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State Record Blue Crab Caught

September 6, 2006


According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, a new state record blue crab was caught off Brick, Ocean County on May 21. Martin Winnicki, also of Brick, caught an 8˝-inch blue crab that ties the current state record caught off Manahawkin in 1995. Both of these records remain ˝-inch shy of the historic record taken from Delaware Bay in 1980.

Winnicki was crabbing off Mantoloking Road when he pulled up the monster crab. Bunker served for bait.

The blue crab's abundance, beautiful coloration (a brilliant blend of olive-green, blue and red), aggressive temperament and delicious flavor make it a favorite of recreational crabbers in New Jersey. In addition to its recreational value, the blue crab also supports an important commercial fishery. Of all New Jersey's marine fish and shellfish, more effort is expended in catching the blue crab than any other single species. Blue crabs are abundant all along the Jersey coast, in tidal creeks and rivers, and in shallow saltwater bays from the Hudson River to Delaware Bay. Although most small boats are ideal for reaching crabbing areas, almost any bank, bulkhead, bridge or pier bordering tidal waters can provide excellent crabbing. (More on blue crabs)

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.

For more information, see the Record Fish Program page at

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Last Updated: September 6, 2006