An Ocean Pines angler has netted a new Maryland fishing record.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed Robert “Bob” Hudson of Ocean Pines landed a new state record for white perch in the state’s Atlantic division with a 1.85-pound fish caught in the Isle of Wight Bay near Ocean City.
Hudson and a friend intended to go clamming, but saw some active fish in the bay, per a DNR release.
With no rod on board, the duo headed back to shore to find gear. With a beginner light spinning rod and a “Roy Rig” – locally popular lure that is basically a rubber shad body rigged on a lead head – Hudson returned to the water and after two casts, caught the record white perch.
“Look at the size of that,” Hudson said after reeling in the white perch. “We never see (white perch) in the middle of the bay.”
Hudson’s record catch was weighed on a certified scale at Crabs to Go by Sarah Stephan and officially confirmed as a white perch – Morone…