Charter team aboard Paul Mann 56-foot A-SALT WEAPON reels in 877-pound NC record Bluefin tuna

Captain Dennis Endee with a charter team aboard the A-SALT WEAPON, a 56-foot Paul Mann custom owned by Greg Russell and Andy Purgason, achieved a new North Carolina state record with an 877-pound Bluefin tuna on March 17, 2018.

Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the huge Bluefin after fighting with the fish for two-and-a-half hours off Oregon Inlet. It measured 113 inches curved fork length (tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the 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, fishing out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo.

A-SALT WEAPON’s fish broke the former state record Bluefin tuna by 72 pounds. A great big shout-out from all the folks at Paul Mann Custom Boats to the A-SALT WEAPON crew for taking this beast.