The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified new state record catches for scamp and gag grouper.
Toby Grantham of Knightdale caught a 27.6-pound scamp while fishing off Atlantic Beach Sept. 25. The fish measured 40 inches in total length and had a 26.25-inch girth. North Carolina previously did not have a state record scamp.
Timothy Gallimore of Ocean Isle Beach set the state record for gag grouper with a 46-pound fish he caught May 1, 2011 on live bottom in 200 feet of water southeast of Ocean Isle Beach.
The fish measured 44 inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail and had a 28.5-inch girth.
To establish a North Carolina state record fish, anglers must submit an application that is reviewed by Division of Marine Fisheries staff and a N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament Advisory Board. The fish must be exceptionally large for North Carolina waters and within a reasonable range of the world record.
source: North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries