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Dr. Al Fernandez of Miami, Fl., was surprised to find a tag in this bull dolphin he caught off Miami in 2008.
Large Sargassum rafts such as this one off South Carolina are important habitat for dolphin and a prime location to find schools of this favorite game fish.
Capt. Bob Frevert of Jupiter, Fl., provided this photo of one of the first dolphin to be tagged off Guatemala during a 2011 visit by him and his fishing crew.
Anyboby can have a dog that retrieves birds, but Tim and Michelle Heiser of Plantation, Florida have a dolphin retriever.
Tim Heiser of Plantation, Fl., passed along this photo of a juvenile dolphin caught off south Florida in August 2008. Note the large blue spots at the base of the dorsal fin.
Proper tag placement, as shown by this fish tagged by the crew of the Makara, is important to increasing the potential for being recovered.
Dr. Tom McMurray of Jackson Hole, WY prepares to release one of the more than 300 dolphin he and his crew aboard the Makara tagged off Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean during 2007.
A dolphin goes ballistic off Charleston, S.C., after it struck one of the tempting baits offered by the crew of the Charleston-based boat Prowess.
A crew member of Rit Ritter’s boat Prowess prepares to release one of more than 30 dolphin they tagged off Charleston, S.C. in 2007.
Circle hooks greatly reduce deep-hooking in dolphin, providing a healthier fish for release, such as this one tagged aboard the Prowess off Charleston, S.C.
A high-flying dolphin in the Caribbean Sea off Isla Mujeres, Mexico, displays the blue, silver, and yellow color pattern commonly seen in the Caribbean.
What is a pompano dolphin? At top is a female common dolphinfish with a male common dolphin in the middle and a female pompano dolphin at the bottom. These specimens were collected off North Carolina in June 2010. Note the blunt, vertical edge of the male’s head, compared to the sloping line of the female’s head. This characteristic can be used in both species to distinguish males
Dolphin do not cooperate when being netted for tagging as shown by this attempt aboard Mansa Regis’s boat Marlin Magic off San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Manuel Botello and Irvin Baez measure a dolphin tagged off San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard the Marlin Magic.
Irvin Baez of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, demonstrates the proper 45o insertion of the dart tag into the dorsal musculature of a dolphin, with the barb of the tag pointing toward the tail of the fish.
A bull dolphin off the south coast of Puerto Rico demonstrates the power and aerial displays that earns them the respect and admiration of every angler who encounters them.
Fishing a board Manuel Botello’s Missing Angel, Irvin Baez shows a tagged dolphin he is about to release that displays the silver-blue color phase.
Justin Brown of Pembroke Pines, FL shows one of the 1,261 dolphin that he and his father, Don, tagged off south Florida from 2003 through 2008.
Capt. Dave Leverone of Kona, Hawaii, provided this photo of a pompano dolphin that was caught off Kono on April 11, 2011.
At 22.5 inches in fork length, this young male already exhibits the vertical forehead profile a distinctive characteristic of bull dolphin.
When tagging large dolphin, it is better for both the fish and fisherman to leave the fish in the water as the boat idles forward.