“We had a slow morning fishing over the Norfolk Canyon for white marlin and decided to switch to bottom fishing,” said Purcell. “I rigged a strip of skipjack tuna for bait and dropped it about 450 feet to the bottom.”
It was this combination that landed him the record fish. Read more
Dan Thomas of Delmar caught a new Maryland record 13 pound, five ounce sheepshead fish on September 16 in Hoopers Straight, north of Bloodsworth Island. He hooked the record catch while competing in the Westside Outcaster’s Open, a tournament to benefit the Bivalve Volunteer Fire Company. Read more
Ed Jones from Aloha, Oregon caught a Maryland record blue catfish ─ weighing 84 pounds and measuring 52 inches long, with a girth of 36.5 inches ─ on August 13 in the Potomac River near Fort Washington. Jones and his guide, Captain Josh Fitchett of Montpelier, Va., kept the fish alive and took it into Fort Washington Marina to have it weighed and certified by a Maryland Department of Natural Resource (DNR) Fisheries Service biologist.
Scott Cusick of Jackson, NJ set a new Maryland State record by reeling in a scalloped hammerhead shark weighing 266 pounds, eight ounces, at the White Marlin Open tournament on August 8. His catch won the tournament’s largest shark category, earning him a prize of $5,150.