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North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Records

North Carolina Fishing Records

North Carolina has always had some of the most fertile waters in the world. The protection of the outer banks, numerous estuaries and sounds, and the nutrient rich waters of the Gulf Stream all come together in just the right way to make North Carolina a true fisherman's paradise. Our great state's coast boasts no less than 4 world all-tackle records for saltwater catches.

Do you want to see how that last big catch stands up to the state records, or do you just need a good dose of humility to help your fishing karma? North Carolina's fishing records are impressive and they can make even a seasoned angler read the weight twice. A 31 pound bluefish or a 94 pound red drum are enough to make for a good year, let alone a good weekend. An 1,100 pound marlin or a 100 pound sailfish just aren't fish that you come across very often so it's sometimes nice to check out the fishing records to see what's possible. No matter how much that record breaking fish was, or how long ago it was caught, there are bigger fish in the sea just waiting to be caught.

The following saltwater fishing records for the state of NC are provided by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NC DMF). If you have questions about the official North Carolina fishing records you can visit their web site by clicking here.


Updated January 17, 2013

FISH

WEIGHT

LOCATION CAUGHT

YEAR

ANGLER

Albacore (false)

26 lb. 8 oz.

Off Wrightsville Beach

1991

Lyman Kinlaw, Jr.

Albacore

62 lb. 0 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

2001

Brien L. Hamer

Amberjack

126 lb. 7 oz.

Off Swansboro

2008

Michael Krantz

Barracuda

67 lb. 7 oz.

Cape Lookout

1985

Buddy D. Garten

Bass, Black Sea

8 lb. 12 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

1979

Joe Mizelle

Bass, Striped

64 lb. 0 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

2005

Keith Angel

Bluefish*

31 lb. 12 oz.

Cape Hatteras

1972

James Hussey

Cobia

116 lb. 8 oz.

Oregon Inlet

2006

Billy R. Lucas, Jr.

Croaker

5 lb. 0 oz.

Oregon Inlet

1981

Daniel Graber

Dolphin

79 lb. 0 oz.

Cape Hatteras

1993

Sean J. Yurkanin

Drum, Black

100 lb. 1 oz.

Cape Fear River

1998

Charles R. Dycus

Drum, Red*

94 lb. 2 oz.

Hatteras Island

1984

David G. Deuel

Flounder

20 lb. 8 oz.

Carolina Beach

1980

Harold Auten

Grouper, Gag

46 lb. 0 oz.

Off Ocean Isle Beach

2011

Timothy Gallimore

Grouper, Red

33 lb. 8 oz.

Off Atlantic Beach

2007

Chuck Deeter

Grouper, Strawberry

28 lb. 8 oz.

Off Topsail Beach

1972

Jackie Blanchard

Grouper, Warsaw

245 lb. 0 oz.

Wrightsville Beach

1967

Cora Keen

Grouper, Yellowfin

42 lb. 10 oz.

Off Carolina Beach

2009

Michael Hall

Grunt, White

4 lb. 8 oz.

Off Cape Lookout

1969

Vernon Councilman

Hogfish*

21 lb. 6 oz.

Frying Pan Shoals

2005

Derek Williams

Jack, Crevalle

47 lb. 0 oz.

Off Cape Hatteras

1989

Kenneth O. McArthur

Kingfish, Northern

3 lb. 8 oz.

Bogue Banks Pier

1971

Ted Drinnon

King Mackerel

82 lb. 4 oz.

Off Ocracoke

1999

James Winch

Spanish Mackerel*

13 lb. 0 oz.

Ocracoke Inlet

1987

Robert Cranton

Marlin, Blue

1,228 lb. 8 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

2008

Trey Irvine

Marlin, White

118 lb. 8 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

1976

Ethel B. Cootes

Mullet, Sea

3 lb. 8 oz.

Bogue Banks Pier

1971

Ted Drinnon

Perch, White

1 lb. 13 oz.

Pembroke Creek

1986

John David Stallings

Pigfish/Hogfish

2 lb. 4 oz.

Atlantic Ocean

1991

Walter M. Campbell

Pinfish

2 lb. 14 oz.

