Not many anglers associate dolphin with the waters from Delaware to Massachusetts, but every summer, as the Gulf Stream pulls warm, blue current north, it hurls piles of them our way. In a good year, you can find dolphin on the pots 20 miles out; other years, you have to run 50 miles or more. But the fish always show up, even if only for a few weeks. I’ve caught Jersey dolphin under floating tree trunks, wood planks, and even Mylar balloons, but those were all just fortunate finds. The more permanent the structure, the more consistently it holds fish, which makes a day of pot hopping like shucking delicious oysters, knowing there’s a good chance you’ll find some pearls. If a marker is holding dolphin, the fish will typically show on the first cast. Sometimes 30 little chickens swarm your jigs. Sometimes a lone 30-pound bull strikes your fly. And when nothing moves at all, you don’t sweat it. You just move to the next pot.