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Retired Army General Crushes Bluefin Tuna Record

Newsweek

A retired Army general just set a North Carolina record with a massive bluefin tuna he reeled in last month.

Delaware attorney and retired Army general Scott Chambers recently penciled his name in the North Carolina record book.

Chambers' tuna weighed a whopping 877 pounds and measured 9.5 feet long with a 79-inch girth. The fish buried the previous weight record caught in 2011 by 72 pounds.

Aboard the A-Salt Weapon, a charter boat fishing out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo, Chambers coincidentally caught his tuna in the same Oregon Inlet waters as the former record.

According to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Chambers fought the fish for 2.5 hours. The agency also reported that Chambers used 130-pound-test line and a Shimano 130 rod and reel to troll dead bait.

Newsweek indicated bluefin tuna can live for as long as 40 years, can grow as large as 2,000 pounds and 13 feet long.

While commercial fishermen may have boated larger tuna, the all-tackle world record for a bluefin was caught in 1979 in Nova Scotia, Canada. That beast weighed 1,496 pounds. 

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Retired Army General Crushes Bluefin Tuna Record