- The dolphin (dorado) was caught by
ancient Polynesians on polished shell spoons and in 1769 by the crew of Captain
Cooks good ship Endeavour trolling pork-rind baits. Its probable that
Christopher Columbus ships stocked their larder in the dolphin latitudes of the
western Atlantic. A beautifully colored gamefish (dorado means "gilded" in
Spanish) with a flair for aerial acrobatics and short, swift runs estimated at 40 miles
per hour, it can be caught by virtually any method trolling, drifting live bait,
spinning, bait-casting, or on the fly.
- Dolphin are gregarious school fish and if
the first one hooked is not boated but left to swim nearby, the remaining fish will stay
within casting distance for a period of time. Despite a potential large size (present
record 87 pounds), light-tackle artists using 6 to 12-pound test work the ocean
weedlines with great success. The dolphin usually expends so much energy in
"burst" runs and surface play that the ubiquitous heavy trolling gear
doesnt do the fish justice.