For the past week or so, offshore anglers fishing off the coast of Charleston have reported seeing a wayward aluminum johnboat dozens of miles off the coastline. And they’ve all been catching plenty of fish around that lonely vessel.
Lucas Duke, a 14-year-old from Dexter, Ga, has been dubbed the Duke of Hatteras after catching what is believed to be the biggest dolphin ever caught by a youth angler while on a trip out of Hatteras Inlet last week.
Dolphin are found in temperate waters throughout the world. They first show up along the edge of the Gulf Stream off the Carolinas in the late spring. By May, many of them are bigger fish called gaffers — large enough to have to use a gaff — and during June, the numbers usually increase, but there are more smaller fish in the catch. Regardless of size, dolphin are attracted to edges and floating objects.
When he headed to the end of Avon Fishing Pier on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Tuesday, J.R. Clate of Scottsdale, Va., wasn’t expecting to see a dolphin, but he was glad that he wound up landing a colorful, 33-inch fish, only the second caught from the pier and one of less than a dozen on record from all North Carolina piers.