Maryland man reels in record-breaking sheepshead fish

A Maryland man caught a record-breaking sheepshead fish on Sunday. 

Brian Summerlin, of Princess Anne, caught the 16.6-pound, 26.25 inches-long fish in Tangier Sound. 

Summerlin had been catching a mix of black drum, striped bass, bluefish and other species before catching the record-breaking sheepshead. 

"I thought it was a black drum at first, due to the way the fish was fighting with some big head shakes, but then I saw it was a very large sheepshead as it surfaced near the boat," Summerlin said. 

He said he knew the fish was a "contender" to break the state fishing record after checking Maryland's current state records online. The previous record was set in August 2020, at 14.1 pounds. 


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After its weight was confirmed at Kool Ice and Seafood Company in Cambridge, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources officially recognized that Summerlin's catch set a new state fishing record in the Chesapeake Bay Division for sheepshead. 


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