A Dorchester County resident has officially been recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for a new state fishing record, Chesapeake Bay Division, for sheepshead.
Daniel Mastronardi, Jr. caught the 14.1-pound record-breaking fish around noon on August 9, 2020, in the lower bay, with peeler crab for bait in about 15 feet of water near the target ship USAS American Mariner. Mastronardi’s catch breaks the 13.73-pound record that was set only three years prior by Deale resident, Dave Alveberg.
Targeting speckled trout and striped bass, 33-year-old Mastronardi said his catch came unexpectedly. “I really had no idea what I had on the line,” he said.
Mastronardi reeled in the record-breaking sheepshead and immediately called his father to check the state’s current state records. He said, “It really was one of the biggest I’ve ever seen.” He plans to have his catch mounted for display.
The sheepshead’s weight was confirmed by Mark…