There have been a whopping 9 state records broken in the state of Missouri alone this year, including 6 different fish in the first 6 months of the year followed by the kid who broke his dad’s sunfish record, a bighead Carp big enough to set a new world record, and a state record American eel.
Now we’ve got a new state to add to the ever-growing list and a new species of fish.
An angler in New Jersey recently hauled in a new record for a saltwater species known as gray tilefish.
According to Mid Jersey News, The fish was 34-inches long and 25-inches around and weighed 23-pounds 8-ounces. It broke the previous state record by 4-ounces and has already been certified by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Control.
It is one of the largest tilefish ever documented, as the species typically weigh just 5 to 8-pounds on average. They are long-living fish that have been known to reach ages of almost 30-years in the wild.
They are exceptionally tasty fish that has even been nicknamed the “poor man’s lobster” due to their similar taste. Their name is derived from their habit of digging into the sand to make shallow burrows, covering the ocean floor like a tile while they rest and seek protection from predators.
The fish was caught by George Hanakis, who was fishing aboard a 125-foot deep sea charter fishing boat known as the Jamaica.
“New Certified NJ State Record caught onboard the Jamaica by George Hanakis!”
New Certified NJ State Record caught onboard the Jamaica by George Hanakis! https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2021/recgraytile21.htm
Please keep in mind that you do need to purchase separate licenses for fishing fresh and saltwater.
Oftentimes you do not need to purchase a license when fishing with a professionally licensed saltwater guide, though, as most of the time, they have their entire boats licensed for chartered trips like this. It’s best to check with the captain directly.
The sale of fishing licenses directly funds the protection and enhancement of public boat ramps, aquatic environments, and fish populations in all 50 states.
It also protects you from potentially being fined, having your gear confiscated, and/or losing your fishing privileges. It’s important to remember that just because you have a fishing license in one state, that does not mean it is valid in another state.