The new state-record bluefin tuna in North Carolina beat the previous record by more than 70 pounds.
A retired Army General from Delaware put himself in the North Carolina fishing record books with a behemoth bluefin tuna caught last month.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries certified Scott Chambers’ 877-pound bluefin as a state record, more than 70 pounds better than the previous mark.
Chambers, of Townsend, Del., caught the record fish on March 17 after a 2½-hour fight off Oregon Inlet.
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The fish measured 113 inches curved fork length (tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a girth of 79 inches.
The fish bit a trolled dead baits on 130-pound test line aboard the charter boat A-Salt Weapon, out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo.
The state says Chambers’ fish broke the former record bluefin by 72 pounds, which was caught off Oregon Inlet in 2011. The world all-tackle record is 1,496 pounds (caught off Nova Scotia in 1979).
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