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Delaware Fishing Records

 

Freshwater Fishing Records

FISH
SPECIES

WEIGHT

LOCATION
CAUGHT

DATE
CAUGHT

LENGTH
(Inches)

GIRTH
(Inches)


RECORD
HOLDER

American Shad

6 lbs.
12 ozs.

Brandywine Creek

05/02/1972

Not recorded

Not recorded

Bayard Conaway
Wilmington, DE

Bluegill

2 lbs.
10 ozs.

Diamond
Pond

6/10/1998

13"

14.25"

Co-record holder:
Arnold Harmon

4/29/2001

Not recorded

Not recorded

Co-record holder
Clifford Snyder

Carp

45 lbs.

Delaware
River

06/06/1976

Not recorded

Not recorded

Ronald Burnett
New Castle, DE

Catfish
(any species)

23 lbs.
6 ozs.

C&D
Canal

08/03/1992

Not recorded

Not recorded

William Ridgely
New Castle, DE

Chain Pickerel 

7 lbs.
3 ozs.

Horsey
Pond

04/22/1972

Not recorded

Not recorded

Earl Messick
Blades, DE

Crappie

4 lbs.
9 ozs.

Noxtontown
Pond

05/30/1976

Not recorded

Not recorded

Marvin Billips
St. Georges, DE

Largemouth
Bass

11 lbs
1.6 ozs

Wagamons
Pond

02/20/2016

27"

20.5"

Andre Klein
New Casle, DE

Muskellunge (Muskie)

20 lbs
8 ozs.

Brandywine
River

04/17/2013

42.25"

19.5"

Thomas Sutton
Dover, DE

Redear Sunfish

3 lbs.
1 ozs.

Diamond
Pond

06/14/1998

15"

16"

Marty Messick
Milford, DE

Smallmouth Bass

4 lbs.
15 ozs.

Brandywine
River

05/29/1989

Not recorded

Not recorded

Jerry Proffitt
Newar', DE

Striped Bass Hybrid

13 lbs.
13 ozs.

Lums
Pond

03/12/1990

Not recorded

Not recorded

Earl Blevins
Newark, DE

Trout

11 lbs.
10 ozs.

White Clay
Creek

02/16/1997

28"

18.5"

Edwin Wallace
Wilmington, DE

Walleye

6 lbs.
14 ozs.

Brandywine
River

07/23/1995

27.5"

15"

Nesbit Copenhaver
Wilmington, DE

White Perch

2 lbs.
9 ozs

Indian River

02/28/1997

15"

13.75"

Wayne Hastings Seaford, DE

Yellow Perch

2 lbs.
11 ozs

Red Clay
Creek

05/02/1976

Not recorded

Not recorded

Marvin Kessinger Wilmington, DE

 

Saltwater Fishing Records

FISH
SPECIES

WEIGHT

LOCATION
CAUGHT

DATE
CAUGHT

LENGTH
(Inches)

GIRTH
(Inches)


RECORD
HOLDER


Atlantic Cod

44 lbs.

Five Fathoms Bank

01/25/1975

Not recorded

Not recorded

John Osborne
Lewes, DE

Atlantic Croaker

5 lbs.
3 ozs.

Indian River

09/12/1980

Not recorded

Not recorded

Catherine Simpson
Rehoboth, DE

Atlantic Mackerel

3 lbs.
5 ozs.

Delaware Bay

04/02/1985

Not recorded

Not recorded

Ricky Yakimowicz
Lewes, DE

Black Drum

115 lbs.

Delaware Bay

05/20/1978

Not recorded

Not recorded

Kenneth H. Smith
Frederica, DE

Black Sea Bass

7 lbs.
6 ozS.

Fenwick Shoal

09/09/1988

Not recorded

Not recorded

Steve Samluk
Newark, DE

Bluefish

24 lbs.
13 ozs.

Del-Jersey Artifical Reef

11/16/2015

43"

23.5"

Luis Mispireta
Stevensville, MD

Blueline Tilefish

22 lbs.
3 ozs.

Baltimore Canyon

08/18/2015

30.75"

22"

Andrew Orr
Stevensville, PA

Blue Marlin

820 lbs.

Poorman's Canyon

07/08/1986

Not recorded

Not recorded

Bruce King
Camden, DE

Dolphinfish

52 lbs.

Baltimore Canyone

07/16/2014

54.25"

32.5"

William Emmert
Rehoboth, DE

False Albacore

20 lbs.
8 ozs.

Masseys
Canyon

06/29/2016

30.75"

22"

Tom Parril
Wellsville, PA

Flounder

17 lbs.
15 ozs.

Indian River Inlet

10/07/1974

Not recorded

Not recorded

William Kendall
Dundalk, MD

Gray Triggerfish

6 lbs.
5 ozs.

Delaware Bay

09/30/2012

20"

20"

Buddy J. Masten
Clayton, DE

Kingfish

4 lbs.

Bethany Beach

10/13/1973

Not recorded

Not recorded

Billy Hastings
Millsboro, DE

King Mackerel

48 lbs
9 ozs.

B-Buoy

09/19/1992

Not recorded

Not recorded

Gordon Harris
Laurel, MD

Mako Shark

975 lbs.

Poorman's Canyone

07/22/2000

132"

78"

Thomas Barnes
Mechanicsburg, PA

Red Drum

75 lbs.

Not recorded

06/15/1976

Not recorded

Not recorded

James Vandetti
Dover, DE

Scup
(Porgy)

5 lbs.
5 ozs.

Not recorded

05/31/1979

Not recorded

Not recorded

Herman Schmidt
Milford, DE

Shark

873 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

07/11/1981

Not recorded

Not recorded

Brent Thomas Manhein, PA

Sheepshead

17 lbs.
2 ozs.

Delaware Bay

09/30/2014

28"

24"

Dave Walker
Boothwyn, PA

Spanish Mackerel

6 lbs.
4 ozs.

Light Ship

08/06/2000

26.5"

11.5"

Eric Ludwig
Shilington, PA

Striped Bass (Rockfish)

52 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

12/08/2012

51"

30"

Ben Smith
Bryn Mawr, PA

Swordfish

358 lbs.

Poormans Canyon

09/17/2013

90"

47.5"

Kurt Lorenz
Burke, VA

Tautog

21 lbs.
4 ozs.

Delaware Bay

06/18/2005

31"

23.5"

Glen Cave
Dagsboro, DE

True Albacore

80 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

09/15/1987

Not recorded

Not recorded

David Francella
West Chester, PA

Tuna

873 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

07/02/2005

115"

80"

Dan Dillon
Herndon, PA

Wahoo

106 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

09/22/2007

72"

32"

Will Stahlgren
Phoenixville, PA

Weakfish

19 lbs.
2 ozs.

Delaware Bay

05/20/1989

Not recorded

Not recorded

William E, Thomas Smyrna, DE

White Marlin

120 lbs.

Baltimore Canyon

09/25/1972

Not recorded

Not recorded

William Garner
Forestville, MD

 

 

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