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State Record Northern Kingfish Caught
September 27, 2004
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has certified a new state record northern kingfish that was taken from Barnegat Bay. Chester Urbanski of Lambertville, Hunterdon County caught the 2 pound, 8 ounce, northern kingfish on September 22. It weighed two ounces more than the previous record taken from the surf at Margate Beach in October of 2003.

Urbanski and his wife Cathy were bottom fishing with a squid strip from a rental boat when he caught the record kingfish on 10-pound test line. The fish measured 18½ inches in length with a 10-inch girth.

A member of the drum family, the northern kingfish can be identified by the long spine on its first dorsal fin and barbels on its snout used to find food in the sand. On fresh specimens, coloring on the back and sides is gray and sometimes blackish above with five or six narrow bars. Found throughout the coastal waters of Maine to south Florida, the northern kingfish is mainly an inshore species occurring from the tideline to depths of 30 feet in salt and brackish water. Schools of northern kingfish frequent sand, shell or gravel bottoms, especially near inlets, sand bars or along the edges of channels where they feed on worms, crabs and shrimp. Individuals can reach up to 3¼ pounds, but anything over 2 pounds is unusual.
 

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Thanks for passing that along Bill. That's one large kingfish. I caught my largest king ever this August and it was only 15.5 inches and weighed a little over a pound. It was the biggest I'd ever seen. 18.5" and 2 and a half pounds is hugh.
 

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I had a feeling that baby was going down next..
Some Really Nice KingFish the last few years
have been caught up and down the coast..

I know of one King Sharpie thats Disappointed.
Aren't You Walt...:)


Thanks For The Info.....
 

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Here's A Picture of This Northern Slob :D
 

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Originally posted by NIGHTSTRIKES:
I had a feeling that baby was going down next..
Some Really Nice KingFish the last few years
have been caught up and down the coast..

I know of one King Sharpie thats Disappointed.
Aren't You Walt...:)


Thanks For The Info.....
They hide from that pier on purpose NS. Right Walt? :D
 

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Wow that is a big king.I spent a whole day over easter fishing in N. Carolina,trying for a citation king(sea mullet down there)1.5lbs.Out of a 5 gal. bucket not one over a pound. :eek:
 
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