New Record in North Carolina

The 138-pound white marlin topped a 39-year-old record

NC state record white marlin
Capt. Kenny Koci and angler Neil Manning teamed up to land the new North Carolina state record white marlin aboard Fin Again.Courtesy NCDNR

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.

On deck, it measured 85 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail, with a girth of 37 inches. Manning’s white ­marlin topped the previous North Carolina state record, caught in 1976, by 20 pounds. Biologists with the Division of Marine Fisheries also certified the catch as a white marlin and not a roundscale spearfish.