The Maryland fishing record for mahi-mahi had been set only three weeks ago, but it was broken Friday by a Pasadena woman who was taking part in a tournament in Ocean City, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
Kristy Frashure reeled in a common dolphinfish — also known as mahi-mahi — the department said. But this was not a common member of the species, weighing in at 74.5 pounds. Frashure was competing with five friends in the Poor Girls Open fishing tournament when the big one struck.
“We were taking bets on how much it weighed,” she said.
Reeling it in took 20 to 30 minutes, a spell that seemed “like an eternity,” Frashure added.
It was caught, according to the department, in the Poor Man’s Canyon area of the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles southeast of Ocean City.
The Department of Natural Resources said one of its biologists identified the species. The Bahia Marina certified its weight.
According to the department, Frashure’s catch broke the Atlantic Division record of 72.8 pounds set three weeks earlier by Jeff Wright, of Cambridge, Md., with a catch that also came off the coast of Ocean City. Before that, the record had stood for 34 years. It was not clear why two such large fish were hooked within such a relatively short interval.