A dorado caught off Cabo San Lucas last week was said to have weighed 102 pounds, which is 15 pounds heavier than a world record that has stood since 1976.
The massive dorado–a.k.a mahi-mahi or dolphinfish–was caught by Brian Lindsey, a visitor from Mississippi, aboard Shambala, a yacht chartered through Pisces Sportfishing.
The weight was obtained using a hand spring scale, and the fish was quickly filleted because the crew didn’t want the meat to spoil in the hot weather. So it cannot qualify as a record, and nobody will ever know what it might have weighed on a certified scale.
"The fish was weighed on a typical hanging scale," Lindsey said. "Again, we have extensive documentation of the fish, and a video of capture. It was also measured and documented by a local biologist, who gave a weight estimate based off length and size."
Pisces managers did not know about the fish until the Shambala anglers entered the office after returning to port, according to Pisces general manager Tracy Ehrenberg.
As soon as they were shown photos they telephoned the fillet dock to try to prevent the cutting process, but they were too late.
“If the fish truly weighed 102 pounds, we knew without looking [at the record book] that this would be the biggest dorado ever caught on rod and reel,” Ehrenberg said.
The dorado was hooked on a silver-and-black lure on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula, and landed after a 20-minute fight on 50-pound-test line.
The International Game Fish Association lists as the all-tackle world record for dolphinfish–dorado is the Spanish name, meaning “golden one”–an 87-pounder caught off Costa Rica in 1976.
–Photos courtesy of Pisces Sportfishing