Dolphin Docks, Inc

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  1. Minnow

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    The Dolphin is an 80 foot vessels that accommodates up to 50 persons for 5 to 72 hour fishing trips. The Dolphin also has sleeping quarters and showers available only on the longer trips for the tired fisherman. Most of the time you are catching so many fish you can't sleep.Children 6 and under not fishing can go with there parents free. Other members of a party who want to site see and watch the fishing can go for half price.
     

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  2. WilliamH

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    I'm booked on the 40 hr trip on the Dolphin at the end of the month.

    What is the standard operating procedure for this type of trip?

    I get first choice of bunk and fishing spot, where should I pick a spot and is one bunk better than the other?

    Do they troll between spots on this boat?

    Thanks
     

  3. Gunsmoke

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    WilliamH,

    You're the man for going out on the Dolphin. Slow boat to China, but they do catch fish. Full throttle is trolling speed on the Dolphin. If fact, 8 knots is a little slow. I like 9 knots for trolling lures. By the way, what do they get for the 40 hour trip? Let us know how you did on the trip after you return.
     
  4. WilliamH

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    The trip was $292, includes meals. I'll post a report when we get back.
     
  5. Ragman

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    There will be some bunks in the galley, but I'd suggest the other bunks if you're a light sleeper.

    The fishing spot depends on what you like to do. I like to throw topwater so I prefer the bow, but the stern is highly favored on The Dolphin.

    Definitely set up a trolling rig and bring a safety line rather than use the pole holders. You may want to work with 3 others to coordinate your spread.

    However, I've never seen anything hook up on the ride out.

    Good luck and post a report w/pics when you return!
     
  6. Gunsmoke

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    WilliamH,
    What date and time do you guys arrive back at the dock on your trip. I plan on fishing for next 6 weekends and just might have to make time to see you guys unload your fish. I might even shake everybodies hand just for going out on that boat. I hope you have a great trip.
     
  7. WilliamH

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    We arrive back at 3 pm Monday, July 31.

    So the boat is slow? Oh well, I can catch up on my sleep!!
     
  8. Gunsmoke

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    I always return Sunday evening. That's to bad you come back on Monday. Otherwise I'd get a kick out seeing your faces when you get off the boat.

    Is the boat slow? If I had a pair of Jesus shoes, I could beat you guys to the rocks or where ever you are going. I can't wait for your report.
     
  9. Minnow

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    It's a slow boat, but catch fish, good capt and they provide meals.

    Capt. Dean is a real nice capn and knows how to fish. JMO

    Good luck on your trip, remember to take some picture.
     
  10. JasonF

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    I have fished all over the world and some of my most memorable trips have been with these guys. It is a great way to get into bluewater for a long trip for a great price. I have been on trips with them from 40 to 80 hours and my favorite trips have been with Capt Ken on the 80 hour trip on new moons. He will put you on some fish. I have caught so many tuna with him that my arms have gotten so sore that I just had to go to bed during the bite! I cannot speak about Capt Travis 'cause he was a deck hand last time that I fished with him.
     
  11. etan

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    The last 60 hr I went on they caught a 114# yellowfin on the troll coming home. On previous trips we have caught small yft on the way out.
     
  12. TeamOso

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    When was your last trip? You going on any 60's soon?
     
  13. etan

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    I am on standby for the 60 that leaves on the 12th. Right now I'm in Dallas, just had a new granddaughter born today. We are making a tour of the mountains in Colo. and New Mexico and will be home to Port A on the 11th
     
  14. JasonF

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    I was on one 80 hr trip with them last year and we got into a topwater bite near one of the production rigs about 120 miles out. Obviously on a new moon. Yellowfin on spinning tackle is a hell of alot of fun as you probably know. Most where in the 50 lb range but a couple were up to 100. We saw some monsters clear the surface of the water chasing flying fish.

    I was on their web site last night and saw a pic of a 183 pounder caught last Sept. That is a healthy fish even by pacific standards!

    I am heading out with them again next month. I am more excited about that than I was my Carribean billfishing trip I took last month! :)
     
  15. TeamOso

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    I was on one 80 hr trip with them last year and we got into a topwater bite near one of the production rigs about 120 miles out. Obviously on a new moon. Yellowfin on spinning tackle is a hell of alot of fun as you probably know. Most where in the 50 lb range but a couple were up to 100. We saw some monsters clear the surface of the water chasing flying fish.

    I was on their web site last night and saw a pic of a 183 pounder caught last Sept. That is a healthy fish even by pacific standards!

    I am heading out with them again next month. I am more excited about that than I was my Carribean billfishing trip I took last month! :)

    How long of a trip?
    Im thinking about an 80 over fall break.
     
  16. JasonF

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    I am going on the 48 hr on the last week of July. Kind of sucks for me cause my last 3 trips have been 80s and I loved it. I have to go on the 48 because my company shuts down that week so I just picked the longest trip that week. My first 2 trips with these guys were 40 hrs about 5 years ago. We caught a crap load of blackfin behind shrimp boats on those, but they were winter trips. I really have no idea what to expect on such a short trip in July. I trust that Ken will make it fun. I wouldnt mind some kingfish on topwaters. I dont have my hopes up for tuna though especially after finding out the moon phase for those days.
     
  17. TeamOso

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    I am going on the 48 hr on the last week of July. Kind of sucks for me cause my last 3 trips have been 80s and I loved it. I have to go on the 48 because my company shuts down that week so I just picked the longest trip that week. My first 2 trips with these guys were 40 hrs about 5 years ago. We caught a crap load of blackfin behind shrimp boats on those, but they were winter trips. I really have no idea what to expect on such a short trip in July. I trust that Ken will make it fun. I wouldnt mind some kingfish on topwaters. I dont have my hopes up for tuna though especially after finding out the moon phase for those days.
    I went out on a 40 last august, we caught all the snapper we could stand , some BIG sows, and we got on the AJ niceeeee. Its going to be hard after my payday on june 8 not to go on a pre 60hr trip.
     
  18. awesum

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    I was on their web site last night and saw a pic of a 183 pounder caught last Sept. That is a healthy fish even by pacific standards!

    :)


    I was on that trip and actually James' YFT wieghed 189 and change. I saw the weight at the docks. Sure hope they didn't short him 6 pounds...;)

    There were several stories posted on 2cool and TFF about that unusual 12 hr trip where we hooked about a dozen big Yellowfins from beneath a shrimp boat about 45 miles offshore.
     
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  20. JasonF

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    189 lbs after being bled out and sitting in a cooler for a day or so? If that was the weight at the dock the that was a >200 lb fish when it came out of the water. Easily.
     
  21. TeamOso

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    I was on that trip and actually James' YFT wieghed 189 and change. I saw the weight at the docks. Sure hope they didn't short him 6 pounds...;)

    There were several stories posted on 2cool and TFF about that unusual 12 hr trip where we hooked about a dozen big Yellowins from beneath a shrimp boat about 45 miles offshore.
    how close were yall to the floaters when you trolled him up?