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Hi, This is Big Mike and I'm new to the board. Great format with the sub-forums.
I hope more Dorado fans out there. Was surprised to see no post.
Looking forward to meeting you guys.
Have fun, BigMike
 
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mike has some great lures for high speed wahoo fishing. i recently purchased some of his modulures and have been impressed with them. they run true and i like the ability to change the lures colors by replacing the color cards....rick
 

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Wow, thanks for the nice words.
Rick...I am almost done with the new lure 12o9 and you and Jason will get one in the mail. Although you may need a bigger boat to tow the monster.
Rigged about two pounds.
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So Mike is resposnsible for the modulures. Those things are flashy. Welcome mike and I look forward to seeing posts about dorado. Who doesn't like the addition of a fat bull to the box.
 

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When I come out to texas for some high speed trolling, the modulure is one of the lures we will feature in the DVD.
I hope to get to Bahia del la Muerto to troll a modulure at slow speed for a huge DoDo on light line.
I have caught a 45lb on six pound and want to do better.The M-lure should keep the little ones away. They can troll well at three knots.
But At that speed who knows what will hit??
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it seems like it would be difficult to handle a big dorado with a heavy/large lure hanging from its mouth, especially with light line. My buddy hooked a bull last year with a marauder and it threw it easily.
 

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if the fish gets close to boat thats what will happen. They have to have played out. But you still may be right at the onset. If I don't have enough line out, no chance of holding him.
The big lure with a loop in tow will help tire the fish. But I think the modulure is light enough to control it. I fish for fun mostly and don't do records just my own best.
I may loose a couple expensive lures just to proive you right.
But I will have some of the star jethead feathers along in case I can't get it on a modulure.
 

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Larger mature dolphin are an interesting fish. They can be very picky. One taste of plastic, and they are history. The large bulls have a fairly good size mouth and can take a large bait. Flying fish are always found in the stomachs of the large fish when I clean them. That's why I like to use a bait or artificial that skips the surface when working a weedline or rip.

It's very frustrating to have a big bull in the spread of lures and see him running in-between them and go away. This is where being prepared will pay off. You only have 30 seconds or less to toss them a rigged strip bait (Bonita belly) or ballyhoo. I try to keep a rigged natural bait in the bait box rigged and ready with a casting rod readily available in a near by rod holder.

If the dead rigged bait isn't eaten, try tossing out a live bait. The best bait by far would be a live flying fish, but that's almost impossible to achieve. All of the above is pertaining to large solitaire fish. (35lbs and up)

I agree with Bigmike on the chrome jet head with feathers. Average size dolphins (10 to 25 lbs) love feathers. I prefer a light weight chrome head that will stay on top and fish them off the outriggers. They also love a skirted ballyhoo. If I only had one natural bait on board for dolphin it would be the ballyhoo.

Dolphin are bleeders. The biggest clean up on a boat is after a good dolphin bite. Just the hook removal will make your boat look like you have sprayed blood all over with a spray gun. Try to get them in the box ASAP. Catching chicken size ones can be very bloody. Letting them bounce around the deck while getting hooked up again and again is a nightmare of mopping up blood.

Dolphin are great fighters and put on a great acrobatic show. They also are great table fare. Not catching one during a day of trolling is disappointing. It's always a good day to have a couple of medium to large size dolphins in the box.
 

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I had some sierra makeral that was more then half the length of the dorado eating them. They are amazing.
I have found in rough water they will go from bait to bait and only hit on the face of the wave. I think it has a lot to do with the perspective. As with many preds, out of site is out of mind. Thats why i first started putting heavey wieghts in front or behind in the weather to keep the path of the lure flatter and in theperspective of the dorado...or Tuna or Marlin.
Hits and strikes went way up and so did the solid hookups.
I believe Dorado have some of the best eysight of gamefish. I have thrown shiners way up in the air and see some bulls come up from deep and wieght under the water and jump at them just before they hit the water. One bull got the bait and another ended up hooked!
I want to try to get a light line on a modulure mostly for PR...and kicks...it probly will be an expensive experement.
Because I have to troll so slow it may be hard to not get sharked.
Mod lures at HS need about 100lb to tow.
I may not have enough line to work a mod.
Should have to continue in the dodo sub section.LOL
 

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trust me, at 20knots an 809 will stay up top unless you put a cigar on it, then it is barely under the surface of the water.

I just joined up this forum too. :)

so mike, when we fishing, got any dates yet?
 

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I keep asking Darrell, he's been hijacked by the navy to help fix a Stealth ship.I don't get much chance to talk to him lately.
Really looking forward to it.
I let you know.
The 12o9 is going to be a monster, bigger then my test lure. New improvements will blow you away! You will get the first one.
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