A retired Army general from Delaware put his name in the North Carolina record book Monday, reeling in a massive 877-pound Bluefin tuna off the coast of the Oregon Inlet.
According to the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the giant tuna measured 113 inches curved fork length and had a girth of 79 inches. Retired Army General Scott Chambers fought with the fish for over two hours before making the historic catch.
Officials said he caught the fish using trolling dead bait on 130-pound line test on a 130 Shimano road and reel aboard a charter boat fishing out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo, N.C.
The previous record for Bluefin tuna was 805 pounds, which was also caught off Oregon Inlet, in 2011.
The world record Bluefin tuna was set in 1979, when a fisherman hauled in a gigantic 1,496-pound fish off Nova Scotia.