New North Carolina Record Set with Bluefin Tuna Caught Off Oregon Inlet

State Record Bluefin Tuna, 877 lbs, Caught by Scott Chambers (kneeling left) off NC Oregon Inlet on March 17, 2018. Source: NC DEQ
State Record Bluefin Tuna, 877 lbs, Caught by Scott Chambers (kneeling left) off NC Oregon Inlet on March 17, 2018. Source: NC DEQ

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record bluefin tuna. Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the 877-pound fish March 17, 2018, after fighting with the fish for 2-1/2 hours off Oregon Inlet.

The bluefin tuna 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.

Chambers caught the fish using trolling dead bait on 130-lb line test on a 130 Shimano rod and reel aboard the charter boat A-Salt Weapon fishing out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo NC.

Chambers’ fish broke the former North Carolina record bluefin tuna by 72 pounds. That previous-record fish was also caught off Oregon Inlet, back in 2011.

Note that the world all-tackle record bluefin tuna was 1,496 pounds, caught off Nova Scotia in 1979.

 

Source: Patricia Smith, Division of Marine Fisheries

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