June 27, 2016

State certifies new record skipjack tuna

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for skipjack tuna.

Timothy Ray Street of Valdese hooked the 32-pound, 8-ounce fish on May 24 at the Rock Pile, a series of rock ledges in the Gulf Stream, about 23 miles out of Hatteras Inlet.
The fish measured 37 inches fork length -- tip of the nose to the fork in the tail -- and had a girth of 25 inches. Street caught it using ballyhoo for bait on 80-pound test line.

Street’s catch bested the previous state record of 32 pounds, zero ounces, caught off Hatteras in 2014. The world record skipjack tuna weighed 45 pounds, 4 ounces, and was caught off of Baja, Mexico in 1996. 
For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or [email protected]

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