The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record Common Thresher (Alopias vulpinus).
Steven Viltoft of Southport caught the 589-pound, 1-ounce shark near the Knuckle Buoy off Oak Island on Jan. 10, 2023.
The previous state record Common Thresher weighed 185-pounds and was caught out of Oregon Inlet in 2005.
Viltoft was fishing with Oak Island Fishing Charters when he landed the shark using mullet, and 130-pound line on an 80W Shimano Tiagra reel paired with a Bazen Custom Rod. The shark was deceased upon landing after a 2-hour fight.
Viltoft’s fish measured 90-inches fork length (tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a 164.75-inch total length (tip of the nose to end of the upper caudal lobe).
Download photos of Viltoft’s fish at https://deq.nc.gov/state-record-common-thresher.