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State Record Marine Fish

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State Record Marine Fish (Harvested)

Red type signifies a new record set in 2018.

Category

Common Name

Weight

Length

Location Caught

Angler

Year Caught

lbs.

oz.

State Record Marine Fish

Albacore

68

14

46.5″

Atlantis Canyon

John Dagon

2012

American Eel

5

3

39.5″

West Haven

Alyssa Zuppe

2017

Atlantic Bonito

11

8

29.5″

Ocean Beach

Mark Drummey

2017

Atlantic Cod

45

0

South of Block Island

John Chomen

2004

Black Sea Bass

7

8

25″

Six Mile Reef, Clinton

Mike Lane

2005

Blackfish (Tautog)

26

9.6

34″

Two Tree Island

Thien Nguyen

2015

Bluefin Tuna

770

0

Block Island Sound

Lester Debetta

1990

Bluefish

24

13

Norwalk Islands

Charles J. Toth

1979

Blue Marlin

449

6

Atlantis Canyon

Jeffrey K. Eckert

2001

Blue Shark

361

0

Ranger Wreck

Robert H. Oslen

1993

Clearnose Skate

WORLD RECORD

9

8

37″

Fort Nathan Hale

Anthony Carpentino

2017

Conger Eel

7

4

Noank

Maria Annunziata

1987

Cunner

3

4

Block Island Sound

Wesley E. Sargent

1998

Hickory Shad

3

4

Niantic River, Niantic

Richard Kozlowski

2003

Hogchoker

0

9

10.25″

West Haven

Albert Zuppe

2016

Little Tunny

16

13

37″

Butterfish Hole

Vincent Deledda

2011

Mako Shark

650

0

Block Island Sound

Gregory J. Erisoty

1987

Oyster Toadfish

2

12

14″

Millstone Outflow

William Kondrasiewicz

2018

Pollock

34

2

Block Island Sound

Joe DeCosta

2000

Sandbar (Brown) Shark

118

7

Connecticut River, Old Saybrook

Bruce Kelly

1995

Scup (Porgy)

4

2

19″

Block Island Sound

Marcelo Moutinho

2012

Sheepshead Porgy

10

11

Branford Reef

Clyde Turner

1998

Smooth Dogfish

18

11

57

New Haven Breakwall

Jennifer Zuppe

2017

Spiny Dogfish

22

11

57.75″

Milford

Jennifer Zuppe

2018

Squid

14.25″ mantle

Stonington

Christopher Sottile

2016

Striped Bass

WORLD RECORD

81

15

54″

Outer Southwest Reef

Greg Myerson

2011

Striped Searobin

4

3

20″

Housatonic River

Howard Wolowitz

2012

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

14

11

31″

Black Point, Niantic

Tobey Sweet

2013

Thresher Shark

467

0

Montauk Point

Mark Hiller

2006

White Perch

1

15

14″

Old Lyme

Rufino Vargas Jr.

2015

Winter Flounder

6

1

Millstone Point, Waterford

Tom Kobas

1999

Weakfish

17

14

Fayerweather Island

June Andrejko

1986

Winter Skate

17

6

Watch Hill, R.I.

William F. Zanks

1995

Yellowfin Tuna

210

7

Block Canyon

Charles J. Lobacz

1991

Exotic Marine Species

(Rare Species)

Atlantic Chub Mackerel

2

1

14″

Montauk Shoal

Brandon Collins

2016

Banded Rudderfish

1

5

13″

Milford

Israel Ruman

2018

Black Drum

15

3

New Haven Breakwater

Howard D. LaFrance

2001

Black Grouper

1

4

13.5″

Millstone Outflow, Waterford

Hugh Durham

2012

Cobia

18

0

East Haven

Nicholas Carafeno

2008

Grey Snapper

5

15

25″

Milestone Outflow

Nelson Carey

2016

Gray Triggerfish

6

1.5

19″

Pine Island, Groton

Keith Mehmet

2016

Jack Crevalle

3

7.5

18.8″

Millstone Outflow, Waterford

Hugh Durham

2014

King Mackerel

7

2

33.5″

Old Saybrook

Doug Clark

2018

Ladyfish

3

8

23″

Millstone Point, Waterford

Nelson Carey

2014

Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish)

