NC photo: Vibrant, colorful fish may break world record


Connor Stone’s fish could set a world record, North Carolina officials said.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

A bright blue fish was caught off the coast of North Carolina — and it could set a world record.

A photo shows angler Connor Stone holding the colorful fish, a member of the species called puddingwife wrasse. Stone was about 10 miles from Southport when he reeled in the catch in late July.

Now, two months later, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries announced that the fish has been certified as the “first state record puddingwife wrasse.” Stone, who is from Southport, used a rod and squid bait to snag the historic catch.

The vibrant fish could make history in more ways than one.

The marine creature weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces. That’s more than the current world-record-holding puddingwife wrasse, which weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces when it was caught 20 years ago in the waters off Florida, officials wrote in a Sept. 25 news release.

A bright fish caught off the coast of North Carolina could break the world record, officials said.
A bright fish caught off the coast of North Carolina could break the world record, officials said. Matthew McBrayer via Unsplash

“Stone plans to apply to the International Game Fish Association for the world record,” North Carolina officials wrote, adding that his vibrant catch measured 18 inches long with a “13-inch girth.” The marine fisheries division didn’t immediately share additional information with McClatchy News on Sept. 26.

To be eligible for a state record, a “fish must be weighed in on certified scales at an official North Carolina weigh station” and meet other requirements, officials said.

The puddingwife wrasse species can be found from North Carolina to Brazil, often making their homes in reefs, according to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Southport is roughly 30 miles south of Wilmington.

Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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