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Nine-Year-old Girl Sets New Md. Fishing Record

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94.6-pound cobia caught by 65-pound Emma Zajdel (Photo: Maryland DNR) 94.6-pound cobia caught by 65-pound Emma Zajdel (Photo: Maryland DNR)

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. - A 9-year-old Ocean City girl has set a new state fishing record with a 94.6-pound cobia.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Emma Zajdel and her father Ed were fishing near Little Gull Shoals about a mile and a half east of Assateague Island on June 30, hoping to catch some bluefish.

When one of the other men they were with felt a pull on the line, he handed the rod to Emma, who had a fighting belt on. The fish then took off, and Emma set the hook.

“At first we thought it was a shark, and the line was going out.” Emma said. “I could hear the reel and the drag and I thought I could go over the side.”

After a 20-minute struggle and with some help from the men, Emma got the fish into the fish box and on ice.

The fish measured in at 66.5-inches long, which is 14.5 inches more than Emma.

This breaks the previous 79-pound state record set by Jack Latimer in 2014, according to DNR. Emma’s catch could also become a new International Game Fish Association Small Fry World Record for a fish caught by an angler under the age of 10. The current record is 48 pounds.

The cobia fishery is currently closed in federal waters, but there are no restrictions in Maryland.

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