If you have ever had an AH-HA moment and wondered if the fish that was just let go, or the one that got so close and came unbuttoned might have been a California Saltwater State Record. Here is a little info for you. All information and links or taken from the DFG site or as they like to be called - Department of Fish and Wildlife

NOTICE: This is just general information and input and not intended to guarantee you a record if you follow these steps. But may help your chances.
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First things first I would suggest that you print out and keep handy in a dry place this form. It is the application for a POSSIBLE State Record. Serious. You could be the next Record Holder. I have one. Doesn't hurt to dream.


Read the Rules of WHAT & HOW you need to proceed to have you potential record "Verified" and "Authenticated" .. It's all about Technicalities. If you hate following the rules like I do but know you have to then make sure you do at least these things ASAP.

1) MEASURE THE FISH - With a couple different tapes and devices if you have them handy. And Take PHOTOS - PHOTOS - PHOTOS
Documentation - Documentation - Documentation.

2) WEIGH THE FISH - Certified - Yeah it has to be a certified scale that has a CURRENT Certification by an authorized Government agency.
  • Make sure you have at least 2 witnesses take 3 if can. Get names and numbers and signatures .. (not that we ever tell stories)
  • Have your "goto" places around where you fish to weigh (if anyone here has places they know of drop me a PM and I will link them here) some fish markets have them.
  • PHOTOS - PHOTOS - PHOTOS - Documentation - Documentation - Documentation

3) GET THE FISH IDENTIFIED- by a Biologist from one of the Marine Region offices below. Call them First if Nancy isn't around then you can find a Certified Biologist to doit. DONT PANIC! - You can do this AFTER you have the Fish Weighed. I know a BSP is a BSP and a Corbina is a Corbina.. Remember.. Technicalities & Documentation -Documentation - Documentation

Marine Region Offices
Office Address Phone Fax
Belmont Field Office and Laboratory 350 Harbor Blvd., Belmont, CA 94002 (650) 631-7730 (650) 631-6793
Eureka Office and Laboratory 619 - 2nd St., Eureka, CA 95501 (707) 445-6493 (707) 445-6664
Fort Bragg Field Office and Laboratory 32330 N. Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, CA 95437 (707) 964-9078 (707) 964-0642
Los Alamitos Field Office and Laboratory 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (562) 342-7100 (562) 342-7139
Monterey Field Office and Laboratory 20 Lower Ragsdale Dr., Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 649-2870 (831) 649-2894
Sacramento Field Office 1812 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814 No general line (916) 445-6458
San Diego Field Office and Laboratory 3883 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA 92123 No general line No general fax
San Luis Obispo Field Office and Laboratory 3196 South Higuera St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 No general line (805) 542-4609
Santa Barbara Field Office and Laboratory 1933 Cliff Dr., Suite 9, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (805) 568-1231 (805) 568-1235
Santa Rosa Field Office 5355 Skylane Blvd., Suite B, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (707) 576-2882 (707) 576-7132
Other Regional Offices
Contact a Regional CDFW Office
CDFW Headquarters
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters
1416 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-04

Then take a look at these records. They are Awesome but reachable and some have stated from here that they are "sure" they have already release a few possible records! How COOL! Would it be to have your name on this list next update! Really a pound is not that much. Right Bill

Anyway have fun and enjoy .. Hope you find it useful.

Sport Angling Records (Hook-and-Line)

