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State Record Tautog Caught


February 17, 2021

The Division is pleased to announce a new record saltwater fish.

Chris Sullivan of Forked River reeled in a new state record Tautog on December 20, 2020. The fish weighed in at 25 lbs., 13 oz. eclipsing the previous record, set in 2015, by 7.08 oz. The fish measured 32 inches in length and had a 27-inch girth.

Chris was fishing 20 miles off the Cape May coast in the Atlantic Ocean when he landed the fish. Chris was out on the boat Fishin' Fever which is captained by Tom Daffin. Chris was using a Century Pro Togger rod with a Daiwa Saltiga reel and 65 pound braided test when the fish hit. White leggers served as the bait.

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Last Updated: February 17, 2021