Dolphin Fishing - Techniques and Tackle

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Instructor: RJ Boyle

In The Spread dolphin fishing video shares tips, tactics, and pro-level techniques for catching dolphins. It covers boat prep, gaffs, tackle, baits, angling, boat driving, bird behavior, and surface cover. Fishing legend RJ Boyle demonstrates the art of crushing dorado and guiding teams to catch more fish.

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The dolphinfish (Coryhaena hippurus) is a pelagic species that can either bring fishermen great success or significant challenges. In this video, we'll break down everything you need to know about dolphin fishing.

Before You Leave the Dock

Before setting out, it's essential to be prepared for various scenarios, such as a school of dolphins appearing behind your boat or spotting potential signs of a bull dolphin. We'll cover everything step by step.

On the Water

Whether you're aiming to catch a massive bull dolphin or simply fill your cooler with schoolies, we've got you covered. RJ Boyle, the host of this video, is meticulous about his preparation. From tools to tackle, bait, and boat setup, RJ's approach is systematic and thorough. He even has laminated sheets detailing the tools required for different fish.

    Fun Fact: RJ started his fishing journey as a mate on a commercial dolphin fishing boat. His livelihood depended on catching loads of fish, so he honed his skills to perfection.

Essential Tools and Tackle

Having the right equipment is crucial. RJ begins with:

  • Files for hook sharpening
  • Mono cutters
  • Dikes
  • Crimpers
  • Fillet knife
  • Chum bags
  • De-hooker
  • Dip nets
  • Menhaden oil
  • Gaffs

... and more, before diving into terminal tackle.

Terminal Tackle and Techniques

RJ, now a tackle shop owner, shares insights from his years of experience. He delves deep into the tackle, bait, and rigs you need. Learn about the dolphin rig, lures, colors, and how to set up your trolling spread. Ever wondered about the correlation between the moon and the choice of mono vs. fluorocarbon? RJ touches on that too.

Boat Setup

Your boat setup plays a pivotal role in your success. From bait selection to gaff choices, every detail matters. For instance, the size of your live well should match your boat size and fishing duration.

Fishing Tactics

To maximize your chances, gather as much information as possible:

  • Weather reports
  • Sea surface temperature charts
  • Fishing reports

Understanding factors like weedlines, current edges, and color changes can significantly boost your success rate. Learn how to approach floating debris, interpret bird behaviors, and more.

Keeping the Fish

Once you've attracted the fish, the challenge is to keep them around. This guide delves into the science of catching dorado. Learn about using menhaden oil, chum, and bait chunks effectively.

This dolphin fishing video is packed with information. You might need to revisit it multiple times to absorb everything. Our goal is to provide in-depth knowledge to help you succeed in your fishing endeavors. Always remember: never stop learning.

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