Got a big one?   The New Jersey Record Fish Program honors the largest species of fish caught off New Jersey's coast or any other marine waters.

Got a big one?   The New Jersey Record Fish Program honors the largest species of fish caught off New Jersey's coast or any other marine waters.
It revolves around a specific list of eligible saltwater species, and is based on weight alone; there are no line classes.   Current rules and regulations are as follows:

   1.)  Fish must be caught off New Jersey’s coast or any other marine waters..   Saltwater species taken from a boat must have been
         caught from a boat which left from and returned to a New Jersey port during the same trip.
   2.)  Fish must have been caught on sporting tackle, hooked and landed by entrant.
   3.)  New Jersey state records are determined by weight alone.   There are no line classes.
   4.)  Fish must be weighed on a certified scale as soon as possible.   A copy of the current scale Registration Certificate
         and valid Inspection/Test Report issued by the County Office of Weights and Measures is required to achieve record fish status.
   5.)  A clear, side-view color photograph of the fish must be submitted.
   6.)  Entry MUST be inspected by a marine biologist for identification purposes.   Call the Division’s Nacote Creek Research Station at
         609-748-2020 to make arrangements.   In most cases, the fish will need to be brought to this office.   In the case of extremely large
         fish (i.e., sharks and tunas), a biologist will be available for dockside inspection.   Fish should be kept refrigerated prior to inspection.
   7.)  Application MUST be submitted within one month of catch.

Click here to get a NJ Record Fish application form.   You can also contact the the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife at:

   NJ Record Fish Program, Division of Fish and Wildlife
   PO Box 400
   Trenton, NJ  08625-0400

Don’t have a record fish, but it’s braggin’ sized?   Then the New Jersey Skillful Angler Awards Program may be just the thing for you.
Since the program's beginning more than twenty years ago, the Division has granted skillful angler status to over 3,500 anglers.   Qualifying anglers receive a signed certificate attesting to their achievement.   Click here to get more information, minimum sizes and see the names of the lucky anglers.

 

New Jersey Record Saltwater Fish

Species

Size

Year

Angler

Where caught

Amberjack, Greater

85 lbs. 0 oz.

1993

Edwin Metzner

Off Cape May

Barracuda

27 lbs. 8 oz.

1991

Gary Szilagyi

Off Cape May

Black Sea Bass

9 lbs. 0 oz.

2015

Steve Singler

Atlantic Ocean

Blowfish (Northern Puffer)

1 lb. 14 oz.

1987

Virginia Patten

Delaware Bay

Blowfish (other)

9 lbs. 10 oz.

1992

Kevin Steward

Delaware Bay

Bluefish

27 lbs. 1 oz.

1997

Roger Kastorsky

Five Fathom Bank

Bonito, Atlantic

13 lbs. 8 oz.

1945

Frank Lykes Jr.

Off Sandy Hook

Cobia

87 lbs. 0 oz.

1999

Joseph Shanchuk

Off Sea Bright

Cod

81 lbs. 0 oz.

1967

Joseph Chesla

Off Brielle

Crab, Blue

8.75 in. point-to-point

2008

Raymond Ponik

Bayonne

Croaker, Atlantic

5 lbs. 8 oz.

1981

Frederick Brown

Delaware Bay

Cunner (Bergall)

3 lbs. 2.4 oz.

2015

Jorge Antonio Costa

Mud Hole

Cutlass

6 lbs. 11 oz.

2002

Mike Green

Mud Hole

Dogfish, Smooth

19 lbs. 11 oz.

2013

Michael J. LaTorre, Jr.

Scull Bay

Dogfish, Spiny

15 lbs. 12 oz.

1990

Jeff Pennick

Off Cape May

Dolphin

63 lbs. 3 oz.

1974

Scott Smith Jr.

Baltimore Canyon

Drum, Black

109 lbs. 0 oz.

2008

Nick Henry

Delaware Bay

Drum, Red

55 lbs. 0 oz.

1985

Daniel Yanino

Great Bay

Eel, American

9 lbs. 13 oz.

1988

Warren Campbell

Atlantic City

Fluke (Summer Flounder)

19 lbs. 12 oz.

1953

Walter Lubin

Off Cape May

Flounder, WInter

5 lbs. 11 oz.

1992

Jimmy Swanson

Off Barnegat Light

Hake, White

41 lbs. 7 oz.

1989

Wayne Eble

Off Barnegat Light

Kingfish, Northern

2 lbs. 8 oz.

2004

Chester Urbanski

Barnegat Bay

Ling (Red Hake)

12 lbs. 13 oz.

2010

Billy Watson

Mud Hole

Lobster, American

15 lbs. 3 oz.

2003

William Sharp

Off Absecon Inlet

Mackerel, Atlantic

4 lbs. 1 oz.

1983

Abe Elkin

Manasquan Ridge

Mackerel, Chub

1 lb. 9 oz.

