Edgewater angler lands Maryland record rockfish


CHESAPEAKE BEACH -- Allan Sosslau of Edgewater fished differently for rockfish yesterday -- and caught a record.

While aboard Capt. Mike Harris' charterboat Compensation, he landed a 50-inch striper of 64.70 pounds. The fish with its 32-inch girth will be both a new Fishing In Maryland and Maryland Sportfishing Tournament reecord.

The fish was caught at the Summer Gooses near here and Tilghman Island on a No. 21 silver Tony Accetta spoon, which wasn't fished near the surface as most rockfish baits are during the current trophy season.

Instead, it was worked deep with 28 ounces of sinker weight with 30-pound test wire line, said weighmaster Fred Donovan of the Rod and Reel Docks, from which Harris sails.

The previous record was 55 pounds, set in 1978 several miles above the Gooses by Eric Shank of Hanover, Pa., on his first-ever bay trip aboard Capt. Mark Middleton's charterboat. Two weeks ago, Capt. Ed Darwin's charterboat Becky D got a would-be state and potential IGFA world rock of 56 inches, but angler Chris Frederick of Catonsville chose to release it.

The trophy rockfish season continues through May.

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