New gray triggerfish record set in N.J.

    Jimmy Massimino holds his record setting gray triggerfish. (Image courtesy of Jimmy Massimino)

    Jimmy Massimino holds his record setting gray triggerfish. (Image courtesy of Jimmy Massimino)

    A Neptune man has reeled his way onto a New Jersey fishing record list, state officials announced.

    Jimmy Massimino caught a 6-pound, 11-ounce gray triggerfish on September 8 while fishing on the boat Striper Snyper.

    Captained by Stauros Dallaportas, the vessel was off the Sea Girt Reef when Massimino snagged the record fish while bottom fishing, according to a New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife release.

    Using crab for bait, the angler was using an Abu Beast reel spooled with 50-pound test braided line and an Lamiglas rod.

    The fish measured 19.25 inches in length with a girth of 20.75 inches. 

    Massimino eclipsed the old record, set in 2008 by Ronald Pires in High Bar Harbor, by 15 ounces.

    Click here for information about the state’s Record Fish Program. 

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