Boy lands giant mahi-mahi, may have shattered world record

Boy lands giant mahi-mahi, may have shattered world record

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Boy lands giant mahi-mahi, may have shattered world record

A 14-year-old boy appears to have shattered the junior world record with the catch of a 72-pound, 7-ounce dolphinfish, or mahi-mahi.

Lucas Duke, who is from Georgia, landed the whopper on Tuesday while fishing aboard the vessel Wasabi off Hatteras, N.C.

Lucas Duke poses with maui-mahi, or dolphinfish. Photo: Hatteras Landing

The current junior world record stands at 61 pounds, 8 ounces, according to the International Game Fish Assn. The IGFA will have to approve Duke’s catch for it to count as a record, in a process that generally takes a few weeks.

Duke’s catch puts him in elite company regardless, as very few dolphinfish have tipped the scale at 70-plus pounds. (The North Carolina state record stands at 79 pounds.)

For the sake of comparison, the IGFA all-tackle overall record stands at 87 pounds. That fish was caught off Costa Rica in 1976.

Dolphinfish is the common name for the species off the U.S. East Coast. The fish are referred to as mahi-mahi in Hawaii (and most restaurants), and dorado in Mexico.

They inhabit tropical and subtropical waters around the world and can measure nearly five feet long. They’re prized by light-tackle anglers because of their remarkable acrobatics, and as table fare.

Duke’s catch is listed on the Hatteras Landing website, which nicknamed the angler the “Duke of Hatteras,” in reference to Luke Duke, the fictional character in the popular 1970s and 80s TV series, Dukes of Hazzard.

–Image is courtesy of Hatteras Landing

 

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