Thirty-three pounds. Forty-nine inches. Seven feet of spinning rod.
Those are the specs of the record-setting muskie reeled in by 33-year-old Kyle Mullenix of Hagerstown earlier this month along the banks of the upper Potomac River.
Regarded as the “fish of ten thousand casts,” muskies are the largest freshwater fish in Maryland and among the most difficult to catch, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The lifelong angler said he has spent decades trying to catch a muskie. Using a 7-foot spinning rod and live bait, his luck finally changed.
“He put up a good fight, but we didn’t think it was that big until it was on the bank,” Mullenix said. “Things don’t always go as planned, but now life has gotten a lot better.”
Mullenix is credited with the first Maryland state fishing record of 2022.
The catch surpassed the previous Maryland state record held also by a Washington County resident, Tessa Cosens,…