The mahi mahi fishing here in Miami, FL has been excellent the past few days. We’ve encountered several large schools while trolling offshore between 700′ and 900′ of water. Most of the fish are “schoolie” sized, but it’s enough to fill the cooler and keep the rods bent. The key has been locating the large grass lines which can be somewhat elusive depending on the current. For the most part, we’ve been letting the birds guide us to “the zone” where the fish have been very consistent. While there’s been a few days where the dolphin had lockjaw and refused to eat live bait, most of the time the schoolie dolphin have cooperated just fine.
The key to success has been putting in the time trolling offshore. There’s just no telling what you might find out there. We haven’t found too many floaters covered up in fish, but i’m sure it’s just a matter of time. This time of year the weather tends to be very calm, which really give the sargasm grass a chance to ball up and form massive patches. Finding one of these patches is really exciting, because you never know what might be lurking beneath. While dolphin typically hang near the surface underneath these giant grass patches, it’s very common for wahoo to be lurking below. When we roll up on a patch of grass, one of the first things we do is drop a vertical jig. This is a great technique to bring the fish to the surface where you can pitch live baits.