Carolina anglers catching plenty of dolphin

Jacob Gamble of Greenville, S.C. shows off a nice springtime dolphin caught out of Edisto Beach, S.C.

Rigged ballyhoo is the ticket to hooking springtime mahi mahi

It’s that magical time of year for anglers. The spring weather has been stable for some time now, and if it swims, it’s biting. It seems whatever species anglers are going after right now, it’s feeding. That is definitely true for dolphin off the coast of both Carolinas.

Jacob Gamble of Greenville, S.C. likes fishing out of Edisto Beach, S.C. And he said the spring dolphin bite is incredible.

Gamble said the best bite has been about 68 miles offshore in 1750 feet of water.

He said the best way to find them is trolling temperature breaks in 76-degree water. Weed lines are also good spots, and when you find a weed line on that type of temperature break, it’s even better.

“Pink skirts on rigged ballyhoo seems to be the trick,” he said.

Anglers fishing out of Manteo, N.C. have also found the mahi biting aggressively, especially in the past few days. Pirate’s Cove Charters said the fish are a mixture of sizes, so they’re keeping anglers entertained and providing some great table fare.

The folks at Chasin Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said the same thing. The dolphin are biting along temperature breaks anywhere from south of the Swansboro Hole and up north of the Big Rock.

Tex’s Tackle reports anglers in the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area are finding dolphin about 20 miles out of Wilmington.

The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center’s fleet has been experiencing some killer dolphin fishing days. The Qualifier brought 33 mahi to the docks on Sunday. The Hooker brought in 27 on the same day.

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