A new sport diving record was set on August 1, 2014 when Marco A. Mazza (left) speared a 6 lb. 3 oz. grass rockfish (Sebastes rastrelliger) while freediving off Marin County in northern California. This fish beats the previous state diving record, which stood for over a decade, by 3 oz. Congratulations Marco!
In the sport diving category, the starry flounder record is still open (min. weight 8 lb.) and awaiting its first qualifying fish. For more information about state recreational fishing and diving records, see the CDFW Record Ocean Sport Fish webpage.
The CDFW saltwater angling and diving records program recognizes exceptional saltwater finfish and shellfish taken in California by sport anglers and divers. The program has given CDFW biologists the opportunity to examine record-sized catches for decades.
post by Mary Patyten, CDFW Research Writer ♦ CDFW file photo