After a 2-1/2 hour fight and another 90 minutes to get it on board, the 877-pound bluefin tuna was brought to shore.
Measuring 113 inches curved fork length, tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail, the record setting tuna had a girth of 79 inches.
The trophy-size fish was caught on the last day that bluefin tuna over 73 inches long were legally allowed to be kept in the Atlantic, south of Great Egg Inlet, NJ.
The previous state record for bluefin tuna was 805 pounds, set in 2011 by Corey Shultz of Waverly, Va. fishing aboard the Sea Breeze out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.
Earlier this winter a bluefin tuna weighing over 1,000 pounds was caught in Beaufort. The catch was sold to a dealer so it was not eligible for the recreational-only NC Salt Water Tournament record.