May 6, 2015
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has officially certified, and is pleased to announce, the catch of a new state record saltwater fish.
Frank LaMorte of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, reeled in the new state record Tautog on April 17, 2015. The fish weighed in at 25 pounds, 5.92 ounces eclipsing the previous state record, which had stood since 1998, by 5.92 ounces.
The fish measured 33" in length and had a girth of 23". Frank was fishing off the boat Fishin' Fever IV, captained by Tom Daffin. The boat was anchored when Frank reeled in the fish. Frank was using a Star rod and a Shimano reel with 65-pound braided line. A crab served as the bait.
For more information on the Record Fish Program, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/recfish.htm.