9-year-old boy catches world record fish off the North Carolina coast

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(Images provided by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality)

(Images provided by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality)

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – A 9-year-old Tennessee boy has caught a record-setting fish off the North Carolina coast, according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Teddy Wingfield, of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, reeled in a 32-pound scamp June 2 while fishing in waters off of Atlantic Beach.

The scamp topped the former state record by nearly 5 pounds and the world record by 2 pounds, 6 ounces. It spanned 43 inches total length and measured 28 inches around the girth.

Wingfield has applied for the all-tackle world record title through the International Game Fish Association. The application is pending approval.

The current all-tackle world record scamp is 29 pounds, 10 ounces and was caught off Dauphin Island, Alabama, in 2000.