NJ dot com posted a really nice article about all 98 NJ fishing records. This includes freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing. Give it a read! NJ.com article
In a freshwater fishing forum on StipersOnline.com a member by the name of scoobydoo has posted a claim (with pics) of catching and releasing a possible NJ State record largemouth bass.
You’ve got to see the picture of the bass, at 25″ length and 19.5″ girth, it looks like a big carp laying across the fisherman’s thighs. The fish was caught on a Lunker City Salad Spoon. Location is undisclosed.
The current NJ state record largemouth was caught by Bob Eisele in Menantico Sand Wash Pond in Cumberland County in 1980. The 10 pound, 14 ounce largemouth was taken on a homemade bucktail with a yellow Mr. Twister.
What better way to celebrate independence than to catch a new NJ State Record fish? Here’s Hamilton, NJ resident Chris Hoffman with his new New Jersey state record Bowfin. Congratulations Chris!
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that a bowfin caught by Chris Hoffman of Hamilton, NJ, is officially a new state record.
Mr. Hoffman was fishing for largemouth bass from his boat in the Delaware River near the Mercer Generating Station in Trenton, NJ. on July 4, 2011, when the fish grabbed a 4″ soft plastic Senko around 7 p.m. Reeling it in on 6 lb. test P-Line with a Shimano Reel and Mojo Bass Rod combo, Chris claimed that he was lucky the bowfin’s formidable teeth did not snap the line
The 10 lb. 14 oz. bowfin, was 29.9″ long and had a girth of 14.6″. It broke the old record, set 23 years ago in 1988, by 2 lb. 10 oz.
The bowfin belongs to a primitive family of fish named Amiidae and is the only surviving species of that family. The bowfin is a formidable predator that readily feeds on frogs, fish and a wide variety of other vertebrate prey and insects. It should not be confused with the snakehead, an invasive species now occurring in the lower Delaware River and some of its tributaries. Snakeheads should be destroyed if caught (see page 33 of the Freshwater DIGEST).
The New Jersey State Record Fish Program was revised in May of 2007. It revolves around a specific list of eligible species, and is based on weight alone (there are no line classes). The program goal is to increase awareness of fishing opportunities for species that are regularly sought after and routinely found in the freshwaters or off the coast of New Jersey.
For details on program, see the Record Fish Program page at www.njfishandwildlife.com/recfish.htm.
Not caught at Round Valley, but worth mentioning a new NJ state record fish. The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that a Grass Carp caught by James Dempsey, Jr of Ewing New Jersey on May 12, 2011 is officially a new state record. The huge fish was taken from Curlis Lake in Mercer County and weighed an astounding 55 lbs. 8 oz., surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by Homer Tye by one pound, one ounce. That record fish was also from Curlis Lake.
For more information on the catch, rod, reel, bait as well as a bigger photo of the monster fish, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2011/recgrasscarp11.htm on the division’s website.
ABOUT CURLIS LAKE:
“Curlis Lake is a small parcel connected to larger preserved parkland known as Mercer County Northwest Park. A total of 1,600 acres is preserved and offers a variety of trails for walking, mountain biking, horseback riding and environmental interpretation. Trail linkages are possible from Curlis Lake behind the equestrian center, crossing Federal City Road into the Pole Farm, which is 812 acres of fields, woodlands and trails. A trail guide and map are also on the NJ Trails website.” – from New Jersey Trail Association
Hillsborough NJ local Chris F. and his buddy Vasili fished Round Valley Reservoir the morning of Friday August 1st, 2010 and caught something they never thought to catch – a 50 inch long American Eel. Their eel easily beats the current NJ state record American Eel from 2005. That eel weighed 6 pound, 13 ounces, measured 41 and 3/4 inches and also was caught in Round Valley Reservoir.
How much did their eel weigh? No one knows… the fish was never weighed and Vasili’ took it home, cleaned it and ate it! “I can tell you that the eel was scary looking as hell when it came up in the dark, that it was about as thick around as my bicep, and that it had 4-5 partially digested sunfish and bass in its belly”, said Chris’s buddy.
The two were fishing near the shore on the western side of the North Tower.
We were in about 15 feet of water fishing live shiners. When the eel hit, the the rod went crazy and had a big bend in it. We knew it was something big but didn’t know what. It wasn’t fighting like any fish we’d ever caught. Plus it was about 9 o’clock at night, getting dark so we couldn’t see too good.
When asked if they thought about weighing the eel or asking around before eating it.
Neither one of us had ever caught an eel before. We had heard they were in here and that they were big, so we didn’t really think this was some kind of record. It was only days later when when we showed this picture around and told a friend and they were like, “dude you guys blew it, that’s a state record fish”. Whatever, we had a great time and that’s all that matters.
Indeed. Congrats to Chris and Vasili!