The state Division of Marine Fisheries based in Morehead City certified a new state record white grunt.
Logan Ennis of Red Oak caught the 4-pound, 13.6-ounce fish Jan. 2 near the 14 Buoy off Morehead City. Ennis was accompanied by his son and friend at the time of the catch. He landed the fish using squid, and 150-pound braid on a Daiwa Saltist 35HG reel pared with a Star Rod jigging rod, division officials said.
Ennis’s fish measured 17.5 inches fork length, which is from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail, and had a 16-inch girth.
The fish was weighed at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle and confirmed by fisheries staff at the Morehead City Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters.
The previous state record white grunt weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and was caught off Cape Lookout in 1969.
For more information on state record fish, go to the division’s State Saltwater Records webpage or contact the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament staff at email@example.com.