Dolphin, Mahi-Mahi, is one of the most sought-after offshore fish during summer, and they can be
found throughout the Florida Keys. They are a fast-growing species so it would be hard to deplete the
fisheries. Fresh Mahi-Mahi is served in many restaurants in the Florida Keys and Key West.
Fishing charters most likely go out to the edge of the reef in about 120 feet of water and begin looking
for floating debris and frigate birds. Dolphin tend to hang out around debris such as floating boards,
palm trees and fronds, or Sargasso weed lines.
Sargasso is floating grass that sometimes holds a complete eco-system from microscopic creatures
to seahorses and baitfish. The frigate birds dive for food accompanying the debris or Sargasso.
Other fish may be present in the area. Experienced fishing guides can tell what species are likely
around the debris by the birds' behavior.
Thirty- to 50-pound gear is more than adequate for trolling for dolphin. Fly-casters may especially
seek frigate birds to find big dolphin and then use a bait-and-switch technique. Ballyhoo or a net full
of live pilchards tossed into the water can excite the dolphin into a feeding frenzy. Hookless teaser
lures can also be employed in the same manner. After tossing the teasers or live chum, throw the fly
to the feeding dolphin. Once on a line, dolphin are fast, flashy and acrobatic, with beautiful blue,
yellow, green and even red dots of color.
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