A new North Carolina state record has been set for blackfin tuna with a 40 pound, 11 ounce fish caught off Wrightsville Beach in May, 2011.
Michael C. Accattato caught the fish May 10, breaking the former state record of 40 pounds, caught off Oregon Inlet in 2007. The fish measured 39 inches total length and 29.5 inches around the girth.
Accattato used a Synit Pe3 Shimano Stella 8000 SW rod and reel with a Williamson Jet popper lure on 70-pound test line. He was fishing with Capt. Richard Crosson, Jr. of Living Waters Guide Service in Wilmington, NC..
The world record blackfin tuna weighed 49 pounds, 6 ounces and was caught off Marathon, Fla. in 2006.
source: N.C. D.M.F.