Bill Bennett's catch of an 857-pound mako shark off Ocean City on July 5 has been verified as a state record by the Department of Natural Resources tournament office.
Bennett's 11 1/2 -foot catch exceeded the previous record by 91 pounds. The old mark was set in 1984 by Frank Gaither.
Bennett caught the shark near Poor Man's Canyon while trolling a lure made by mate Grant Joss from a beer can rigged with a blue and white skirt.
It took Bennett 45 minutes to land the shark, which at times
leaped 15 feet from the water.
* The Striped Bass Advisory Board will hold a meeting on July 29 at the Maryland Department of Agriculture on Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis.
SBAB members and DNR fisheries personnel will review and discuss the 1992 fall/1993 winter striped bass fishery.
The meeting will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
* In week 7 of the Amateur Angler Fishing Contest in Ocean City, Brad Simmons of Deale hooked and landed a 15-foot, 893-pound blue marlin at Poor Man's Canyon. The fish took 90 minutes to boat.
Charles Walker of Glen Burnie caught the biggest flounder of the week, landing a 6-pound, 6-ounce doormat at Buoy No. 9. Walker was using squid for bait.