It’s a been a long time since the North Carolina white marlin record has even been challenged.
Neil Manning of Ashburn, Virginia has caught a fish that very few have had the opportunity to even set hooks into.
The new North Carolina white marlin record tipped the scales at 138 pounds, easily eclipsing the previous record set in 1976 out of the Oregon Inlet (118 pounds, 8 ounces).
— WTOP (@WTOP) January 27, 2016
Even though this is a large fish, it still had a long way to go to break the current world record. As it stands today, the record white marlin of 181 pounds, 14 ounces was caught off the coast of Brazil in 1979, and seems like it will be tough to beat.
According to reports, the new North Carolina white marlin record was caught using live bait on 30-pound test line, a Shimano TLD-25, and a Cape Fear rod.