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New North Carolina Bluefin Tuna Record

Massive Bluefin Tuna

   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.

The 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.





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