Far back inshore of the Intracoastal Waterway of Tequesta, Florida, a flats boat was anchored up in the north fork of the Loxahatchee river, right next to the Tequesta Bridge, where anglers were just casually fishing.
Normally, back in the Loxahatchee River, fishermen are more likely to hook up on a Jack crevalle, a lady fish or even a snook, where the saltwater is brackish, shallow and murky. On the other hand, sometimes the waters may have you guessing on what you’re reeling in.
A couple weeks ago, Captain Joe Kelly, informed me that his friend’s son was casually fishing along the north fork of the river, when he reeled in a fish he couldn’t even imagine to catch inshore. The kid saw a blaze of bright colors of mixed blues, deep green and yellow. Can you guess what the fish was?! Surprisingly, it was a well-known favorite offshore fish, Dolphin also known as Mahi Mahi.
Dolphins are habitually known to wander the open ocean offshore in a constant hunt for food. Anglers seek them along floating weed lines and around any sort of large free moving objects. The location of schools may also be given away by feeding frigate birds. Normally in clear open waters. Not that particular day, we can only guess that the lonely dolphin may have been lost.
“A fishing line has a hook at one end and an optimist at the other!” Anything is possible and the suprise of the unknown at the end of the fishing line, to me, is the one of the best parts of the sport of fishing!