September 04, 2018
Labor Day Weekend is usually a bittersweet time at the Jersey Shore, but one teenager made it worth his while during a fishing competition in Ocean City.
Fifteen-year-old Eddie Kelly was aboard the sport fishing boat Lisa Marie when he hooked a giant mahi-mahi during the Ocean City Marlin & Tuna Club Labor Day Tournament.
The struggle to reel the fish in took about 45 minutes, culminating in the exciting final minutes seen in the video below.
Kelly, a crew member on the 36-foot boat, managed to take in the 66-pound fish using light tackle and a 30-pound-test fishing line. The catch set an Ocean City Marlin & Tuna Club record, beating the previous mahi-mahi record of 63 pounds set in 2010. Kelly's fish measured in at a length of more than 56 inches.
The average adult mahi-mahi weighs about 49 pounds and generally measures between 33-55 inches long — a bit smaller than Kelly's mahi-mahi.
With the help of Kelly's catch, the Lisa Marie captured first place in the Labor Day Tournament.
Catch of a lifetime. 🎣🏆My man Eddie reeling in a 66 lb Mahi - an @ocmtc record, and unofficial New Jersey Record! 🥇 Only 8 lbs off the IGFA Junior Angler World Record! Also, a great day releasing 3 White Marlin. Great way to end the summer on the Lisa Marie and enjoy this #LDW . . . . . #record #6abc #breakingnews #recordfish #dolphinfish #jerseycape #mahimahi #IGFA #jerseyrecord #ocmtc #oceancitynj #mahi #whitemarlin #billfish #fishon #marlinmag #hookedup #LDW #laborday #merica #USA #runit #summer #instalabordayweekend #weekend #holiday #america #instalove
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