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New Record Sheepshead Caught Spearfishing


October 14, 2021

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that two new record fish were caught in September. The first was a sheepshead caught spearfishing and is the first record in that category for NJ. The second fish that came in was a landlocked salmon which broke a previous record.

Russ Griffin of Manahawkin made his way onto the state spearfishing record fish list by landing a new state record Sheepshead on September 20, while free diving off Long Beach Island. The fish weighed 12 pounds, 8 ounces and is the first record fish to be caught for this category. The record Sheepshead measured 26 inches in length and a girth of 22.5 inches.

Congratulations to Mr. Griffin on his magnificent catch!

To view the previous record for sheepshead caught in 2004, please click here.

New Jersey State Records for Saltwater Fish - Spearfishing

Joe Satkowski Holding Landlocked Atlantic Salmon
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