California Saltwater Fishing Records


  • This massive seabass was caught at Catalina island on June 8, 2011. The angler is FNN member "E.A.R.G." This fish was 60 inches long and estimated between 70-80 pounds. Could it have been a new record? We will never know... There was no way of keeping the meat fresh for the long ride home so it was filleted and iced down before it could be weighed.
  •        Have you ever caught a big fish and wondered if it is a record? Angling records are broken every year and some never even make it into the books due to minor technicalities. The CDFW requires the following process for an angling record to qualify:


    1. Print the California Saltwater Angling Record Verification form Be sure to record the date and location of your catch.

    2. Once you have landed your potential record size catch, you should have it weighed as soon as possible to prevent the loss of weight by drying out. Weigh the fish on a scale certified by a government agency for accuracy in the presence of two witnesses, preferably unknown to the angler. Record the names, phone numbers, and addresses of the witnesses on the application. In addition, ask for a weight receipt.

    3. Take several clear pictures of the fish at full length with a measuring device in the background with which the length of the fish can be clearly determined.

    4. Contact the nearest Department of Fish and Game office (listed below) to arrange for a biologist to identify your catch. If a Department office is not located nearby, you can take your fish to a museum or university where a biologist can identify it for you. The fish may be examined by the biologist in a fresh/frozen/preserved condition.

    5. Upon verification of the authenticity of your submitted application, you will receive a letter of acknowledgment and certificate signed by the Department of Fish and Game Director.

