Record muskel­lunge caught in Wash­ing­ton County

Record Observer - - Sports -

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 ck­nauss@star­

Tessa Cosens, left, and her record muskie.

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