New Jersey State Record Marine Fish

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New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Record Fish Program honors anglers who catch the largest of select species of freshwater and saltwater fish. Record size is based on weight alone; there are no line classes.

Over the years, revisions have been made to the New Jersey State Record Fish Program for both freshwater and saltwater species. Currently there are 61 marine species eligible for entry into the program.

Anglers are reminded that the objective of the Record Fish Program is to increase awareness of fishing opportunities for species that are regularly sought and routinely found on or off the coast of New Jersey. The original list of 72 species was pared down with that objective in mind.

Eleven species are now retired from the list of program-eligible fish, but remain on a separate list posted on Fish and Wildlife’s Web site. One historical catch is also retired and posted on the list. In addition, the historical record for northern kingfish was removed as the current entry surpassed it by 3 ounces.

Anglers should be aware that several procedural changes are now in effect for the Record Fish Program. First, separate applications are required for freshwater and saltwater species. Second, for saltwater entries, it is now mandatory that a marine biologist inspect any potential record fish, as identification solely by photo is not always accurate. Anglers must call Fish and Wildlife’s Nacote Creek Research Station at (609) 748-2020 to make arrangements for inspection. In most instances, the fish must be transported to this office in Port Republic. However, in the case of extremely large fish (i.e., shark and tuna), a biologist will be available to travel for dockside inspection. Note that all scale certification requirements still apply, including a valid Certificate of Inspection/Test Report and current Registration Certificate issued by the County Office of Weights and Measures.

Other changes include a new entry deadline—applications must now be submitted no later than one month after the date of catch—and the triggerfish category is now defined as gray triggerfish. All other program rules still apply.

For a complete list of state record fish or to print an application with complete program rules, visit the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Web site at NJFishandWildlife.com/fishing.htm.

 

Species

Lbs.

Oz.

Year

Angler

Where Caught

Amberjack, greater

85

0

1993

Edwin Metzner

Off Cape May

Bass, black sea

8

2

1992

Tony Cunha

Inshore Wreck

8

2

1994

John Geddes

Off Pt. Pleasant

Bluefish

27

1

1997

Roger Kastorsky

5 Fathom Bank

Bonito, Atlantic

13

8

1945

Frank Lykes, Jr.

Off Sandy Hook

Cobia

87

0

1999

John Shanchuk

Off Sea Bright

Cod

81

0

1967

Joseph Chesla

Off Brielle

Crab, blue

8¾” pt. to pt.

2009

Raymond Ponik

Bayonne

Croaker, Atlantic

5

8

1981

Frederick Brown

Delaware Bay

*Cunner

2

9

2006

Nick Honachefsky

Mud Hole

Dogfish, smooth

19

8

2000

Michael LaTorre

Pleasantville

Dogfish, spiny

15

12

1990

Jeff Pennick

Off Cape May

Dolphin

63

3

1974

Scott Smith, Jr.

Baltimore Canyon

Drum, black

109

0

2008

Nick Henry

Delaware Bay

Drum, red

55

0

1985

Daniel Yanino

Great Bay

Eel, American

9

13

1988

Warren Campbell

Atlantic City

Fluke

19

12

1953

Walter Lubin

Off Cape May

Flounder, winter

5

11

1993

Jimmy Swanson

Off Barnegat Light

Hake, white

41

7

1989

Wayne Eble

Off Barnegat Light

Kingfish, Northern

2

8

2004

Chester Urbanski

Barnegat Bay

Ling (red hake)

11

1

2002

Natalie Jones

Off Brielle

Mackerel, Atlantic

4

1

1983

Abe Elkin

Manasquan Ridge

Mackerel, king

54

0

1998

Fernando Alfaiate

Off Cape May

*Mackerel, Spanish

9

12

1990

Donald Kohler

Off Cape May

Marlin, blue

1,046

0

1986

Phil Infantolino

Hudson Canyon

Marlin, white

137

8

1980

Mike Marchell

Hudson Canyon

Perch, white

2

12

1998

Michael King

Little Beach Creek

*Pollock

46

7

1975

John Holton

Off Brielle

Porgy

5

14

1976

Victor Rone

Delaware Bay

Sailfish

43

4

2006

Dr. John Tallia

Linden Kohl Canyon

Seatrout, spotted

11

2

1974

Bert Harper

Holgate Surf

Shad, American

7

0

1967

Rodger West

Great Bay

Shad, hickory

Vacant (Minimum Weight 2 lbs.)

Shark, blue

366

0

1996

William Young, Jr.

Mud Hole

Shark, bull

Vacant (Minimum Weight 150 lbs.)

Shark, dusky

530

0

1987

Brian Dunlevy

Off Great Egg Inlet

Shark, hammerhead

365

0

1985

Walter Thacara

Mud Hole

Shark, porbeagle

Vacant (Minimum Weight 100 lbs.)

Shark, sandbar

168

8

1987

John Norton

Little Egg Inlet

Shark, s-fin mako

856

0

1994

Christopher Palmer

Wilmington Canyon

Shark, thresher

683

0

2009

Bennett Fogelberg

Fingers

Shark, tiger

880

0

1988

Billy DeJohn

Off Cape May

Sheepshead

17

3

2003

Paul Lowe

Manahawkin Bay

Spadefish

11

6

1998

Cliff Low

Delaware Bay

Spearfish, longbill

42

0

1989

George Algard

Poor Man’s Canyon

42

0

1997

Joseph Natoli

Hudson Canyon

Spot

0

13

2003

Robert Belsky, Jr.

Little Sheepshead Creek

*Striped Bass

78

8

1982

Al McReynolds

Atlantic City

Swordfish

530

0

1964

Edmund Levitt

Wilmington Canyon

*Tautog

25

0

1998

Anthony Monica

Off Ocean City

Tilefish, golden

63

8

2009

Dennis Muhlenforth

Linden Kohl Canyon

Tilefish, gray

18

7

2007

Joseph Sanzone

Tom’s Canyon

Triggerfish, gray

5

12

2008

Ronald Pires

High Bar Harbor

Tuna, albacore

77

15

1984

Dr. S. Scannapiego

Spencer Canyon

Tuna, big-eye

364

14

1984

George Krenick

Hudson Canyon

Tuna, bluefin

1,030

6

1981

Royal Parsons

Off Pt. Pleasant

Tuna, skipjack

13

4

1999

Craig Eberbach

Wilmington Canyon

Tuna, yellowfin

290

0

1980

Wayne Brinkerhoff

Hudson Canyon

Tunny, little

24

15

1977

Mark Niemczyk

Off Sea Bright

Wahoo

123

12

1992

Robert Carr

28-Mile Wreck

Weakfish

18

8

1986

Karl Jones

Delaware Bay

Whiting (silver hake)

Vacant (Minimum Weight 2.5 lbs.)

* Fish was previously certified by the IGFA as a world record.

For information concerning the New Jersey State Record Fish or Skillful Angler programs, visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Web site at NJFishandWildlife.com.


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