As water temperatures slowly begin to cool down into the low 80`s, Dorado fishing around locally home-made Fish Attracting Devices heats up. Although some of the fish have movin` on their minds, and can only be stopped with a live bait, many fish up in the 50# and 60# range will be taken on trolled ballyhoo or artificial lures. Large concentrations of blue and rainbow runners around the palm fronds of a homemade FAD make jigging up a well full of live bait easy. Trolling small rubber squids, or your favorite tuna lures will produce plenty of 2 to 5# blackfin tuna, perfect for bridling up and trolling up-current of the surface structure, as much a ½ mile. This is where you will get most of the bites from the bigger dorado and Blue Marlin.
Capt. Randy Rode, a 40 year veteran of fishing in the Keys, and who is now fishing out of Cabrera on the North Coast says,”Sometimes I like to troll two live tuna, one on the surface and one with a pound of break-away lead on a copper rigging wire, way up current of the FAD, and then shut down the motors down and drift back towards the structure”.
“While drifting, I like to deep-jig for wahoo and bigger yellowfins, the heavier the jig the better. I usually mark plenty of fish all the way down to 200` or deeper”
“The fish around the structure can get shy on you, so stealth is important, light leaders, and small hooks equal more bites”.
The North coast of the Dominican Republic has the advantage of very deep water close to shore. It is 1,000`deep only one mile offshore and 3,000` deep three miles off, so there is plenty of bottom structure to explore, just a few miles from the beaches. Trolling lipped plugs on downriggers will produce plenty of bites from big king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, barracuda, and even mutton snappers and groupers, which will come up and meet your lure halfway in 50` to 75` of water depth.
As we get into the spring months, the white marlin bite on the east end of the island, in the Punta Cana area, will heat up. Raising up to a dozen of these feisty marlin in a day`s fishing is not uncommon. On the North Coast there is a good bite of blue marlin in the early winter months and then again starting in April and continuing until the end of August and beyond.
Whatever type of fishing you choose in the Dominican Republic, don`t be surprised if you fish all day without seeing another boat. This is a virtually wide-open fishery, largely un-discovered and unknown. The potential for all types of big-game fishing is unlimited. Very deep water close to land, and a total lack of fishing pressure, make a winning combination for all types of fishing here.
For more information regarding the fishing in the DR contact Capt. Randy Rode at
www.dominicanrepublicsportfishing.com or call 809-464-1557.