Dorado

Fishing Q&A with Anders Bogebjerg

Anders Bogebjerg, owner of Palmera Fishing, recently sat down and answered a few questions about fishing. Anders started fishing at the age of 4 and is today an avid fisherman. He rarely goes a week without fishing and usually heads out for some inshore fishing or deep sea fishing every chance he gets – with or without clients.

If you would like to ask him your own questions, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form HERE or drop him a line at ab@grouppalmera.com

Fishing in Punta Cana

Fishing in Punta Cana

Q: When is the best time for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: This all depends on what fish you are targeting. Most of the fish are here all year round, in smaller or larger numbers. Normally, April – July are the best months for white marlin. July – November is blue marlin season. Dorado and wahoo run all year but are greater in numbers from September – May. Barracudas and tuna run pretty much all year; depending on what side of the island you are fishing from.

The best season for inshore fishing is November – June and snook fishing is especially good from April – June. You can catch snappers, needlefish all year and yellow tales are abundant in November.

Q: When is the worst time for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: August tends to be a slow month. There are a lot of blue marlins, but no guarantee for catching them!

Q: Where is the best place for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: Generally, the fishing around the Dominican Republic is great and the ocean is loaded with fish. It all depends on what you are fishing for, which might make some areas better than others.

Q: What is your favorite fish to catch?

A: I love catching dorado (mahi-mahi). It is a fun fighting fish to catch and you find a school of them, you may easily catch 20 – 50 fish. Of course, the big blue marlin is every fisherman’s dream (including mine) and there are a lot of them around the Dominican Republic.

Q: Are there any spots in the ocean where you have a better chance of catching fish? 

A: All underwater structures create natural habitats for the fish and are great places to find and catch them. There are also several fishing stations in the ocean that attract a lot of fish and that we usually pass by.

Tarpon fishing in Punta Cana

Tarpon fishing in Punta Cana

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Dorado a.k.a. Mahi-Mahi

The Dorado also known as Mahi-Mahi or Common Dolphin Fish is one of the typical fish you can expect to catch on a deep sea fishing trip in the Dominican Republic. There are 2 types of Dolphin Fish; the Common Dolphin Fish and The Pompano Dolphin Fish – neither of which are related to the mammal dolphin. The Pompano Dolphin typically lives shorter and is smaller than the Common Dolphin. It is often mistaken for a young Common Dolphin Fish.

Gigantic Dorado (approx. 50 lbs) caught on Marlin Chaser fishing boat

Gigantic Dorado (approx. 50 lbs) caught on Marlin Chaser fishing boat

Habitats:

This fish is found in many places of the world – in the Caribbean Sea, in the Pacific Ocean by Costa Rica, North- and South America, in the Atlantic Ocean by Florida, in Hawaii, in the South China Sea, and many other places. Dorado live in warm waters, with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (83 degrees Fahrenheit).

The male and female Dorado commonly stay together in pairs and can often be found hanging around larges patches or lines of Sargassum weeds (floating algae that can stretch for miles on the surface of the ocean), under debris such as wood, palm leaves, etc., floating in the ocean or around fish buoys (fish stations). These are great places for the Dorado to hide from other predators (e.g. Marlins) and the weeds make for an excellent place to feed. The Dorado is a carnivore (meat eater) that eats e.g. flying fish, bait fish, crabs, squid, mackerel shrimp, plankton and crustaceans.

General characteristics:

Dorados live up to 5 years, although most seldom live more than 4 years. The average size is somewhere between 7 and 13 kilograms (15 – 29 pounds). A Dorado weighing 15 kilograms is considered very big and Dorados weighing more than 18 kilograms are excepcional to find. Their bodies are solid with the dorsal fin running throughout its length. The Dorado is easily recognizable by its bold colors of gold, blue and green; colors that unfortunately fade to a yellowish-gray almost immediately once the fish is caught and out of the water.

Dorado caught in Punta Cana

Dorado caught in Punta Cana

Dorados are exceptionally fast swimmers and can reach speeds of up to 92 km/h (57.5 mph). The larger male has a very large, almost abnormal-looking forehead that rises well above its body, while the female is smaller and with a more rounded head. The female Dorado can spawn 2-3 times a year and produce anywhere between 80,000 to 1,000,000 eggs each time! The young Dorado is typically found in seaweed, where it can hide safely and easily feed on shrimp, crab, and other fish.

Catching and eating Dorados:

The Dorado is a popular fish to catch among recreational fishermen (e.g. tourists on deep sea fishing trips). Once you get it hooked on the line, the Dorado is fast, beautiful to watch, because of its bright colors, and it puts up a nice fight. Dorados are also popular on the menu of many seafood restaurants, as its white, flaky meat has a delicious taste and is excellent when prepared as a ceviche or on the grill.

Dorado caught in Punta Cana on the Marlin Chaser fishing boat

Dorado caught in Punta Cana on the Marlin Chaser fishing boat

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) place Dorados in the category of “moderate mercury” and suggest eating no more than 6 servings a month. Since Dorados eat other fish, etc., they are common carriers for Ciguatera poisoning (mercury poisoning). Source http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp 

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