Record muskellunge caught in Washington County
A Washington County woman has set a new muskellunge (muskie) nontidal fishing record for Maryland. Tessa Cosens, 26, caught a muskie recorded at 32.5 pounds on May 6 along the banks of the upper Potomac River in Washington County. The record fish was 49 inches long with a 24-inch girth.
A relative newcomer to muskie fishing, Cosens — who is several months pregnant and had been feeling under the weather — was fishing along the riverbank using a 7-foot muskie rod and double-spinner. She snagged her record catch after a 15-minute struggle.
“All the guys around me stopped fishing and looked at me,” Cosens said. “There is no other fish that fights like a muskie.”
Cosens’ catch broke the previous Maryland record of 31.75 pounds, set by Kenneth Files in 2011.
To help determine the age of the fish, Cosens donated a sample of the muskie’s scales and cleithrum — a large bone above the gills — to the Department of Natural Resources for further analysis.
* * * Junior Hunter Field Day The Sudlersville Skeet Club on Duhamel Corner Road will host a free Junior Hunter Field Day for youth ages 8 to 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. The event is limited to 100 participants. Registration is available on the DNR website. Participants will be given the opportunity to shoot sporting clays, .22 rimfire rifles, and youth bows. All equipment will be provided and activities will be manned by certified instructors. A hunter safety certificate is not required to attend. A free lunch is included for youth and their parents or guardians.
* * * Bellafiore wins MSSA opener The top spot in the amateur division of this year’s Championship on the Chesapeake, worth $10,000, was won by Edward Bellafiore for a 32.15-pound rockfish weighed in at Calvert Marina.
Dale Robinson finished second ($3,300) with a 31.25-pound fish, and David McAfee was third ($2,600) with a 30.95-pounder. The top spot for professionals went to Kevin Hawk with a 25.95-pounder.
The tournament awards party is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Kurtz’s Beach in Pasadena.
* * * Fishing report In the upper Chesapeake, the most productive trolling action has been around the Triple Buoys and the Love Point channel edge. Large parachutes in chartreuse with white sassy shads have been a good option in about 40 feet of water. DNR biologists expect a lot of 26- to 30-inch stripers in the region south of the Tolchester/Hart-Miller Island boundary line after May 16. The catch limit from May 16-31 is two fish per person per day between 20-28 inches or one fish between 20-28 inches and one fish over 28 inches.
Chumming and chunking for striped bass has been an alternative for those tired of trolling back and forth across the shipping channel. The steep channel edge at Podickory Point has been a favorite spot to anchor up and just take it easy and relax while a few baits drift out over the edge of the channel. The Bay Bridge piers are always worth checking; jigging can offer some fun action, as can chunking.
The middle bay region generally has been a slow pick for trollers at some of the traditional areas: the channel edges off Kent Island, Bloody Point Light, the False Channel, CP Buoy, and the edge off Taylor’s Island. The best trolling action reported in the lower bay region for striped bass has been along the channel edges at Cove Point, but it is far from the action expected for the beginning of May.
White perch continue to offer good fishing in the tidal rivers and creeks in all regions of the bay. Channel catfish and crappie are also active in most tidal rivers.
The Ocean City area, like most of the state, has been subject to windy conditions that made it difficult or impossible to be out on the open waters of the ocean and back bays in a boat. Large spring bluefish are still being caught in the inlet and nearshore waters. Surf casters are catching them on finger mullet and cut baits. * * * Duck blind know-it-all John Dickinson, born near Trappe, wrote one of the most popular songs of the American Revolution, “The Liberty Song.” Follow me on Twitter @csknauss / email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tessa Cosens, left, and her record muskie.