Teddy Wingfield, 9, proved you’re never too small to catch a big fish. He caught the new state record and pending world-record scamp, held by his father, Joseph.
A Lookout Mountain, TN boy reeled in a record-setting scamp (grouper) while fishing with his family in the Atlantic in June.
Nine-year-old Teddy Wingfield caught the 32-pound scamp, topping the former state record by nearly 5 pounds and the world record by 2 pounds, 6 ounces. He was fishing off Atlantic Beach in North Carolina.
Wingfield has applied for the all-tackle world record title through the International Game Fish Association. The application is pending approval according to Patricia Smith, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
The fish spanned 43 inches total length (tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and measured 28 inches around the girth.
He caught the scamp using a Barefoot jig and 60-pound test line on a Penn Carnage jigging rod with a Canyon reel while fishing on the Sunrise II charter boat.