November 15, 2016
The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that James Massimino of Neptune made his way onto the state record fish list recently by landing a new state record Gray Triggerfish. James was fishing off a boat when he reeled in the 6 pound, 11 ounce fish, eclipsing the old record caught by Ronald Pires in 2008 in High Bar Harbor by 15 ounces.
James was fishing off the boat, Striper Snyper, captained by Stauros Dallaportas on September 8. The boat was fishing off the Sea Girt Reef when the fish hit his line while bottom fishing.
James was using an Abu Beast reel spooled with 50-lb. test braided line and a Lamiglas rod. He used crab for bait.
The new record gray triggerfish measured 19.25 inches in length and had a girth of 20.75 inches.
For more information on the Record Fish Program, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/recfish.htm