September 28, 2006
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s
Division of Fish and Wildlife, a new state record sailfish was taken
from Linden Kohl Canyon on September 18. Dr. John A. Tallia of Rock
Hill, New York caught a 43 pound, 4 ounce sailfish that weighed 2
pounds, 4 ounces more than the previous record taken from Wilmington
Canyon in 1984.
Dr. John A. Tallia 43 pound New Jersey
Sailfish caught in September 2006
NC WRC Photo
Dr. Tallia was trolling a Black Bart Hex lure when he hooked the
fish on Shimano equipment with 50-pound test. The fish measured 64 ˝
inches in length with a 22 ˝-inch girth.
Atlantic sailfish are found in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
They generally remain in water temperatures between 70° and 83°F
though they may be found in deeper water. Coloring is dark blue
along the back. The underside is white with brown speckling. Side
markings consist of about 20 bars, each made up of many light blue
spots. The upper jaw projects into a long bill that is approximately
twice the length of the lower jaw. Two dorsal and anal fins are
present. The first dorsal fin is much taller than the width of the
body and runs most of its length. Sailfish feed mainly on squid,
octopus and bony fishes including mackerels, tunas, jacks and
The Record Fish Program honors the largest species of
fish/crustaceans caught in the state. It revolves around a specific
list of eligible species, and is based on weight alone (there are no
line classes). Scale certification documentation and a weighmaster’s
signature are necessary. Other rules apply.
Please note that as of June 6, 2006, 103 species (31 freshwater and
72 saltwater) are eligible for entry in the Record Fish Program.
Anglers are reminded that the objective of the Record Fish Program
is to increase the awareness of fishing opportunities for species
that are regularly sought after and routinely found in or off the
coast of New Jersey.
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