This list of records was updated on September 9, 2013.
Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Weight Location County Date Angler
Barracuda, California Sphyraena argentea 15 lb 15 oz San Onofre San Diego August 24, 1957 C. O. Taylor
Bass, Barred Sand Paralabrax nebulifer 13 lb 3 oz Huntington Flats Orange August 29, 1988 Robert Halal
Bass, Giant Sea* Stereolepis gigas 563 lb 8 oz Anacapa Island Ventura August 20, 1968 James D. McAdams Jr.
Bass, Kelp Paralabrax clathratus 14 lb 7 oz San Clemente Island Los Angeles July 30, 1958 C. O. Taylor
Bass, Spotted Sand Paralabrax maculatofasciatus 6 lb 12 oz Newport Bay Orange October 1, 1994 Matt Bergherm
Bonito, Pacific Sarda chiliensis 21 lb 5 oz 181 Spot San Diego October 19, 2003 Kim Larson
Cabezon Scorpaenichthys marmoratus 23 lb 4 oz Los Angeles Los Angeles April 20, 1958 Bruce Kuhn
Corbina, California Menticirrhus undulatus 7 lb 1 oz Newport Harbor Orange May 30, 2005 Scott Matthews
Croaker, Spotfin Roncador stearnsii 14 lb 0 oz Playa del Rey Los Angeles September 24, 1951 Charles Dusart
Croaker, Yellowfin Umbrina roncador 3 lb 14 oz Santa Monica Beach Los Angeles October 8, 2000 Fred Oakley
Dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus 66 lb 0 oz 209 Spot Orange September 9, 1990 Kim Larson
Flounder, Starry Platichthys stellatus 11 lb 4 oz San Simeon San Luis Obispo August 29, 1993 Steve Doshier
Greenling, Kelp Hexagrammos decagrammus 3 lb 2 oz Trinidad Humboldt June 6, 2009 Scott Bauer
Halibut, California Paralichthys californicus 67 lb 4 oz Santa Rosa Island Santa Barbara July 1, 2011 Francisco J. Rivera
Jacksmelt Atherinopsis californiensis 1 lb 8 oz San Nicholas Island Ventura June 12, 1998 William J. Rogers
Lingcod Ophiodon elongatus 56 lb 0 oz Crescent City Del Norte July 12, 1992 Carey Mitchell
Mackerel, Jack Trachurus symmetricus 5 lb 8 oz Huntington Beach Orange September 1, 1988 Joe Bairian
Mackerel, Pacific (Chub) Scomber japonicus 2 lb 8 oz Horseshoe Kelp Los Angeles November 5, 1995 Bob Tanji
Mackerel, Pacific (Chub) Scomber japonicus 2 lb 8 oz Mission Beach San Diego November 11, 2005 Thomas Hilgert
Marlin, Blue Makaira nigricans 692 lb 0 oz Balboa Orange August 18, 1931 A. Hamann
Marlin, Striped Tetrapturus audax 339 lb 0 oz Catalina Island Los Angeles July 4, 1985 Gary Jasper
Opah Lampris guttatus 163 lb 0 oz Port San Luis San Luis Obispo October 8, 1998 Tom Foran
Opaleye Girella nigricans 6 lb 4 oz Los Flores Creek May 13, 1956 Leonard Itkoff
Perch, Black Embiotoca jacksoni 2 lb 9 oz Pacific Grove Monterey February 20, 2011 Zachary Mitchell
Perch, Pile Rhacochilus vacca 2 lb 4 oz Monterey Monterey July 31, 2013 Matthew Michie
Prickleback, Monkeyface Cebidichthys violaceus 6 lb 1 oz Pescadero San Mateo February 7, 2005 Kirk Lombard
Ray, Bat Myliobatis californica 181 lb 0 oz Huntington Beach Orange July 24, 1978 Bradley Dew
Rockfish, Black Sebastes melanops 9 lb 2 oz S.F. Light Station San Francisco September 3, 1988 Trent Wilcox
Rockfish, Blue Sebastes mystinus 3 lb 14 oz San Carpoforo Creek San Luis Obispo October 14, 1993 Terry Lamb Jr.
(Rockfish), Bocaccio Sebastes paucispinis 17 lb 8 oz Point St Georges Reef Del Norte October 25, 1987 Sam Strait
Rockfish, Bronzespotted* Sebastes gilli 14 lb 8 oz Cherry Bank Los Angeles February 22, 1997 Conor Gorey
Rockfish, Brown Sebastes auriculatus 6 lb 15 oz Colorado Reef San Mateo September 29, 2008 Robert Gibbons
Rockfish, Canary* Sebastes pinniger 6 lb 15 oz Usal Beach Mendocino September 30, 2001 Kevin Kerns
Rockfish, China Sebastes nebulosus 3 lb 4 oz Russian River Sonoma July 24, 1998 Joe Newman
Rockfish, Copper Sebastes caurinus 8 lb 5 oz Pigeon Point Monterey August 18, 1985 Kenny Aab
Rockfish, Cowcod* Sebastes levis 21 lb 14 oz Hidden Reef Ventura August 10, 1998 Carlos A. Herrera
