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CNB Hunting/Fishing News New Jersey: Two New Record Fish Caught in September, a Sheepshead & a Salmon

October 14, 2021

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Joe Satkowski of Hampton broke the existing Landlocked Salmon record

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that two new record fish were caught in September. 

September 30, Joe Satkowski of Hampton broke the existing Landlocked Salmon record. Joe was fishing from his boat on Merrill Creek Reservoir, using a Temple Forks Outfitter spinning rod and a Shimano Stradic spinning reel when he landed the fish. A homemade jig served as the lure. The new record landlocked salmon weighed in at 8 lbs., 10 ounces. eclipsing the previous 2018 record by 5 ounces. The fish measured 26 inches in length and a 16.25 inch girth.

Merrill Creek Reservoir has been stocked with 14-inch salmon raised at the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Hackettstown Hatchery for three consecutive years beginning in 2018 (325 fish, 700 fish, 650 fish).

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Russ Griffin of Manahawkin made his way onto the state spearfishing record fish list by landing a new state record Sheepshead on September 20, while free diving off Long Beach Island. The fish weighed 12 pounds, 8 ounces and is the first record fish to be caught for this category. The record Sheepshead measured 26 inches in length and a girth of 22.5 inches.

 

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Russ Griffin of Manahawkin

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