Fishing tips- how to catch a dolphin
A lot of readers have been submitting questions to me recently and today I’ll take time to answer one. Chester N. from Yorkville writes: “Can you offer me some tips on how to catch a dolphin on rod and reel? Are they any good to eat?”
This is a great question. Catching a large mammal/fish on rod and reel is tough, but not unheard of in Costa Rica and South America. In Florida, there have been several occurrences of fishermen being surprised by a gripping of porpoises grabbing their bait and becoming snagged. These powerful creatures usually are able to take off massive amounts of fishing line before breaking it off and escaping unscathed.
The key is to use live bait. I’ve seen several people say they have had fish they have caught very close to the boat and dolphins will attack them. This makes completes sense because a wore out fish would make an easy meal.
So, Chester, let me set you up with an ideal situation to hook Flipper and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime:
I’ve noticed a lot of tourist boats that are specially designed to create wakes that attract dolphins and allow hippy tourists from all over to enjoy the magic of a dolphin serenading them with majestic flips. The key would be to find one these cruises and cast right next to the boat while the dolphins are swimming nearby. The energy expelled from entertaining the tourists would leave this mammal ravenously hungry. Old Pappy Blowhole would see your bait, investigate and become hooked.
The battle would be intense. But, with several onlookers in the tourist boat watching, you would have your own cheering section, giving you the upper hand on this mighty beast. Obviously, you would need proper equipment to land a fish of this nature. I reached out to local fishing guide, Jesse Bauer, from Tampa Anglers and Outfitters Inc, and he recommended using similar equipment to fishermen looking to land offshore sharks and cobia.
As far as eating a porpoise, it has received some very polarizing answers. People generally frown on eating the second smartest life form on the planet. The flavor of dolphin has been described as extremely fishy and as oily as an obese stripper. I would stick to the grouper.
I hope this helped you out Chester. If you have any fishing or outdoor related questions please send me an email at: CharlieHustle@greatlakesgro.com