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New Jersey State Record
Saltwater Fish

Below are the current . In May, 2007, the program was revised to include Retired Categories of fish no longer included in the program, as well as Retired Historical Records. Currently there are 59 species of marine fish eligible for entry in the Record Fish Program.

In 2014 the program was again revised with the addition of the NJ Record Saltwater Fish - Spearfishing category. There are 17 species eligible for entry.

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 and the application form see the Record Fish Program page.

Species Lbs. Oz. Year Angler Where Caught
Amberjack, greater 85 0 1993 Edwin Metzner Off Cape May
Bass, black sea 8 4.5 2010 Andrew A. Merendino Off Cape May
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. 2008
Raymond Ponik Bayonne
Croaker, Atlantic 5 8 1981 Frederick Brown Delaware Bay
Cunner 3 .5 2012 Raul de la Prida Off Pt. Pleasant
Dogfish, smooth 19 11.2 2013 Michael J. LaTorre, Jr. Sculls Bay
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, red (Ling) 12 13 2010 Billy Watson Off Manasqua
Hake, white 41 7 1989 Wayne Eble Off Barnegat Light
Kingfish, Northern 2 8 2004 Chester Urbanski Barnegat Bay
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 2 13 2011 Robert Macejka Mantoloking
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, 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
1997
George Algard
Joseph Natoli
Poor Manís Canyon
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 R. Monica Off Ocean City
Tilefish, golden 63 8 2009 Dennis Muhlenforth Lindenzohl Canyon
Tilefish, gray 18 14 2013 Richard Englesbe Off Tomís 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 certified by the IGFA as a world record.

*** Retired Categories ***

Species Lbs. Oz. Year Angler Where Caught
Barracuda 27 8 1991 Gary Szilagyi Off Cape May
Blowfish, N. puffer 1 14 1987 Virginia Patten Delaware Bay
Blowfish (other) 9 10 1992 Kevin Steward Delaware Bay
Cutlass Fish 6 11 2002 Mike Green Mud Hole
Lobster, American 15 3 2003 William Sharp Almirante Wreck
Mackerel, chub 1 9 2002 Kathleen Leso Off Spring Lake
Shark, sandbar 168 8 1987 John Norton Little Egg Inlet
Shark, sand tiger 246 0 1989 Richard Brown Delaware Bay
Shark, white 759 0 1988 Jim Kneipp Off Pt. Pleasant
Stargazer, northern 13 0 2000 Jim Ludt Off Cape May
Striped bass, hybrid 13 2 2004 James R. Fowler Off Brigantine
Sturgeon, Atlantic 82 0 1994 Glen Lasco Sandy Hook
Tarpon 53 0 1982 Jim Klaczkiewicz Off Sea Bright

*** Retired Historical Records ***

Species Lbs. Oz. Year Angler Where Caught
Crab, blue 9" pt. to pt. 1980 Frank Springfield Delaware Bay

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