Dolphin Fishing Lures
Here is a list of lures that we recommend when fishing for Dolphin. While we have caught dolphin on all different kinds lures, these are the ones we have found to be most successful when trying to land the perfect dolphin.
Recommended Fishing Lures for Catching Dolphin
You've spotted a bait field and the captain is heading toward the birds. Now, if you remembered to tie a C&H Rattle Jet to the end of your fishing line, chances are good that our dolphin lures bubble stream and rattle action will drive schooling dolphin to strike. The Rattle Jet and Rattle Jet XL are both highly productive dolphin lures when fishing plain or with live baits like ballyhoo or cigar minnows. The XL comes pre-rigged with 6 feet of 120 lb. mono and 8/0 ring-eye hook and the original Rattle Jet is available with 4 different types of rigs. A great light tackle dolphin lure to catch dolphin is the Stubby-Bubbler, which combines the head of the C&H Lures Lil' Stubby with our bubble producing Lil' Bubbler.
Also available from C&H Lures in our rigged and ready series is the Magnum Turbo Whistler. This is not the old lure from Billy Baits, but a new multi-jet lure that produces unbelievable action. The lure's lightweight head is designed with a cupped head to keep the plain or baited lure in the water where dolphin feed. Don't forget to pack your large C&H Fish Bag before you leave home for your next tournament or day of fishing offshore. You'll need to keep your prize dolphin cold for the boat ride back to shore.
About the Mahi-Mahi Dolphin
The dolphin is a popular game fish (not to be confused with the warm-blooded porpoise) for blue water anglers looking for a stubborn fighter. Once hooked, the dolphin is noted for its long, strong runs and spectacular jumps. This colorful fish with blues, greens and yellows will change colors when excited, giving it a neon-like appearance. Mature males are easily identified by their large blunt forehead and their lower jaw which extends forward. Since the species are prolific breeders, the dolphin is a perfect game fish that loves the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Younger dolphin will often have dark vertical bands, and its colors light up during a fight.
Unlike many other blue water species, the bull dolphin grows faster and larger than the female. The world record saltwater tackle catch of 88 lbs. was made off the coast of the Bahamas. In Florida, the record all-tackle catch for a dolphin weighed in at 77 lbs. 12 ounces. The most productive way of fishing for dolphin is slow trolling at a speed that leaves the dolphin lures and baits in the water. Since dolphin tend to stay very close to bait fish fields, sight fishing has also become a popular method of fishing for dolphin. Dolphin feed in large groups and tend to chase schools of fish to surface when feeding, so keep an eye out for the birds and be ready to drop your fishing line in the mix.
Served as Mahi Mahi in fish kitchens and fine restaurants, the dolphin is a true seafood delicacy. Younger dolphin most often travel and feed in medium-sized schools (larger bulls and cows tend to travel in pairs). Dolphin are naturally attracted to floating objects, making weed lines and Sargasso seaweed patches, where bait fish tend to hide, an ideal spot to drop your fishing line. When fishing in a school of dolphin, some boat captains will leave a recently hooked dolphin in the water to attract the school back to the boat. These predictable behaviors make fishing for dolphin one of the more popular forms of blue water fishing for the recreational angler.