Record red hind fish caught off Cape Lookout

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – A Wilmington man certainly has a big fish story to tell.

He snagged a new state record for red hind off Cape Lookout.

Matthew Parr caught the 7-pound, 1.6-ounce fish on October 1st.

North Carolina Marine Fisheries said the big fish measured 21.5 inches long and had a 17.5-inch girth.

Parr caught the record fish using cut bait on an 80-pound line test with a 5-foot, 6-inch Star Aerial Heavy Action Jigging Rod and a Penn 113 N Senator Reel.

North Carolina previously didn’t have a record category for the red hind, but creates new categories for fish that are exceptionally large for the state.

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