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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sea Bass, Rock Bass or Blackfish
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In "Game Fishes of the South," L. S. Caine describes the Dolphin: "Unquestionably the Dolphin is the most beautiful of all game fishes, and a description of its glorious coloring is impossible. The `offspring of the rainbow,' as it has been called, is most appropriate. Coloration-Male: Iridescent bluish gold, merging to blue-black on back, which is covered with small purple spots. Fins and tail golden yellow. Form of the head differs from that of the female in that it is high in forehead and comes down to lower jaw in almost a straight line. Female: Green-gold instead of blue-gold, and head curves down to snout in an arc.
"Strictly pelagic fishes, they frequent only the high seas . . . the strike of the Dolphin is quite spectacular, as oftentimes it will leave the water in a graceful arc, and come down on a bait or lure trolled near the surface . . . travel in schools and when one fish is hooked the remainder of the school will stay and follow the gamy fellow in its struggles"
Other popular names: Dorado and Dourade.
Dolphin are usually taken locally at about 3 pounds; of good food value; feed upon mullet, yellowtails, and other small fishes.
You need to join a deep-sea fishing expedition, and when you get five miles outside you may begin to see Dolphin. They range from five miles to 55 miles, the Gulf Stream. They are a top feeding game fish, never seen in inside waters.
Tackle and methods: Regulation deep-sea fishing tackle should be used with various styles of feathered jigs as bait. A 7/0 O'Shaughnessy hook usually is the size chosen.