April 5, 2016

Marine Fisheries certifies new state record false albacore

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for false albacore.

Michael Voytkowski of Waverly, Pa., reeled in the 32-pound fish in April 7, 2015, but only recently applied for the state record honor. He caught the false albacore while fishing on the charter boat Beagle during the Big Rock tournament off Morehead City.

The fish measured 39 inches curved fork length (tip of the nose to the fork in the tail). The girth of the fish measured 24 inches.

The former state record for false albacore was 25 pounds, 8 ounces. The fish was caught off Wrightsville Beach in 1991. The world record for false albacore is 36 pounds. That fish was caught off New Jersey in 2006.

Voytkowski caught his fish using a Penn International rod and reel spooled with 60-pound line test and baited with ballyhoo.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or [email protected].

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