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Capt. Randy Rode

By Randy Rode, Jan 25 2017 09:43PM

We are right at the peak of Dorado season, and the fish are EVERYWHERE!. All our FADS are producing fish, and the recent NE winds are bringing the fish closer to the edge of the drop-off every day!

We have been using our Sea Surface Temperature, (SST) service to great advantage.

When I get up at 4:00 AM to start getting ready for the day, the first thing I do, after my cup of coffee, of course, is to consult and look for temperature breaks, concentrations of chlorophyll and other indicators of where the fish may be.

Then I use the software on the SSt site to fix my point of origin, and then put my cursor on the temperature break I want to fish for that day.

I always have my hand-held GPSl handy, so I then enter the Latitude and Longitude as a temporary waypoint, giving me a destination to shoot for during the day.

These temperature breaks almost always hold Sargasso weeks, and subsequently lots of sea life, Dorado, Marlin, Tunas, Bonitos, and other pelagics.

We have this fishing down to a science. This year marks my 10th year fishing the waters of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, and my 47th year as a professional Captain.


These are just the biggest of the Dorado we caught this day with Andy Daniels and Dan Carvill, my good fishing buddies. We take all the smaller fish and donate them to the locals, our way of giving back to the community.

Hope to see you soon, Randy

Capt Randy Rode

North Coast Sportfishing and B&B

Cabrera,North Coast, DR


By Randy Rode, Jan 8 2017 07:56PM

This week has been spectacular for offshore fishing on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. We are getting reports all up and down the coast of a red-hot blue marlin bite, with some boats getting more than 20 bites a day and releasing up to 10 or 15 blue marlin in a single day of fishing.

Along with the big blue bite, we are seeing good numbers of dorado around the FADS, around three to seven miles offshore.

I have been catching most of my fish in 7,000` of water, which is only 7 miles offshore, a quick, fast-troll to the bite.

Throw in a few wahoo bites, king mackeral, Spanish mackeral, jacks, barracuda, groupers and snappers, inshore, and the day is complete.

In addition to running charters on our 30` boat, “VAMOS”, we are also offering panga trips on “NATHANAEL”, our 19` native boat, and catching `em up for economical and affordable fishing.

Catch us on Facebook or Twitter at North Coast Sportfishing and B&B and Vamos Sportfishing DR.

Tight lines and good fishing, see you all soon, Capt. Randy

The photo is of a 200# blue marlin alongside the boat just before getting the hook out and releasing it.

By Randy Rode, Nov 28 2016 09:48PM

Here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, we have two separate and distinct high season for Dorado, (Mahi-Mahi). Our first significant migration occurs during Nov. Dec. Jan. and Feb.

The fishing is off to a great start, with all the rains we have been having, a lot of debris, logs, and organic materials are washed into the ocean.

This organic material lines up along a modern edge, which can occur anywhere from two to four miles offshore, just like the brink of the Gulfstream in Florida. Here we fish the trash lines the same, trolling prepared ballyhoo along the blue edge of the line, with pitch baits on the ready, always.

When available we try and have live baits in the well, already bridled up and ready to pitch at cruising bulls and cows.

After spending a reasonable amount of time running the trash and weedl ines, we move towards our Fish Attracting Devices, FADS, and fish around them.

Many times when the debris doesn`t produce bites, the FADS do.

Our last trip produced a double header of 200# blue marlin, and we ended up catching one out of the double.

We have plenty of dates available, and you can call me anytime at 1-809-464-1557. I can always call you back to save you a bit of money.

Another easy way to get in touch with me would be to log onto this website at WWW.DOMINICANREPUBLICSPORTFISHING.COM , fill out the contact page, and I will get right back to you the same day.

Fishfully Yours, Capt. Randy

By Randy Rode, Oct 16 2016 09:06PM

Every year here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic we have the good fortune to have a great migration of everyone`s favorite fish, the Dorado, also known as the Mahi-Mahi, or Dolphin Fish.

Brightly colored, and delicious table fare, the Dorado, as it is called here in the DR, is also an aggressive feeder and a great fighter, often jumping three or more feet in the air during the fight.

Once we hook a dorado, it is common to catch more, by leaving one fish in the water, with the rest of the school following the leader.

The bull Dorado, the male, is characterized by a steep, almost vertical forehead, while the cow exhibits more of a sloping forehead. Bull or cow, these fish are one of the most common fish in the world`s oceans and reproduce an incredible rate, a 5# dorado is only a few months old!

Dorado like to hang around underneath floating objects in the bluewater, attacking bait fish when the opportunity presents itself, that is why the Fish Attracting Devices we strategically place off our coast, only a few miles offshore in the deep, blue water, are so important to our fishing program. So just fill out the contact page, include your e-mail and telephone#, and I will get in touch with you with more details about this exciting, pristine, and unspoiled fishery here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic!

See you soon, Capt. Randy Rode

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