My how those tiny oinkers can grow

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:00am

Even the most novice coastal angler is familiar with the fish that oinks and fits in the palm of your hand. More experienced anglers know that these fish can grow longer than a tall man’s forearm.

Case in point, the latest state record pigfish certified by the state marine fisheries division measured 15 ½ inches long and weighed a whopping 2 pounds, 12 ounces.

That beats the former state record pigfish by 8 ounces.

Rocky Mount resident Jason Edwards caught the fish May 23 while fishing on a head boat about 30 miles southeast of Cape Lookout.

Edwards’ catch did not beat the world record, held by two fish caught in New Zealand. Those fish each weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces.