Wicked catch! Local boat’s bluefin certified as new record

By on April 9, 2018

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for bluefin tuna that was caught on Saint Patrick’s Day by an angler aboard a Pirates Cove Marina boat.

The 877-pound bluefin was brought to shore aboard Capt. Dennis Endee’s A-Salt Weapon, after a 2 1/2 hour fight and then another 90 minutes to pull it on board, according to the Pirates Cove Facebook page.

The angler was Scott Chambers from Townsend, Del., a retired U.S. Army general. He caught the fish trolling bait on 130-pound line test on a Shimano 130 rod and reel.

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.

The “trophy-size” fish was caught on the final day that bluefins more than 73 inches long could be kept in the Atlantic south of Great Egg Inlet, N.J.

The new mark shatters the previous state record of 805 pounds, set in 2011 by Corey Shultz of Waverly, Va. fishing aboard the Sea Breeze out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.

A bluefin weighing more than 1,000 pounds was hauled to the docks in Beaufort earlier this winter, but because that catch was sold to a dealer it was not eligible for the recreational-only N.C. Salt Water Tournament record.


  • Kit Hawker

    So, what happened to the 877 pounder… tuna steaks?

    Monday, Apr 9 @ 10:08 pm
  • dave

    Who was the captain/owner of the boat? How come they weren’t mentioned?

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 8:10 am
  • dave

    Oops! My bad. I see it now….unless it was snuck in after my post! Lol!

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 9:16 am
  • Sam Walker

    It was…honestly just tried to get the story out and didn’t even think of dropping that on.

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 10:10 am
  • dave

    Thanks Sam! Real News here!

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 10:49 am
  • Steve Jones

    I thought that you had to release them if over 72″ after March 15th.

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 1:40 pm
  • Steve Jones

    It is my understanding that after March 15 all Bluefin tuna over 72″ must me released. How did they get to keep it?

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 2:12 pm
  • Sam Walker

    The “trophy size” season closed at 11:30 p.m. on 3/17/18, the same day as this catch.


    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 4:08 pm
  • OBXChris

    I am sure the fish was dead by the time they got him to the boat. No need to release a dead fish.

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 4:03 pm
  • Steve Jones

    Sam, thanks for the clarification, we caught 3 citation blue fin on the 24th and had to release them all.

    Tuesday, Apr 10 @ 5:27 pm