Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
State record 56.9-pound mahi-mahi caught
from Delaware boat out of Indian River Marina
INDIAN RIVER MARINA (July 14, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 56.9-pound dolphinfish (a popular foodfish also known as mahi-mahi) caught on July 6.
William D. “Butch” Emmert of Rehoboth Beach caught the fish while trolling a ballyhoo lure. He was fishing in 60 fathoms at the tip of the Baltimore Canyon on the Elizabeth Jane with Captain Jason King. The catch is recognized as a Delaware record since the fish was caught from a boat out of and returning to a Delaware port.
The record catch was initially confirmed by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agent Sr. Cpl. Casey Zolper and verified at Hook ‘Em and Cook ‘Em in Bethany Beach.
For more information on the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, click on 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.Vol. 44, No. 242