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Caught by Robert L. Dean off Carolina Beach 35 pounds 11 ounces
MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record red grouper.
Robert L. Dean of Creedmoor reeled in the 35-pound, 11-ounce fish June 10 while fishing on the Cheerio Lady charter boat in the Atlantic Ocean 43 miles off Carolina Beach.
The fish measured 37 inches total length (from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a girth of 37 inches.
The former state record for red grouper was 33 pounds, 8 ounces. It was caught off the coast of Atlantic Beach in 2007. The world all-tackle record for red grouper is 42 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla. in 1997.
Dean caught his fish using cigar minnows and squid for bait on 80-pound line test with a custom rod and Penn 3/0 reel.