An angler has set a new North Carolina state record for Atlantic bluefin tuna by catching an 805 pound, 8 ounce fish off Oregon Inlet.
Corey Schultz, an angler from the Commonwealth of Virginia caught the fish on March 12, 2011 while fishing aboard the Sea Breeze out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. The record fish measured 112 inches curved fork length and had a 76-inch girth.
Schultz caught the fish on a Shimano 80 rod and reel using 130 line test with ballyhoo for bait. According to the angler, the battle lasted for about 2 1/2 hours.
The previous North Carolina state record bluefin tuna weighed in at 744 pounds and was caught off Oregon Inlet in 1995.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record bluefin weighed 1,496 pounds and was near Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979.
source: North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries