|North Carolina state record cubera snapper - 58 pounds (courtesy NC DMF)|
A new North Carolina state record cubera snapper has been certified by the state's Division of Marine Fisheries.
Randal Harmon of Morehead City caught the cubera snapper on Sept. 28 while fishing off Atlantic Beach on the Capt. Stacy headboat.
The fish weighed 58 pounds, topping the previous state record by 11 pounds, 8 ounces.
The previous state record was caught in the Atlantic Ocean in 1993. The world record cubera snapper weighed 124 pounds, 12 ounces and was caught off of Louisiana in 2007.
The fish measured 39 inches total length (tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a 34-inch girth.
Harmon caught the record-setting snapper using cut mackerel on 80-pound test line.