Fish Tale: Man Catches Record Tuna

A man visiting our state will have a big fish story when he returns home to Virginia.

Corey Schultz set a North Carolina record for bluefin when he landed an 805-pound, 8-ounce fish off Oregon Inlet last weekend.

Schultz, of Waverly, Virginia, says he fought the fish for about 2 1/2 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.

"It was an unforgettable experience, that's for sure," Schultz said.

The fish measured 112 inches curved fork length with a 76-inch girth.

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.

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  • by Labbrat on Mar 18, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Wish I could just have the chance to reel in something like that!
  • by doesnt matter on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    just fyi there is no tuna season in nc your permit is valid from the day you get it until the following dec 31 and there is only a size limit and you can only keep three per boat read your regulations before bashing someone nice fish they are jealous it was them many fish years for bluefin and never catch one....
  • by jason Location: edenton on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    i say congrats to that fellow i am an avid fisherman and spend most of my free time fishing if i have anything else to say about it it is this i am extremly jealous!!!!! i am wondering though can you get something that big mounted??? lol lol lol
  • by Ray on Mar 18, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    The bluefin season has closed. This fish is going to the dump most likely...OR eaten by the guys who caugt it. You can't sell it, legally, that is. It can't be cooked cause it tastes horrible. Bluefin is sushi grade...mainly the toro or belly of the fish. The only way anybody is making money off this fish is through the black market. So, yes it probably is a waste, AND they couldn't sell it if it WAS in season cause they don't have a commercial fishing license OR permits for that species, I assume. $347 a, more like $8 to $30 depending on fat content.
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      by at work on Mar 18, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to Ray
      Ray, You are totally correct. Bluefin season went out I believe Jan 31st. It would not be a state record if it where sold or caught on a boat that had the correct license because commercially caught fish can not be a state record. A fish caught out of MHC a couple of years back would have smashed the record but it was caught and sold. Cat food is all it is good for now.
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      by Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to Ray
      These guys pay 1700.00 to go catch these fish and they actually enjoy eating the fish, and so do the rest of the customers that book a offshore trip this time of year. The fish was cleaned here by our fish cleaners and angler could not wait to eat his fish. Just because you don't like bluefin doesn't mean we all don't either.
  • by haha on Mar 18, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    Honey, we got dinner tonight!!!!!!!!!
  • by kathy Location: greenville on Mar 17, 2011 at 09:58 PM
    everytime I read about someone catching a big fish on here people are always talking trash , a lot of people fish and a lot of people eat the fish so u have to catch them before u cant eat them and besides people have been fishing for many years and hunting like many years ago just to have something to eat !! Great job on the catch !!!
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    Yeah. BUT did he have the appropriate licenses?
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      by Chris on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:05 PM in reply to 250
      I would certainly hope that there is ONLY one captain dumb enough to blow a million dollar prize by having "fisherman" without a fishing license! I couldd be wrong though, then again, this guy isn't fishing for a million bucks.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    they fished with Capt. Ned Ashby and mate George Cecil on the Sea Breeze. :)
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      by anon on Mar 17, 2011 at 02:32 PM in reply to
      that is one mumbo jumbo big dog daddy! kudos
  • by Dale Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    That fish, if it is truly as blue fin, can fetch $370 per pound...that's right.. almost $300,000.00. Cash in lucky man!!
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      by Country Girl on Mar 17, 2011 at 02:17 PM in reply to Dale
      Woo Hoo! Thats what I am talking about!
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      by US-First on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM in reply to Dale
      Doubtful because the only place that would pay that price is now in a state of emergency. Blue-fin is quite far from their minds in Japan!
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      by I Fought the Law on Mar 18, 2011 at 05:58 AM in reply to Dale
      $370 a pound????? You got some stats on that?
  • by Bertie on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    This is animal abuse.
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      by Country Girl on Mar 17, 2011 at 02:15 PM in reply to Bertie
      Really? Are you serious? Have you never heard about the food chain? Get real Bertie!
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