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Old 05-21-2010, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default When should I be expecting the chicken dolphin to show up?

I've never caught a big one and we finally got a boat this year so I really want to get out and try to get a few! I've heard its fairly easy and alota fun I'm just not too sure when to expect them or where to start looking other than floating grass or debris offshore. any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks guys!
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:06 PM   #2
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Default RE: When should I be expecting the chicken dolphin to show up?

Caught a box car load just yesterday out of Destin and saw a bazillion in the school.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:15 PM   #3
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Yep...May is a great time of year to catch them....They will be around all summer.....
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Thanks guys i had no idea they were already here!!! did you guys catch em' trollin or just pitchin baits on the school cause the only one I've ever caught we caught trollin for kings on a duster rig with a ballyhoo and i really caught him by accident... whats a good bait to toss? I hear LY are good but i can never keep them alive longer than 20mins outta the pass and i also hear large white pomp jigs/buck tail jigs are good?
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Default RE: When should I be expecting the chicken dolphin to show up?

I caught them on a little yozuri crystal minnow, gotcha and pompano jig. I prefer the yozuri the most.
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just chum em up with some cut bait (squid, cigs, pogies)and make sure the salt water wash down works.
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Plenty out there right now. Chum them up and get out some light spinning gear or a 8WT flyrod for some truly fun offshore fishing
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How far do you have to go out of Orange Beach before you start seeing the chicken Dolphin?
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FISHUNT7 (23/05/2010)How far do you have to go out of Orange Beach before you start seeing the chicken Dolphin?
The distance is not as important as finding some floating debree for them to hide under and feed off the small minnows under it also.
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i hope they show up on the first of june i will be out there.i have not had the chance to catch one my dad has,the chicken dolphin he saw was only about 13 inches.

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