Fisherman’s monster catch off Oregon Inlet breaks record

Scott Chambers and NC record bluefin tuna (Photo: NC Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources)

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WTKR) — A Delaware fisherman broke a North Carolina state record in March by hauling in a monster catch!

Retired Army General Scott Chambers was fishing off Oregon Inlet when he snagged an 877-pound bluefin tuna. After fighting the fish for two-and-a-half hours, Chambers was able to reel it in.

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The tuna measured 113 inches curved fork length (tracing the contour of its body from the tip of its nose to the fork in the tail) and had a girth of 79 inches.

Chambers caught the fish using trolling dead bait on 130 pound line test on a 130 Shimano rod and reel. He was aboard the charter boat A-Salt Weapon fishing out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo.

His 877-pound catch broke the previous North Carolina state bluefin record by 72 pounds. That fish was caught in 2011, also off Oregon Inlet. The world record for all-tackle caught bluefin tuna is 1,496 pounds, caught off Nova Scotia in 1979.