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Angler Lands Record 1,228-pound Blue Marlin Off Carolina Coast

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MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina -- A 34-year state record fell Friday with the catch of a 1,228 pound, 8 ounce blue marlin off Oregon Inlet.

Trey Irvine of Weston, Fla., landed the gigantic fish, which measured 179.5 inches total length (tip of the nose to tip of the tail) with a girth of 82 inches.

Irvine caught the fish onboard the Mimi while participating in the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament in Manteo. The Pirate’s Cove Tournament is the final billfish tournament of the year in the N.C. Governor’s Cup series.

The fish thrashes the former state blue marlin record of 1,142 pounds caught off Oregon Inlet in 1974 by Jack Herrington. The world record blue marlin stands at 1,402 pounds, 2 ounces and was caught off Brazil in 1992.

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I was intrested to know how long it took to get the Blue Marlin that was caught on August 15th in. How long did they have to fight that massive 1,228 and 8oz fish?
   comment# 1   - Ricky · matthews N,C · Aug 21, 2008 @ 6:49pm

Ricky, It took just over 2 hours to land the Marlin. It is the largest Marlin on record in North America as far as we can tell!!!
   comment# 2   - Jim · Pirates Cove Yacht Club · Aug 23, 2008 @ 10:20am

HI TO YOU WHAT A GREAT CATCH MY DREAM IS STILL ONE DAY TO LAND A BIG ONE LIKE THAT IN OUR SOUTH AFRICAN WATERS YOU DONT FIND THEM THAT BIG ILL COME AND VISSIT YOUR WATERS ONE DAY AND THEN WE GONNA LAND THE WORLD RECORD YOU KNOW THE WEIGHT KEEP FISHING WHAT A GREAT SPORT (KEEP SAFETY IN MIND ) YOUR HOST DAVE DAVIES
   comment# 3   - dave davies hluhluwebackpackers · south africa · Aug 23, 2008 @ 11:36pm

my grandparent owns a house in pirates cove and has a boat there at pirates cove marina.But i would like to know what pound test you were using?
   comment# 4   - Scott · chesepeake, va · Nov 25, 2008 @ 6:31am

That is one huge fish. Great catch you guys.
   comment# 5   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 18, 2008 @ 8:23am

Wow,that's amazing.
   comment# 6   - Demi · C,A · Jan 18, 2009 @ 5:23am

there was a 1400 pound blue malin cought off the coast of hawaii in the early 90s cought by george stevens
   comment# 7   - marc · vicksburg ms · Apr 10, 2009 @ 7:22pm

WHAT KIND OF TACKLE WAS USED ?
   comment# 8   - B G · COLA, SC · Aug 7, 2009 @ 10:31am

Shame you felt that you had to kill it. Still I am sure your Grandchildren will enjoy looking back at the pictures of what once was.
   comment# 9   - MC · England · Aug 24, 2009 @ 7:56am

I've been bill fishing for 35 years. I think its a crime that you killed that beautiful fish.
   comment# 10   - Sol Rosenberg · West Palm Beach, Fl · Dec 29, 2010 @ 7:34am

Ohh chill out about "its a shame you killed it" ive grown up at oregon inlet and thousands of marlin have been caught on the many boats that charter from there and a great number of them are let go to fight another day, it was a great catch.
   comment# 11   - John · Manteo north carolina · Jan 22, 2012 @ 9:58pm
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