Dolphin Fishing - Weedlines and Current Edges

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Instructor: RJ Boyle

Dolphin fishing requires attention to weed patches and current edges, as they can be significant sources of productivity. Explore these formations for pelagic species, such as dolphins and other pelagic species. Prepare gear, trolling on clean or blue water sides, and watch for life. Integrating these tips into your program can yield significant rewards.

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When it comes to dolphin fishing, there are certain oceanic features that can significantly enhance your chances of a successful catch. Here's what you need to know:

Weedlines and Current Edges

  • Formation: These are formed when two or more ocean currents collide. This can result in patches of weed, color changes, or choppy water.
  • Importance: Such areas tend to aggregate baitfish, either due to the protection they offer or because of the oxygen-rich water. Even the smallest patch of grass or rip line can hold fish. So, always be curious and inspect them.

Visual Cues in the Ocean

The ocean is teeming with visual cues that can lead to productive fishing:

  • Attention to Detail: As you navigate to your dolphin fishing spot, pay close attention to every minor change in the water.
  • Team Effort: Everyone on your boat should be vigilant. Grass, weed, and debris, even in minimal amounts, can be home to fish. Current edges can vary in size. Every crew member should be observant for any anomalies.

Understanding Weedlines

  • Variety: Weedlines can range from tiny patches of grass to vast fields.
  • Formation: Different currents can push weeds together, forming these concentrations. As these grass bits unite, smaller fish gather for protection and sustenance. This initiates a food chain as progressively larger baitfish move in. Dolphins are also drawn to these weedlines for food.

Current Edges

  • Appearance: They can appear as choppy zones in calm seas, color variations, or even resemble a river in the midst of the ocean.
  • Significance: Often, these edges result from waters of varying temperatures meeting. One side might be blue (oxygen-rich) while the other could be green or brown (nutrient-rich but less oxygenated). Dolphins prefer the blue water. These edges can be highly productive for dolphin fishing, so it's crucial to learn how to navigate and troll them effectively.

Surface Observations

While traveling, observe the water's surface:

  • Key Indicators: Look out for slick areas, chop, waves, and grass. Investigate anything unusual.
  • Grass Types: Different grass types have varying productivity levels for dolphin fishing. For instance, turtle grass doesn't attract baitfish, while Sargasso weed is highly favored. Recognize the distinctions.

Preparing for the Catch

When you spot a potential fishing spot:

  1. Ensure all your dolphin fishing gear is set before deploying lures or baits.
  2. Recommendation: Have two rods rigged with strip baits or small lures. Keep things straightforward.
  3. Proximity: Maintain a distance of 100-200 feet from the weed or edge to avoid scaring away the fish.
  4. Trolling: Start trolling into the current on the cleaner or blue water side. As you proceed, watch out for bait and birds.
  5. Time Management: If you're not getting bites, don't linger too long. Your primary goal is to reach your desired dolphin fishing location.

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