It’s Official….Emma Broke the Record!!

It’s Official….Emma Broke the Record!!

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

It has been confirmed by the MD Department of Natural Resources that the 94.6 pound cobia caught by nine-year-old Emma Zajdel of Ocean City has indeed set the new Maryland state record for cobia.  Emma caught the big cobia on the evening of June 30 and weighed the fish at the certified scale at Sunset Marina on July 1.  Emma’s fish shattered the old state record of 79 pounds set in 2014.  Here is the original report….

Nine-year-old Emma Zajdel was fishing with her Dad Eddie, Robert Clarke and his son Ashton Clarke. The group started the day fishing the Jackspot for bluefin tuna in their 23′ Key West center console, but gave it up as rain moved into the area. On their way home they saw some bait fish making some commotion on the surface at Little Gull Shoal and decide to drop in one of their already rigged tuna baits and troll around for a while. An Ilander lure with a pink head and a white skirt on top of a ballyhoo went back and enticed a bite and Emma began the fight with a large fish. When a dorsal fin emerged from the surface everyone thought they had hooked a shark, but when the fish got boat side they were able to see that they had in fact hooked a very large cobia. When they returned to the dock the big cobia weighed a whopping 94.6 pounds. If the fish qualifies it will break the current MD state record AND the IGFA Small Fry World Record for cobia. Congratulations to Emma and crew!!

Check out the confirmation story by the MD DNR here…. Nine-Year-Old Sets New Maryland Fishing Record


Captain Joe Drosey on Rhonda’s Osprey had a good day trolling the tunas today.  Captain Joe put his crew on three nice tuna and some nice mahi.


The bottom fishing for the local party boat fleet was productive today.  Wes Pollitt from the Morning Star with Captain Monty Hawkins reported good sea bass fishing with some flounder mixed in.  There was one flounder limit on board as well.


Captain Chris Mizurak on the party boat Angler reported good sea bass fishing as well today with this nice three pound fish.


My buddy Nick Denny was on the flounder again today, but this time it was from a boat.  Nick nabbed this beautiful 25″ doormat on a white Gulp 4″ swimming mullet this afternoon.


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