North Carolina man reels in record-setting white grunt
Published 6:51 pm Monday, January 23, 2023
The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has reported that it recently certified a new state record white grunt (Haemulon plumierii).
Logan Ennis, of Red Oak, caught the 4-pound, 13.6-ounce fish near the 14 Buoy off Morehead City on Jan. 2, 2023. The previous state record white grunt weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught off Cape Lookout in 1969.
Ennis was accompanied by his son and friend at the time of the catch. He landed the fish using squid and 150-pound braid on a Daiwa Saltist 35HG reel pared with a Star Rod jigging rod.
Ennis’s fish measured 17.5 inches fork length (from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a 16-inch girth. The record-setting white grunt was weighed at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle and confirmed by fisheries staff at the Morehead City Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters.