The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament — a 79-pound, 6.4-ounce cobia, caught in the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 10 by John Burbage of Ocean View.
The fish was 56.5 inches long and had a girth of 28.25 inches.
Burbage was fishing alone about a mile and a half off the Bethany coast when he caught the record fish. He hooked the cobia by sight casting with an Atlantic menhaden and fought the fish for an hour and 10 minutes.
The record catch was weighed at Hook’em & Cook’em, an official Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament weigh station near Rehoboth Beach, and confirmed by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers Sr. Cpl. Oran White and Officer First Class Timothy Koebel.