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Today a couple of friends and I went out to the mudhole, trolled for a bit, and pitched some mullet at lobster pots. Water was 77-79 degrees, and there were mahi around in numbers. We caught quite a few of them on the troll, as well as a few bonito, but the most excitement came from pitching live mullet on lite tackle. I hooked up with quite a nice fish on my 6'6" lite spinning outfit, had an epic 25 minute battle, the guy made 8 runs before succumbing to the gaff.







I know most everyones been hunting but, anyone else having a good time out there in the deep blue?
 

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Mahi sandwiches!
 

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Was that taken off NJ's coast? You're wearing short sleeves so I'm not sure.

Nice pic.

David
 

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Ahhh, mack unearthed an old thread :D

Yeah that was taken off the coast of Point Pleasant this september. Early in the fall the water was almost 80 degrees about 20 miles offshore, and the warm water brought the mahi this far north!
 

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nj beagle...obviously you dont know much about saltwater fishing off of the coast of NJ. mahi are caught with regularity by many boats both inshore and offshore. The most productive method of catching them is by trolling around or flipping baits to anything that floats such as lobster pot buoys, weedlines, pieces of wood, or any other flotsam. Though we dont get many of the larger fish up here there are plenty of the smaller fish(chicken dolphin) to go around. SO before you start questioning people you should do some research. Take a look at most of the pictures from charter boat websites. often they're catches will include dolphin/mahi.
 

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I dont mind being questioned, its cool. I dont think it was an accusitory statement at all. He just didnt know. Take it easssy man.



P.S. I caught that underneath a giant dead sea turtle :p
 

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I've got 1 in all the years at the shore fishing. (Not a lot of time salt water fishing though)

I have a question to those in the know. Why do you catch them quite well around things that float? Curious.
 

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most things that float, no matter how big, usually hold some sort of bait around it which in turn attracts the dolphin. Small bait fish are attracted to this floating structure because it provides safty from other predators. One would be surprised at how much marine life a weedline will hold.
 

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Sorry but the larger fish are in the deep not inshore like in the south usually. The fish 30 and above are more prevailing after 3o fathoms out.That doesn't mean you can't run into large ones inshore though but mostly they will be found in the deep offshore. Dolphins or Mia Mia are prey and like to school under floating or submearged objects.If you know how you can bait them up keeping one in the water at all times can nearly catch the entire school off what ever they were under with light tackle.
 

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On the blue boat i work on this year we had some monster mahi.We had 7 that were 10-20 pounds,and that pretty damn big being how skinny these fish are.We also get alot of blue fin,and 3 or 4 years ago we caught a 110 pound marlin on 20 pound test on a green tailed ava 7 miles off.
 

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Did you weigh that 110 pound fish? I weighed mine in 1968 and it was 99 1/2 pd on the scale Beach Haven MTC scale.One other guy brought one to the scale that day 99 pd. Mine had a broken bill crashed like a little blue.
 
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