805-pound bluefin breaks 16-year-old state record

By on March 17, 2011

Corey Schultz, left, of Waverly, Va. and his fishing buddy Patrick Hughes of Minneapolis, Minn. with Schultz’s North Carolina state record catch. (Courtesy, NCDMF)

A bluefin tuna caught from a boat out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center last weekend tipped the scales at 805 pounds, easily breaking the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament record.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries confirmed the record set by Corey Schultz, of Waverly, Va. The fish he caught March 12 eclipsed the previous state high of 744 pounds set off of Oregon Inlet in 1995.

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, helped to get the fish on board, according to a marine fisheries statement.

He caught the bluefin on a Shimano 80 rod and reel with 130 pound test and ballyhoo for bait. The fish measured 112 inches curved fork length with a 76-inch girth.

“It was all that rod and reel wanted, I can tell you that,” Schultz said.

Schultz was aboard the Sea Breeze. Last year, he caught a 350-pound tuna with the same captain, Ned Ashby, and released the catch.

“I knew within the first few minutes it was not the same caliber fish,” Schultz said.

The International Game Fish Association record bluefin tuna weighed 1,496 pounds and was caught off Nova Scotia in 1979.

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