BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Washington County woman has set a new muskellunge (muskie) nontidal state fishing record, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Tessa Cosens, 26, caught the fish, which was 32.5 pounds, 49 inches long and had a 24-inch girth, May 6 along the banks of the upper Potomac River in Washington County.READ MORE: Baltimore County Officer Opened Fire On Driver Trying To Flee Traffic Stop: Police
A relative newcomer to muskie fishing, Cosens – who is several months pregnant and had been feeling under the weather – snagged her record catch after a 15-minute struggle.
“All the guys around me stopped fishing and looked at me,” Cosens told DNR officials. “There is no other fish that fights like a muskie.”
Muskies are one of the largest freshwater fish in the state. Cosens’ catch broke the previous Maryland record of 31.75 pounds, set by Kenneth Files in 2011.READ MORE: No. 17 UConn Holds Off Maryland-Eastern Shore 72-63
To help determine the age of the fish, Cosens is donating a sample of the muskie’s scales and cleithrum – a large bone above the gills – to DNR for further analysis.
DNR maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions – Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal and Invasive – and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are not eligible for record consideration.
Anglers reporting a potential record catch should call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The fish should be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed and certified by the department.MORE NEWS: Shootout Between Cars Speeding In Hampden Rattles Otherwise Quiet Neighborhood