N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries confirmed that a massive bluefin tuna
that was caught on St. Patrick’s Day off the coast of Oregon Inlet does
indeed break the North Carolina State Record.
The bluefin was reeled in by a retired Army
general visiting from Townsend, Delaware, and was caught on trolling
dead bait on 130-pound line test on a 130 Shimano road and reel. The
angler, Scott Chambers, was aboard the local charter boat A-Salt Weapon
with Capt. Dennis Endee out of Pirate’s Cove Marina. The bluefin
required a 2.5 hour fight and a subsequent 90 minute struggle to haul
the fish onto the boat.
The record-breaking bluefin weighed in at 877
pounds, which is roughly 72 pounds heavier than the former state record
holder – an 805 pound bluefin that was also reeled in off of Oregon
Inlet in 2011.
The world record for Bluefin tuna was set in
1979, with a massive 1,496-pound fish that was reeled in off of Nova
Scotia, and while a 1,000+ pound bleufin was landed in Carteret County
earlier this year, it was not eligible for the recreational title as it
was commercially sold.
Per the NC Department of Environment and Natural
Resources, the giant tuna measured 113 inches curved fork length and
had a girth of 79 inches.