Pending New Jersey Black Sea Bass State Record
Over the weekend, Steve Singler of Philadelphia fished aboard the VOYAGER out of Point Pleasant New Jersey. He was on a sea bass and porgy trip when he landed a 9 pound sea bass, which was weighed at the state certified scales at the Reel Seat in Brielle, NJ. The bass was 27 inches long and had a girth of 18 3/4 inches. The current state record at 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces was set in 2010 by Andrew Meredino fishing out of Cape May. Delaware shares a lot of the same fishing grounds so you never know if someone will break our state record set by Steve Samluk in 1988, his knothead weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces. Some nice sea bass have been caught the last few days into the five pound range. Sea bass season ends on Dember 31st in Delaware and will start back up May 15th. The limit is 15 fish a day per angler at 12.5 inches. Something that might interest black sea bass anglers, NOAA has been studying these bass for a few years because they are starting to migrate farther north. Anglers in Massachusetts are seeing a huge jump in population in areas that never saw black sea bass. This new migration pattern could cause changes to the fishery regulations on a federal level.