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State Record Holders

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FRESHWATER

Largemouth bass

10 lbs. 10 ozs.

James D. Hitchens

2012

Smallmouth bass

4 lbs. 15.5 ozs.

Jerry Proffitt

1989

Striped bass hyb.

13 lbs. 13 ozs.

Earl Blevins

1990

Bluegill

2 lbs. 10 ozs.

Arnold Harmon

1998

Carp

45 lbs.

Ronald Burnett

1976

Catfish

23 lbs. 6 ozs.

William Ridgley

1992

Crappie

4 lbs. 9 ozs.

Marvin Billips

1976

Tiger musky

15 lbs. 2 ozs.

Richard Harris

1991

White perch

2 lbs. 9 ozs.

Wayne Hastings

1997

Yellow perch

2 lbs. 11ozs.

Marvin Kessinger

1976

Chain
pickerel

7 lbs. 3 ozs.

Earl Messick

1972

American shad

6 lbs. 12 ozs.

Bayard Conaway

1972

Trout

11 lbs. 10 ozs.

Edwin Wallace

1997

Walleye

6 lbs. 14 ozs.

Nesbit Copenhaver

1995

Redear
sunfish

3 lbs. 1 ozs.

Marty Messick

1998

SALTWATER

False
albacore

20 lbs.

Christian Anderson

2008

True albacore

80 lbs.

David Francella

1987

Black sea bass

7 lbs. 6 ozs.

Steve Samluk

1988

Striped bass

52 lbs.

Benjamin Smith

2012

Bluefish

21 lbs. 15 ozs.

Bill Thoroughgood

1980

Cod

44 lbs.

John Osborne

1975

Atlantic croaker

5 lbs. 3 ozs.

Catherine Simpson

1980

Dolphinfish

52 lbs. 15 ozs.

Charles Ciociola

2003

Black drum

115 lbs.

Kenneth Smith

1978

Red drum

75 lbs.

James Vandetti

1976

Flounder

17 lbs. 15 ozs.

William Kendall

1974

Kingfish

4 lbs.

Billy Hastings

1973

Atlantic mackerel

3 lbs. 5 ozs.

Ricky Yakimowicz

1985

King
mackerel

48 lbs. 9 ozs.

Gordon Harris

1992

Spanish mackerel

6 lbs. 4 ozs.

Eric Ludwig

2000

Blue marlin

820 lbs.

Bruce King

1986

White marlin

120 lbs.

William Garner Jr.

1972

Scup

5 lbs. 5 ozs.

Herman Schmidt

1979

Shark

825 lbs.

Brent Thomas

1981

Mako shark

975 lbs.

Thomas Barnes

2000

Sheepshead

15 lbs. 11 ozs.

Christopher H. Wentz

2012

Swordfish

276 lbs. 12 ozs.

Albert Scott

1978

Tautog

21 lbs. 4 ozs.

Glenn Cave

2005

Gray
triggerfish

6 lbs. 5 ozs.

Buddy J. Masten

2012

Tuna

873 lbs.

Dan Dillon

2005

Wahoo

98 lbs.

Jeff Murtoff

2003

Weakfish

19 lbs. 2 ozs.

William Thomas

1989

Living Conservation

mr-hitchens_opt_opt.pngJames D. Hitchens is a man that is clearly living conservation. On March 22, 2012, Mr. Hitchens went down to his favorite fishing hole in lower Delaware expecting good things, but he may never have imagined just how good. Using a live shiner, Mr. Hitchens landed a 10 pound, 10 ounce largemouth bass measuring 26 inches long and
18 ¾ inches in girth! The fish broke a highly coveted state record that had endured since 1980. Most remarkable was that he and the folks at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford successfully kept the fish alive and Mr. Hitchens safely returned his prized catch to the waters from which it came. On behalf of all Delaware anglers, congratulations on a fine catch and thank you for your outstanding measure of conservation Mr. Hitchens!

 

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