For the second time this summer, a state record for swordfish has been broken.
A 309-pound swordfish caught in Mississippi back in June not only broke the state record, but also earned the fishing crew almost $300,000 in prize money from a fishing tournament.
The new state record swordfish in Maryland is just a few pounds lighter than that, tipping the scales at 301-pounds. Though the fish was smaller than the one in Mississippi, it wound up being worth more money.
The fish was also caught by a team of anglers participating in a tournament., earning them a cash prize worth an astounding $542,000.
The fish was caught on July 23rd as part of the annual Big Fish Classic based out of Ocean City, which is hosted by the fishing apparel brand Huk.
This was a record breaking year for the Big Fish Classic. An all time high of 112 boats registered for the event which dished out more than $1.2 million in prize money this year.
The fish was caught by Peter Schultz, a 36-year-old from Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He described the catch as the fish of lifetime.
“We put so much effort into this. Everyone had a crucial role.”
Dead eel on a circle hook was the bait of choice, and it was rigged up to 65-pound braided line with a 150-pound leader. The fish put up an epic fight, battling the anglers for roughly 8 hours.
The fish was weighed on a certified scale and confirmed by a biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, so the next stop is the record books.
“Real One got a real check for their 301lb Swordfish worth over $542,000!”
If you plan on hitting the water to do some fishing in Maryland, then be sure to purchase a fishing license.
Please keep in mind that in most coastal states you need to purchase separate licenses for fishing fresh and saltwater.
Oftentimes you do not need to purchase a license when fishing with a professionally licensed saltwater guide though, as most of the time they have their entire boats licensed for chartered trips like this. It’s best to check with the captain directly.
The sale of fishing licenses directly funds the protection and enhancement of public boat ramps, aquatic environments, and fish populations in all 50 states.
It also protects you from potentially being fined, having your gear confiscated, and/or losing your fishing privileges. It’s important to remember that just because you have a fishing license in one state, that does not mean it is valid in another state.
As always, please fish responsibly and leave the whiskey at the dock.