Off Beaufort Inlet

2006

Hope L. Sanderson

Pompano, African

40 lb. 10 oz.

Southport

2003

Brandon D. Matthews

Pompano, Florida

8 lb. 0 oz.

Carolina Beach

2001

John F. Vickers

Porgy, Jolthead

11 lb. 8 oz.

South Hatteras Inlet

1978

Norman C. Morse

Porgy, Saucereye

13 lb. 2 oz.

Off Cape Lookout

1987

Glenn D. Greer

Sailfish

100 lb. 0 oz.

Off Ocean Isle

1987

John P. Grooms, Jr.

Scamp

27 lb. 1 oz.

Off Atlantic Beach

2012

Toby Grantham

Shark, Blue

478 lb. 0 oz.

Crystal Fishing Pier

1961

Bobby Kentrolis

Shark, Dusky

610 lb. 0 oz.

Nags Head Pier

1963

Robert T. Keller

Shark, Hammerhead

710 lb. 0 oz.

Nags Head Pier

1960

Robert T. Keller

Shark, Lemon

421 lb. 8 oz.

Kure Beach Pier

1978

Stanley Seawell

Shark, Mako

768 lb. 0 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

1983

Russell J. Langford

Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead

234 lb. 0 oz.

South of Cape Point

1990

Timothy P. Harlow

Shark, Thresher

185 lb. 0 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

2005

Brandon Bailey

Shark, Tiger

1,150 lb. 0 oz.

Yaupon Beach Pier

1966

Walter Maxwell

Sheepshead

19 lb. 4 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

1999

Chris Robbins

Snapper, Cubera

46 lb. 8 oz.

Atlantic Ocean

1993

Edward W. Ruskowsky

Snapper, Red

40 lb. 0 oz.

Off Cape Lookout

1970

Ben Grant

Snapper, Vermillion

6 lb. 9 oz.

Off Ocean Isle

2009

Todd Helf

Spadefish, Atlantic

11 lb. 3 oz.

Off Hatteras Village

2009

Steven C. Chadwick

Spearfish, Longbill

98 lb. 0 oz.

Off Cape Hatteras

1978

John R. Windsor

Spot

1 lb. 13 oz.

Manns Harbor

1979

Hubert Basnight

Swordfish

441 lb. 0 oz.

Off Wrightsville Beach

1979

J. Horace Murray, Jr.

Tarpon

193 lb. 5 oz.

Sea View Pier

2008

Malcolm Condie

Tautog

19 lb. 0 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

1992

Louis M. Knoerzer

Tilefish, Blueline

16 lb. 8 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

2006

Terry M. Shepherd

Tilefish, Golden

45 lb. 0 oz.

Off Cape Hatteras

2010

Guy R. Jones

Tilefish, Sand*

4 lb. 5 oz.

Off Oak Island

2004

Frank L. Ballas

Triggerfish, Gray

11 lb. 6 oz.

Morehead City

1992

Annette F. Carrico

Triggerfish, Queen

10 lb. 11 oz.

Off Jacksonville

2012

Benjamin Peterson

Trippletail

27 lb. 7 oz.

Ocean Crest Pier

2009

Thomas M. Cutler

Trout, Gray

14 lb. 14 oz.

Nags Head Surf

1980

Sterling L. Ammons

Trout, Speckled

12 lb. 4 oz.

Wrightsville Beach

1961

John R. Kenyon, Jr.

Tuna, Bigeye

311 lb. 8 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

1992

Clarence N. Cook

Tuna, Blackfin

40 lb. 11 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

2011

Michael Accattato

Tuna, Bluefin

805 lb. 0 oz.

Off Oregon Inlet

2011

Corey Schultz

Tuna, Yellowfin

237 lb. 0 oz.

Off Cape Lookout

1979

James Mixon, Jr.

Tuna, Skipjack

22 lb. 3 oz.

Off Wrightsville Beach

1968

J.W. Johnson, Jr.

Wahoo

150 lb. 0 oz.

Ocracoke

1994

Kevin M. Elwell


*World All Tackle Record
Questions concerning these records? Contact Carole Willis via e-mail or at 800-682-2632.


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