Dorado Fishing in Laiya, Batangas

Sunday, 11/27/2011, three friends and I drove down early to Laiya  for a day of saltwater trolling for Dorados or Mahi Mahi.  We got an early start (3am) and were on the water by 7.  We used fresh squid that our boatman got for us and we slow trolled them whole around buoys that were a ways away from the shore.  We had a produtive morning, hauling in 4 fish and then again in the afternoon bringing in one more (after having a 4olb leader snapped by something big).  We learned that from now until Feb, it is dorado season down there.  It was a great trip and I am thankful that I had my first successful saltwater trolling experience.  Here are some pics from the trip:

 This was the first fish of the day, 2.5 kgs caught by me.

 Reggie caught the next one, 5.2 kgs, this was the most acrobatic of all the ones we caught.  It leaped and flipped the whole time.

 Lui caught the biggest one, 5.6kgs

 Reggie caught a second (the smaller of the two), 3.2kgs

 The mornings catch.  Not Bad, with every one getting a fish and Reggie getting two.

 After lunch I was able to hook one more, 3.5kgs and we called it a day.


Posted on November 27, 2011, in Mahi Mahi (Dorado). Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. hi ben, really liked your pics. by the way, whats your speed when trolling and how far is the bait from the boat. thanks.

    • Mike, We trolled quite slow around the buoys. We were trolling fresh squid with no weight and our speed was slow enough so that the squid stayed just below the surface of the water. I trolled my squid around 150ft behind the boat.

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