Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Mahi mahi are hungry

What's hot: Schools of small dolphin fish (mahi mahi) are being seen while bottom fishing for red grouper, which tend to congregate on the flat, hard bottom in 90 feet. They often will follow a grouper being reeled up or suddenly appear in the water circling the boat. Dolphin are one of the fastest-growing fish and feed heavily to maintain their growth rate.

Tips: Chumming with squid or Spanish sardines is the most effective method to get dolphin fish feeding. These fish have small stomachs, however, and can fill up quickly if too large a piece is used. Have scissors handy, and cut small slivers of bait that are placed in the water.

Hook size is critical because their mouths are small, so 2/0 long-shanked gold hooks are a good choice. The light weight does not pull the bait below the chum, and the flash of gold attracts the fish, who often strike the bare hook after they have stripped the bait. Ten- or 12-pound test spinning tackle makes for great sport, and a leader isn't needed. The hook should be tied to the line and baited with pieces the same size as the chum.

Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 397-8815.

Captain's Corner: Mahi mahi are hungry 06/28/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 11:29am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Koetter: Jameis Winston will test shoulder in practice Friday


    Will he? Won't he? It appears the Bucs' uncertainty over whether quarterback Jameis Winston can play through a shoulder injury Sunday at Buffalo will carry up until the final hours before kickoff.

    Jameis Winston didn't throw at practice Wednesday.
  2. Fennelly: Even frustrated Bucs fans hold out hope


    Many fans wrote back when I threw out an all-points the other day, asking if Bucs fans are perpetually in a state of expecting the worst.

    Bucs fans cheer during a preseason game against the Washington Redskins in August at Raymond James Stadium.
  3. Bucs snapper Garrison Sanborn looking forward to return to Bills


    Throughout his eight seasons with the Bills, whenever former players would come to Buffalo for a game, Garrison Sanborn remembers the place to take them for a reunion dinner was a popular Italian …

    Garrison Sanborn enjoyed just one winning season in eight years in Buffalo. [AP photo]
  4. J.T. Brown said first protest already sparked action plan


    Lightning wing J.T. Brown said part of the reason he will no longer raise his fist during the national anthem is because his first silent protest has already sparked an action plan.

    J.T. Brown stressed that he got a lot of support from the Lightning, from ownership on down to help put him in situations to help.
  5. Bucs' Mike Evans, Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines could face off again


    Bucs receiver Mike Evans has gone up against four Pro Bowl cornerbacks in five games, and on Sunday he could be lining up against a corner he has a history with in Buffalo's E.J. Gaines.

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a touchdown catch over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28)  Sunday  in Glendale, Ariz. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]