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February 10, 2014

Top 10 Deadly Dolphin Rigs

Keep these proven mahi fishing tricks handy in your offshore arsenal.

9. Live Shrimp

A "secret" taught to me at an early age was to take several dozen live shrimp when dolphin fishing. We'd put the shrimp in a traditional live-bait bucket and then place that bucket into the boat's livewell. The bucket enabled us to get to the shrimp quickly rather than chasing them with a net in the large, open livewell. When we uncovered stubborn dolphin or when a school grew wise to all other offerings, we'd pitch out a live shrimp rigged in a way similar to the light spinning rig I described earlier. I've yet to see a dolphin refuse one. In fact, my most vivid memory of this tactic occurred 30 years ago, when we happened upon a large school of fish that would not touch a thing - including live pilchards. Dejected, we rigged with a live shrimp, thinking our final option would also be ignored. Some 34 fish in the box later, I was shocked at just how potent a bait it proved to be.