2002

Kathleen Leso

Off Spring Lake

Mackerel, King

54 lbs. 0 oz.

1998

Fernando Alfaiate

Off Cape May

Mackerel, Spanish

9 lbs. 12 oz.

1990

Donald Kohler

Off Cape May

Marlin, Blue

1,046 lbs. 0 oz.

1986

Phil Infantolino

Hudson Canyon

Marlin, White

137 lbs. 8 oz.

1980

Mike Marchell

Hudson Canyon

Perch, White

2 lbs. 12 oz.

1998

Michael King

Little Beach Creek

Pollock

46 lbs. 7 oz.

1975

John Holton

Off Brielle

Porgy (Scup)

5 lbs. 14 oz.

1976

Victor Rone

Delaware Bay

Sailfish

43 lbs. 4 oz.

2006

John A. Tallia

Lindenkohl Canyon

Seatrout, Spotted

11 lbs. 2 oz.

1974

Bert Harper

Holgate surf

Shad, American

7 lbs. 0 oz.

1967

Rodger West

Great Bay

Shad, Hickory

2 lbs. 13 oz.

2011

Robert Macejka

Surf at Mantoloking

Shark, Blue

366 lbs. 0 oz.

1996

Albert Jewitt

Mud Hole

Shark, Bull

 

 

Up for grabs!

Minimum 150 lbs.

Shark, Dusky

530 lbs. 0 oz.

1987

Brian Dunlevy

Off Great Egg Inlet

Shark, Hammerhead

365 lbs. 0 oz.

1985

Walter Thacara

Mud Hole

Shark, Porbeagle

 

 

Up for grabs!

Minimum 100 lbs.

Shark, Sandbar

168 lbs. 8 oz.

1987

John Norton

Little Egg Inlet

Shark, Sand Tiger

246 lbs. 0 oz.

1989

Richard Brown

Delaware Bay

Shark, Shortfin Mako

856 lbs. 0 oz.

1994

Christopher Palmer

Wilmington Canyon

Shark, Thresher

683 lbs. 0 oz.

2009

Bennett Fogelberg

The Fingers

Shark, Tiger

880 lbs. 0 oz.

1998

Billy DeJohn

Off Cape May

Shark, White

759 lbs. 0 oz.

1988

Jim Kneipp

Off Point Pleasant

Sheepshead

19 lbs. 3 oz.

2014

William Catino

Longport

Spadefish

11 lbs. 6 oz.

1998

Cliff Low

Delaware Bay

Spearfish, Longbill

42 lbs. 0 oz.

1989

George Algard

Poor Man’s Canyon

Spearfish, Longbill

42 lbs. 0 oz.

1997

Joseph Natoli

Hudson Canyon

Spot

0 lbs. 13 oz.

2003

Robert Belsky Jr.

Little Sheepshead Creek

Stargazer, Northern

13 lbs. 0 oz.

2000

Jim Ludt

Off Cape May

Striped Bass

78 lbs. 8 oz.

1982

Al McReynolds

Atlantic City

Striped Bass, Hybrid

13 lbs. 2 oz.

2004

James R. Fowler

Off Brigantine

Sturgeon, Atlantic

82 lbs. 0 oz.

1994

Glen Lasco

Sandy Hook

Swordfish

530 lbs. 0 oz.

1964

Edmund Levitt

Wilmington Canyon

Tarpon

53 lbs. 0 oz.

1982

Jim Klaczkiewicz

Off Sea Bright

Tautog (Blackfish)

25 lbs. 5.92 oz.

2015

Frank LaMorte

Off Cape May

Tilefish, Golden

63 lbs. 8 oz.

2009

Dennis Muhlenforth

Lindenkohl Canyon

Tilefish, Gray (Blueline)

23 lbs. 4 oz.

2015

Mark Milici

Lindenkohl Canyon

Triggerfish, Gray

6 lbs. 11 oz.

2016

James Massimino

Sea Girt Reef

Tuna, Albacore

77 lbs. 15 oz.

1984

Dr. S. Scannapiego

Spencer Canyon

Tuna, Bigeye

364 lbs. 14 oz.

1984

George Krenick

Hudson Canyon

Tuna, Bluefin

1,030 lbs. 6 oz.

1981

Royal Parsons

Off Point Pleasant

Tuna, Skipjack

13 lbs. 4 oz.

1999

Craig Eberbach

Wilmington Canyon

Tuna, Yellowfin

290 lbs. 0 oz.

1980

Wayne Brinkerhoff

Hudson Canyon

Tunny, Little

24 lbs. 15 oz.

1977

Mark Niemczyk

Off Sea Bright

Wahoo

123 lbs. 12 oz.

1992

Robert Carr

28-mile Wreck

Weakfish

18 lbs. 8 oz.

1986

Karl Jones

Delaware Bay

Whiting (Silver Hake)

 

 

Up for grabs!

Minimum 2.5 lbs.

Retired category
Fish has been certified by the IGFA as a world record