Catching up with the catch shares program,
which is unpopular with
BY CATHERINE KOZAK
man set a
new North Carolina state record for bluefin when he reeled in an
805-pound, 8-ounce fish off Oregon Inlet on March 12.
Waverly, Va., caught the fish aboard the Sea Breeze out of Oregon Inlet
Fishing Center. The fish measured 112 inches curved fork length with a
fish on a Shimano 80 rod and reel using 130 line test with ballyhoo for
“It was all
and reel wanted, I can tell you that,” Schultz said.
350-pound tuna with the same captain – Ned Ashby – last year and
released the catch. Then, Schultz used a 50-wide reel.
he used an
first few minutes it was not the same caliber fish,” Schultz said.
fought the fish for about 2½ hours and had close to 1,000 yards of line
out. Everyone in the boat’s party of six, in addition to the captain
and mate, helped to get the fish on board.
“It was an
unforgettable experience, that’s for sure,” Schultz said.
Carolina state record bluefin tuna weighed 744 pounds and was caught
off Oregon Inlet in 1995. The International Game Fish Association
record bluefin tuna weighed 1,496 pounds and was caught off Nova Scotia
contact Carole Willis, sportfishing specialist and N.C. Saltwater
Fishing Tournament Coordinator with the N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries at (252) 808-8081 or [email protected].