The value, integrity, and credibility of the Dolphinfish Research Program (DRP) depend on the proper tag and release of dolphinfish as well as the quality of field data recorded. The quality of the information that you provide will determine the value of the recovery of your tagged fish. Below, we provide tagging tips based on notes taken while fishing with Captain Don Gates and the Killin’ Time II fishing team. As of April 2020, the Killin’ Time II fishing team has tagged and released 3,382 dolphinfish since they started tagging for the DRP in 2002. In August 2018, they tagged their 3000th fish, which was featured in a short film (click here to view that film). A major part of their success in tagging lies in the use of an efficient tagging system that focuses effort at a custom tagging station integrated into the transom of Captain Gates’s 25′ Parker. Once fish are hooked up, through a combination of trolling, sight-casting, or live baiting, anglers dipnet fish and gently handle, measure, tag, and release all fish from the tagging station. The proximity of tagging tools and rod holders as well as an integrated ruler and data sheet table allow the Killin’ Time II fishing team to process the release of wild dolphinfish with incredible efficiency. Their techniques, which can be modified to fit the layout of your vessel or fishing program, not only produce results (click here for recapture overview) but also highlight just how much fun tagging dolphinfish can be. Check out their tagging station below as well as additional tips on how to properly handle, tag, measure, and record quality field data on dolphinfish for the DRP.