MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – A Massachusetts man has quite the fish story to tell his family and friends.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently established a new state record for Almaco Jack (Seriola rivoliana). Matt Frattasio caught the 26-pound, 15.6-ounce fish near the D wreck off Morehead City on Nov. 8.
There was no previous state record in North Carolina. Georgia and Florida’s state records stand at 7-pounds 0.7-ounce, and 35-pounds, 9-ounces, respectively.
Frattasio was aboard Riptide Charters fishing in around 80 feet of water. He landed the fish using live menhaden and 50-pound braid on a Daiwa Saltist MQ 14000 reel paired with a Hogy Tuna jigging rod.
Frattasio’s fish measured 36.4 inches fork length (from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a 26-inch girth. The fish was weighed and identified by fisheries staff at the Morehead City office of the Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters.