveyor belt of food for them. To a former commercial guy like me this is infuriating. All you can do is drop the gear back down and get it later.

But nothing was as awe inspiring as seeing a pod of orcas attack and drown a whale calf. After they battered the thing for a while they formed a line on each side and took turns jumping on it so it couldn't get air. By this point the mother had just about given up and there were hundreds of seagulls circling around. There was so much blood in the water that the spray from their exhales had a pinkish tint. The worst part was hearing the crunching noises while we trolled past.
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I was down in Sarasota Bay when the big mullet were thick. The dolphin were circling up the mullet in teams and slamming through them, shredding multiple mullet each time. It was a blood bath and the mullet were pushing up into inches of water on the flats. It wasn't working, the dolphin would follow them out.

I was in a kayak and thought about filming them underwater. One got real close to me and did not look at all like flipper. I would hate to get attacked by one. It was so intimidating that I pushed up onto the flats just like the mullet.
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I have seen video of dolphins taking part in bait balling with YFT, sharks and other predators. Fascinating stuff. I have heard theories that other than the marine mammals, some of the smarter predators in the ocean may be the mackerel sharks and particularly the mako. I might put a sailfish up there too considering that they seem to use their sails to corral their prey and may even use their color changes to communicate with their fellow fish.
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Originally Posted by Danyelfell View Post
You think this dolphin wants to take a bite out of my redfish?

That is such a cool photo.
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Here's another picture of this crazy ass dolphin. He tried twice to take the redfish out my hands. We eventually had to throw some dead menhaden in the other direction to get his attention so I could revive the fish and release it. We really couldn't figure out why the dolphin was even interested. The red fish was almost 45 inches. We didn't think he would even be able to eat it.

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We did get some pretty cool side imaging pics of the dolphin while he was swimming around the boat.

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