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Delaware Fishing Records

 

Freshwater Fishing Records

FISH
SPECIES

WEIGHT
(Lbs-Ozs)

LOCATION
CAUGHT

DATE
CAUGHT

LENGTH
(Inches)

GIRTH
(Inches)


RECORD HOLDER

Largemouth Bass

10lbs. 10ozs.

Not Recorded

03/22/2012

26"

18.75"

James D Hitchens

American Shad

6lbs. 12ozs.

Brandywine Creek

05/02/1972

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Bayard Conaway
Wilmington, DE

Pickerel

7lbs. 3ozs.

Horsey Pond

04/22/1972

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Earl Messick
Blades, DE

Smallmouth Bass

4lbs. 15ozs.

Brandywine River

05/29/1989

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Jerry Proffitt
Newark, DE

White Perch

2lbs. 9ozs.

Indian River

02/28/1997

15"

13 3/4"

Wayne Hastings
Seaford, DE

Yellow Perch

2lbs. 11ozs.

Red Clay Creek

05/02/1976

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Marvin Kessinger
Wilmington, DE

Trout

11lbs. 10ozs.

White Clay Creek

02/16/1997

28"

18 1/2"

Edwin Wallace
Wilmington, DE

Crappie

4lbs. 9ozs.

Noxontown Pond

05/30/1976

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Marvin Billips
St. Georges, DE

Bluegill

2lbs. 10ozs.

Diamond Pond

06/10/1998
04/29/2001

13"

14 1/4"

Co-record holders:
Arnold
Harmon
Clifford Snyder

Carp

45lbs.

Delaware River

06/06/1976

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Ronald Burnett
New Castle, DE

Catfish

23lbs. 6ozs.

C&D Canal

08/03/1992

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

William Ridgley
New Castle, DE

SB x WB Hybrid

13lbs. 13 1/2ozs.

Lums Pond

03/12/1990

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Earl Blevins
Newark, DE

Walleye

6lbs. 14ozs.

Brandywine River

07/23/1995

27 1/2"

15"

Nesbit Copenhaver
Wilmington, DE

Tiger Musky

15lbs. 2ozs.

Brandywine River

05/11/1991

39"

16"

Richard Harris
Wilmington, DE

Red Ear Sunfish

3lbs. 1ozs.

Diamond Pond

06/14/1998

15"

16"

Marty Messick
Milford, DE

 

Saltwater Fishing Records

FISH
SPECIES

WEIGHT
(lbs-ozs)

LOCATION
CAUGHT

DATE
CAUGHT

LENGTH
(Inches)

GIRTH
(Inches)


RECORD HOLDER

White Marlin

120lbs.

Baltimore Canyon

09/25/1972

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

William Garner Jr.
Forestville, MD

Blue Marlin

820lbs.

Poorman's Canyon

07/08/1986

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Bruce King
Camden, DE

Shark

825lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

07/11/1981

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Brent Thomas
Manheim, PA

Tuna

873 lbs.

Atlantic  Ocean

07/02/2005

115"

80"

Dan Dillon
Herndon, VA

Black Drum

115lbs.

Delaware Bay

05/20/1978

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Kenneth H. Smith
Frederica, DE

Channel Bass

75lbs.

Not
Recorded

06/15/1976

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

James Vandetti
Dover, DE

Cod

44lbs.

Five Fathoms Bank

01/25/1975

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

John Osborne
Lewes, DE

Dolphinfish

52 lbs.

Hot Dog Canyon

8/18/2003

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Charles Ciociola
Limerick, PA

False Albacore

20 lbs.

Not Recorded

2008

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Christian Anderson

Bluefish

21lbs. 15ozs.

Rehoboth Beach

10/27/1980

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Bill Thoroughgood
Rehoboth Beach, DE

Flounder

17lbs. 15ozs.

Indian River Inlet

10/07/1974

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

William Kendall
Dundalk, MD

Tautog

21 lbs. 4 oz.

Delaware Bay

06/18/2005

31"

23 1/2"

Glen Cave
Dagsboro, DE

Seabass

7lbs. 6ozs.

Fenwick Shoal

09/09/1988

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Steve Samluk
Newark, DE

Weakfish

19lbs. 2ozs.

Delaware Bay

05/20/1989

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

William E. Thomas
Smyrna, DE

Porgy

5lbs. 5ozs.

Not Recorded

05/31/1979

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Herman Schmidt
Milford, DE

Kingfish

4 lbs.

Bethany Beach

10/13/1973

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Billy Hastings
Millsboro, DE

Atlantic Mackerel

3lbs. 5ozs.

Delaware Bay

04/02/1985

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Ricky Yakimowicz
Lewes, DE

King Mackerel

48lbs. 9 oz.

B Buoy

09/19/1992

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Gordon Harris
Laurel, MD

Spanish Mackerel

6 lbs. 4 oz..

Light Ship

08/06/2000

26½"

11½"

Eric Ludwig

Shillington, PA

Wahoo

106 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

09/22/2007

72"

32"

Will Stahlgren
Phoenixville, PA

Atlantic Croaker

5lbs. 3 1/2ozs.

Indian River

09/12/1980

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Catherine Simpson
Rehoboth, DE

Swordfish

358 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

09/8/2013

90"

47.5"

Kurt Lorenz
Burke, VA

True Albacore

80lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

09/15/1987

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

David Francella
West Chester, PA

Mako Shark

975lbs.

Poorman’s Canyon

07/22/2000

132"

78"

Thomas Barnes
Mechanicksburg, PA

Striped Bass

52 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

12/8/2012

51"

30"

Ben Smith
Bryn Mar, PA

Sheepshead

15lbs. 11ozs.

Not
Recorded

10/17/2012

Not
Recorded

Not
Recorded

Christopher H. Wentz
Cambra, PA

Grey Triggerfish

6 lbs. 5 ozs.

Delaware Bay

09/30/2012

20"

20"

Buddy J. Masten
Clayton, DE

 

 

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