Fishing Dolphin Fish (AKA Mahi Mahi)

Fishing Dolphin FishThe Dolphin fish (Coryphaena hippurus) also know as Mahi Mahi and Dorado is one of the more sought after sport fish. It lives in the both the Atlantic and Pacific in the warmer more tropical waters, but following the gulfstream if often caught in places as far north as NY in the summertime. It is an open water or pelagic fish, meaning it is constantly free swimming living near the surface or mid column of the ocean, as opposed to bottom fish.

They live in deep offshore waters but under certain conditions they will come into the shallow water to feed.

The Dolphin fish is know for its bright yellow and green colors, while alive. These colors go away quickly when its dies.

These fish are very popular with anglers for several reasons. One is their white flakey meat. Secondly they put up a great fight on light tackle, jumping out of the water numerous times before being subdued. They often run in schools especially when they are smaller sized, so often if you hook one, you will immediately hook another.

Often with the smaller schooling fish anglers will keep one of the fish in the water , while other anglers pick off his buddies. The school will follow the one hooked and distressed fish, this enables the anglers to get multiple shots at fish before the school leaves.

Frankly another major reason people like to fish for dolphin is they dumb. They grow extremely fast like a 1-1.5 feet a year. That’s fast. That means giant dolphin you see some guys holding in a photo is probably only 3-4 years old and is a old dolphin. They are believed to only live 3-4 years. This high growth rate means they need to eat all the time and everything they see. Which means they are very easy to catch.

Fishing for dolphin is 95% finding them, getting them to bite is almost never a problem. In fact smaller dolphin will attack anything they see moving that will fit in their mouth. Sometimes they will attack things that won’t fit in their mouth. They will eat artificals, live baits, dead baits, whatever. The larger fish can be more finicky.

Trolling for dolphin is a very popular way to fish for them, it enables the anglers to cover a lot of ground looking for the fish. “running and gunning” is another popular way to fish dolphin. This were you essentially run fast and look for debris in the water, then when you find something slow down and troll or toss baits at it. Dolphi swim all over but they will congregate around floating debris. Weed lines of sargasm are their natural habitat but anything floating can hold them. Pieces of garbage like an old pallet, a knot of ropes, a tarp anything really can hold bait in the deep water and in turn hold dolphin.

Trolling for dolphin is usually done at speeds 6-10 knots. They will hit naked ballyhoo, jet heads, islanders, feathers and other artificial. When trolling a ballyhoo they don’t even have “swim” they can skipping on the surface. In general they are not that picky, covering a lot of ground and finding the schools is more key then the actual presentation.

Best time to target these fish in the Coryphaena hippurus is May and June.

Kerry Windigo

Coryphaena hippurus

How to Kill Bigger Bucks


Today we are featuring a guest post by our friend Zachary Wolfe from his blog at Hunterz List.

They’re various tips and strategies that can make you a better hunter. However, those who implement what they learn compared to those who don’t, are few and far between. Today, thanks to Google, we have an abundance of whitetail knowledge right at our fingertips. But, those who don’t see immediate results after using tips from the latest hunting article, quickly get discouraged.

Let’s face it, we live in a society where everyone wants instant gratification. Some hunters are searching for the magical solution to killing bigger bucks. Guess what? There isn’t one. Unfortunately, some of today’s hunters are carrying this mentality into the woods. I’m here to tell you It’s not going to work!

Hunting is a far cry from that. We put in long hours in the stand, most of the time with nothing to show for it. But, that time isn’t wasted. Successful hunters realize this. They cherish their uneventful hunts just as much as their successful ones. Why? Because they step into the woods to become a better hunter. They learn from their mistakes, they pay close attention to detail and their experiences, and use this knowledge to hone their skills. They take action and consistently implement basic strategies every hunting season, not letting complacency take over. This is why they reap the benefits of harvesting mature deer year after year.

It’s time to focus on becoming a better hunter. Ask yourself what you could be doing differently. Realize that the outcome of every hunt will not be a successful one. Understand that mature deer aren’t taken easily. Stop searching for an immediate solution, take action on strategies that you’ve been neglecting and learn from your mistakes. There’s no better time than the present. Together we can bridge the gap!

You Can Start By Utilizing These Basic Strategies

Scent Control:

Every hunter should know that scent can make or break a hunt. Yes, we’ve all witnessed close encounters with deer when we haven’t utilized scent control. But, this has more to do with wind direction than anything else. Shower and wash your clothes with a scent eliminator prior to stepping into the woods. Also, use a scent blocker to spray down your boots, head and underarms. Most of your scent is omitted from these areas.

Analyze Weather Conditions:

Weather plays an important role in deer movement. Never force a hunt! If the wind direction isn’t ideal for your set-up, it’s smarter to skip the hunt rather than educate a mature buck on your property. Also, start saving your vacation days for cold fronts. These are some of the best times to be in the stand.

Pre-Season Scouting:

Preparation is important for a successful hunting season. Pre-season scouting will allow you to locate feeding and bedding areas, travel routes, and possible stand locations.

Utilize Trail Cameras:

Invest in a trail camera. Get your camera set up in late spring or early summer. They’re your eyes in the woods. You’ll be able to gather and analyze important information about deer population, mature bucks, feeding and moving patterns.

Hang Stands Early:

It’s important to get your setup hung pre-season. Be sure to set aside a summer weekend to check this one off your list. Getting this done early will help you choose the best stand placement, understand how deer move to and from your stand and allow the woods to calm down afterwards. The last thing you want to be doing is selecting your setup mid-season.

Practice your Marksmanship:

I can’t stress this one enough. You should be perfecting your shot during the spring and summer months. This will make you a more confident and fluent hunter in the field. Practicing will not only help you make a humane kill, but will also help you capitalize on big buck opportunities that present themselves.

Cut Shooting Lanes:

Along with hanging stands, cutting shooting lanes are just as important. You’ll be kicking yourself during the season if that limb is blocking your shot at a nice buck. Make sure you clear all necessary limbs that could block your shot placement. But, be mindful to keep enough natural cover to keep you concealed.

Deer Management:

Quality deer management is important. Season after season you’re in the pursuit of a trophy buck. Yet, so many hunters shoot anything with antlers and pass up on opportunities to harvest a doe. Does this sound familiar? Proper doe management and allowing bucks to mature are qualities of an educated hunter. Try implementing this on your property.

If you’ve read this far it’s because you have a passion for hunting. We’re not all perfect. I have my moments too. But, it’s time to ruck up and stop acting like a hunter and actually become one. It’s time to shrink the gap between those who kill big bucks every year and those who don’t, and it starts right now!

Until next time…Hunt Hard!