The Maryland record fish list has a brand new species category thanks to Wayne Gower and his extraordinary five-pound, two-ounce gray triggerfish catch.
The Baltimore angler landed the fish October 31 while bottom-fishing aboard a charter off Ocean City, drawing the praise of DNR biologists and fellow anglers.
“When I reeled in the fish I could see it was huge compared to the one- to two-pound triggers I’ve caught before,” said Gower. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service has certified a new freshwater division white perch record and an Atlantic division cobia record.
On September 5, James Stiars of Baldwin caught a 1.7-pound white perch in the Loch Raven Reservoir, breaking the previous record of 1.62 pounds set by John Williams in 2008 also in Loch Raven.
“It was my first cast of the day,” he said. “I was using a Shad Rat crank-bait, and I thought I had a largemouth bass on the line. When I saw it was a perch, I knew it could be a record.” Read more
Maryland angler catches first State record snakehead
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources certified two northern snakehead, one cobia and one wahoo State record fish in June. The first-ever record snakehead was trumped in a matter of hours by another angler’s catch. Read more