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
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:
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.