Striped Bass Tagging Program Records

striped bass

Each winter from November to April approximately 10,000 - 25,000 striped bass are tagged in the Hudson River. Over 400,000 fish have been tagged through 2004.

Below are the top records in various categories as reported to Hudson River Foundation by anglers who return their tags and questionnaires.

What to do if you catch a striped bass with an HRF tag.
When you catch a striped bass with an HRF tag, regardless of whether you intend to keep the fish or not, please cut off the tag and make a record of the date, location, total length of the fish (the distance from the tip of the upper jaw to the tip of the tail), and the condition of the tag insertion site. Then send the tag to:

Hudson River Foundation
Box 1731
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163

Top 10 Greatest Lengths Reported at Recapture
Place Length Angler Location Distance Release Recapture Time at-large
1 4ft 0in Tom Britt Sandy Hook Bay, Sandy Hook, NJ 19 miles 12/04/1991 11/15/1996 4 years, 348 days
2 3ft 11in Thomas F. Nuhn Fisher's Island, New London, CT 135 miles 04/18/1987 06/06/1998 11 years, 52 days
2 3ft 11in Jerry Adams Oregon Inlet, Kitty Hawk, NC 370 miles 12/01/1992 02/13/2004 11 years, 76 days
4 3ft 8in Joseph Lupinacci Sluiceway, Orient, NY 122 miles 04/05/1991 06/30/2001 10 years, 89 days
5 3 ft 7in Raul Vintimilla Cross Bay Bridge, New York, NY 27 miles 01/18/1989 11/21/1998 9 years, 309 days
5 3 ft 7in Somchit Norinth Long Island Sound, Bridgeport, CT 69 miles 03/17/1988 08/15/1995 7 years, 152 days
7 3 ft 6in Joe M. Brown Nauset Beach, Chatham, NY 290 miles 04/09/1986 07/13/1997 11 years, 98 days
7 3 ft 6in Francisco Serrano East River @ 106th St., New York, NY 14 miles 04/19/1994 07/15/1996 2 years, 88 days
7 3 ft 6in Richard L. Hedrick Maryland Bay, Point Lookout, MD 389 miles 04/08/1986 11/26/1999 13 years, 235 days
7 3 ft 6in Joseph Monforte Long Beach, Long Beach Island, NJ 73 miles 12/09/1993 08/01/2003 9 years, 237 days
7 3 ft 6in Tommy Yuan Verrazano Bridge, Brooklyn, NY 16 miles 01/12/2001 10/15/2004 3 years, 277 days
Greatest Time At Large
Place Time at-large Release Recapture Angler Length Location Distance
1 18 years, 277 days 03/16/1995 12/13/2013 Robert Gonzalez 3ft 4in Pier 36, New York, NY 0 miles
2 18 years, 194 days 12/10/1996 06/18/2015 Joseph Garodnick 2ft 0in Nantucket Island, Nantucket, MA 216 miles
3 18 years, 79 days 04/01/1988 06/15/2006 Jose Vazquez 3ft 9in Barretto Park Point, Bronx, NY 20 miles
4 16 years, 259 days 03/07/1991 11/17/2007 Andrew Harris 2ft 6in Endeavor Shoals, Montauk, NY 133 miles
5 16 years, 255 days 02/08/1995 12/15/2011 Richard Weckesser 1ft 8in Newark Bay, Bayonne, NJ 14 miles
6 16 years, 162 days 12/13/1993 5/20/2010 Jack Lizza 2ft 7in Hempstead Harbor, Nassau, NY 34 miles
7 15 years, 286 days 02/07/1989 11/16/2004 Don Westhoff 2ft 8in Montauk Light, Montauk Point, NY 137 miles
8 15 years, 286 days 02/07/1989 11/16/2004 Don Westhoff 2ft 8in Montauk Light, Montauk Point, NY 137 miles
9 13 years, 235 days 12/10/1997 8/15/2013 Jaymire Hernandez 2ft 4in Burges Cove, Providence, RI 198 miles
2 15 years, 228 days 11/23/1988 07/05/2004 William Bowers 3ft 0in Old Field Point, Port Jefferson, NY 59 miles
Top 10 Greatest Distances from the Hudson at Recapture
Place Distance Location Angler Length Release Recapture Time at-large
1 514 miles Penobscot River, Bangor, ME Jack Bolster 1ft 8in 04/02/1986 07/19/1986 0 years, 108 days
2 495 miles Penobscot River, Brewer, ME Lise Albert 1ft 10in 12/29/1997 06/20/2000 2 years, 174 days
2 495 miles Penobscot River, Bangor, ME Tom Cook 1ft 10in 03/09/1999 06/20/2001 2 years, 104 days
4 485 miles Mill Pond, Casco Bay, ME Jo-Anna Graves 1ft 4in 02/07/1995 06/08/1996 1 year, 122 days
5 466 miles Sears Island, Searsport, ME Dawn Goodrich 2ft 2in 12/22/1997 07/21/2002 4 years, 212 days
6 464 miles Penobscot River, Prospect, ME Ray Aldrich 1ft 8in 03/01/2001 07/20/2002 1 year, 141 days
7 461 miles Searsport Harbor, Searsport, ME Stephen L. Garton 1ft 3in 12/20/1993 08/14/1996 2 years, 238 days
8 453 miles Warren Island State Park, Islesboro, ME Cassandra Chernack n/a 03/18/1996 08/05/1998 2 years, 140 days
9 451 miles Dice Head Light, Castine, ME James Woodhead 2ft 6in 12/18/1992 06/25/1996 3 years, 190 days
10 447 miles Kennebec River, Augusta, ME Darren Curtis 2ft 1in 02/06/1997 06/12/2000 3 years, 127 days
Top 10 Rod & Reel Anglers Providing Recapture
Place Number of Fish Angler First to Latest
1 61 striped bass Richard Weckesser 02/1996 to 12/2011
2 52 striped bass Mark Strober 06/1994 to 11/2016
3 51 striped bass Ian Campbell 05/2012 to 05/2013
4 43 striped bass Edwin Flores 05/1997 to 04/2013
5 37 striped bass Ralph Scaglione 11/1986 to 11/1994
6 36 striped bass Fred Lindquist 03/1994 to 10/2001
7 31 striped bass Capt. Bill Herold 10/1986 to 09/2002
8 25 striped bass Charles Costigan 11/1986 to 07/2004
9 25 striped bass Frank Solecki 12/1986 to 11/1998
10 24 striped bass Juan J. Medina 10/2000 to 11/2002