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The Dream.

September 1st, 2011 · 8 Comments

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I’m coming close to my dream fishing destination this next week. No, I won’t be traveling down to Cancun. There won’t be beautiful beaches, jungle canopies, or seemingly flat seas. But I will be in blue water chasing pelagic species. I’ll have a taste of my dream trip.

The Dorado or Mahi Mahi (aka Dophin too) has long been a dream fish of mine, and I’ve long felt that Pureto Aventuras, just south of Cancun, was where I would catch my first. The bright flash of blues and golds. The pull on the line. And, of course, I’ll be on the kayak, getting the slay ride in the Caribbean!

Why Cancun? It made simple sense to me. Especially Pureto Aventuras, the fishing is very close, and not a difficult paddle by any means to get onto the Cozumel Trench – just where you want to be to catch some of the warm water’s finest sportsfish and good eats. Fishing in the Summer months Blackfin Tuna, Bonito, Sailfish, and Marlins are also great fishing options – but I’ll be targeting the Dorado. My own devil.

Dorado and Sail - MobileBaits.com


What is it about the Dorado? I don’t know. It could be the color – the Blues, Greens and Golds that light up on these fish. Maybe its their heads – Squared off, seeming of science fiction. Perhaps its the aerobatics they’re well known for. Peeling drag. I dream of it all.

I can see it…

Wake just before sunrise to a hot pot of coffee. I gather my gear and walk down to the beach to load my kayak up. Sonar. Check. GPS. Check. PFD. Check. VHF. Check. Safety Flag. Check. Fly Rod. Check. Spinning Rod. Check. Trolling Rod. Check.

As I warm up in the glow of the sunrise, it’s time for me to shove off. I make my paddle, pretty much straight out from the beach, the slight breeze giving me a bit of help. A short distance from shore, it’s time to drop my trolling rod. I know the trolling speed of 6kts that you’d have in a power boat is difficult in a kayak for any sustained amount of time. No trouble though, Just go. The Rapala Magnum X15 will do its job just fine.

Onward I go towards deeper water.

While just paddling along, enjoying the sun, the warm water, and the scenery, the rod goes off. FISH ON! Leaping out of the water is the flash of dorado. The golden sides only accented by the warm glow of the morning sun. As I fight this fish, I see the blue-green flashes of the rest of the school. I begin to sweat. Anxiously I almost seem to forget about the fish on the line, and start thinking of my next moves. Then, just inches from the boat, the fish I was fighting go airborne again! Wow! Wake up Isaac! Fight the fish, then worry about the rest!

Joe Hector - 30# Dorado


Moments later, the dorado I had been fighting is on the boat, gaffed, bled, and stored safely inside. I fumble around for my TFO fly rod, and find the school. With a couple of false casts, I drop my white Clouser right in the middle of the school. The rest of the line barely touches the water before it goes taught. Fish On again! Fighting the power of the fish, the drag screams. I’m starting to get into the backing.

I swing the flyrod perpendicular to the kayak. If this fish wants to fight, I’ll use the kayak to my advantage. He’s gonna have to fight me sideways. He Jumps. Oh. My. God. This fish is huge. A trophy. Back in the water he continues working his way into my backing. I have to do something to keep this fish. I turn back, putting the rod parallel to the kayak, and start cruising along with this fish. The slay ride is on.

Pulling me and the kayak along is wearing on this beast. I start bringing the line in, inching the two of us together. Again he jumps. My-oh-my. I keep bringing in line as the fish allows. Working this fish the best I can. Finally, it sees the kayak. He knows what he’s in for. His color flashes again, and now he’s angry and screams off again. But, he’s tired. Short sprinted runs and aerial displays are wearing on him quickly. Time to finish this battle.

Kayak Dorado. BlueWaterJon.com


I finally have all my backing, and now just fighting the length of the flyline and leader. Not giving up, the dorado continues to leap, trying to through the hook. I keep the line taught. I will not give up this one. I have most of the line now, and reach for the gaff. Finally, the fish succumbs. He is mine! This slab is min! Nothing short of 50#, I have a good time trying to get it stuffed into the kayak. Once that is done, I secure the gear and start making my way back to the beach, never quite losing sight of it all day.

As I land, on the beach, my wife walks out from the jungle where she’s been walking around, laughing with monkeys, and searching for snakes and bugs to tell me about. I pull out my two dorado. One Monster. One a nice average. She gives me a congratulatory kiss, and, with a grin, I ask, “Up for some ceveche for dinner?”

This blog entry is my submission for the Red Tuna Shirt Club and Outdoor Blogger Network Writing Contest.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alex // Sep 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Nice read! I was lucky enough to land my first Dolphin over the summer. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the yak though.

    We usually need a mothership to get out to species like Dolphin, but Cancun sounds like it’s just off the beach :)

  • 2 The Nothing // Sep 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Cancun, Baja, Hawaii, Southern Florida, and all of central America are all easy spots to hit them right of the beach, generally speaking. I’m pretty jealous of anyone that’s caught one. I’ve never been anywhere close enough to try.

  • 3 mom // Sep 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I know your writings. This one was good. I enjoyed it a lot. Will share it with your nephew. He’ll like it. He’ll be all over going out in a yak to the big one. I, of course, like the idea of Cancun, Baja or S. Florida. Warmth, sun, ocean, palm trees and warm sand…I’m all for it. Keep up the writing.

  • 4 Mike // Sep 3, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Nice read. Islamorada in the Floirda Keys is another destination for Dolphin. Lived there 20 years. It is about a five mile paddle passed the reef to the drop off but that makes for a great rest stop since the reef is only about 20 foot from the surface and offeres some nice snorkling.

  • 5 The Nothing // Sep 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

    nice! i wouldn’t mind visiting the Keys by any means, but I think I’m more likely to think of bones and tarpon…

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  • 7 Rhett Hickert // Sep 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Amazing. Just reading about this, I now have the same dream. I’ve never yak fished, but after reading your entries it may become a reality in the next couple years. Congrats on winning the contest@!

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