Dec. 23, 2015
Bill and his family are annual customers of the Mad Son, every year talking about the last. This year he really wanted to catch a Dolphin so much to the point of praying for just one the night before. Bill had called me a few weeks ago and booked a couple of trips for this holiday season, he asked me “what should we do to catch a dolphin on his vacation?” my reply “we’ll have to see what our options are as far as the bite up to date and the weather will permit us to do.” (trolling/ no wind or windy/kite fish) Well as most of you know it’s been pretty windy out of the easterly direction for quite some time, so we chose to kite fish and he bought some live bait.
They met us for the private charter with two of his daughters and a friend that is a local here, we set out at seven and met Steve (Thunder Live Bait) at the Palm Beach Inlet. As we headed out to the edge, Rohman put out two wahoo rigs and one dolphin lure, we headed south to the Breakers. On the way we had one hit on the close wahoo rig that had let go rather quickly (missed him 🙁 ). We continued south, just about to our destination the “Dolphin Rod” went off, was a really small dolphin, although Bill was excited, we had to let him go, but Bill’s first dolphin non the less!! We set up in about 140 feet of water Rhoman schooled them on the bottom fishing as I set the kite out, not to long after, a bull and a cow hit the baits, brought them to the gaff and put on ice, from that point forward Bill had a grin from ear to ear! He caught his first keeper dolphin’s (a mated pair) and ate some fresh fish close after he got off the boat, lol. Throughout the rest of the trip we picked at the bottom throwing back most but mainly focusing on the “livies”. One of the girls caught a nice keeper yellowtail snapper and the other a nice kingfish. Bill’s buddy caught and released a huge Barracuda. On the way back we trolled, and believe it or not we caught about a eight pound rainbow runner on the troll on a small mahi lure, out deep. Just goes to show you anything can happen while your offshore!! Thanks for taking time!! “Tight Lines” Capt. George