State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Application for New Jersey State Record Fish
1. Fish must be caught off New Jersey’s coast or any other marine waters. Species taken from
a boat must have been caught from a boat that 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. For lobsters
and crabs, hand-harvesting, traps and hand lines are acceptable catch methods.
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 status.
5. A clear, side-view color photograph of the fish must be submitted. All photo entries become
property of the Division of Fish and Wildlife and will not be returned.
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. 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. Fishes should be kept refrigerated prior to
7. Application MUST be submitted within one month of catch.
Please note that 61 species of marine fish are currently eligible for entry inthe Record Fish Program.
Anglers are reminded that the objective of the Record Fish Program is to increase the awareness of
fishing opportunities for species that are regularly sought after and routinely found in the freshwaters
or off the coast of New Jersey.