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.
Reprinted from November 2010
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Capt. Randy with Queen Snappers and Silk Snappers.
Capt. Randy with yellow fin tuna.
Hello! My name is Randy Rode, owner/operator of North Coast Sportfishing. Just a quick biography…I grew up in the Florida Keys, a third generation sportfishing guide. After I graduated from the University of South Florida, with a degree in marine biology, I joined the family business, running 250 sportfishing trips a year on my father`s 45` sportfisher.
During my 40 year career I have guided thousands of anglers, in the Bahamas, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica, where my clients caught and released thousands of billfish, including numerous marlin in the 800 to 1,000# class.
I take my fishing seriously. There is a saying in this business…”Today`s customers don`t care about what you caught yesterday”….That`s true, we start over every day, using previous knowledge and experience to maximize today`s productivity.
We have good days and days that aren`t as good as the great days, but we have never had a bad day of fishing.
I like to say…”Some days we catch more fish than other days, but we always have fun!”
Give it a try, we have a pristine, unspoiled fishery here. Every day I fish the North Coast, I learn something new.
We also offer snorkeling and sightseeing trips, and can include them in your day on the water, at no additional cost.