The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries this past week certified a white marlin caught Nov. 16 aboard the Hatteras-based Fin Again as a state record.
The 138-pound fish gave Fin Again’s Kenny Koci his second state record as a captain. Koci and the Big Tahuna crew reeled in the state record golden tilefish with a 46-pounder caught in late 2013 off Hatteras.
Besides the excitement for even a veteran crew, reeling in record fish “helps get your name out there as well as far as advertising the boat,” Koci said. “We’ve gotten a lot of callbacks (nationwide). It’s pretty cool.”
Koci said the boat, with angler Neil Manning of Ashburn, Va., using a Cape Fear Rod and Shimano TLD-25 reel with 30-pound test line, was near a wreck about 16 miles off Hatteras when what the crew thought was a shark found the three live menhaden baits. Then they decided it was a blue marlin. At the boat, Koci saw the fish had the rounded fins of a white marlin – a huge one.
Too big for a fish box, the marlin was iced under a tarp for the rest of the two-day tuna trip. The fish, weighed at Hatteras Harbor Marina, measured 85 inches from the lower jaw tip to tail fork. The girth was 37 inches. The meat was smoked, Koci said.
The previous record was 118 pounds, 8 ounces, caught off Oregon Inlet in 1976. The world record of 181-14 was caught off Brazil.
Find state records at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/north-carolina-state-saltwater-records.
Turkey seminars: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold 24 free hunting seminars at 12 locations.
The first 6:30-9:30 p.m. sessions are Feb. 29 (introductory) and March 1 (advanced) at N.C. State University’s N.C. State University SAS 2203 Auditorium, 2311 Stinson Dr., Raleigh.
The season runs April 9-May 7. Youth week is April 2-8.
Boat show: The 23rd Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show, with dealers, manufactures and exhibitors, will be Friday to Sunday in downtown Raleigh. Adult tickets cost $10. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. Go to www.raleighconvention.com/boatshow.
Festival: The 20th East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival, with carving and calling competitions and other activities, takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and 10-3 Monday in downtown Washington. Sales of works by more than 40 wildlife artists start 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Go to www.ecwguild.com or www.ecwaf.com.
Meetings: The Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. Find an agenda at www.ncwildlife.org.
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