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State Record White Catfish Caught
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December 01, 2004 (rt23 news) - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protectionís Division of Fish and Wildlife has certified a new state record white catfish that was caught from Dallenbach Pond in East Brunswick, Middlesex County on August 14. Timothy Jasko of Monroe Township, New Jersey caught a 14 pound, 4 ounce white catfish that weighed 3 pounds 15 ounces more than the previous record taken from the Raritan River in 1976!

Jasko was fishing with a simple bobber, hook and nightcrawler when he landed the fish from his boat on 14-pound test line. The fish was weighed by the DEPís Division of Fish and Wildlife and measured 29 inches in length with a 19-inch girth. In addition to being positively identified by freshwater fisheries biologists, the fish was also verified by the curator of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (ANSP). The ANSP estimated the fish to be 18 to 25 years old and will keep the skeleton for display in its museum.

Jasko was set for a Friday night of fishing with a friend and his children when it started to rain. The guests didnít show, but Tim wasnít about to waste all those worms. After casting the last one around 7 p.m. and seeing nothing, he started to reel the rods in when he saw the bobber on one of them take a dip. Primarily a bass fisherman, Tim first thought he was snagged, but soon realized it was a catfish on the other end. After about 10 minutes he netted the catch of his life.

Dallenbach Pond is an old sand wash that is a popular fishing hole. In fact, Timís grandfather used to fish there. Though small in size, it is very deep in certain spots.

White catfish inhabit the fresh and slightly brackish water of river channels, streams and ponds. Originally restricted to the Atlantic Coast from New York to Florida, the species has been introduced and is thriving widely outside its native range. Although tolerant of swiftly flowing streams, it prefers a slower current than its cousin, the channel catfish.

Despite the name, white catfish sport a bluish coloring above with a silver-hued underside. They are not spotted like channel cats and do not possess a deeply forked tail like a bullhead.

White catfish feed on nearly all aquatic life, including other fish and insects. This species is prized for its excellent taste and firm, white meat.

The Record Fish Program recognizes the largest species of fish caught in the state. It revolves around a specific list of eligible freshwater and saltwater species, and is based on weight alone; there are no line classes. Scale certification documentation, including the Certificate of Inspection/Test Report and Registration Certificate issued by the New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures, as well as a weighmasterís signature, are necessary. Other rules apply.

New Jersey State RecordFreshwater Sport Fish

Species Lbs. Oz. Year Angler Where Caught
Bass, largemouth 10 14 1980 Robert Eisele Menantico Sand Wash Pond
Bass, rock 1 5 1982 Eric Avogardo Saddle River
Bass, smallmouth 7 2 1990 Carol Marciniak Round Valley Reservoir
Bluegill 3 0 1990 Dom Santarelli Farm Pond in Pennington
Bowfin 8 4 1988 Craig Raffay Lake Tranquility
Bullhead, brown 4 8 1997 Gary Schmidt Lake of the Woods (Fort Dix)
Carp 47 0 1995 Billy Friedman South Branch of Raritan River
Carp, (archery) 42 1 1987 John Puchalik Delaware River
Carp, grass 50 0 2001 Steve Babilino Garrison Lake
Carp, grass (archery) 49 3 1996 George Vash Delaware & Raritan Canal
Catfish, channel 33 3 1978 Howard Hudson Lake Hopatcong
Catfish, white 14 4 2004 Timothy Jasko Dallenbach Pond
Crappie, black 4 8 1996 Andy Tintle Pompton Lake
Crappie, white 2 10 1997 Bobby Barnard Riverview Park Pond
Eel, American 6 2 1994 James Long Round Valley Reservoir
Muskellunge 42 13 1997 Bob Neals Monksville Reservoir
Muskie, tiger 29 0 1990 Larry Migliarese Delaware River
**Perch, white 3 1 1989 Edward Tango Forest Hill Lake
Perch, yellow 2 6 1989 Gene Engels Holiday Lake
*Perch, yellow 4 4 1865 Charles Abbott Crosswicks Creek
*Pickerel, chain 9 3 1957 Frank McGovern Lower Aetna Lake
Pickerel, redfin 1 13 1982 Gerald Humphrey Lake Assunpink
Pike, Northern 30 2 1977 Herb Hepler Spruce Run Reservoir
*Salmon (landlocked) 8 0 1951 John Mount New Wawayanda Lake
Shad, American 11 1 1984 Charles Mower Delaware River
Striped Bass 51 0 2002 John Christian Great Egg Harbor River
Striped Bass, hybrid 16 4 1999 Bill Schmidt Culvers Lake
Sunfish, pumpkinseed 1 8 1987 Daryl Donalson Farm Pond in Burlington County
Trout, brook 7 3 1995 Andrew DuJack Rockaway River
Trout, brown 21 6 1995 Lenny Saccente Round Valley Reservoir
Trout, brown sea run **Vacant** (Minimum Weight 5 Lbs.)
Trout, lake 32 8 2002 Gregory Young Round Valley Reservoir
Trout, rainbow 13 0 1988 Gene Rutkoski Lake Hopatcong
Walleye 13 9 1993 George Fundell Delaware River

* Denotes Historical Record
** Denotes fish has been certified by the IGFA as a world record

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December 01, 2004

State Record White Catfish Caught

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