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Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 23, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Certifies
New State Record Golden Tilefish

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record golden tilefish.

Rex Allen Bunting Jr., of Frisco caught the fish April 7 while fishing off Hatteras. The fish weighed 46 pounds. It measured 43 inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail and had a 29-inch girth.

Bunting’s fish topped the previous state record, caught off Hatteras in July 2010, by one pound. The world record golden tilefish, weighing 65 pounds, 3 ounces, was caught off New Jersey in 2012.

Bunting caught the fish using squid as bait on an Okuma jigging rod and a Saltist Big Game 30 reel with 80-pound line test. He was fishing with Capt. Kenny Koci on the Big Tahuna out of Teach’s Lair Marina.

Bunting will receive a certificate and be listed on the Division of Marine Fisheries website as the state golden tilefish record holder.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov.

Download a photo of Bunting and his catch at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/102813-rbunting-nr-photo.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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