New NC state record puddingwife wrasse

Connor Stone caught the new NC state record (and pending world record) puddingwife wrasse on July 27.

It’s a pending world record

The NC Division of Marine Fisheries has certified Connor Stone’s puddingwife wrasse as the new North Carolina state record. This is a new entry into the state’s record book.

Stone caught the fish 10 miles out of Southport on July 27. The fish weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces, which is larger than the current world record for the species. Stone is applying to the IGFA to have his fish unseat the 3-pound, 8-ounce puddingwife wrasse that has held the world’s top spot since 2003.

The fork length of Stone’s fish was 18 inches, and it had a 13-inch girth. He was using a Fiblink Signature rod, a Fin-Nor LTC16H reel, and 50-pound braided line when he caught the fish. He was using squid as bait.

After catching the fish, Stone had it weighed on certified scales, a requirement to establish a state record. The DMF keeps a list of state records at

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