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Maryland Angler Tops Record for Common Dolphinfish

A Pasadena woman reeled in a new Maryland state record common dolphinfish, also known as mahi mahi. Kristy Frashure was participating in the Poor Girls Fishing Tournament in Ocean City on Aug. 16 when she caught the 74.5-pound fish.

Frashure and five other friends were fishing off Poor Man’s Canyon when the record fish struck the line. “It took nearly 20-30 minutes to reel in … it felt like an eternity,” Frashure said. She knew it was a big fish but didn’t know it was a record-breaker. “We were taking bets on how much it weighed.”

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist identified the species as common dolphinfish — Coryphaena hippurus — and its official weight was certified by Bahia Marina.

Frashure’s catch has dethroned Jeff Wright’s three-week-old state Atlantic Division record for common dolphinfish, which was 72.8 pounds. The previous record had been held since 1985.

The department 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 ineligible for consideration.

Anglers who think they have a potential record catch should download and fill out a state record application and call 410-260-8324 or 443-569-1398. The department suggests fish be immersed in ice water to preserve weight until it can be checked, confirmed, and certified.