Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

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Roland Takayama and his state record Pismo clam (in hand)

Two new ocean sportfishing records were logged into the books towards the end of 2014. On October 12, 2014 Greg Veach landed a 7 lb. 4 oz. olive rockfish (Sebastes serranoides) near Morro Bay to smash that species’ state record by a hefty one pound, six ounces. The previous record, set by Haady Forbes, had been unbeaten for 23 years.

A new record was also set on December 5, 2014 when Roland Takayama captured a 6¾ inch Pismo clam (Tivela stultorum) in Ventura County, tying the current state record. Previously, Steve Crooke captured the Pismo clam state record  with a clam that measured the exact same size. The two men now share the top honor.

Some angling records have yet to be filled — current open species in the angling category include Humboldt squid (min. weight 40 lb.), rainbow surfperch (min. weight 1 lb.), and walleye surfperch (min. weight 1 lb.). In the diving category, the starry flounder state diving record is open (min. weight 8 lb.) and awaiting its first qualifying fish.

Congratulations go out to all our new 2014 state record holders! For more information about state recreational fishing and diving records, see the CDFW Fishing and Diving Record web page.

post by Mary Patyten, CDFW Research Writer  ♦  CDFW file photo