Catching a Pompano Dolphin Fish
Pompano dolphin fish is a species usually found in tropical or subtropical waters. Its Latin name is 'Coryphaena equiselis' and generally have a lifespan of 3 to 4 years. Other common names of pompano dolphin are: Blue dolphin, small dolphin, mahi-mahi, little dolphin, or simply dolphin fish.
Dolphin fish is simply grouped into two species: The Dolphin-fish or mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) and the Pompano Dolphin (Coryphaena equiselis). Among the two species, the pompano dolphin is more of oceanic species. The pompano dolphins are usually found at the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda, Florida, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. If we talk about the Pacific region they range from Peru to Oregon. The pompano dolphin is rarely caught in coastal areas and the ideal temperature for these dolphins is less than 75° at the surface. These dolphins are usually active in spring and late summer; this is the best time to catch these dolphins.
Unlike dolphin, the pompano dolphin has more streamlined snouts. However, the color of the body is almost the same. It has a long dorsal fin that is extended along the length of its body to the deeply forked caudal fin.
Female pompano dolphins spawn throughout spring and summer. They get mature sexually at 9 to 12 inches in length and can grow to 20 to 30 inches with weight around 5 pounds. The pompano dolphin schools under the boats, debris, or under floating seaweeds. It usually feeds on squid and small fish. It is not unusual to observe that pompano dolphin schools to follow the traveling debris or boats for many days.
Fishing is obviously a great fun for many of us. But it is important to have a good beforehand fishing knowledge before going for fishing. You have to keep some points in mind to have a good fishing experience.
Bait and Lures
It is a good idea to troll with natural bait. Like common dolphin, pompano dolphin also jumps at the bait. You can use feathers, white or yellow buck-tail jigs, or spoons as lures along with bait to entice the pompano dolphin.
You may need trolling rod or spinning rod as major equipment for fishing, along with suitable hooks. - For Trolling: You require a 6 to 8 foot medium action trolling accompanied by a traditional bait casting reed filled with 30 to 40 pound test mono filament line. You can also use Dacron line instead. - For Spinning Tackle: Take a 6 to 7 foot medium action spinning rod accompanied by a matching spinning reel filled with 30 to 40 pound test mono filament line. For safety reasons, it is suggested to use a single hook in place of treble hooks. Take the treble hooks off from the rod carefully. - Hook: Hook size is usually selected according to the size of the fish. For large fish, you can use large hooks and for small fish you can use small hooks. Hooks usually varies from 2/0 to 8/0 sizes.
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