A Frisco man has become the latest angler to catch a state-record fish with the announcement that the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state-record golden tilefish.
Rex Bunting Jr. of Frisco caught the 46-pound fish on April 7 while fishing with Capt. Kenny Koci aboard the Big Tahuna out of Teach’s Lair Marina.
The big tilefish was 43 inches long and 29 inches in 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.
Bunting will receive a certificate and be listed on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website as the state golden tilefish record holder.