The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for bluefin tuna. Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the 877-pound fish March 17 after fighting with the fish for 2 ½ hours off Oregon Inlet. It 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 pound line test on a 130 Shimano rod and reel aboard the charter boat A-Salt Weapon fishing out of Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo, N.C. Chambers’ fish broke the former state record blue-fin tuna by 72 pounds. That fish was caught off Oregon Inlet, as well, in 2011. The world all-tackle record for blue fin tuna is 1,496 pounds and it was caught off Nova Scotia in 1979.