Dolphin fishing is a popular activity that requires a boat setup, including live bait, tackle, and accessories. A live well is essential for catching fish, and a fish box with ice, dehooker, knives, cutting boards, and gaffs is essential. Safety equipment and foul weather gear are also essential for a safe trip. Applying these concepts to your sportfisher's boat depends on the size, number of people, and storage space. Enjoy the experience and fish smarter.
Dolphin Fishing - Boat Setup(00:07:53)
You never know what you will encounter when dolphin fishing. It could be a lone bull, a few fish, or an entire school. With this unpredictability, it's crucial to be prepared. This guide is derived from our comprehensive Dolphin Fishing video with RJ Boyle. We've extracted this segment for easier access.
What you'll learn here is our suggested boat setup for dolphin fishing. While we focus on a center console boat, the principles can be adapted for larger sport fishing yachts.
- Live Well: An essential component. The size of your live well depends on your preference, available space, and the amount of live bait you wish to carry.
For dolphin fishing, ensure you have:
- Dip net for live bait
- Multiple dehookers
- Cutting board or station
- Size & Ice: Determine the size of your fish box based on your needs. Ensure you have ample ice.
- Gaffs are often overlooked. You'll need several to efficiently get your catch onboard.
A longer gaff is useful for fish that stay farther from the boat. Choose your gaffs wisely.
Dolphin fishing can be messy. Keep a bucket and cleaning tools handy for intermittent cleaning. Dried blood can be tough to clean later.
When heading offshore:
- Ensure you have a life raft, life vests, an EPIRB, fire extinguishers, and foul weather gear.
- Safety is paramount. Always prioritize returning safely from your fishing trip.
Depending on your fishing type, carry extra:
- Leader material
- Chum bags
Plan your trip in advance and consider any other items you might need.
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