New state record graysby grouper certified by state

Published 8:16 am Monday, August 8, 2022

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The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record graysby grouper (Cephalopholis cruentata) that may also be a world record.

Edward J. Tait, of Little River, South Carolina, caught the 3-pound, 0.8-ounce fish offshore of Ocean Isle Beach on June 30.

The previous state record graysby grouper weighed 2 pounds, 3 ounces and was caught offshore of Masonboro Inlet on May 31, 2022.

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Additionally, Tait said he is applying to the International Game Fish Association for certification of the fish as the All Tackle World Record. The current certified world record graysby grouper weighed 2 pounds and 8 ounces. It was caught off Texas in 1988.

Tait’s fish measured 17 inches total length (from the tip of the snout to the tip of the compressed tail) and had a 13.5-inch girth. He caught it with an Okuma ECS spinning rod and Okuma Tesoro 8000 reel using squid with 65-pound test.

For more information on state record fish, go to the division’s State Saltwater Records webpage or contact the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament staff at