47

2

60″

Fish Tales Canyon

John Dagon

2016

Monkfish

42

0

40″

Southside of Fisher’s Island

Craig Weagle

2016

Northern Kingfish

2

10

19.5″

Silver Sands State Park

Christopher Shea

2016

Porbeagle Shark

191

0

75″

Ryans’ Horn

Austin Urban

2013

Roughtail Stingray

86

15

88″

Millstone Outflow, Waterford

Kevin McCaffery

2014

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

235

0

Block Island Sound

Richard Bonaccorsi

1992

Smooth Puffer

9

6

25.25″

Sara’s Ledge

Wayne Schneider

2016

Spanish Mackerel

6

5

Branford Beacon

Michael Audet

2003

Swordfish

359

0

Fish Tales

Fred J. Malcarne

2004

Torpedo Ray

89

8

Misquamicut, R.I.

Chuck Adams

2008

Wahoo

88

0

Fish Tales

Mike Matrishon

2005

White Marlin

108

8

Block Canyon

Frederick Iasiello

1988

Blue Crab

Blue Crab

8.81″

Oyster River

Thomas Buonanni

2016

State Record Marine Fish (Catch & Release)

Red type signifies a new record set in 2018.

Common Name

Weight

Length

Location Caught

Angler

Year Caught

lbs.

oz.

Atlantic Needlefish

0

0

34″

Mystic River

Zacery Martindale

2016

Black Sea Bass

24″

Six Mile Reef

Evan Kamoen

2018

Blackfish (Tautog)

13

9

27″

Indian Neck Point, Branford

Jack Martin

2012

Bluefish

15

6

37″

Housatonic River

Shawn Lalond

2012

Blue Shark

120″

Block Island Sound

Timothy E. Kilbride

2009

Clearnose Skate

35″

Clinton Harbor

Evan Kamoen

2018

Little Tunny (False Albacore)

6

8

26.5″

Block Island Sound

Timothy E. Kilbride

2009

Northern Puffer

0

0

10″

Hammonasset

Evan Kamoen

2017

Oyster Toadfish

3

4

16″

Norwalk

Patrick DeVito

2014

Scup (Porgy)

0

0

18.25″

Hammonasset

Evan Kamoen

2017

Smooth Dogfish

0

0

51″

New Haven Breakwall

Albert Zuppe

2016

Striped Bass

0

0

54″

Long Island Sound

Derek Williams

2017

Summer Flounder

10

11

29″

Sara’s Ledge

Sara Roman

2018

Striped Sea Robin

0

0

20″

Long Island Sound

Alex Erdmann

2016

EXOTIC MARINE SPECIES (RARE SPECIES)

Common Name

Weight

Length

Location Caught

Angler

Year Caught

lbs.

oz.

Atlantic Stingray

14

4

58″

New Haven Breakwater

Larry E. Lainey

2010

Gray Triggerfish

4

8

19.25″

Niantic Bay

Christopher Otis

2013

Inshore Lizardfish

0

8

10″

Milford Point

Dean Vogel, Sr.

2011

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

0

0

120″

Butterfish Hole

Christian Urban

2013

Smooth Puffer

0

0

23″

Six Mile Reef

Michael Parks

2018

Tiger Shark

550

0

108″

Block Channel

Pauly Randazzo Jr.

2017

Marine Definitions

Closed Season (Saltwater) The period of time during which no person shall take, possess or land a particular species taken by sportfishing methods, regardless of where taken. Any species taken to the contrary must be returned immediately, without avoidable injury, to the waters from which it was taken.

  • Anglers cannot be in possession of fish legally taken in another state when on the waters or shores of Connecticut during a closed season for that species in Connecticut.

Daily Creel Limit The number of fish of a species or species group that can be retained by an individual angler during the period from 12:01 a.m. to midnight. Any species taken to the contrary must be returned immediately, without avoidable injury, to the waters from which it was taken.

“Culling” or “High-Grading” means discarding or returning a previously retained fish to the water in order to retain a more desirable fish. Any fish placed on a stringer, in a container, cooler, live well or similar device, or otherwise not immediately released to the water shall count against the daily creel limit. “Culling” or “High-Grading” is prohibited in the Marine District!