New record set for common thresher caught off Oak Island

Published 11:32 am Thursday, February 9, 2023

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries announced on February 9, 2023 that it has 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,” stated a DMF press release. “The shark was deceased upon landing after a 2-hour fight.”

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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).

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 saltwater.citations@ncdenr.gov.

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