PODCAST: Nags Head angler catches new state record golden tilefish off Oregon Inlet

Mark Feldhaus (left) and Bob Feldhaus with the new golden tilefish state record on Aug. 28 in Oregon Inlet. [courtesy NCDEQ]

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps).

Robert M. Feldhaus, of Nags Head, caught the 52-pound fish off Oregon Inlet on Aug. 28. The previous state record golden tilefish weighed 46 pounds and was caught off Cape Hatteras in 2013.

The International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record golden tilefish (also called great northern tilefish) stands at 65 pounds, 3 ounces. It was caught off New Jersey in 2012.

Feldhaus’ fish measured 44.5 inches total length (from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail) and had a 33.75-inch girth.

He caught it while fishing on the boat Rock Solid with Capt. Aaron Kelly. He used a jig and 65-pound line test on a spinning rod with a Daiwa Saltiga reel.

Capt. Marty and Jody O’Donnell talked with Capt. Aaron about the catch on The Other Side of Fishing Extended Edition Saturday morning:

The recreational golden tilefish season in North Carolina waters closes at midnight Monday due to the 2021 recreational annual catch limit being met. The fishery will re-open on January 1, 2022.