December 17, 2015
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has officially certified the catch of a new state record saltwater fish.
Steve Singler of Philadelphia, PA, reeled in the new record Black Sea Bass on December 12, 2015. The fish weighed in at 9 pounds, 0 ounces, eclipsing the previous state record by 11.5 ounces. The fish measured 27.5" in length and had a girth of 18.5".
Steve was fishing with a Shimano rod and reel with 40-pound Power Pro line off the boat Voyager, captained by Jeff Gutman. A clam on 3/0 hooks served as the bait. Steve was bottom fishing in 180-200 feet of water when the fish hit.
For more information on the Record Fish Program, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/recfish.htm.