March 12, 2011 - A Virginia
man set a new North Carolina state record for bluefin
tuna when he reeled in an 805-pound, 8-ounce
fish off Oregon Inlet. Corey Schultz, of Waverly, Va.,
caught the fish on March 12, 2011 aboard the Sea
Breeze out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.
The fish measured 112 inches curved fork length with
a 76-inch girth. Corey Schultz caught the fish on a
Shimano 80 rod and reel using 130# test line trolling
ballyhoo for bait. Schultz said he fought the fish for
about 2½ hours and had close to 1,000 yards of line
out. Everyone in the boat’s party of six, in addition
to the captain and mate, were all needed to get the
big fish on board.
former North Carolina state record bluefin tuna weighed
744 pounds and was also caught off Oregon Inlet in 1995.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record
bluefin tuna weighed 1,496 pounds and was caught off
Nova Scotia in 1979.