Record Red Hind Landed

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record Red Hind (Epinephelus guttatus).

Jared Lambert of Wilmington caught the 7-pound, 11.2-ounce fish near Frying Pan Tower on Aug. 6.

The previous state record Red Hind weighed 7 pounds, 1.6 ounces, and was caught off Cape Lookout in 2021.

Lambert’s fish measured 23.06 inches total length (from the tip of the snout to the tip of the compressed tail) and had a 23-inch girth.

The fish was landed using a Star Rod and a Penn 6/0 reel with a live pinfish on 60-pound test.

For more information on state record fish, go to the division’s State Saltwater Records webpage or contact the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament staff at

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