Best Trolling Fishing Times in the Dominican Republic

Do you want to know the ideal times to fish on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast? How about the best seasons for catching Mahi-Mahi or Atlantic Blue Marlin? Here’s some valuable info that could help you plan your next fishing adventure in the DR!

Atlantic Blue Marlin


Marlin prefers the Atlantic tropics. They typically travel alone, and females are much larger than males. The heaviest blue marlin on record weighed 1,803 pounds. The fish stays mostly in open seas and can swim up to 62 miles per hour. Marlin is considered a delicacy in fine eateries. The majority of fishermen let marlins go after they’ve caught them. They can only be caught with trolls, and their season is between June and November.

Atlantic White Marlin


Many times smaller than blue marlins, these fish occupy the whole Atlantic Ocean and even the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean Sea. As a side effect of the marlin’s violent thrashing as it’s lifted from the ocean, white lines surface across its body. This fish must be trolled with normal bait. Its meat is quite delicious, and its season lasts from March until July.



The fastest-swimming fish in the world resides in all tropical, semitropical, and maritime oceans. Sailfish is known for its tall, lengthy dorsal fin that resembles a boat’s sail. Mature varieties can weigh as much as 220 pounds. It hunts actively and swims so fast by folding and hiding its dorsal fin in a small nook in its back. This fin becomes unfolded when the fish is caught as it aggressively tries to escape the hook by jumping and wiggling. Sailfish meat is almost completely fat-free and is best harvested between November and April.




This stunning and delicious Atlantic fish is adorned with little circular goldish-silver scales and has a peak weight of 88 pounds. As it’s harvested from the sea, the fish glows like a lamp, and its colors shift several times before it dies from bluish hues to golden ones. Mahi-Mahi is most often found close to the surface of open waters, seldom going deep. It is best caught by trolling. Mahi-Mahi can be caught throughout the year in the Dominican Republic, but its best times are from October until April.

Yellowfin Tuna



Yellowfin tuna dwells in all tropical and moderate ocean waters and can weigh as much as 441 pounds. It is highly predatory and typically sticks to the surface of the water, rarely venturing deep. Its delicious red meat is a sushi favorite. It is best caught between February and August with plastic squids and wobblers rather than rods or trolling.



This long, thin, tiger-striped mackerel relative is frequently found all along the east coast of America and in the Gulf of Mexico. While the heaviest documented Wahoo weighed 183 pounds, on average this fish weighs anywhere from 22 to 44 pounds. Wahoo is commonly caught very near the shore and close to reefs, but at times it’s found at open sea. It’s typically fished with either trolls or rods, and virtually any type of bait can be used. The ideal time to catch Wahoo is between October and April.



The so-called “pike of the sea” isn’t really a pike at all. Its most unique feature is its powerful bottom jaw, which juts out over its upper jaw and is adorned with rows of tiny, razor-sharp teeth. The heaviest recorded weight of a barracuda is 110 pounds. This fish preys on salmon, prawns, squid, and its own kind as well. Barracuda is easy to catch by trolling year-round.