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July 31, 2008

Angler trumps state dolphin record

The Saltwater Game Fish State Record for dolphin has recently been dismantled by angler Ryan Riggs, 22, of Wando, for a 77.5 pound, 65-inch catch on July 24th while fishing in the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament.

The new record breaks the previous dolphin record by 3.2- pounds, the former title held for the past 14 years by angler William Etheredge from Columbia. Riggs caught the dolphin while fishing in the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series on the boat "Daymaker," owned by Mark Daniels and captained by Jay Weaver.

The crew, fishing mostly for billfish just inshore of the 226-hole, was trolling a naked ballyhoo rig using a circle hook, and the dolphin was seen schooling with other small dolphin in about 360-feet of water. The fish hit the bait and began peeling off the 30-pound test line on a Shimano TLD 30-reel attached to a Cape Fear 6.6 foot rod. It took Riggs about seven minutes to get the fish to the boat.

The Saltwater Game Fish State Record Program Coordinator and S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series Tournament Coordinator, Amy Dukes, verified the new state record as the fish was weighed-in at the Bohicket Marina Series tournament.

For a current listing of Saltwater Game Fish State Records contact Program Coordinator Amy Dukes at (843) 953-9365, or DukesA@dnr.sc.gov.

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