Corey Schultz, of Waverly, Va., caught the fish Saturday,
March 12, aboard the Sea Breeze out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. The fish
weighed 805 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 112 inches curved fork length with a
76-inch girth, according to a N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries news
Schultz caught the fish on a Shimano 80 rod and reel using
130 line test with ballyhoo for bait.
“It was all that rod and reel wanted, I can tell you that,”
Schultz said via the release.
Schultz had caught a 350-pound tuna with the same captain –
Ned Ashby – last year and released the catch.
What was different this year was the 80-wide reel, rather
than the 50-wide he used last year.
Schultz told officials he fought the fish for about
2.5hours 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, helped to get the fish on
“It was an unforgettable experience, that’s for sure,”
According to the division, the former North Carolina state
record bluefin tuna weighed 744 pounds and was caught off Oregon Inlet in 1995.
The International Game Fish Association record bluefin tuna weighed 1,496 pounds
and was caught off Nova Scotia in 1979.