Dolphin Fishing - Chumming and Chunking

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Instructor: RJ Boyle

A dolphin fishing video demonstrates how to catch a large school of fish using menhaden oil, chumming, and chunking. These techniques trigger feeding behavior, keep dolphins happy, and keep the food flowing. It's crucial to avoid overcrowding and maintain a steady supply of food to avoid losing the school.

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Quick Summary of Dolphin Fishing - Chumming and Chunking

  • Importance of preparation when dolphin fishing
  • Using menhaden oil, chum bags, and chunks to attract and keep dolphin schools
  • Tips for effectively using oil, chum, and chunks
  • Maintaining a steady food supply to control the fish
  • Implementing an angling rotation for systematic fishing
  • Frequently asked questions about dolphin fishing techniques

Dolphin fishing, also known as mahi mahi fishing, is an exciting and rewarding experience for anglers. When you hook your first dolphin fish on a weedline, around floating debris, or under birds, the thrill is unmatched. However, the real challenge lies in attracting and keeping the school of dolphin that follows the first catch behind your boat. Mastering the techniques of using menhaden oil, a chum bag, and chunks can make the difference between returning home empty-handed or as a champion.

The Importance of Preparation

When it comes to catching dolphin fish, preparation is key. This might be your only chance of the day to catch a load of these beautiful and tasty fish. Being prepared with the right tools and techniques is crucial for success. There's a science to the process of dolphin fishing, and understanding the principles shared in the In The Spread dolphin fishing video will ensure you have meals for weeks to come. To catch an abundance of dolphin, you need a solid plan in place.

The Role of Chunks, Chum, and Oil

Three essential components play a vital role in attracting and keeping dolphin schools behind your boat: oil, chum bags, and chunks.

  1. Oil - Menhaden oil serves multiple purposes in dolphin fishing. Firstly, it marks your spot and slicks out the water, making it easier to spot the fish. Secondly, its strong odor triggers feeding behavior in the dolphin. After hooking the initial dolphin, menhaden oil should be the first thing you introduce to the water.
  2. Chum Bag - Chum bags are highly effective for various types of fishing, including snapper, mackerel, and reef fishing. When fishing for mahi, a chum bag provides a steady food source in the water, keeping the dorado engaged and interested in your boat.
  3. Chunks - Chunks are the key to success in dolphin fishing. Start by tossing a few chunk baits into the water, wait for thirty seconds, and then throw a couple more. It's essential to avoid overfeeding, as the goal is to control how the fish linger behind your boat. Prepare your chunks in advance, as there's no time to cut bait once the fish approach your boat. Remember, less is more when it comes to chunking.


The goal is to control how long the fish linger behind your boat.

Seth Horne, In The Spread

Time to Fish

With the fish attracted to your boat and happily feeding, it's time to consider dropping another line in the water. However, it's crucial not to get too excited and maintain focus on providing a steady food supply. Systematically catch fish after fish, but be careful not to mess up the feeding, or the dolphin will leave. Think of it as opening your own grocery store and getting to work.

Angling Rotation

Another significant concept to master in dolphin fishing is the angling rotation. Watch that key video to learn more...

What is the best bait for catching dolphin fish?

Mahi mahi are attracted to a variety of baits, including live bait and cut bait. Some popular options include ballyhoo, sardines, squid, and bonito chunks.

How do I locate dolphin schools when fishing?

Dolphin fish are often found around floating debris, weedlines, and under birds. Look for frigatebirds or terns diving into the water, as this indicates the presence of baitfish and potentially dolphin schools.

What is the best time of day for catching dolphin fish?

Mahi mahi are most active during the day, particularly in the morning and late afternoon. However, they can be caught throughout the day, especially if you locate a school of feeding fish.

In Conclusion

By mastering the techniques of chumming, chunking, and implementing an effective angling rotation, you'll be well on your way to a successful day of dolphin fishing. Remember to stay prepared, maintain a steady food supply, and enjoy the thrill of the catch. Tight lines!

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