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Release: Immediate
Date: April 4, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State certifies new North Carolina record for false albacore

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for false albacore.

Michael Voytkowski of Waverly, Penn., reeled in the 32-pound fish in April 7, 2015, but only recently applied for the state record honor.

He caught the false albacore while fishing on the charter boat Beagle at the Big Rock off Morehead City.

The fish measured 39¾ inches curved fork length (tip of the nose to the fork in the tail). The girth of the fish measured 24¼ inches.

The former state record for false albacore was 25 pounds, 8 ounces. The fish was caught off Wrightsville Beach in 1991. The world record for false albacore is 36 pounds. That fish was caught off New Jersey in 2006.

Voytkowski caught his fish using a Penn International rod and reel spooled with 60-pound line test and baited with ballyhoo.

Download a photo of the fish at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/nc-record-false-albacore.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or Carole.Y.Willis@ncdenr.gov.

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