In January, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries certified a new state record for white marlin. Neil Manning of Ashburn, Virginia, landed the 138-pound fish on November 16, 2015, while fishing off Hatteras, North Carolina, aboard Fin Again with Capt. Kenny Koci. They were targeting blackfin tuna and amberjack over a wreck with live menhaden when the big white struck. After a 30-minute battle, the crew had the fish boat-side. Koci then noticed rounded fins, indicative of a white marlin — not a small blue — so the crew made the decision to take the fish as a possible state record.