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Jeff Wright, an expert angler from Cambridge broke a record in the Atlantic Division for a common dolphinfish, or mahi mahi when he reeled in a 72.8 pound mahi mahi fish off the coast of Maryland on July 28th.
He was on a boat close to Poor Man’s Canyon with a group of friends practicing for an upcoming competition called White Marlin Open when the mahi mahi bit down on his bait. Jeff said all of a sudden his line went crazy.
“It literally took 25 minutes to get this in,” Jeff said. “I had to play it until it finally gave up.”
According to the State Department of Natural Resources, Jeff beat the last record that was set on July 1985 when Kim Lawson caught a 67.8 pound common dolphinfish. That’s 34 years ago, over a quarter of a century since someone has been able to beat this record!
“It’s really exciting to see anglers like Wright break records that have been on the books for decades,” Recreational Fishing Outreach Coordinator Erik Zlokovitz said. “It just shows that with a little patience you could find yourself a part of Maryland’s angling history.”
It’s amazing that he got the record for Atlantic Division, however thats not the world record. The world record catch for a mahi mahi fish was caught off the coast of Costa Rica back in 1976 and was whopping 87 pounds. Overall, congratulations Jeff on your well earned accomplishment.
No video was recorded of Jeff catching the fish but below is a video on how to catch mahi mahi.