|September 9, 2007
According to the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protectionís Division of Fish and Wildlife, a new state
record gray tilefish was taken from Tomís Canyon on September 9.
Joseph Sanzone of Pompton Lakes caught an 18 pound, 7 ounce gray
tilefish that weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces more than the previous
record taken off the Sea Girt Artificial Reef in 2001.
Mr. Sanzone was bottom fishing when he hooked the fish on a St.
Croix rod and Penn reel with 65-pound test. Bait was a combination of
butterfish and squid. The fish measured 35 inches in length with a
The gray tilefish is typically found in depths of 200-1,400 feet.
Usually found south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, they live in
burrows and sometimes congregate in small groups.
The New Jersey State Record Fish Program was revised in May of 2007.
It revolves around a specific list of eligible species, and is based
on weight alone (there are no line classes). The program goal is to
increase awareness of fishing opportunities for species that are
regularly sought after and routinely found in the freshwaters or off
the coast of New Jersey. For details on program changes, see the
Record Fish Program page at www.njfishandwildlife.com/recfish.htm.