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The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the New Jersey saltwater record fish program.

A 90.6-pound Cobia was caught by Len Andalis of Philadelphia on Aug. 9, 2019.

The catch surpassed the 20-year-old previous record by 3.6-pounds. The fish measured 66 inches in length and had a girth of 30 inches.

Andalis was fishing off his boat on the McCrie Shoal, located off the beach of Cape May, when the fish hit while he was casting. 

According to a WPVI-TV news interview, Andalis said he was fishing for flounder when he caught the record fish and had never caught a Cobia before.

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Andalis was using a Conley rod and a Shimano 8000 reel with 17-pound line attached to a white bucktail and Sluggo combo as the lure.


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New record fish are caught and entered in the New Jersey State Record Fish Program every year and complete rules and instructions on entering a record fish are found on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website at

The following rules apply to both fresh and saltwater species in New Jersey:

  • New Jersey State records are determined by weight alone. There are no line classes.
  • 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 (pdf, 115kb) is required to achieve record fish status.
  • All fish must be identified by a division biologist.
  • 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.
  • Application MUST be submitted no later than one month after the date of catch.

Information provided by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

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