Records for one back bay fish species and one offshore fish species were shattered in New Jersey this fall, state officials said.
The state Division of Fish Wildlife certified new records for sheepshead and tilefish last week, with both fish having been caught this past fall.
William Catino, of Ventnor, reeled in the new state record sheepshead on Oct 14. The fish weighed in at 19 pounds, 3 ounces eclipsing the previous state record by 2 pounds. William was fishing off a dock in Longport using a rod and Penn reel when he landed his catch, state officials said.
The other state record was reeled in by Cheol Min Park, of Parsippany, on Sept. 30. His 23 pound, 1 ounce gray tilefish was caught fishing from the Voyager in Wilmington Canyon and measured 35 5/16 inches in length with a girth of 27 1/2 inches. Cheol was using a custom rod and JM PE7 reel with a squid as bait. Cheol’s fish weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces more than the previous record. The Voyager is captained by Jeff Gutman and is based in Point Pleasant Beach.