46.5-Pound Golden Tilefish Establishes New Delaware State Record For Deep-water Species

DNREC confirms that 46.5-pound golden tilefish establishes new state record for deep-water species


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Tom Schanno and his state-record golden tilefish. Photo courtesy Tom Schanno.
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LEWES (Sept. 22, 2017) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 46-pound, 8-ounce golden tilefish, caught in the Atlantic Ocean Aug. 25 by Tom Schanno of Halethorpe, Md. – with the catch establishing a record for the golden tilefish, a deep-water offshore species that has been recognized by the tournament only since 2010. The tilefish was 47 inches long and had a girth of 29 inches.

Schanno caught the fish in the Baltimore Canyon 62 nautical miles from the Indian River Inlet while aboard a charter boat captained by Frank Perna. The golden tilefish took a 5-oz. chartreuse and silver butterfly jig in 530 feet of water. Leveraging the fish off the ocean floor took 10 minutes, at which time another 10-minute fight ensued before Schanno was able to bring the fish alongside the boat.

The record catch was weighed at Hook’em & Cook’em, an official Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament weigh station in Rehoboth Beach, and initially confirmed by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Officer AFC Adam Roark.

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