Man sets new record with fish caught off NC coast

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. – A gag grouper fish caught off the coast of North Carolina has set a new state record.

WECT reported that Breece Gahl reeled in the 47-pound, 6-ounce fish on May 20 while fishing on Wrightsville Beach.

The fish was 48 inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail and had a girth of 26 inches, according to WECT.

The previous state record was a 46-pound gag grouper that was caught in 2011 off Ocean Isle Beach.