False albacore caught by Pa. angler sets state record

Tim Parrill, left, of Wellsville, Pennsylvania, shows off his Delaware state record 20.5-pound false albacore, with fishing buddy Scott Shockley. (Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police/Lt. Casey Zolper)

Tim Parrill, left, of Wellsville, Pennsylvania, shows off his Delaware state record 20.5-pound false albacore, with fishing buddy Scott Shockley. (Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police/Lt. Casey Zolper)

LEWES — DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament — a false albacore caught June 29 by a Pennsylvania angler.

Tim Parrill of Wellsville, Pennsylvania, caught fish from the fishing boat Get Bent in Masseys Canyon, about 35 miles offshore from Indian River Inlet in the Atlantic Ocean.

It measured 30.75 inches long, had a 22-inch girth and weighed 20.5 pounds.

The false albacore was weighed at Hook ‘Em & Cook ‘Em in Rehoboth Beach and certified as a new state record by Lt. Casey Zolper of DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.

The fish outweighed by a half-pound the previous state record of a 20-pound false albacore, caught in 2008 by Christian Anderson. A member of the tuna family, also known as “little tunny,” the false albacore is a popular game fish known for its fight and run against an angler’s line. It is also the most plentiful of the tuna in the Atlantic Ocean and can make fine seafood when properly prepared.

For more information on the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov. The guide also is available at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway and from license agents throughout the state.

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