California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sport Diving Records (Free and Scuba)

This list of records was updated on August 30, 2012.

Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Weight/Length Location County Date Diver (Method)
Abalone, Flat*Haliotis walallensis6 7/8 inStewarts PointSonomaJune 20, 1994Jeff Centoni (Free)
Abalone, Green*Haliotis fulgens8 1/4 inSan Clemente IslandLos AngelesAugust 5, 1986Tom Bird (Scuba)
Abalone, Red**Haliotis rufescens12 1/3 inHumboldtHumboldtSeptember 5, 1993John Pepper (Free)
Barracuda, CaliforniaSphyraena argentea14 lb 7 ozCatalina IslandLos AngelesAugust 1957Duke Pawlowicz (Free)
Bass, Barred SandParalabrax nebulifer12 lb 12 ozLong BeachLos AngelesAugust 9, 2004Steven Castro (Free)
Bass, Giant Sea*Stereolepis gigas545 lb 0 ozSanta Cruz IslandSanta BarbaraSeptember 1968Bob Stanbery (Free)
Bass, KelpParalabrax clathratus 12 lb 6 oz San Clemente Orange October 30, 2012 Dave Freeman (Free)
Bonito, PacificSarda chiliensis10 lb 4 ozCatalina IslandLos AngelesJuly 1967Sid Campbell (Free)
CabezonScorpaenichthys marmoratus18 lb 6 ozPedotti RanchSonomaMay 1984Ron Granholt (Free)
Clam, PismoTivela stultorum 6 3/4 in (tie)Coronado
Rincon
San Diego
Ventura
June 13, 2010
December 5, 2014
Steve Crooke (Free)
Roland Takayama (Free)
Corbina, CaliforniaMenticirrhus undulatus5 lb 15 ozCorona Del MarOrangeJuly 1982Willis Reeder (Free)
Croaker, SpotfinRoncador stearnsii8 lb 12 ozCorona Del MarOrangeJanuary 1968Omar Wood (Free)
DolphinfishCoryphaena hippurus24 lb 8 oz209 SpotOrangeJuly 26, 2009Jason Merrell (Free)
Flounder, StarryPlatichthys stellatusOPEN – Minimum Size Requirement: 8 pounds
Halibut, CaliforniaParalichthys californicus72 lb 8 ozSanta Cruz IslandSanta BarbaraAugust 1982William Skwarlo (Scuba)
LingcodOphiodon elongatus 37 lb 0 oz MendocinoMendocino August 2, 2012 Dan Silveira (Free)
Lobster, SpinyPanulirus interruptus16 lb 1 ozCatalina IslandLos AngelesFebuary 1968Jim Watt (Scuba)
OpaleyeGirella nigricans13 lb 7 ozLaguna BeachOrangeOctober 18, 1964David Williams (Free)
Perch, PileRhacochilus vacca2 lb 8 ozStillwater CoveMontereyMay 7, 2011Christopher Saxl (Free)
Prickleback, Monkeyface Cebidichthys violaceus 7 lb 5 oz CarmelMonterey September 7, 2013 Jim Russell (Free)
Rockfish, BlackSebastes melanops8 lb 3 ozShell BeachSonomaNovember 19, 2008Chris Cornett (Free)
Rockfish, BlueSebastes mystinus3 lb 6 ozEureka South JettyHumboldtAugust 18, 2010Galen O'Toole (Free)
Rockfish, CopperSebastes caurinus9 lb 5 ozMendocinoMendocinoOctober 14, 1972Dale Vinnedge (Free)
Rockfish, GrassSebastes rastrelliger 6 lb 3 oz Marin Marin August 1, 2014 Marco A. Mazza (Free)
Rockfish, OliveSebastes serranoides 6 lb 1 oz CarmelMonterey January 2, 2012 Christopher Cupples (Free)
Rockfish, VermilionSebastes miniatus10 lb 6 ozGualalaMendocinoAugust 1983Steve Jackson (Free)
Scallop, RockCrassedoma giganteum11 1/8 inCatalina IslandLos AngelesJune 1972Hank Harper (Scuba)
Seabass, WhiteAtractoscion nobilis93 lb 4 ozMalibuLos AngelesSeptember 17, 2007Bill Ernst (Free)
Seaperch, RubberlipRhacochilus toxotes 4 lb 10 oz Carmel Monterey January 2, 2012 Christopher Cupples (Free)
Shark, BluePrionace glauca231 lb 0 ozSanta Cruz IslandSanta BarbaraAugust 1974Robert L. Ballew (Free)
Shark, Shortfin MakoIsurus oxyrinchus426 lb 0 ozCoronado IslandSan DiegoAugust 28, 1999C. Stewart Graham (Free)
Sheephead, CaliforniaSemicossyphus pulcher40 lb 7 ozSan Miguel IslandSanta BarbaraAugust 9, 1992Chip Burton (Scuba)
Tuna, AlbacoreThunnus alalunga30 lb 11 ozOuter Monterey BayMontereyOctober 14, 1998Joseph E. Tobin (Free)
Tuna, BluefinThunnus thynnus98 lb 0 ozCortez BankSan DiegoAugust 1982Terry Maas (Free)
Tuna, YellowfinThunnus albacares17 lb 13 oz277 Spot August 8, 1992Jim Russell (Free)
YellowtailSeriola lalandi65 lb 0 ozCortez BankSan DiegoOctober 11, 1988Tom Murray (Free)

* State law presently prohibits the take of giant (black) sea bass, canary rockfish, cowcod rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, statewide. Abalone may not be taken south of the mouth of San Francisco Bay.
** Restrictions apply to the take of red abalone (Section 28.10, 28.55 [b], 29.05, 29.15 of Title 14, California Administrative Code) , which may only be taken north of the mouth of San Francisco Bay.