Spanish mackerel may set new state record

LEWES — Captain Les Clemmer of the Martha Marie charter services was out the other day and one of his anglers hit a Spanish Mackerel that may set a new state record.

Jeffrey Nichols was visiting the area after a long couple months in the coal mines when he slammed the Spanish mackerel.

The fish measured 31 inches with a girth of 12 inches.

When they got back to the docks, they weighed it in at 6.39 pounds and filled out the citation paperwork.

Once they realized it was a possible state record, it had already been filleted.

Jeffrey Nichols holds a spanish mackerel that may set a new Delaware state record. (Submitted photo/Captain Les Clemmer)

No worries, DNREC came back out and certified the catch as a pending new Delaware State Sportfish Tournament record.

According to Bruce Cole, Fisheries Biologist for DNREC and the Sportfish Tournament Director, this is a pending state record and will be made official in due time.

The current Delaware record for Spanish mackerel is held by Eric Ludwig, set in the year 2000, at 6.25 pounds.

When Captain Clemmer was asked where the mackerel was caught, he replied, “We were trolling towards those yellow dots on the screen, where we had good luck last year this time of year.”

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