On Sunday, a fisherman aboard Capt. Ed Darwin's charter boat Becky D caught a 56-inch rockfish that the Department of Natural Resources estimated would weigh between 75 and 80 pounds.
The fisherman, Chris Frederick of Catonsville, asked that the fish, which had yet to spawn, be released after Darwin had recorded its length and girth.
The Maryland record for striped bass caught in the Chesapeake Bay is 55 pounds. The Maryland ocean record is 54 pounds and the East Coast record is 78 pounds.
Frederick brought in the fish because his friend, Renne Bowman, had politely offered his rod when the strike was made.
Darwin said the fish was caught between the bay bridge and
Matapeake east of the ship channel.