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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Dolphins Feeding Frenzy

I watched Saturday as about 6 dolphins were in what appeared to bea feeding frenzy in the Stump Lagoon area. I was passed the island and was working my way into the canal to fish when I noticed 2 dolphins swimming very quickly through the water. One dolphin swam up the ditch just to the left side of the canal as you are heading to the back of Stump. I watched as the dolphins worked about a 100 yard area apparently chasing fish. My question is this. Do the dolphin run the trout away from the area? I had 6 trout in the boat and once I got to the area where the dolphins were, the trout shut down!
I would think the trout would be a tasty treat for the dolphins. Can some of you share your opinions, experiences with fishing for trout when dolphins are present? I ended up moving away from that area. I was just curious if other anglers had problems catching trout with dolphins in the area.
December 16, 2012 at 11:08pm
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Posted December 17, 2012 at 4:45am

Very common problem.been on great trout bites and when the dolphins showed up it was like a light switch got turned off.especially at fourchon

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 8:06am

I might be alone in this world on this subject, but I hate dolphins. They are nasty creatures who almost always run trout out of an area. Plus, you may recall a couple of recent stories where dolphins have harassed people, including one attempted rape.

My girlfriend and I nearly broke up over the fact that I hate dolphins because I am that serious about it.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 12:15pm
the like getting their trout limits, too.

Been known to bite your hooked trout in half, too. Very intelligent mammals.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 12:37pm

I had dolphins around and very rarely do they stop the trout bite.One time they were feeding on the throwbacks as we were catching trout on every cast.They were right at the side of the boat,it was neat.
But one time in Black Bay a pod of dolphins came in on a rig and they had trout and lady fish flying out the water to get away from them.now that stopped the bite.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 1:23pm
dolphins suck!

seeing dolphins is the kiss of death for fishing, yes you can still catch some fish with them around (i've done it) but you will not catch many and usually small ones only. in rare occassions if there is a huge amount of food coming out of a cut or canal there might be enough fish around that it doesnt seam like the dolphins bother them but its just the fishes feeding instinct over ruling the normal flight from preditor instinct.

its like throwing a pipe bomb into the pod of fish, this giant preditor with big teeth is eating everything in sight so the trout scatter as far and wide as they can to get away without being eaten and they dont look back or think about returning for a long time.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 4:46pm
kiss of death

^5 keakar....Me&da wife was fishin Bayou Blue one mornin we were catchin few fish too until Jess Says Oh!!!!!! look@the Dolphins. There went the Fish, So i trolled up in shallow hole off main Bayou where they couldn't follow we hit another Spot started pickin up Specs again Waited till they moved out then went Back out Didn't catch a Fish!!!!!!

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Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:07pm
sometimes yes and sometimes no

It largely depends on the dolphins themselves. I've had them come in dozens of times and run the trout away, but i've also had them come in dozens of times and the trout didn't seem to care at all. I guess it mainly depends, on how many dolphins it is and how hungry they are. Same goes for sharks, just because they are around, doesn't always scare off the fish. I was anchored at Bell Island in black bay one day catching 2-3lb specs every cast. There was about a 7-8ft black tip underneath my boat, and about every 4th or 5th trout we brought in he would attempt to bit before we got it those last 5-6ft to the boat. Toobad for him i keep a custom landing net with a 10ft handle in my boat for just such occasions :)

cheers !

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Posted December 21, 2012 at 1:49pm

I saw one once take a sheepshead from a guy who was reeling it in . The dolphin took the sheepshead off from us about 50 yards and started tossing it in the air at least 10 ' or so , and then pushing it around with it's nose like it had done that before in an aquarium somewhere . It was really neat to witness that in the wild .

Motorboat the way you say that you hate these dolphins , sounds as if you've been harassed or molested by one in the past .

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Posted December 21, 2012 at 4:15pm

Sometimes they scare off the fish sometimes they dont. One time i was wade fishing and was using a double sparkle beetle rig. The dolphins kept getting closer and closer. I had a double while i was unhooking one of the trout a dolphin came by a grabbed the other one. It rubbed my leg as it came by and scared me half to death. Luckily i had a firm grip on my rod and it just broke the line. I put on a new double rig and continued catching fish.

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