The dolphin are biting!! Mahi-mahi dolphin are being caught in 100-200 feet of water, on and just outside the Fort Lauderdale reef. Today and yesterday were both good days for catching these delectable gamefish. We started out catching some fresh ballyhoo by tying up the mooring buoys and chumming them up. When we had the ballyhoo chummed up well enough, we threw the net on them. One net throw is enough for the whole day. We went out to 100ft of water and started slow trolling the ballyhoos out of the outriggers. Live ballyhoo drag well if you go slow and bump the boat in and out of gear. This is a great way to catch sailfish, mahi-mahi and blackfin tuna.
It took about 45 minutes before we got our first bite. We got a double header dolphin on the line and caught them both. Put the baits out again and only a few minutes went by before we caught 2 more. We also had a downrigger down with a live speedo mackerel as bait. The wahoo hit the downrigger bait like a freight train. He smoked the drag off the reel with 2 long runs. After that he was spent and we fought him up in 15 minutes. We ended the trip with 8 mahi-mahi and a nice wahoo. We also missed a sailfish. Dang it, the sailfish would have been awesome. Dolphin are biting good in Ft Lauderdale on our fishing charters for several days now. May and June are great months for dolphin fishing, so get out there if you can do some fishing. Below is a picture of yesterday’s catch, another good dolphin fishing charter in Ft Lauderdale.