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New Jersey State Record
Saltwater Sport Fish

Below are the current NJ Record Saltwater Fish. Please note that as of June 6, 2006, 103 species (31 freshwater and 72 saltwater) are eligible for entry in the Record Fish Program. Anglers are reminded that the objective of the Record Fish Program is to increase the awareness of fishing opportunities for species that are regularly sought after and routinely found in or off the coast of New Jersey.

For more information see the Record Fish Program page.

Species Lbs. Oz. Year Angler Where Caught
Amberjack, greater 85 0 1993 Edwin Metzner Off Cape May
Barracuda 27 8 1991 Gary Szilagyi Off Cape May
Bass, black sea 8 2 1992
1994
Tony Cunha
John Geddes
Inshore Wreck
Off Pt. Pleasant
Blowfish, N. puffer 1 14 1987 Virginia Patten Delaware Bay
Blowfish (other) 9 10 1992 Kevin Steward Delaware Bay
Bluefish 27 1 1997 Roger Kastorsky Five 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 8Ĺ" pt. to pt. 1995
2006
William Dool
Martin Winnicki
Manahawkin
Brick
*Crab, blue 9" pt. to pt. 1980 Frank Springfield Delaware Bay
Croaker, Atlantic 5 8 1981 Frederick Brown Delaware Bay
**Cunner 2 9 2006 Nick Honachefsky Mud Hole
Cutlass 6 11 2002 Mike Green 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 107 0 2006 William Kinzy 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 1992 Jimmy Swanson Off Barnegat Light
Hake, white 41 7 1989 Wayne Eble Off Barnegat Light
Kingfish, Northern 2 8 2004 Chester Urbanski Barnegat Bay
*Kingfish, Northern 2 5 1969 Robert Morton Off Cape May
Ling (red hake) 11 1 2002 Natalie Jones Off Brielle
Lobster, American 15 3 2003 William Sharp Off Absecon Inlet
Mackerel, Atlantic 4 1 1983 Abe Elkin Manasquan Ridge
Mackerel, chub 1 9 2002 Kathleen Leso Off Spring Lake
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 Albert Jewitt 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, sand tiger 246 0 1989 Richard Brown Delaware Bay
Shark, s-fin mako 856 0 1994 Christopher Palmer Wilmington Canyon
Shark, thresher 617 0 2004 Chris Chalmers Off Cape May
Shark, tiger 880 0 1988 Billy DeJohn Off Cape May
Shark, white 759 0 1988 Jim Kneipp Off Pt. Pleasant
Sheepshead 17 3 2003 Paul Lowe Manahawkin Bay
Spadefish 11 6 1998 Cliff Low Delaware Bay
Spearfish, longbill 42 0 1989
1997
George Algard
Joseph Natoli
Poor Manís Canyon
Hudson Canyon
Spot 0 13 2003 Robert Belsky, Jr. Little Sheepshead Creek
Stargazer, northern 13 0 2000 Jim Ludt Off Cape May
**Striped bass 78 8 1982 Al McReynolds Atlantic City
Striped bass, hybrid 13 2 2004 James R. Fowler off Brigantine
Sturgeon, Atlantic 82 0 1994 Glen Lasco Sandy Hook
Swordfish 530 0 1964 Edmund Levitt Wilmington Canyon
Tarpon 53 0 1982 Jim Klaczkiewicz Off Sea Bright
**Tautog 25 0 1998 Anthony R. Monica Off Ocean City
Tilefish, golden 55 4 2006 Keith Karl Tomís Canyon
**Tilefish, gray 10 9 2001 Jim Zigarelli Off Sea Girt Artificial Reef
Triggerfish 5 11 2005 Lois Schuda Cape May Artificial Reef
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.)

*  Historical record caught before species category established
** Denotes fish has been previously certified by the IGFA as a world record

Record Fish Program
updated 9/28/06

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