Offshore rigging and trolling for Mahi Mahi requires a little preparation and tactic. Long time guide and native resident, Captain Richard Bradley offered to take his friends out for a day of dorado fishing out of Port Canaveral during the summer and found enough action to put some dinner on the table and teach his friends about rigging ballyhoo.
Dale Longstreet and long time friend, Jim Earhart went under way out of Port Canaveral with Captain Richard for a spectacular morning. "The visibility was incredable! We could see cobia hanging around sting rays (not manta rays) on the bottom in 20 feet of water. We broke off on the big one but managed to land this one for a picture." explained Jim "I've rarely seen Canaveral this clear!"
Fishing in over 200 feet of cobalt blue Atlantic Ocean, they managed to raise a few dorado or Mahi Mahi on the 27 fathom line and then proceeded in to catch some cobia on the shoals of Canaveral. Jim requested specifically to learn about trolling for dorado and how to rig skirts for trolling.
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"Captain Richard taught us how to rig bally-hoo his style and we caught a nice dolphin pretty quickly for the table. I can't wait to go out fishing again!"
Dr. Jim Earhart
Merritt Island, FL
Dale shows off a fiesty little mahi-mahi for the camera.
"Dolphin or mahi-mahi are great fighting fish with plenty of power. Spring fishing in April and May are the best times to target these guys" explains Captain Richard Bradley
Owner/Operator Indian River Coffee
"Over the years Richard and his wife Gina have had more fun together fishing and galavanting around Florida. I'd recommend Richard because of his dedication to fishing and results. Don't take my word for it... GO FISH with Lagooner Fishing Guides and find out for yourself."
20" minimum to fork of tail, 10 fish per angler and not to exceed 60 per vessel possession limit.
Florida Mahi Mahi Record
77 lbs, 12 ozs.
One of the fastest-growing fish, thought to live no more than five years. A dorado is capable of a swimming speed of over 50 miles an hour. Dolphin spawn in warm ocean currents throughout much of the year where their young are found in sargassum weed and they feed on flying fish and squid.
Trolling is the most traditional way of catching dolphin, but we've found that sight fishing has been producing very well the last few years and gives anglers something to do rather than sit and wait for the bite.