New York’s Marine Recreational Angler Records Program

Think you caught record-breaking fish?

Robert Foley record tilefish
Robert Foley weighing the new state record 68.25-pound golden tilefish.

From deep, offshore ocean waters to surfcasting on sandy beaches, New York’s marine waters offer exciting world-class saltwater fishing opportunities.

The Marine Recreational Angler Records Program recognizes exceptional saltwater fish and blue crab caught in New York, including long-standing state records for the heaviest fish and annual awards for the longest fish of a qualifying species.
Think you caught record-breaking fish? Review the rules of entry, current records, and qualifying lengths on DEC’s website: New York Marine Recreational Angler Records Rules (PDF).

To submit your catch information to DEC, use the online entry form.

DEC has received three new state records in 2021 for marine fish. Congratulations to the following anglers for catching New York State Record fish!

  • 18.05 lb. false albacore caught by Jason Fassino on June 15, 2021
  • 68.25 lb. golden tilefish caught by Robert Foley on July 11, 2021
  • 97.40 lb. cobia caught by Daniel McMahon on July 24, 2021

Be sure to check New York’s Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for the current open season and size limit regulations before you head out on your next fishing trip. Anglers 16 years and older must enroll in the no-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry, register through DECALS online, by calling 1-866-933-2257, or visiting a License Issuing Agent.

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