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Port Canaveral Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters and Trips
Rigging and Fishing for Dorado
Monday August 21, 2017
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."
Mahi-mahi are one of the best tasting and most sought after gamefish in the world. When hooked they "light up" with bright blue green and yellow colors that are the envy of any other species.
Lagooner Charter Fishing Captains and Guides have developed time tested methods of trolling, sightfishing and live-baiting tactics to target these fast and agressive fish species. We generally target these fish in the months of May - June and then again in November and December. Remember that the fall is a tough month for recreational offshore fishing because of the winds and rough water, but the rewards for catching dolphin are tremdous for those fortunate enough to get a good day for offshore fishing for dorado off the coast of Central Florida.
OFFSHORE in warm waters in or near the gulf stream. Dolphin are migratory peligic fish that are found in every ocean in the world. They like to hang around floatsome and debre and are often found cruising large weedlines of sargasso seaweed or rip currents.
Months to pursue Dolphin
April - Big Fish Month
May - Loads of Mahi-Mahi
June - Smaller School Dolphin
November - Southward Migration
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.
20" minimum to fork of tail, 10 fish per angler and not to exceed 60 per vessel possession limit.
77 lbs, 12 ozs.
Charter Fishing for Dorado and Mahi Mahi
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 15 2017 23:13:19.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
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You will not have a better fishing experience anywhere in Florida than with Capt. Richard and his wife Capt. Gina......These two have grown up fishing in the area and are privy to all the sweet fishing spots.....very family oriented and highly motivated to turn the average fishing trip into a exciting adventure packed with not only fish but great memories to share for a lifetime!......I highly recommend Lagooner Fishing Guides and can't wait to get out on the water again with Capt. Richard and introduce my grandson to the sport of fishing! smile emoticon Thanks again for all the good times on the water!
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