    Procedures for Submission of Angling Record

    Species Weight Angler Location Date
    Barracuda, California 15 pounds, 15 ounces C. O. Taylor San Onofre August 24, 1957
    Bass, Barred Sand 13 pounds, 3 ounces Robert Halal Huntington Flats August 29, 1988
    Bass, Giant Sea* 563 pounds, 8 ounces James D. McAdams Jr. Anacapa Island August 20, 1968
    Bass, Kelp 14 pounds, 7 ounces C. O. Taylor San Clemente Island July 30, 1958
    Bass, Spotted Sand 6 pounds, 12 ounces Matt Bergherm Newport Bay October 1, 1994
    Bonito, Pacific 21 pounds, 5 ounces Kim Larson 181 Spot October 19, 2003
    Cabezon 23 pounds, 4 ounces Bruce Kuhn Los Angeles April 20, 1958
    Corbina, California 7 pounds, 1 ounce Scott Matthews Newport Bay May 30, 2005
    Croaker, Spotfin 14 pounds, 0 ounces Charles Dusart Playa del Rey September 24, 1951
    Croaker, Yellowfin 3 pounds, 14 ounces Fred Oakley Santa Monica Beach October 8, 2000
    Dolphinfish 66 pounds, 0 ounces Kim Larson 209 Spot September 9, 1990
    Flounder, Starry 11 pounds, 4 ounces Steve Doshier San Simeon August 29, 1993
    Greenling, Kelp 3 pounds, 2 ounces Scott Bauer Trinidad June 6, 2009
    Halibut, California 67 pounds, 4 ounces Francisco J. Rivera Santa Rosa Island July 1, 2011
    Jacksmelt 1 pound, 8 ounces William J. Rogers San Nicholas Island June 12, 1998
    Lingcod 56 pounds, 0 ounces Carey Mitchell Crescent City July 12, 1992
    Mackerel, Jack 5 pounds, 8 ounces Joe Bairian Huntington Beach September 1, 1988
    Mackerel, Pacific (Chub) 2 pounds, 8 ounces Thomas Hilgert Mission Beach November 11, 2005
    Marlin, Blue 692 pounds, 0 ounces A. Hamann Balboa August 18, 1931
    Marlin, Striped 339 pounds, 0 ounces Gary Jasper Catalina Island July 4, 1985
    Opah 163 pounds, 0 ounces Tom Foran Port San Luis October 8, 1998
    Opaleye 6 pounds, 4 ounces Leonard Itkoff Los Flores Creek May 13, 1956
    Perch, Black 2 pounds, 9 ounces Zachary Mitchell Pacific Grove February 20, 2011
    Perch, Pile 2 pounds, 4 ounces Matthew Michie Monterey July 31, 2013
    Prickleback, Monkeyface 6 pounds, 1 ounce Kirk Lombard Pescadero February 7, 2005
    Ray, Bat 181 pounds, 0 ounces Bradley Dew Huntington Beach July 24, 1978
    Rockfish, Black 9 pounds, 2 ounces Trent Wilcox S.F. Light Station September 3, 1988
    Rockfish, Blue 3 pounds, 4 ounces Terry Lamb Jr. San Carpoforo Creek October 14, 1993
    Rockfish, Bocaccio 17 pounds, 8 ounces Sam Strait Point St Georges Reef October 25, 1987
    Rockfish, Bronzespotted* 14 pounds, 8 ounces Conor Gorey Cherry Bank February 22, 1997
    Rockfish, Brown 6 pounds, 15 ounces Robert Gibbons Colorado Reef September 29, 2008
    Rockfish, Canary* 6 pounds, 15 ounces Kevin Kerns Usal Beach September 30, 2001
    Rockfish, China 3 pounds, 4 ounces Joe Newman Russian River July 24, 1998
    Rockfish, Copper 8 pounds, 5 ounces Kenny Aab Pigeon Point August 18, 1985
    Rockfish, Cowcod* 21 pounds, 14 ounces Carlos A. Herrera Hidden Reef August 10, 1998
    Rockfish, Grass 6 pounds, 7 ounces Wesley Shum Bean Hollow State Beach June 30, 2012
    Rockfish, Greenspotted 2 pounds, 5 ounces John Wallick Piedras Blancas June 24, 2005
    Rockfish, Olive 5 pounds, 14 ounces Haady Forbes St. Augustine Reef November 21, 1991
    Rockfish, Treefish 4 pounds, 3 ounces Joseph Kokrak Malibu August 9, 2003
    Rockfish, Vermilion 14 pounds, 9 ounces Bobby Cruce Morro Bay July 31, 1996
    Rockfish, Yelloweye* 18 pounds, 3 ounces John Cossey Piedras Blancas April 15, 1994
    Rockfish, Yellowtail 5 pounds, 8 ounces Alberto Cortez Alder Creek August 4, 1991
    Salmon, Chinook (King) 65 pounds, 4 ounces Franklin T. Cox Crescent City August 21, 2002
    Sargo 3 pounds, 3 ounces Dennis Tyler Catalina Island December 28, 2010
    Scorpionfish, California 3 pounds, 0 ounces Nathan Weatherson Silver Strand Beach December 26, 1997
    Seabass, White 79 pounds, 0 ounces Justin Barry Pajaro River Mouth October 14, 2011
    Seaperch, Rubberlip 5 pounds, 0 ounces Russell P. Jacobs Monterey Bay June 18, 2009
    Seaperch, Striped 2 pounds, 6 ounces Joseph M. Holt Monterey Bay January 20, 2011
    Shark, Blue 258 pounds, 8 ounces Josh Ware Bollinger Channel Islands August 29, 2008
    Shark, Leopard 47 pounds, 1 ounce Ronald Schmidt Palos Verdes July 18, 2007
    Shark, Sevengill 276 pounds, 0 ounces Cliff Brewer Humboldt Bay October 17, 1996
    Shark, Shortfin Mako 1,098 pounds, 12 ounces Sean Gizatullin Anacapa Island July 24, 2010
    Shark, Thresher 575 pounds, 0 ounces Daniel D. Lara Carlsbad Canyon May 26, 2007
    Sheephead, California 30 pounds, 8 ounces Matt Freis Newport Beach August 29, 2009
    Sole, Fantail 8 pounds, 8 ounces Allan Sheridan San Clemente Island June 6, 2001
    Squid, Humboldt OPEN MINIMUM SIZE REQUIREMENT 40 POUNDS
    Surfperch, Barred 4 pounds, 2 ounces Fred Oakley Oxnard March 30, 1996
    Surfperch, Calico OPEN MINIMUM SIZE REQUIREMENT 1 POUND
    Surfperch, Rainbow OPEN MINIMUM SIZE REQUIREMENT 1 POUND
    Surfperch, Redtail 3 pounds, 7 ounces Ruthie Montgomery Kellogg Beach April 23, 2012
    Surfperch, Walleye OPEN MINIMUM SIZE REQUIREMENT 1 POUND
    Swordfish 452 pounds, 8 ounces David M. Denholm Catalina Island September 30, 2003
    Tuna, Albacore 90 pounds, 0 ounces Don Giberson Santa Cruz October 21, 1997
    Tuna, Bigeye 240 pounds, 0 ounces Steve Hutchinson Butterfly Bank August 1, 1987
    Tuna, Bluefin 243 pounds, 11 ounces Karl E. Schmidbauer 277 Spot September 8, 1990
    Tuna, Skipjack 26 pounds, 0 ounces William Hall San Diego August 28, 1970
    Tuna, Yellowfin 239 pounds, 0 ounces Ronald R. Howarth Catalina Island November 24, 1984
    Whitefish, Ocean 13 pounds, 12 ounces Kevin Yonei San Nicholas Island July 3, 2010
    Yellowtail 63 pounds, 1 ounce Kwang Nam Lee Santa Barbara Island June 18, 2000
    * State law presently prohibits the take of giant (black) sea bass, and canary, cowcod, and yelloweye rockfish off California, Section 28.10 and 28.55 (b), Title 14, California Administrative code.

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