MY catch

Dolphins are great catch

Back in January this reporter wrote
the first two columns on local fishing.

The focus of those pieces was on
the Barcadere Classic that happened in late February and then on the ins and
outs of catching Wahoo.

With the idea still to promote
local angling this column focuses on catching local Dolphin. For starters the Dolphins
in question are not the ‘Flippers’ of the world that can be found on display in
big tanks.

Rather these are the long body variety
with golden bellies, long fins and numerous colours on their skin (usually
different shades of green or blue).

They are among the species anglers
hunt most in fishing competitions. With Cayman’s biggest event next week (the
international fishing tournament) a lot of dolphin should be reeled in.

As with all fish there are numerous
tricks that go into catching them. First of all dolphins are most plentiful in
March and April (though they span in warm water all year round).

Generally speaking dolphins tend to
be most plentiful around the south coast of the island, especially South Sound.
Anglers also report trawling for the species out in Pickle Bank, 60 Mile Bank
and the waters just off Grand Cayman and reeling
in quite a lot.

A tell-tale sign of the presence of
dolphin is seeing Man O’War frigate birds as they feed on fish. Usually the
Dolphins travel in schools and anglers say they “bite hot” meaning they tend to
be sitting ducks for good bait.

Speaking of catching them, ideally
some version of naked ballyhoo works best as bait. For the reel an 80lb test is
the preferred choice.

One last point to remember about dolphin:
they are also called mahi-mahi (the name generates from Hawaii) and in restaurants
its taste has been described as akin to tilapia.