Massive Thresher Shark Is 400+ Pounds Bigger Than Previous NC Record

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There is a new Thresher Shark fishing record in the Tar Heel State. This new record completely demolished the previous state fishing record by so much it’s hard to fathom how the previous record stood for so long.

The previous state fishing record for the common thresher shark was a 185-pounder caught out of the famous Oregon Inlet. This new record? It tipped the scales at 589 pounds and 1 ounce, or 404 pounds more than the previous record.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries announced the new saltwater fishing record for Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus) in a press release on February 9th. It was landed “near the Knuckle Buoy off Oak Island on Jan. 10, 2023.” Oak Island sits between Holden Beach and Bald Head Island, and just 40 miles away from North Myrtle Beach.

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Steven Viltoft / N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Steven Viltoft of Southport is the proud new owner of this North Carolina state fishing record after reeling in the 589-pound…

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