The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record White Grunt (Haemulon plumierii).
Logan Ennis of Red Oak caught the 4-pound, 13.6-ounce fish near the 14 Buoy off Morehead City on Jan. 2, 2023.
The previous state record white grunt weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and was caught off Cape Lookout in 1969.
Ennis was accompanied by his son and friend at the time of the catch. He landed the fish using squid and 150-pound braid on a Daiwa Saltist 35HG reel pared with a Star Rod jigging rod.
Ennis’s fish measured 17.5 inches fork-length, (from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail), and had a 16-inch girth. The fish was weighed at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle and confirmed by fisheries staff at the Morehead City Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters.