Finally cracked it for a dolphinfish

Been on my bucket list for years, took a charter out of Rarotonga with Akura Charters.....never realised just how hard these fish go until I hooked this one on a halco gold bomber, solid fifteen minute fight on lightish gear before the skipper gaffes it. Went 21kg on the scales.  Local restaurant for $10 a head turned a bit of the fish into five different preparations.....stunning  

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Nice one...

Mon, 2018-10-22 07:35

  never caught one, but have been told they fight hard and taste great...

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Colour fades quickly.

Mon, 2018-10-22 08:14

I haven't seen many but that is a large version for sure. And agree they taste beautiful, any way you like.

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 Nice fish mate. IS that on

Mon, 2018-10-22 09:33

 Nice fish mate. IS that on Cook Island ?


By the way, do you mean a Gold Bomber lure ? It is not made by halco though ...

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 Nice fish Sunshine! I've

Mon, 2018-10-22 10:02

 Nice fish Sunshine! I've caught a lot of dollies but most were smaller than yours. They fight so well on light gear and are a winner on the plate for sure!

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 Very very nice Gordon, how

Mon, 2018-10-22 11:16

 Very very nice Gordon, how awesome does that plate look! Mate I totally agree one of the best ever fresh fish I've tasted we got one up north once and battered deep fried etc top kwoll


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 congrats on knocking one off

Mon, 2018-10-22 13:44

 congrats on knocking one off the bucket list. 

certainly a decent size too. 

never caught one myself but can agree on top notch eating


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Mon, 2018-10-22 14:38

 That feed looks epic, jealous


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Brilliant eating

Mon, 2018-10-22 14:46

 Lemon pepper, honey soy, marinated in lime juice, crumbed and traditionally battered........still cannot believe th price, sure it was my fillets but $10 a head....brliiant.  Yes the Cook Islands, we are presently sitting in the airport Sunday night,will fly for three and a bit hours and arrive in NZ early hours of Tuesday....bloody date line.Still I don’t have to worry about the weather tomorrow as there isn’t one 

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Mon, 2018-10-22 16:39

Super nice dolly Gordon, yeah, they do go good on the light gear and even better on the plate. 


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Thu, 2018-10-25 02:10

They also make excellent ceviche.

If you venture to the FAD's off Rottnest there usually dolphinfish there every year.  Better results toward April/May when the FADs have been in for a while.

They tend to be a bit smaller though - around 8-10kg max, but still very good fight on ultralight tackle.




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Have tried and failed out there

Thu, 2018-10-25 02:34

And that gave me the excuse for a great mornings fishing in Raro.  Will try harder now I know just how good they taste and fight