Pennsylvania woman breaks Maryland state fishing record with 18-pound smooth dogfish shark
Fay Gaster breaks fishing record with an 18-pound catch. (Captain John Forman, Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
Pennsylvania’s Fay Gaster of Reading, Pa. caught a record-breaking 18-pound smooth dogfish off the coast of Ocean City, Md. on Oct. 22, according to Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Following the catch, the fish’s weight was verified at the Sunset Marina in Ocean City. A DNR biologist also validated it, naming Gaster the state record holder for the Atlantic division.
Gaster says she had booked a shark fishing with her husband, but they had canceled it due to bad weather. Captain John Foreman later called and gave them the go-ahead to fish aboard his boat. Gaster spent five hours fishing before reeling in the smooth dogfish which she says took more than 20 minutes.
I haven’t been shark fishing in about 12 years. This is really…