Thursday, January 26, 2012

Maryland State Record Tautog

Charles Donohue of Philadelphia caught a 23-pound tautog on January 11, 2012, setting a new State record. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the catch, naming Donohue as the the new record holder. The outstanding catch breaks the previous record of 20-pounds, 11-ounces set by Sam Beauchamp in 2007.

Donohue caught his record 33-inch fish aboard Captain Monty Hawkins’ boat, Morning Star, over an artificial reef about 12 miles east of Ocean City. He was using a whole green crab as bait. Captain Hawkins said he felt the fish was a new record. The other anglers and crew agreed they should return to shore to get the fish weighed on a certified scale at AKE Marine. DNR biologist Steve Doctor met the crew at the dock to witness and certify the weight and species.

"It was a beautiful fish," said Captain Hawkins. "The whole crew limited-out by 9:30, showing that the habitat work and reef building efforts have taken this fishery to new heights."

source: MD DNR

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