World record fish caught off NC coast by 9-year-old


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A fish caught by a 9-year-old off Atlantic Beach in June was already a state record, but it turns out the catch may actually be a world record.

According to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, a scamp caught June 2 by Teddy Wingfield, of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, weighed in at 32 pounds, which topped the previous state record of 27 pounds, 1 ounce. That fish was also caught off Atlantic Beach back in 2012.

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

Wingfield’s catch beats the world record by 2 pounds, 6 ounces.

The scamp caught by the 9-year-old spanned 43 inches from tip to tail and measured 28 inches around the girth.

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