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ATLANTIC COAST DIVISION

Albacore (longfin) 74 lbs. Victor W. Gardner II 7/17/2004
Atlantic Cod 24 lbs. Fred Brungart 5/31/2013
Atlantic Spadefish 11 lbs. 6.5 oz Noel Lohr 9/2/2004
Black Seabass 8lbs. Hayward Madison 6/1/1978
Bluefish 23 lbs., 8 oz Lillian Morris 10/30/1974
Cobia 94.6 lbs. Emma Zajdel 6/30/2016
Dolphin 67 lbs., 8 oz Kim Lawson 7/21/1985
Drum, Black 79 lbs. Stanley Ilyes 9/7/1985
Drum, Red 70 lbs. Robert Light 9/24/1977
False Albacore 22 lbs., 8 oz Kevin Sheckells 6/25/1995
Flounder, Summer 17 lbs. Anthony Vacari 10/3/1974
Flounder, Winter 5 lbs., 2 oz. Kevin Twilley 6/23/2015
Gray Triggerfish 5 lbs., 2 oz. Wayne Gower 10/31/2014
King Mackerel 47 lbs. Gerald Kauffman 10/18/1985
Kingfish 2 lbs., 8 oz Grace Walker 10/1/1975
Marlin, Blue 1,062 lbs. Robert Farris 8/7/2009
Porgy 6 lbs., 3 oz Pearl Hopple 7/4/1966
Shark, Black Tip 193 lbs. Brian Zysk 8/4/1991
Shark, Blue 280 lbs. Martin Waltman 9/13/1997
Shark, Dogfish, Smooth 15 lbs., 5 oz. Gregg Bacchien 5/22/1993
Shark, Dogfish, Spiny 11 lbs., 8 oz. Meyels Sampson 5/17/1993
Shark, Dusky* 469 lbs. Jim Liberto 7/1/1982
Shark, Great White 467 lbs. Jack Holmes 6/11/1992
Shark, Hammerhead, Scalloped 266 lbs 8oz Scott Cusick 8/8/2012
Shark, Hammerhead, Smooth 375 lbs. George Wilson Ford V 6/17/2004
Shark, Shortfin Mako 876 lbs. Jim Hughes 6/20/2009
Shark, Sand Tiger* 334 lbs Billy Leidner 9/8/1983
Shark, Sandbar* 235 lbs Mark Sampson 7/8/1983
Shark, Thresher 642 lbs. Brent Applegit 6/19/2009
Shark, Tiger 1,210 lbs. Grace Czerniak 7/9/1983
Sheepshead 18.0 lbs. Robert Martin 9/22/2017
Snowy Grouper 66 lbs Gregory Benn 7/30/2012
Spotted Seatrout 13 lbs. Jack Miller 8/21/1973
Striped Bass 57.2 lbs Gary Smith 5/6/2006
Tautog 28.8 lbs Kenneth Westerfeld 1/2/2015
Tilefish, Blueline 20 lbs Robert Purcell 9/12/2012
Tilefish, Golden 62 lbs. Steve Doctor 10/22/2009
Tuna, Bigeye 375 lbs., 8 oz Cecil Browne 8/26/1977
Tuna, Blackfin 32 lbs. Bob Zang 9/20/1998
Tuna, Bluefin 625 lbs. James Daniels, IV 8/3/1975
Tuna, Yellowfin 236.5 lbs. Mark Bennett 9/22/2002
Wahoo 131 lbs. John Schaar 6/30/2014
Weakfish 16 lbs. Donald Cannon 9/11/1976
White Marlin 135 lbs. George Pierson 8/29/1980
White Perch 1.65 lbs. Ryan Timmons 7/30/2016

