New state record for Jolthead Porgy (the fish, not the guy)
MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record Jolthead Porgy. Randy Brock of Pickens, S.C. reeled in the 14-pound, 14-ounce fish May 27 while fishing off Calabash.
The fish measured 26 inches from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail and had a girth of 24 inches.
The former state record Jolthead Porgy weighed 11 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught south of Hatteras Inlet in 1978. The world record Jolthead Porgy weighed 23 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught off Madeira Beach, FL in 1990.
Brock caught his fish using squid tentacles for bait on a circle hook with 80-pound test fishing line on a Penn 6/0 Special Senator rod and reel. He was fishing on the for-hire vessel Game On, out of Calabash.