The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently established a new state record for Almaco Jack (Seriola rivoliana).
Matt Frattasio of Massachusetts 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.
Download a photo of Frattasio and his fish here.