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Boynton Dolphin 9/24

Decided to try for some Dolphin today , met my buddy Jeff at the ramp , we picked up some live bait from Gary senior on our way out of Boynton inlet and headed off shore. We came across a ton of rips on our way out , and stopped on a few of them that had some weed to it and didn't have any luck , we made it out to about 2,200ft and managed to get one small dolphin and a huge Cuda trolling on a rip . Not much happening after that we decided to start heading back in , came across a board in the water with lots of bait , chunked for a little while but nothing else was there.
We get to about 790ft and come across some really nice formed weed lines loaded with bait, probably the best I have seen all year , we trolled for about an hour with nothing and decided to stop on the largest patch and committed to chunking , sure enough a nice school came up , all nice size , they didn't seem to want any of our live sardines or Chunks , Jeff got one to eat a live pilchard . I broke out the squid and it was game on , the bigger ones still weren't eating and most of the fish we got where small , Jeff had a nice one pull the hook boat side . We ended up with 6 dolphin and the school left .
A friend sent me an article out of the Sun sentinel a few weeks back I believe by Steve Waters about how dolphin researchers show that this year is 50% below the worst year recorded for dolphin . Even though I have had some success this year , I would have to agree , the catch reports are not there and is very hit or miss , I hope things change soon , my freezer is usually full this time of year , ready for winter , not this year :(


  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 4,195 Captain
    It has been a slow year for Mahi, Thanks for the report.
  • LiveSouthFLLiveSouthFL Posts: 148 Deckhand
    Congrats on putting some meat in the box. I would agree that this has been a particularly slow year for mahi offshore. To be honest, I have not even targeted them much for this reason. I mainly fish out of Boca and would have to say the best bite this summer has been blackfin tuna.

    Good luck everyone.
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  • AftershockAftershock Posts: 240 Deckhand
    Thanks for the report. It wasn't bad early in March/April but sure did taper off. The keys were horrible this year maybe just because you have to cover so much ground down there.
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,110 Captain
    Congrats on brining home some good eats.

    The spring run seemed to come and go rather quickly. We managed a few slingers on Friday, but not much to the size. The highlight of my day was easily going 4 for 5 on sails before 9 am. The sail bite has been very consistent over the last week. Most caught in 100-200 on live bait.
  • AnyhooAnyhoo Posts: 149 Deckhand
    Went out yesterday afternoon for a bit. Left out of Boca. After a bit of trolling around, found the weedline in 750 just North of Highland Beach. Skipjack tuna everywhere. Saw 4 sailfish corralling some bait. Saw 3 gaffer dolphins free jumping after bait. We could only get the skipjack to bite before the storms pushed us home. Live Bait surely would have helped. Still some fish out there.

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