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.