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Old 12-16-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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I have heard to look for floating grass or anything on top of the water, then pop jigs into it. exactly where would you find grass in the gulf/ near shore or way off shore
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:24 PM   #2
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There aren't too many dolphin around this time of year. In the spring/early summer they should start showing up. You can sometimes find weedlines 10-15 miles out, but they are more common beyond 30.

When you do find chicken dolphin, they aren't picky. They will eat anything, I like a white jig.
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:29 PM   #3
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so exactly what can be cought in the winter time out of pensacola pass?
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I have always had the best luck with a silver spoon thrown at them. They can't resist shinny!
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To add to what True King said, I've found a seat cushion floating about 8 miles, or less, from shore that was covered in dolphin. We ended up catching a good mess of them with the biggest at about 29".

We used small gotcha lures, small hooks tipped with cut squid, and a few other small shiny type lures. When you hook one, keep it in the water at the boat until you get a second one hooked. Then when you get a second fish on, get the first one into the cooler and repeat the process.

They're tons of fun to catch.
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:40 PM   #6
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patrickdiddy21 (12/16/2008)so exactly what can be cought in the winter time out of pensacola pass?
Besides bottom fishing, lots of bonita and, if you go far enough, blackfin.
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:12 PM   #7
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All above comments should answer your questions about them but I will add a couple things as well. Use light lures that are not easily thrown by jumping fish like soft plastic jerk baits or small bucktails. Use single hooks instead of trebles as i've seen a lot of people hooked while trying to grab a small flopping dolphin off the deck that had trebles flying around.

If you are into fly fishing, bring a 8-10 wt rod with you. Dolphin of all sizes are a blast on a flyrod. Any baitfish pattern will work
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:11 PM   #8
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If a large school of chicken dolphin approach the boat any small jig will work well for a little while but the remainder of the school will finally get finicky and will quit hitting the jig. Once this happens just throw out a piece of cut bait on a free line attached to a single hook. You will catch a bunch more.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:17 PM   #9
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they get skittish quick though .... i found a half sunk fiberglass jon boat out there and caught about 6 out of the 40 on it and they would chase my baits but wouldnt bite
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small jigs, but honestly, weightless hook and small piece of squid is hard to beat. also allows you to keep some chum in the water to keep em interested
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