CHESAPEAKE BAY DIVISION

Atlantic Spadefish 10 lbs. Charlie Barron 7/15/2007
Black Drum 103 lbs., 8 oz Robert Messik Jr. 9/23/1973
Bluefish 22lbs. Thomas R. Talbott 5/8/1991
Bluefish 22lbs. Ronald Raffo 5/31/1986
Bluefish 22 lbs. John Davidson 10/18/1979
Carp 44 lbs., 6 oz Jimmy Lake 4/28/1978
Catfish, Channel 29 lbs., 10 oz Kevin Kern 4/26/1997
Catfish, White 8.27 lbs. Jacob Vosburgh 6/1/2017
Chain Pickerel 6lbs., 8 oz James Grant 5/19/1965
Cobia 97 lbs., 12 oz John Scheifele 9/12/1969
Crappie 4lbs. Sid Stollings 3/30/2007
Croaker 6.52 lbs. Russell Knapp 9/4/2006
Flounder, Summer 15 lbs. Kenneth Grimes 10/14/1978
Hickory Shad 4 lbs. John Schaeffer Jr. 7/23/1971
Largemouth Bass 11.18 lbs. Justin Riley 1/26/2008
Longnose Gar 17 lbs. Justin Kelley 7/31/2011
Norfolk Spot 2 lbs. Parlett Moore 9/5/1978
Red Drum 74 lbs., 6 oz Earnest Hutchinson 5/15/1977
Rock Bass 1 lb Timothy A. Adams 5/4/1997
Sheepshead 13.73 lbs Dave Alveberg 8/17/2017
Smallmouth Bass 6 lbs. Charles Janes 7/23/1979
Spanish Mackerel 12.4 lbs. Dean Mitchell 10/6/2007
Spotted Seatrout 16 lbs., 6 oz John Phillips 5/15/1977
Striped Bass 67 lbs., 8 oz Devin Nolan 5/13/1995
Tautog 9 lbs. Gary Halbeisen 10/29/2005
Weakfish 16 lbs., 8 oz Wayne Lappe 5/8/1979
White (american) Shad* 8 lbs., 2 oz Vance Carter 5/3/1975
White Perch 2 lbs., 10 oz Sid Stollings 5/18/1979
Yellow Perch 2 lbs., 3 oz Niles Pethel 11/21/1979

NONTIDAL DIVISION

Bluegill 3 lbs., 7 oz Sarah Brenneman 8/9/1998
Carp 47 lbs., 8 oz Wayne Longenecker 6/11/1997
Catfish, Bullhead 3 lbs. 6oz Zelijko Koretic 8/11/2007
Catfish, Channel 27.92 lbs. Steven Trent Abell 7/5/2004
Catfish, White Min Wt 7 lbs Vacant
Chain Pickerel 8 lbs. Lee Haile III 1/2/2015
Crappie 4 lbs. 7 ozs Jason D. Morrison 5/30/2004
Largemouth Bass 11 lbs. 6 oz. Colton Lambert 7/31/2013
Muskellunge 32.5 lbs. Tessa Cosens 5/6/2017
Northern Pike 24 lbs., 12 oz Shawn Jacobson 10/16/1999
Redbreast Sunfish Min Wt 14 oz Vacant
Redear Sunfish 2 lbs., 5 oz Vittie Alkocius 6/4/1985
Rock Bass 1 lb., 8 oz Earl Jenkins IV 3/22/2010
Smallmouth Bass 8 lbs., 4 oz Gary Peters 10/4/1974
Striped Bass 47 lbs, 2 oz Robert Bruce 9/14/2000
Tiger Muskellunge 29 lbs, 4.75 oz Kevin Conner 2/14/1997
Trout, Brook 6lbs., 1.75 oz Mike Fiorita, Jr. 4/10/1999
Trout, Brown 18 lbs., 3 oz Gary Kuhn 8/3/2001
Trout, Cutthroat 7 lbs. 9 oz David G. Martin 5/20/2000
Trout, Rainbow 14 lbs., 3 oz Dave Schroyer 10/21/1987
Walleye 14 lbs., 4 oz John McCarley 5/16/1998
Warmouth 9.76 oz Don Perantoni 8/7/2009
White Perch 1.90 lbs George Venker 4/7/2017
Yellow Perch 3 lbs., 5 oz Philip Deere IV 3/12/2006

*Currently Prohibited

Rules and Procedures

The department maintains sport fish state records and awards a plaque to an angler whose catch exceeds the current state record or establishes a new species category. Positive identification of the species of fish is mandatory for consideration of state record applications. The catch must be inspected in person by a department fisheries biologist. Immerse the fish in ice water until it can be weighed in order to preserve the weight.

Call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8300 to report a potential state record catch. You must submit a state record application within two weeks of the date you catch the fish.

State record fish are determined by weight. Most fishing tackle shops do not have certified scales, so call ahead. Other establishments that sell products by weight such as a grocery, deli or shipping store may have a certified scale and be willing to help.

Except for fish in the invasive division, all fish must be legally caught with rod and reel during its open season. From the time that a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook and fight the fish without the aid of any other person. The reel must be operated manually. Once the leader is brought to the rod tip, more than one person is permitted to help land the fish.

Fish designated as eligible for the Invasive Division (currently northern snakehead, blue catfish and flathead catfish) can be caught and kept by all legal recreational fishing gear including rod and reel, bow and spear.

Fish caught from privately-owned fee fishing waters are not eligible for record consideration.

The fish must be considered trophy sized, commonly available and sought after for the Department of Natural Resources to consider opening a new species category for recognition. Thresholds for trophy size are established by the department using the best data available to create a benchmark weight.

The department reserves the right to investigate the methods used in catching the fish and the accuracy of measuring and weighing. It also reserves the right to reject any application based on the results of the investigation.