Blueline tilefish caught off Nags Head certified as new state record
Published 11:27 am Thursday, July 13, 2023
The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record blueline tilefish, also called gray tilefish (Caulolatilus microps).
Thomas Adkins, of Sutherland, Va., caught the 17-pound, 1.9-ounce fish near Tower B, offshore of Nags Head on June 11, 2023.
The previous state record blueline tilefish weighed 16-pounds, 8-ounces and was caught off Oregon Inlet in 2004.
Adkins was fishing with his father when he landed the fish using cut bait and a Shimano 700 reel on a Trevala rod. The fish measured 36-inches total length (from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail) and had a 20.5-inch girth.