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Delray Beach, FL

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Delray Beach, FL

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Delray Beach, FL

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Delray Beach Fishing Charters

It is hard to beat the offshore angling at Delray Beach. This is in part because of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean. This mass of water heads north, between Delray Beach on the west and the Bahamas to the east. The current is a moving buffet for all kinds of offshore fish.

What can you catch? Marlin, sharks, tuna, wahoo, king mackerel and sailfish are the big boys on the block. These fish range from deep waters to near the surface, depending on what they are busy chasing. The preferred method for catching these fish is by trolling. The best lures are surface-chugging dusters. They come in various sizes from big ones for marlin down to smaller ones for Spanish mackerel. For maximum effect, put a strip of cut bait from a bonito or a whole live or frozen bait on the hook. Ballyhoo, cigar minnows and whole squid work very well for this.

Deep running lures and bait is a great way to find amberjack, snapper and grouper offshore. These fish like to hang around reefs and bottom structure. Trolling past the GPS coordinates is a good way to see if anyone is home. If your Delray Beach fishing charter captain gets a hookup, it’s time to turn around and drop live or frozen baits to the bottom directly on the structure.

Best of Delray Beach Offshore Fishing

A favorite of Delray offshore charters is the dorado, otherwise known as dolphin or mahi mahi, which is the Hawaiian name for this green and gold fish that cruises the offshore waters between Delray Beach and the Bahamas to the east.

This is a surface fish, despite the fact it lives in water that can be hundreds of feet deep. It also loves cover on top of the water. A grass mat, a wooden pallet, a bucket, all of these can hold a school of this hard-charging, ultra-fast and very tasty fish. Delray Beach fishing charter captains keep an eye for anything floating on the surface for this very reason.

The mahi mahi swim in schools. Find one and more are somewhere close by. Just like cobia, when someone on the boat connects, your Delray Beach fishing charter guide will let that one stay in the water to keep the others in the school around. Everyone has a chance to connect with a dorado.

These fish dolphin, not the same as the air-breathing mammal, are often found miles away from the beaches chasing baitfish like flying fish. Sea birds wheeling overhead and diving to the surface are a sure indicator that something is chasing fish just below the waves.

When your guide comes across a school of them, he can opt to troll through them with lures that skip along the surface with or without ballyhoo or some other baitfish added to the presentation. If you want to cast, use live bait with little to no weight on the line to keep it near the surface longer. Jigs and stick baits are also very effective when casting to dorado holding on something at the surface.

Big males, called bulls, are easily identified by the square shape of their head. Immature males and females have a more rounded head. Regardless of gender or size, they all make excellent table fare.

Florida’s creel limit for this fast-growing fish is generous. No minimum size and 10 per person or 60 in the boat, whichever is less. That is a lot of fillets. Get all the saltwater fishing regulations from the Fish and Wildlife Commission. The mahi mahi is listed as dolphinfish at the website.

Delray Beach Inshore Fishing

With the Gulf Stream River (not the same thing as the Gulf Stream in the ocean) running just inside the beach line, Delray Beach inshore fishing is superb. Tarpon, mutton snapper, redfish, and trout are just a few of the fish you can try to catch. “Try” is the keyword here because if you do not get one of these fish out of structure like pilings, oyster bars, crab traps and mangrove tree roots, they will break your line by wrapping around something. That is part of the fun, of course.

Tarpon, the silver kings, are a popular target because the fish get big and can peel the line off a reel so fast you think you caught a race car instead. Live bait like whole or half blue crabs, mullet and big pinfish are top baits. Tarpon also appeals to the fly fishing crowd. If that is your bag, get a heavy rod, 9-weight is recommended for the big ones, and several hundred yards of backing. Streamer patterns work best. Just take any cold-water trout stream minnow pattern and upsize it to a 4/0 or 5/0 hook.

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Delray Beach fishing charters are fueled up and ready to get you on the fish. Whether you’re chasing the offshore mahi mahi or nearshore tarpon, it’s an adrenaline rush you won’t soon forget. Check out local Delray Beach captain here.