Reel big: New Maryland record for biggest blue marlin catch

Reel big: New Maryland record for biggest blue marlin catch
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A Florida man broke a Maryland fishing record, catching a 1,135-pound blue marlin off the coast of Ocean City.

Angler Billy Gerlach and crew on Jon Duffie’s Billfisher at the 2021 MidAtlantic big game annual fishing tournament. (Courtesy MidAtlantic)

The 30th MidAtlantic big game fishing competition set a lot of records this year, including a $1.6 million prize for Maryland’s largest blue marlin catch.

It took angler Billy Gerlach, with the help of his crew, 3 1/2 hours to reel in the 1,135-pound blue marlin Friday, as well as a skiff to pull the fish from the boat to the scale.

Gerlach, 41, of Jupiter, Florida, broke the current state record of 1,062 pounds, caught by Robert Farris in 2009.

“It took eight men to heft the monster up onto the scale and it got very quiet as [Weighmaster Frank] Ingram noted the weight before yelling out ‘1,135 pounds!’” a MidAtlantic tournament news release said.

Angler Billy Gerlach, holding…

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