State record smooth dogfish caught in Atlantic Ocean

Fay Gaster Smooth Dogfish Record Maryland 20221027
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OCEAN CITY, MD—Another state fishing record has been set.

Fay Gaster of Reading, Pennsylvania has been officially recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as the new state record holder for the Atlantic Division with an 18-pound smooth dogfish she caught off the coast of Ocean City on October 22nd.

Gaster, a frequent vacationer to Ocean City, booked a shark charter trip with her husband months in advance. However, the trip was canceled due to bad weather. At the last minute, Captain John Forman of the Bottom Bouncer fishing charter boat called to give them the green light.

After four to five hours fishing near the Isle of Wight shoal, Gaster pulled in a few bluefish and sea bass. Using a chunk of cut bluefish as bait, she cast again, hooking her record catch. Gaster said it took about 20 minutes to reel it in and “was a little bit of a battle.”

“I haven’t been shark fishing in about 12 years,” Gaster said. She added of her record catch, “This…

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