Record Catches Reported in New Jersey

Two saltwater records fall since Memorial Day weekend.

Record Catches Reported in New Jersey

Kevin Cavanaugh of Farmingdale set a state spearfishing record with this gray triggerfish. (NJ Fish & Wildlife image)

New Jersey Fish & Wildlife has reported two new fishing records established this summer.

The latest came July 16 when Kevin Cavanaugh of Farmingdale set a state spearfishing record while free diving off Monmouth Beach.

Cavanaugh’s 5-pound, 5-ounce gray triggerfish beat the previous record by a pond and a half — 3-13 caught last October by Brian Cassidy, also while free diving near Monmouth.

The fish was 22 inches long and had a girth of 17.75 inches.


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Earlier this year (May 26), John Zema caught a state-record cunner while on the Voyager fishing boat, captained by Denis Katliarov.

The fish weighed 3 pounds, 8.8 ounces (the previous record was 6.4 ounces lighter), measured 18.55 inches long and had a 13-inch girth.

He was fishing with clam as bait, with 50-pound braided line.

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