Rockfish, Grass Sebastes rastrelliger 6 lb 7 oz Bean Hollow State Beach San Mateo June 30, 2012 Wesley Shum
Rockfish, Greenspotted Sebastes chlorostictus 2 lb 5 oz Piedras Blancas San Luis Obispo June 24, 2005 John Wallick
Rockfish, Olive Sebastes serranoides 5 lb 14 oz St. Augustine Reef Santa Barbara November 21, 1991 Haady Forbes
Rockfish, Treefish Sebastes serriceps 4 lb 3 oz Malibu Los Angeles August 9, 2003 Joseph Kokrak
Rockfish, Vermilion Sebastes miniatus 14 lb 9 oz Morro Bay San Luis Obispo July 31, 1996 Bobby Cruce
Rockfish, Yelloweye* Sebastes ruberrimus 18 lb 3 oz Piedras Blancas San Luis Obispo April 15, 1994 John Cossey
Rockfish, Yellowtail Sebastes flavidus 5 lb 8 oz Alder Creek Monterey August 4, 1991 Alberto Cortez
Salmon, Chinook (King) Oncorhynchus tshawytscha 65 lb 4 oz Crescent City Del Norte August 21, 2002 Franklin T. Cox
Sargo Anisotremus davidsonii 3 lb 3 oz Catalina Island Los Angeles December 28, 2010 Dennis Tyler
Scorpionfish, California Scorpaena guttata 3 lb 0 oz Silver Strand Beach San Diego December 26, 1997 Nathan Weatherson
Seabass, White Atractoscion nobilis 79 lb 0 oz Pajaro River Mouth Santa Cruz October 14, 2011 Justin Barry
Seaperch, Rubberlip Rhacochilus toxotes 5 lb 0 oz Monterey Bay Monterey June 18, 2009 Russell P. Jacobs
Seaperch, Striped Embiotoca lateralis 2 lb 6 oz Monterey Bay Monterey January 20, 2011 Joseph M. Holt
Shark, Blue Prionace glauca 258 lb 8 oz Channel Islands Santa Barbara August 29, 2008 Josh Ware Bollinger
Shark, Leopard Triakis semifasciata 47 lb 1 oz Palos Verdes Los Angeles July 18, 2007 Ronald Schmidt
Shark, Sevengill Notorynchus cepedianus 276 lb 0 oz Humboldt Bay Humboldt October 17, 1996 Cliff Brewer
Shark, Shortfin Mako Isurus oxyrinchus 1,098 lb 12 oz Anacapa Island Ventura July 24, 2010 Sean Gizatullin
Shark, Thresher Alopias vulpinus 575 lb 0 oz Carlsbad Canyon San Diego May 26, 2007 Daniel D. Lara
Sheephead, California Semicossyphus pulcher 30 lb 8 oz Newport Beach Orange August 29, 2009 Matt Freis
Sole, Fantail Xystreurys liolepis 8 lb 8 oz San Clemente Island Los Angeles June 6, 2001 Allan Sheridan
Squid, Humboldt Dosidicus gigas OPEN – Minimum Size Requirement: 40 pounds
Surfperch, Barred Amphistichus argenteus 4 lb 2 oz Morro Bay San Luis Obispo November 8, 1995 Artie J. Ferguson
Surfperch, Barred Amphistichus argenteus 4 lb 2 oz Oxnard Ventura March 30, 1996 Fred Oakley
Surfperch, Calico Amphistichus koelzi 1 lb 8 oz Rio Del Mar State Beach Santa Cruz February 23, 2013 Richard Chew
Surfperch, Rainbow Hypsurus caryi OPEN – Minimum Size Requirement: 1 pound
Surfperch, Redtail Amphistichus rhodoterus 3 lb 7 oz Kellogg Beach Del Norte April 23, 2012 Ruthie Montgomery
Surfperch, Walleye Hyperprosopon argenteum OPEN – Minimum Size Requirement: 1 pound
Swordfish Xiphias gladius 452 lb 8 oz Catalina Island Los Angeles September 30, 2003 David M. Denholm
Tuna, Albacore Thunnus alalunga 90 lb 0 oz Santa Cruz Santa Cruz October 21, 1997 Don Giberson
Tuna, Bigeye Thunnus obesus 240 lb 0 oz Butterfly Bank San Diego August 1, 1987 Steve Hutchinson
Tuna, Bluefin Thunnus thynnus 243 lb 11 oz 277 Spot September 8, 1990 Karl E. Schmidbauer
Tuna, Skipjack Katsuwonus pelamis 26 lb 0 oz San Diego San Diego August 28, 1970 William Hall
Tuna, Yellowfin Thunnus albacares 239 lb 0 oz Catalina Island Los Angeles November 24, 1984 Ronald R. Howarth
Whitefish, Ocean Caulolatilus princeps 13 lb 12 oz Cortez Bank San Diego April 23, 1988 Bob Schwenk
Whitefish, Ocean Caulolatilus princeps 13 lb 12 oz San Nicholas Island Ventura July 3, 2010 Kevin Yonei
Yellowtail Seriola lalandi 63 lb 1 oz Santa Barbara Island Santa Barbara June 18, 2000 Kwang Nam Lee
* 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.

Good Luck Guys and Gals! I hope to see your name on here one day!