Make us your home page
Instagram

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: Going after mahimahi

The Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared" holds true for fishing any time of year, but especially now. One never knows what might show up when bottom fishing in 80- to 90-foot depths where we've been concentrating on grouper and snapper. Mahimahi have shown up several times. The key to catching them is having one or two light spinning rods in the 12- to 15-pound class rigged and ready with 2/0 long shanked gold hooks. Thesy are not large but are voracious feeders and often will swallow a short shanked hook, making removal difficult. Often one will strip a bait off the hook and another will strike the flash of the bare gold hook. When they show up, circling the boat, the impulse is to throw chunks of chum into the water to keep them around. Chumming should be done with small slivers of frozen sardine or squid. Mahimahi have small stomachs that fill up quickly. Once they start feeding, slivers of bait on a hook the same size as the chum will produce nonstop action. There are no recreational size or bag limits on dolphin in the gulf. It's easy to get carried away by the activity and forget how many fish are in the cooler. We have set a boat limit of five fish per person. When that number has been reached, either stop fishing for them or practice catch and release. Trolling has finally turned on mackerel, bonita and barracuda along with a few scattered kingfish that have arrived all along the shipping channel from markers 9 and 10 westward and on the artificial reefs.

Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.

Captain's Corner: Going after mahimahi 07/12/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.
  2. Rays vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Orioles

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  3. Rays journal: Sergio Romo excited for fresh start in AL

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Sergio Romo was about to play catch with LHP Adam Kolarek before Monday's batting practice when he paused.

    RAMOS EXITS: Rays catcher Wilson Ramos clutches his head after being beaned by Ruben Tejada’s broken bat in the fifth inning. Ramos leaves the game and receives six staples to close a laceration on his head.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    LHP Blake Snell stepped up when the Rays needed him to — and perhaps when he had to to keep his job — working a season-high seven plus innings. And it wasn't only that he got deep into the game, but how he did so, using his fastball to pound the strike zone.

  5. Urban Meyer says the Big Ten is now the equal of the SEC

    College

    CHICAGO — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't just believe the Big Ten has closed the gap with the more heralded SEC. He is convinced the race is a dead heat already.

    Ohio State’s Urban Meyer says the Big Ten East is as strong as the SEC East was when he coached UF to two national titles.