In one very lucky shot, a New Jersey angler took a fluke that set both a state and world record.
Spear fisher Robert Davis took the record fluke while diving in 20 feet of water in the Barnegat Inlet.
The fish weighed 15.5 pounds, surpassing the New Jersey state record for fluke and the International Underwater Spearfishing Association’s (IUSA) world record for the species. He joins 202 other men’s world records in the IUSA’s books.
Davis caught the record fluke on Aug. 4, just days after the state announced it would add spearfishing to its Record Fish Program.
Fluke, also known as summer flounder, are a flat fish found in the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Florida. Fluke are a favorite fish among recreational fishermen and are important to the commercial fishing industries along the Atlantic.