Sunday, May 8, 2011

Migratory dolphin make return off S.C. coast

On the calendar, May 7th always marks the end of the first full week in May, but it also signals the fact that migratory dolphin have had time to work their way North. By the end of the second or third week in May the dolphin migration can reach a peak, with 20 or more fish caught per day not being out of the ordinary. A mighty fleet of offshore fishing boats made their way towards destinations like the Georgetown hole, the 380 hole and the Edisto banks in search of dolphin, wahoo, tuna and maybe an early season billfish. Governor's Cup board member Pete Loy fished Lil 'Bit on this day as a way to prepare for the first billfish tournament of the summer which takes place at Bohicket Marina May 11 - 14. While a few dolphin came to the gaff on a day which began with a 4-foot ocean swell, the real catch came in the form of bluewater fishing where a variety of fish might strike at any time. Knocking the rust off of the bait spread is something that all anglers have to do and the lure of fresh mahi mahi is one of the best reasons to start fishing!

To view past blog entires about migratory dolphin in May click here.

VideoByJeffDennis: Glenn Allen reels in a nice dolphin

PhotosByJeffDennis: My Costa Fantails saw me get my hook into some fresh fish; Pelagic gloves help when a dolphin comes over the transom like this lit up specimen; Glenn Allen hoists his mostly white mahi; William Dotterer makes a gaff shot on a greenie

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