Delaware fisherman sets state record with 79-pound cobia, officials confirm

John Burbage, of Ocean View, wrestled with his massive catch for over an hour before reeling it in.

An angler in Delaware has officially set a new state record after reeling in a colossal cobia earlier this week.

John Burbage, of Ocean View, reportedly reeled in his record-breaking catch while fishing about a mile and a half off the coast on Monday, during the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Services announced.

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Burbage, alone on the water, was sight-casting when he first hooked the cobia, and fought to reel it in for the next hour and 10 minutes. He then brought it for an official weigh-in and measurement at Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters, which is designated as an official Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament weigh station.

His cobia clocked in at 79-pounds, 6.4 ounces, and measured 56.5 inches. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources officials soon confirmed the record.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control also congratulated Burbage on Facebook.

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Cobia, also known as black salmon, can grow to be as large as 170 pounds or more, and measure 78 inches, according to the Philly Voice. 

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